Year of St. Joseph

On Dec. 8, 2020, the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as patron of the universal Church, Pope Francis announced a yearlong celebration to honor St. Joseph.

 “Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.”

– Pope Francis, “Patris Corde”

You can read Pope Francis’ apostolic letter declaring the year of St. Joseph, “Patris Corde,” by clicking here.

A Father’s Love –
Prayer to St. Joseph

Teresa Yoder, pastoral musician and member of Immaculate Conception, Hampton, and Les Kayanan, a member of St. Olaf, Williamsburg, composed this song in honor of St. Joseph.

From "Patris Corde"

prayer to st. joseph

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.

Novena to St. Joseph –
March 10-18, 2021

Father Brian Capuano, pastor of St. Joseph, Petersburg, and vicar for vocations for the Diocese of Richmond, prepared a special video message to invite all the faithful to join in the novena to St. Joseph.