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St. Joseph - Patron Saint of Our School

St. Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar.

  • The first is the 19th March — Joseph, the Husband of Mary.

  • The second is the 1st May — Joseph, the Worker.

 

 “Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God,” Pope John Paul II had once said.

There is very little about the life of Joseph in Scripture but still, we know that he was the husband of Mary, the foster father of Jesus, a carpenter and a man who was not wealthy. We also know that he came from the royal lineage of King David.

We can see from his actions in scripture that Joseph was a compassionate man and obedient to the will of God. He also loved Mary and Jesus and wanted to protect and provide for them.

Joseph is the patron of many things, including the universal Church, fathers, the dying and social justice. He is the Patron Saint of our school.

*Patron Saint is a saint to whose protection and intercession a person, a society, a church, or a place is dedicated.

 

Year 5 children, a few years ago, worked together to write a prayer to St. Joseph, which our school family continue to pray today.  Please see this prayer below and and join with us as we say...

 

Dear St. Joseph,

Please help us to respect and love and care for everyone.

Help us to be faithful as you were.

Help us to be hardworking because you were hardworking.

Please help us to help others if they are hurt.

We pray that we will be wise in our choices, using you as our example.

Loving St. Joseph receive our prayer.

Amen.

 

 

 

Year of St Joseph

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In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.

The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021.

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