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Year of St. Joseph

Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021. The Year of St Joseph is being launched in schools in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle from March 2021 in time to celebrate Joseph’s feast day on 19 March. In the Apostolic Letter Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. We will be celebrating each of those attributes through liturgical prayer each month, reflecting on the Gospel stories about Joseph and commemorating his feast days.

An Introduction