Parishioner John Allen wonders if “maybe we don’t give St. Joseph much thought…[but] notice how the Lord directed St. Joseph as he loved and cared for the Holy Family.” John offers some advice to men, husbands and fathers feeling the weight of their vocation: “When you become distracted due to the cares of your job, or problems with your family, consider and meditate upon St. Joseph. He can lead, guide and assure you.”
“I first did so on an Ignatian retreat.” John explains. “Anxiety was racking my mind in prayers and meditations. I could not put the world aside – thinking of all the things I needed to do, all the things that needed to get done. After a simple meditation and prayer to St. Joseph, I was assured that all these things would work out smoothly, and they did! I still did my part, but it is a small part compared to the grace from this meditation.”
O Glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, whose power can render possible even things which are impossible, come to my aid in my present trouble and distress. Take under thy protection the important and difficult affairs which I entrust to thee, that they may end happily.
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O dear St. Joseph, all my confidence is in thee. Let it not be said that I invoked thee in vain; and since thou art able to obtain everything before Jesus and Mary, show me that thy goodness equals thy power. Amen. St. Joseph, pray for us.
“May St. Joseph become for all of us an exceptional teacher in the service of Christ’s saving mission” (John Paul II, Guardian Of The Redeemer, 1989.)
Have you noticed the St. Joseph Table in the Atrium? The traditional Sicilian St. Joseph day devotion, thanking Joseph for his intercession, has been adapted for us by our Mothers in Faith group. Now in its fourth year, it begins with a Blessing of the St. Joseph Table in the Atrium after the 11 a.m. Mass on Monday, March 20 and continues until 1 p.m. in the Lewis room. See this week’s bulletin or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Come join in the festivities at any time!