St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus and patron saint of the Universal Church.
SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH,
SPOUSE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY -
MARCH 19, 2021
Adapted from the Dominicans for the Province of St. Joseph
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Father, Husband, Worker. We celebrate this Silent Saint's feast directly in the middle of Lent. This feast calls for celebration in the darkest season of the Church. So how do we reconcile the two? During this year dedicated to St. Joseph, let's look at the ways St. Joseph can help us on our Lenten Journey.
The Protection of Simplicity:
Joseph is considered to be just a regular, law-abiding Jew—an average Joe if you will. He didn’t go around Nazareth working miracles and polishing his halo; rather, he lived his holiness wrapped in simplicity.
When we act simply, we take no heed of our glory but seek God’s alone. Such simplicity is a modesty of soul, guarding the intimacy we have with God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
The Dignity of Work:
On May 1, we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. He is a saint who knows how to roll up his sleeves and put in a hard day’s work. Lent is a good time to live out this dignity of work by imitating St. Joseph. God draws us to Himself through the ordinary means of simply fulfilling our tasks. We need not search for extraordinary acts of penance or lengthy prayers, especially if these detract from our normal duties. So before we add on extra practices, we should redouble our attentiveness to the work already before us.
The Value of Rest:
While Joseph shows us the dignity of work, he had some of his best moments as he slept. It was here that God spoke to him repeatedly through dreams. We can distinguish two types of rest: physical sleep and spiritual abandonment to God. Both are critical for holiness. Sleep renews us for another day of work and love. Just ask the mother of a newborn about the importance of sleep. Abandonment increases our hope in God’s loving providence, strengthening our faith in times of trials and creating room for love to grow.
By both sleep and abandonment, we recognize our limits: we need sleep and we need God.
The Sanctity of Family:
Joseph’s holiness came through Jesus and Mary, by serving them and receiving from them. Similarly, God draws us to himself through those around us. We do not become saints as isolated individuals but as members of a family or community.
Lent is a good opportunity to examine our closest relationships. Is there a need to forgive? Is there love that needs rekindling? Is there gratitude missing? These are excellent ways of giving alms.
Of course, Joseph’s family isn’t your normal family. There’s a special grace about Jesus and Mary. If we compare our families to the Holy Family, we might be tempted to discouragement. But by God’s goodness, Jesus and Mary are not distant, but rather intimately close to us: Jesus is our savior and brother, and Mary is our tender mother. Joseph, for his part, can help us stay close to Jesus and Mary, just as he did.
On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church (
Pope Francis describes St. Joseph as a father who was beloved, tender, loving, obedient, accepting, creatively courageous, working, and in the shadows. As he concludes his apostolic letter, Pope Francis encourages us to pray this prayer for our own conversion:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
If anyone cannot find a master to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint [Joseph] as his master, and he will not go astray.
Pope Francis and others
A review of our Mass and sacramental schedule for this weekend:
in the Rectory Chapel
a congregation, in-church Communion during Mass (
outdoor Communion afterwards)
- Fifth Sunday of Lent
- Mass Live streamed
a congregation. Outdoor Communion will be available afterwards and radio reception available in the parking lot at 107.7FM.
Please note that outdoor Communion will end
a congregation, in-church Communion during Mass (
outdoor Communion afterwards) PLEASE NOTE: While making a reservation is
required, we are encouraging people to do so; this way you can be assured of having a seat. We have noticed that in-church attendance is steadily increasing and, in anticipation that we may reach capacity at weekend Masses, we have prepared the Church Hall for social distancing and live-streaming the Mass from upstairs. When needed, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will bring the Blessed Sacrament so that people in the Church Hall can receive Communion during Mass.
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Sunday 9AM Live-stream Mass
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Fr. Ed Blanchett
on Friday, March 19 at 3:00PM