Spirituality of St. Joseph
As guardian of the Redeemer and protector of the Church, St. Joseph serves our parish as a model of humility, dedicating himself to the service of his Family, silently doing the ordinary in an extraordinary way always trusting in Divine Providence.
The spouse of Mary the mother of Jesus and the legal father of Jesus according to Jewish law, Joseph is a model of humility and obedience to God’s will. He followed God’s instructions, given by angels in dreams, and took the pregnant Mary into his home as his wife, protected her and Jesus at the child’s birth in Bethlehem through the family’s sojourn in Egypt, and provided for them as a carpenter in Nazareth. This feast, which was celebrated locally as early as the ninth century, became a universal feast in the Fifteenth century, when it was placed on the liturgical calendar. Pope Pius IX named St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church in 1870; he is also the patron saint of carpenters, the dying, and workers. -From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops