March 20, 2017 marks the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary. Normally falling on March 19, this Solemnity has been transferred to Mar 20 since it falls on a Sunday. We find no devotion to St. Joseph in the early Church, but he was later venerated by the great saints of the Middle Ages. Pius IX (1870) declared him patron and protector of the universal family of the Church.
Read Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical on Devotion to St. Joseph.
Saint Joseph, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted son. Amen
As patron of our Fulfilling the Vision Campaign let us also pray:
Blessed Saint Joseph,
faithful guardian and protector of the Holy Family, by the work of your heart and your hands you provided for the needs of the Holy Family.
Intercede for us as we try to make our parish a home for Jesus and Mary and for all God’s family.
Pray for us as we step out in faith to complete our parish campus and to fulfill the vision of making it truly a home for worship, for prayer, and a place where all God’s people are welcomed.
Obtain for us the virtues of purity, humility, charity and courage.
Bless all those who sacrifice to make this plan a reality.
All for Jesus, all through Mary, all in imitation of you,
O Blessed St. Joseph!!