THE YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH
8th December 2020 – 8th December 2021
‘Pope Francis has declared a year dedicated to St Joseph, from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021. He says: “Each of us can discover in Joseph - the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence - an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble" (Patris Corde - With a Father's Love - Pope Francis). Let's do that. Let's ask St Joseph to keep a watchful eye on this family of the Church, to intercede on our behalf’.
– Cardinal Vincent Nichols
9 days of prayer leading up to the Solemnity of St Joseph
Celebrating St Joseph with 'The God Who Speaks':
- Fr Michael Hall explores what we know about Joseph from the Bible and his unique role alongside Mary and Jesus: https://www.godwhospeaks.uk/the-god-who-speaks/focus/the-holy-family/what-do-we-know-about-st-joseph/
- Fleur Dorrell looks at some of the less well known texts and images that have influenced how St Joseph has been portrayed in art: https://www.godwhospeaks.uk/the-god-who-speaks/focus/the-holy-family/st-joseph-in-art-the-ultimate-multi-tasker/
Ideas for Parishes:
· A Consecration to St Joseph on 1st May (St Joseph the Worker)
· Making Wednesdays a day of special devotion to St Joseph.
· Placing an image of St Joseph in a place of honour in the Sanctuary
· Encourage the custom of bringing an image of St Joseph into the kitchen at home.
· Preaching on St Joseph during Marriage Week 10th - 16th May
· Blessing Fathers at Mass on Fathers’ Day, Sunday 20th June.
· An online event with St Joseph’s Hospice and ‘The Art of Dying Well’, reflecting on end-of-life care (on the lead up to this year’s 'Day for Life', Sunday 20th June), and exploring what it means to invoke St Joseph as Patron of a Good Death – Thursday 17th June, 7.00pm (further details to follow).
· Autumn Season of six-week faith-sharing resources for parishes, developing the themes of Patris Corde (details to follow in the Summer).
· Explore in the parish the call and gift of “fatherhood” (including “spiritual fatherhood): collect and share stories from fathers; form a 'Mens’ Group' or a 'Fathers’ Prayer Group'.
· Celebrate the diversity of the parish and the enrichment brought by migrants to our Diocese throughout the years, inspired by St Joseph as Patron of Migrants, and of our Ethnic Chaplaincies too.
· Foster a knowledge of and love for our vulnerable brothers and sisters in the Holy Land, perhaps by supporting ‘Friends of the Holy Land’ (www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk).
- · Finding a way to honour – and to use – any carpenters in your congregation or wider community.