Year of St Joseph
St. Joseph was a working-class man. Jesus learned the carpenter’s craft from St. Joseph in his workshop in Nazareth, sharing with him the commitment, effort, satisfaction and also the difficulties of every day.
At the beginning of his pontificate, on the feast of St Joseph the Worker, Pope Francis said,
“Work is part of God’s loving plan, we are called to cultivate and care for all the goods of creation and in this way share in the work of creation! Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person. Work, to use a metaphor, “anoints” us with dignity, fills us with dignity, makes us similar to God, who has worked and still works, who always acts (cf. Jn 5:17); it gives one the ability to maintain oneself, one’s family, to contribute to the growth of one’s own nation."
St Joseph, you are a role model and guide for all men.
Under the protection of St. Joseph, they are called to become a different type of man, a different type of father.
We ask your intercession for all men, that they may hear and understand God’s call to be fathers after the heart of God.
May they may be fathers like you.
Parent Joseph, teach us to be
for our children and young people
a living lesson of Goodness and Truth,
a Blessing of Hope for all generations
St. Joseph, pray for us