Pope Francis proclaimed this the Year of St. Joseph, marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph as the patron saint of the Universal Church. To celebrate this, we will do a Parish wide devotion and consecration to St. Joseph.
On Sunday, January 31 we began the Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph by the St. Josemaria Institute. “The Seven Sundays Devotion is a long-standing tradition of the Church in preparation for the feast of St. Joseph on March 19. The devotion begins on the seventh Sunday before March 19 and honors the seven joys and seven sorrows that St. Joseph experienced as husband of the Mother of God, faithful guardian of Christ, and head of the holy family. The devotion is a prayerful opportunity to ‘help us find out what God is telling us through the simple life of Mary’s husband’” (St. Josemaria Escriva; Christ is Passing By, no. 39).
Each Sunday from Jan. 31 to March 14 we will pray the Litany of St. Joseph after Mass followed by our regular prayer to St. Michael. Prayers and reflections can be found in the bulletin and on the homepage of our website for you to pray at home.
33 Day Consecration to St. Joseph
Along with the Seven Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph, we will also be doing a Parish wide 33 day consecration to St. Joseph beginning on Monday, February 15 and ending with the consecration on the Feast of St. Joseph on Friday, March 19. Daily prayers and reflections can be found here.
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SEVEN SUNDAYS DEVOTION TO SAINT JOSEPH
You can follow along with the complete Seven Sunday Devotion to St. Joseph, by the St. Josemaria Institute, here.
Act of Consecration to St. Joseph
By Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
On this day, before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I, ____________________, a repentant sinner, consecrate myself, body and soul, to you, St. Joseph.
I turn to you as my spiritual father and place my life and my salvation into your hands. Confident in your goodness, I place myself under your paternal cloak and ask you to protect me from the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Saint Joseph, you are the virginal husband of the Mother of God! Help me to love her with tender affection and filial devotion. Mary is my spiritual mother and the surest, fastest, easiest way to Jesus. Keep me close to her and, together with her, bring me closer to Jesus.
Never depart from me, St. Joseph. Nourish me with the Bread of Life, instruct me in the wisdom of the saints, help me carry my cross, and keep me always in the Catholic Church. When I die, take me to the Kingdom of Heaven to see Jesus and Mary.
From this day onward, I will never forget you. I will speak of you often, spend time with you in prayer and, with your help, earnestly strive to sin no more. Should I fall, help me to repent and go to Confession. Should I go astray, guide me back to the truth.
Before heaven and earth, my soul cries out: Praise to the Holy Trinity who has made you prince over all their possessions! Praise to the Virgin Mary who loves you and longs to see you loved! Praise to you, my spiritual father, the great St. Joseph!
I give everything to you, St. Joseph. Take me as your own. I am yours. Amen!