To mark the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis announced the “Year of Saint Joseph.” The observance began on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2020 and will conclude on the same feast this year on December 8, 2021. The proclamation was contained in his apostolic letter entitled “Patris Corde” (With a Father’s Heart).
Pope Francis made special mention of “often overlooked ordinary people,” such as health care workers, care givers, store clerks and supermarket workers, and cleaning personnel, among others.
In light of our challenging times, the Pontiff motivated the faithful to follow the example of Joseph to “set aside all anger and disappointment, and to embrace the way things are, even when they do not turn out as we wish. Not with mere resignation but with hope and courage.”
In honor of the Holy Father’s call, the Companions of St. Anthony have produced a special prayer card to assist in seeking St. Joseph’s guidance, intercession and protection.
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