Year of St. Joseph in the Diocese of Raleigh
Marking the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis has proclaimed a year dedicated to St. Joseph.
The Holy Father wrote the apostolic letter, “Patris Corde” (“With a father’s heart”), during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the letter he wrote, “My desire to do so increased during these months of pandemic, when we experienced, amid the crisis, how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people, people often overlooked.” In this, he said, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who played an incomparable role in the history of salvation.
“Patris Corde” reveals the heart of Saint Joseph, who the Holy Father describes as courageous, obedient and loving through his personal reflections.
The Diocese of Raleigh will commence the Year of Saint Joseph on his feast day, March 19. The yearlong observation will continue through December 8, 2021. Resources devoted to Saint Joseph will be updated throughout the year.
Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph
Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama celebrated Mass on March 19 at St. Joseph Church in Raleigh.
Watch the livestream of the Mass on YouTube.
The Holy See has granted a plenary indulgence for the faithful who make a pilgrimage to churches or sacred places named after Saint Joseph during this special year.
Diocesan churches named after Saint Joseph
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