Year of St. Joseph

We are extending the year long celebration to April 23, 2022 in anticipation of the 175th anniversary of our Diocese.

Pope Francis
has proclaimed a 
“Year of St. Joseph”

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. He 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. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St. Joseph.”

Read Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde” here.

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Ways to Celebrate 


Monthly Themes during the Year of St. Joseph

How to Celebrate on the Parish Level

Suggestions and ideas on how to celebrate the Year of Saint Joseph within your parish. Additional events and ideas will be updated throughout the year.

  • Recite a prayer to St. Joseph after daily Masses.
  • Promote the Year of St. Joseph events in your parish bulletins and social media channels
  • Offer opportunities for parishioners to participate in the diocesan-wide 33-day consecration to St. Joseph both virtually and in-person. 
  • Saint Joseph’s Table: On March 19th, Italians (and Italian-Americans) celebrate St. Joseph’s Table, a shared celebrate with the community where the riches of food are given as alms to the poor. 
  • Highlight St. Joseph statue, side altar, artwork, etc.
  • Promote pilgrimages to St. Joseph parishes in the diocese and the plenary indulgence offered.
  • Distribute prayer cards or St. Joseph medals, which you can purchase through our Catholic Store (Call 847-8715 to order) 
  • Focus on monthly themes for the Year of St. Joseph.  

Pilgrimage of Parishes

Take dad (or anyone that wants to go) on a pilgrimage of parishes devoted to Saint Joseph! Here are just a few…