Third Sunday in Advent

“Joseph is a man who goes ‘unnoticed,’ who welcomes the mystery and puts himself at its service, never putting himself at the center, but who resolves things that are impossible…a true husband and father, the fiancé who ‘accepted Mary unconditionally’ and the man in whom ‘Jesus saw the tender love of God.’ -Pope Francis

 

 

FROM YOUR PASTOR

 

What will the YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH be TO YOU?

 

Through the centuries, the Church has given  increased insight into YOUR ANSWER to that question.

 

Beginning in the 15th Century, Pope Sixtus V fixed March 19th as the date on which the Saint Known By His Silence is celebrated. Pope Pius IX, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1870, proclaimed Saint Joseph the Patron of the Universal Church.

 

Pope Pius XII responded to the distress of the Italian Workers who lamented about a lack of Christian Presence in the Public Life while socialist ideologies seemed to be taking over. He established May 1st as the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker — the ‘humble artisan of Nazareth’ who is the personification  of ‘the dignity of the worker before God’ and the ‘provident guardian’ of their families.

 

On November 13, 1962, Saint Pope John XXIII decreed that Saint Joseph’s name be inserted into the Roman Canon, alongside Mary’s name and before those of the Apostles.

 

Pope Saint Paul VI celebrated Mass on the Solemity of Saint Joseph each year invoking his complete ‘submission and dedication’ to his Mission by ‘superhuman greatness.’ In Saint Joseph,  ‘small becomes great.’

 

Saint John Paul II linked the ‘charism of virginity and the gift of matrimony…It is appropriate to suppose that he is not an elderly man,  but that his interior perfection, a consequence of grace, led him to live his special relationship with Mary with virginal affection.’

 

Pope Benedict XVI described Saint Joseph as ‘just’ even in his SILENCE to the World. ‘It is no exaggeration to think that it was precisely from his ‘father’ Joseph that Jesus learned — at the human level — that interioriority  which is a presupposition of authentic justice, the ‘superior justice’  which he was one day to teach his disciples.’

 

Pope Francis decreed on May 1, 2013, that the name of Saint Joseph, the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, be added in Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV.

 

On this December 8th, OUR FEAST DAY of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, Pope Francis proclaimed the YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH through December 8, 2021.

 

WHY? In his declaration, the Holy Father cites the VIRTUES OF SAINT JOSEPH essential to this Time of COVID:

 

>A Beloved, Tender, and Obedient Father;

 

>A Spirituality that Accepts proactively the Will of God rather than seeking Explanations of a Mystery;

 

>A Creative Courage that guides and protects his Young Family On the Move;

 

>A Commitment to the Value, Dignity, and Joy of Work essential to Self-Esteem;

 

>A Most Chaste Father based in Self-Giving Love and Extraordinary Freedom;

 

>A Parental Responsibility that encourages the Freedom of His Child; and

 

>A Radical Trust in the Divine Unknown.

 

And so We Pray…

 

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,

Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To you God entrusted his only Son;

in you Mary placed her trust;

with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

 

+May God Bless You and Keep You+