On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis proclaimed a special “Year of Saint Joseph,” extending to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2021. For more information, read the Apostolic letter from Pope Francis.
Why Turn to St. Joseph?
In these challenging times, we can turn to St. Joseph with great hope:
- We can turn to him as protector from harm, even as he protected Mary and the child Jesus from Herod’s wrath;
- St. Joseph was the worker and provider for the Holy Family, so to him we can entrust ourselves and our nation in the face of unprecedented unemployment and economic distress;
- As model husband and father, we turn to St. Joseph at a time when good examples of both are so desperately needed. We can ask him to help strengthen our families – as well as the bonds of our “parish family” – at a time when these can be fragile;
- As patron of the dying, we can invoke the intercession of St. Joseph on all who are in their last moments of life, including the elderly and others with terminal disease.
Celebrating at St. Francis Parish
As a parish community, we plan to celebrate this special time by honoring St. Joseph throughout the upcoming year. There will be a parish-wide book study, opportunity for personal consecration, and occasions for special prayer and spiritual enrichment. Please follow us on YouTube and social media for additional information and resources.
We are inviting the parish community to consecrate themselves to St. Joseph using the book “Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father” by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. A limited number of copies will be available for free in the Parish Office. A parish-wide consecration will be held both in the summer and fall of 2021. The summer consecration is under way! We will culminate with a celebration on July 10th beginning with Reconciliation from 8:30 – 10 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m., and a feast following. Please join your parish family as we entrust ourselves to our spiritual father. Details for the fall consecration coming soon!
- Pray. Please cover this initiative in your prayers!
- Organize a small group. Create your own St. Joseph consecration group by inviting people you know or any small groups you are already part of.
- Be a small group leader. Volunteer to lead a small group for those who may not be as connected in the parish. Meetings can be held in-person or virtually and can be scheduled around your availability.
- Spread the word. Please share this opportunity with friends and family.
- Donate your time or resources. We are looking for volunteers and donations of food/money for the Consecration Celebration.
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St. Joseph Playlist
St. Francis’ Director of LIturgy and Music, Emily, found this playlist dedicated to St. Joseph of Spotify. With a mix of secular and Christian music, the playlist expresses the story and spirituality of St. Joseph. This playlist is great as background music, to pray with, or use to jam out in your car.