St. Joseph, Pray For Us.
Please join your fellow parishioners in celebrating the Feast Day of St. Joseph, one of our Parish patrons.
His Feast Day is Tuesday, March 19th.
St. Joseph is a powerful patron. He is, as St. John Paul II called him, the Guardian of the Redeemer. He humbly accepted his role as guardian, husband and father in the Holy Family. Therefore, St. Joseph’s intercession has been sought for centuries.
UNITED IN CHRIST…
On the back of this flier you will find a Novena to St. Joseph; this is a nine-day prayer that starts on Sunday, March 10th and ends on Monday, March 18th. We invite you to join us in prayer.
ST. JOSEPH’S TABLE…
A traditional part of the Feast of St. Joseph (which is particularly celebrated by the Sicilians) is a three-tiered altar, representative of the Holy Trinity. The altar is adorned with flowers, pictures, statues, and linens, each significant to St. Joseph, the Holy Family, and/or Italian Tradition (e.g., the color red is traditionally used). Special bread is put on the altar, representing the feast and almsgiving. Breadcrumbs (“sawdust”) and some tools may be used to underscore St. Joseph’s patronage of carpenters and homes. Some families create St. Joseph tables in their homes.
DID YOU KNOW?
In addition to the Novena to St. Joseph, you may celebrate one of our parish patrons in two more ways:
• Visit our parish’s St. Joseph’s table, which will be set up in the Narthex from March 16-19.
• Honor the traditions of charitable giving by donating to our St. Vincent de Paul society or to the Refugee Ministry (or another charity of your choosing).
Holy Family: United in Christ – Growing in Christ – Serving Christ in One Another
St. Joseph Novena Prayers
(Begin on March 10) Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.
Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, pray for me to have a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore:
(Mention your request)
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Day 1 (3/10) – St. Joseph Most Just, Pray for us!
Day 2 (3/11) – St. Joseph Most Prudent, Pray for us!
Day 3 (3/12) – St. Joseph Most Loving Husband, Pray for us!
Day 4 (3/13) – St. Joseph Most Strong, Pray for us!
Day 5 (3/14) – St. Joseph Most Obedient, Pray for us!
Day 6 (3/15) – St. Joseph Most Faithful, Pray for us!
Day 7 (3/16) – St. Joseph Pillar of Families, Pray for us!
Day 8 (3/17) – St. Joseph Patron of the Dying, Pray for us!
Day 9 (3/18) – St. Joseph Terror of Demons, Pray for us!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.