Consecration to St. Joseph
On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis declared a "Year of St. Joseph" for the whole church. When your house is in disorder, you need a father to bring order and peace. That is the role of St. Joseph, our Spiritual Father. St. Stephen's Congregation will be consecrated to St. Joseph on Father's day, June 20th, 2021. We will fedicate this year to learning more about St. Joseph, his role in our church and how he can assist us to reach our ultimate goal - heaven.
We need St. Joseph for two important reasons: first, to protect marriage and family (at Fatima, both the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph appeared to Sr. Lucia and she stated "The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of satan will be about marriage and the family") and second, to reintroduce usto what it means to be a Baptized Catholic. Many Catholics have fallen away from our roots, don't practice their faith and are on a path to self-destruction. St. Joseph will lead us back to God.
Consecration simply means you acknowledge St. Joseph as your Spiritual Father and through your daily prayers, ask his help, guidance and protection to become holy and lead you to God, by living the virtues he embodied - humilty, justice, patience, silence, sacrifice, purity of mind/body.
Watch your bulletin for weekly informational items on St. Joseph. This fall we will offer small group opportunities to discuss the book by Fr. Donald Calloway "Consecration to St. Joseph - the Wonders of our Spiritual Father." The books are available in the narthex for a free will donation.
Litany prayer cards are also available near the display in the narthex. We will pray part of the Litany each week following Communion at Mass.
We hope to encourage your devotion to St. Joseph during these offerings!
This is the "Year of St. Joseph"
As we learn more about St. Joseph each week, we will better understand the titles referring to him:
Spiritual Father, Patron & Protector of the Church, Guardian & Head of the Holy Family.
Who knows better than St. Joseph about how to love, protect, nourish and teach than the father of Jesus?
He left the comfort of his home in Nazareth to flee with his family to Egypt to protect them from Herod. There he provided a home for years, in a strange land. In that foreign land, he taught his son Jesus, how to walk, to play and to pray. Joseph taught Jesus what it means to be fully human - what it means to be part of a family. When Jesus began his ministry, he knew the importance of a strong marriage and a strong family from this human experience.
Pray to St. Joseph to strengthen your marriage and your family!
Prayer to Saint Joseph
To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family,
defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us
every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
O our most mighty protector, be kind to us
and from heaven assist us in our struggle
with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril,
so now protect God's Holy Church
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.