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The Year of St Joseph

Pope Francis has proclaimed this year ‘The Year of Joseph’ (8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021). 

 

‘Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.’ Pope Francis (8th December 2020)

 

Celebrating the life of St Joseph, and calling on him for help, is particularly relevant in this time of universal turmoil when so many are having difficulty finding employment, when we are becoming more aware of how much we owe to so many ordinary, hardworking people, and when our human frailty and mortality are so much in our minds and in the news.

Through the Year of St Joseph, the Church is reminding us that we have a powerful ally in Heaven who, having lived and worked so long in the shadows like so many unsung heroes, is working tirelessly for us and with us in the here and now.

 

 Ten:Ten have  resources to help us think about St Joseph and pray to Him; these can be found by following the links below.

 

The month of February is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Family, and this year there is an additional draw to consider this wonderful family, as Pope Francis has proclaimed this ‘The Year of Joseph‘. This is the first of several resources dedicated to Saint Joseph.

The Feast of St Joseph is celebrated on 19th March. This is an especially important date in 2021, as Pope Francis has proclaimed this year ‘The Year of Joseph’.

On 1st May, we celebrate the second Feast Day for St Joseph, which focuses on his inspiring qualities as a worker. This is especially important this year, as Pope Francis has proclaimed this year ‘The Year of Joseph’. This special prayer helps children to understand what ‘work’ is and why it is important, including Pope Francis’s explanation that when we work, whether for money or not, we are working with God Himself and ‘in some way become creators of the world around us’!*

Time and time again in the Gospels, Jesus talks about the importance of family: both human and spiritual. Jesus explains that His ‘family’ extends to all of those who follow God’s will.

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