Year of Saint Joseph

December 8, 2020 - December 8, 2021

Mass for Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

March 19, 2021

Watch on the  Cathedral of St. Thomas More YouTube Channel

CDA Live Stream Mass

Novena: March 10-18, 2021

In honor of the Year of Saint Joseph, the USCCB has formed a novena to be prayed daily from March 10-18, 2021, the nine days that precede the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19. A downloadable brochure in English and Spanish is available below, and each day of the novena is accompanied by a reflection video from bishops across the United States.

( en español )




Ways to carry out the Consecration to St. Joseph

  • Consecration to St Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr Calloway MIC
  • Saying a prayer to St Joseph for 33 days during one of the following times, concluding with the Prayer of Consecration to St. Joseph:
    • January 13 - February 14, 2021 - Ending on World Marriage Sunday
    • February 15 - March 19, 2021 - Ending on Solemnity of St. Joseph
    • March 20 - May 1, 2021 - Ending on Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker
    • May 19 - June 20, 2021 - Ending on Father's Day
    • July 20 - August 21, 2021- Ending on commemoration of Our Lady of Knock
    • September 30 - November 1, 2021 - Ending on Solemnity of All Saints

The Year of St. Joseph Prayer

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.


Prayer of Consecration to St. Joseph

O Glorious Patriarch and Patron of the Church! O Virgin Spouse of the Virgin Mother of God! O Guardian and Virginal Father of the Word Incarnate! In the presence of Jesus and Mary, I choose you this day to be my father, my guardian, and my protector.

O great St. Joseph, whom God has made the Head of the Holy Family, accept me, I beseech you, though utterly unworthy, to be a member of your “Holy House.” Present me to your Immaculate Spouse; ask her also to adopt me as her child. With her, pray that I may constantly think of Jesus, and serve him faithfully to the end of my life. O Terror of Demons, increase in me virtue, protect me from the evil one, and help me not to offend God in any way.

O my Spiritual Father, I hereby consecrate myself to you. In faithful imitation of Jesus and Mary, I place myself and all my concerns under your care and protection. To you, after Jesus and Mary, I consecrate my body and soul, with all their faculties, my spiritual growth, my home, and all my affairs and undertakings.

Forsake me not, but adopt me as a servant and child of the Holy Family. Watch over me at all times, but especially at the hour of my death. Console and strengthen me with the presence of Jesus and Mary so that, with you, I may praise and adore the Holy Trinity for all eternity. Amen.

Bishop Burbidge talks about the Year of St. Joseph on the Walk Humbly Podcast

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St. Joseph, Protector of the Persecuted

On March 19 nearly eight years ago, the church celebrated Pope Francis’ papal inauguration. It was the solemnity of St. Joseph, and in a homily reflecting on Joseph as "protector," the pope foreshadowed many of the works and teachings that now mark his ministry. At the heart of it, Pope Francis highlighted what it means to follow Joseph. The pope encouraged, "In him, dear friends, we learn how to respond to God’s call, readily and willingly, but we also see the core of the Christian vocation, which is Christ! Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!"

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A Lent in imitation of St. Joseph, Protector of Christ

Each Lent we devote ourselves to prayer, fasting and almsgiving in order to prepare for the renewal of our baptismal promises at Easter and to reflect upon times when we fell short of our obligation to live in virtue. This Lenten season provides the unique opportunity to do so, as Pope Francis proclaimed 2021 to be the Year of St. Joseph, the protector of Jesus. In this year, the church has called us to imitate St. Joseph’s virtues and zeal, and thus we receive abundant graces and encourage one another by our words and deeds.

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