Pope Francis has published an Apostolic Letter Patris code (with a Father’s Heart), commemorating the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church and proclaiming a ‘Year of St Joseph’ from December 8 2020 – December 8, 2021.
AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE RESOURCES
The ACBC are developing a number of resources to encourage and support the celebration of the Year of St Joseph:
- Monthly reflections on various aspects of St Joseph’s life and character;
- Prayers for various settings;
- Litany of St Joseph;
- Consecration to St Joseph;
- Daily Prayers;
- A shorter Litany to St Joseph.
FEAST OF ST JOSEPH THE WORKER 2021
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office for Social Justice provides a Pastoral Message for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker.
MUSIC FOR THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
Don Stewart, a parishioner of St Joseph’s Warrnambool, was asked to write a song in 2019 to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the founding of the parish. Don is offering “Joseph’s Song” for use freely in the diocese in liturgy, prayer and reflection during this year of St Joseph.
There are two versions of this song – one for parishes and schools named in honour of St Joseph and one for communities and parishes that are not named after St Joseph, but would still like to celebrate this year. Listen and download the songs here.
Conditions of use are:
1) The copyright notice; Copyright©Don Stewart, 2020 appears on all printed or digitally displayed copies of the song; and
2) That usage of the song is reported to you the copyright collection agency – One License.
Don would like to hear from communities about how they use the song and whether it was a helpful resource for the prayer life of the community.
CELEBRATING SAINT JOSEPH
The Diocese of Parramatta has released a short, visually beautiful, animated reflection to begin their celebration of the Year of Saint Joseph, inspired by Pope Francis’ letter Patris Corde.
This introductory piece encourages us to imitate the example of St Joseph in our lives and our communities, and emphasises the value of good, faithful and noble service.
JOIN THE SISTERS OF ST JOSEPH IN PRAYER WITH ST JOSEPH
St Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods, the co-founders of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, chose St Joseph to be patron of the Congregation and so we rejoice in this opportunity to pray with and for the people of God with St Joseph.
During this year, the Congregation will mark each of its primary feasts with special prayers and celebrations. The first of these will be a week of prayer in preparation for the feast of St Joseph followed by other events. More information available from their website.
A Month With Saint Joseph
Beginning on the feast of St Joseph the Worker, you’re invited to participate in four weeks of prayer. Each video reflection is accompanied by a pdf copy of the prayers, images and hymns for each week.
- Week 1 – Joseph, the one who listened
DIOCESAN PRAYER CARDS
Year of St Joseph Prayer cards have been distributed to parishes, school and agencies of the diocese. Additional copies of the cards are available from the the Pastoral Ministry Office, firstname.lastname@example.org.