St. Joseph was the devoted husband of Mary and foster father to Jesus. All that we know of his life comes from scripture; we know the he worked as a carpenter, that he was a Godly man of faith – obedient, compassionate, righteous, caring and loyal. He cared for both Mary and Jesus and in the face of his own trials, he remained faithful to God’s will and to them.
St. Joseph is the patron saint of the Universal Church, the dying, fathers, carpenters and social justice. We celebrate two Feast Days in honour of him, St. Joseph the Husband of Mary (March 19) and St. Joseph the Worker (May 1).
We are very blessed and humbled to have this great Saint under the parish’s title and we have a solid devotion to him through intercessions for all our works and initiatives.
One of our most recently added devotions in the parish is to the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph – click here for more information.
“St. Joseph’s mission is certainly unique and unrepeatable, as Jesus is absolutely unique. However, in protecting Jesus, in teaching him how to grow in age, wisdom and grace, he is a model for every educator, and in particular for every father. … I ask for you the grace to be every closer to your children, allow them to grow, but be close, close! They need you, your presence, your closeness, your love. Be, for them, like St. Joseph: protectors of their growth in age, wisdom and grace. Guardians of their path, and educators: walk alongside them. And with this closeness, you will be true educators.”
[Pope Francis, General audience on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19, 2014]
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