Year of Saint Joseph: Pope Francis has declared that 2021 is the Year of Saint Joseph. A plenary indulgence is available. See the right side under publications for this prayer and the indulgence.
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), our Holy Father, Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 8th, 2020 and extending it to the same Solemnity on December 8th, 2021. Mindful of this, we invite you to reflect on one of the most important saints of our Church – Saint Joseph. We don’t know much about him except what is mentioned in the Gospels. Joseph lived in Nazareth, was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus. Holy Scripture proclaims him as a “righteous or just man,” and the Catholic Church has turned to Saint Joseph for his patronage and protection. The Church also dedicates the entire month of March to Saint Joseph and urges believers to pay special attention to his life and example. In the Gospels we will not find any words that Saint Joseph may have spoken. Even though we may look at him as a “silent or quiet saint”, he speaks loudly because when God reached out to him he responded and from his trusting faith and actions we can certainly tell what kind of a person he was. We know that devotion to Saint Joseph has grown significantly throughout the history of the Church. I would like to encourage you to read “Patris corde” where pope Francis invites us to increase and strengthen our love for this great saint. May we as God’s beloved children through the intercession of our mother Mary, her husband Saint Joseph cherish and celebrate God’s great love and mercy for us and seek to bring them to all we meet and touch them with the same loving and merciful hand God has touched us. This is the web link http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.html)
Also, parishioners are encouraged to recite the rosary daily, gather together in the church on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 for the recitation of the rosary, and before each of the weekend Masses.