From the desk of Sr. Kathy…
On December 8, 2020, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis declared A year of Consecration to St. Joseph. On January 14, 2021, Bishop Guglielmone declared an Act of Consecration – Entrustment of the Diocese of Charleston to St. Joseph, the Universal Patron of the Church. (See Below) Even though we know very little of St. Joseph from the Sacred Scriptures, the church acknowledges his key role in Salvation History as husband of our blessed mother, foster father of Jesus and guide to the Holy Family.
In this year of consecration, the Holy Father commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Blessed Pius IX proclaiming St. Joseph as “Patron of the Universal Church. Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC wrote to the Holy Father about his new book Consecration to St. Joseph Patron of Universal Church and Terror of Demons, and perhaps this prompted Pope Francis declaration. The book highlights a 33-day consecration to St. Joseph. To purchase the book ($14.95) visit click here.
His holiness wrote an Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde (with a Father’s Heart) Apostolic Letter Patris Corde of the Holy Father Francis on the 150th Anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church (8 December 2020) | Francis (vatican.va) The Pontiff asks us to consecrate ourselves to St. Joseph especially during this time of Covid, keeping society afloat and all essential workers for who for almost a year have responded to the needs of those most vulnerable.
On March 19, 2013, Pope Francis began his Pontificate. At that time, both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict consecrated Vatican City to St. Joseph and St. Michael. It appears that both men have had a special devotion to St. Joseph for a very long time.
One can receive a Plenary Indulgence from the Vatican for the remission of sin. The Holy Father hopes that all of us commit ourselves to prayer and good works, to obtain comfort and relief from serious human and social trials gripping our world…especially with regard to the global pandemic and extreme violence in the world.
To receive the indulgence, one needs to do the following:
- Meditate on the Our Father;
- Attend spiritual retreat; prayers to St. Joseph;
- Carry out a corporal and spiritual work of Mercy;
- Recite the Holy Rosary with your family;
- Entrust your day and ministry to St. Joseph for his
Protection and intercession;
- Pray to St. Joseph for persecuted Christians
- Recite a prayer to St. Joseph; and,
- Do an act of piety for elderly, sick and dying toEntrust their discomforts to St. Joseph.
Prayer to St. Joseph
(Courtesy of St. Joseph Church, Columbia, South Carolina)
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also. Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities. O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.