With so many problems and challenges in the world, especially worsened by the pandemic, people can find strength and guidance in St. Joseph, Pope Francis said.
St. Joseph’s work as a humble carpenter serves as an example of the dignity of hard work that today is often denied to those in need, Pope Francis said.
St. Joseph is as relevant today as he was during the birth and boyhood of Jesus. That understanding was illuminated for hundreds of parishioners in the Diocese of Brooklyn during the “Year of St. Joseph,” which concluded Dec. 8. Pope Francis established this dedicated year for the Church worldwide, and it bore fruit locally.
As part of the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis, the U.S. Catholic Church’s annual Respect Life Month celebration in October “highlights the example of that great saint” as protector of life, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee.
History records very little about St. Joseph. But according to Pope Francis, the Gospel’s depictions of Jesus’ earthly father are potent examples of a loving family man and a solid worker entitled to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Images of St. Joseph can be found around the Diocese of Brooklyn in the form of statues, stained glass windows, even murals, as many churches have their own unique ways of paying tribute to the father of Jesus.
Msgr. Thomas Machalski led a spiritual journey to honor St. Joseph.
It was two nights of spirit-filled prayer, praise and worship, testimonies, talks and fun entitled “Meet Me at the Well,” with youth members of a Queens deanery. The event took place in Jamaica on June 22.
A chilly Sunday morning wasn’t going to stop the determined volunteers who were rocking outside of St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedal, Nov. 4. That’s because for the second year in a row, the Prospect Heights faithful were going to put on a show for those who were willing to give a donation for the missions in Africa.
The feast day of St. Joseph has always been a special celebration here at Msgr. McClancy Memorial H.S., East Elmhurst.