Michele Boucher prays to St. Joseph seeking intercession for her 16-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy. She didn’t know this was a possibility until she participated in a 33-day study about becoming consecrated to St. Joseph.
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.
Bishop Robert J. Brennan celebrated Mass Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph to observe World Youth Day. He urged youth teenagers from across the Diocese of Brooklyn to be like St. Joseph, cast off fear, and “Don’t be afraid to give yourself to Jesus.”
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.
The 2021 Catholic Education’s Year of Renewal Summit celebrated the Diocese of Brooklyn’s resilience during the pandemic and encouraged further development of vibrant, rigorous religious education in local schools and faith formation programs.
The 2021 Catholic Education’s Year of Renewal Summit will be open to the public and take place virtually on April 21. The event will celebrate local school students, teachers, staff, and parish communities who have made Catholic education possible throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The unique pastries sfingi and zeppole are back in bakery showcases in time for the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19. The feast this year will occur during the “Year of St. Joseph,” which began on Dec. 8 when Pope Francis called for a year-long celebration of the canonized carpenter.