22 February 2021
Feast of the Chair of St. Peter
My dear Friends in Christ,
Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and Forever. Amen!
Our Holy Father Pope Francis declared a Year of St. Joseph from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021 on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.
In his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, our Holy Father refers to Saint Joseph as A Beloved Father; A Tender and Loving Father; An Obedient Father; An Accepting Father; A Creatively Courageous Father; and A Working Father. He presents St. Joseph to us as an example of true fatherhood.
Blessed Pope Pius IX declared St. Joseph the Patron of the Universal Church. Venerable Pope Pius XII declared him Patron of Workers. Pope Saint John Paul II proclaimed St. Joseph Guardian of the Redeemer. And St. Joseph has long been the Patron of A Happy Death.
Although we have no recorded words of St. Joseph in the scriptures, he stands out as a patron we can all invoke, a loving father and courageous guardian.
Here you will find suggestions about how we might celebrate this this Year of St. Joseph, in honor of the protector of the Holy Family — how we might honor this Saint who is invoked by so many.
Especially as we are in the throes of a pandemic, we invoke St. Joseph and ask him to watch over us, to protect, to intercede for us with his Son, Jesus. As St. Joseph guarded and protected our Blessed Mother and her Son we ask Saint Joseph to keep us safe, to be at our side and to walk with us during these trying and challenging times.
Be assured of my prayers. Please, pray for me.
Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington