through intercession of st. joseph
To St. Joseph for Protection
Gracious St. Joseph, protect me and my family from all evil as you
did the Holy Family. Kindly keep us ever united in the love of Christ,
ever fervent in imitation of the virtue of our Blessed Lady, your
sinless spouse, and always faithful in devotion to you. Amen.
to Saint Joseph to Know One's Vocation
O Great Saint Joseph, you were completely obedient to the guidance
of the Holy Spirit. Obtain for me the grace to know the state of
life that God in his providence has chosen for me. Since my happiness
on earth, and perhaps even my final happiness in heaven, depends
on this choice, let me not be deceived in making it.
Obtain for me the light to know God's Will, to carry it out faithfully,
and to choose the vocation which will lead me to a happy eternity.
To St. Joseph
Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary, be with us this day.
You protected and cherished the Virgin;
loving the Child Jesus as your son,
you rescued Him from danger of death.
Defend the Church, the household of God,
purchased by the blood of Christ.
Guardian of the Holy Family,
be with us in our trials.
May your prayers obtain for us
the strength to flee from error
and wrestle with the powers of corruption
so that in life we may grow in holiness
and in death rejoice in the crown of victory.
(A partial indulgence.)
to St. Joseph as Consoler of the Afflicted
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
O Saint Joseph, my patron and my advocate, to you do I have recourse
that you may obtain for me that grace for which I humbly pray. It
may well be that the disappointments and the bitterness in my life
may be the just punishment for my sins. But even If I should have
to recognize my own guilt, need I lose hope in obtaining the help
of the Lord? ‘Oh no,’ would be the answer of your devoted
client, Saint Theresa, ‘indeed, nor all you poor sinners.
No matter how great your needs, turn to the powerful help of Saint
Joseph. Go to Saint Joseph with sincere confidence and rest assured
that your pleas will be heard.
Following the teaching of Saint Theresa, therefore, I present myself
before your glorious throne, 0 Holy Saint Joseph and beg for your
powerful intercession in my present tribulations.
Bring my petitions before the throne of God, that by your power
and mercy I may obtain that which of myself I would not be worthy
to receive. And grant that having obtained the favorable answer
to my petition, I may return to your altar and there fulfill my
devotion of praise end thanksgiving for your Intercession.
Remember O most merciful foster father of the Lord Jesus, that no
one who has ever had recourse to you was left unaided. Countless
are the graces and favors which you have obtained in answer to the
prayers addressed to you. The sick, the oppressed, those who suffer
injustice, the betrayed, the abandoned, in short, all who have had
recourse to your protection were aided in their afflictions. O Holy
Saint Joseph, do not leave me to be the only one to be deprived
of your help. Show yourself kindly and generously even to me, so
that my prayers of thanksgiving for your mercy may rebound for the
greater glory of God.
O Saint Joseph, head of the Holy Family, I venerate you from the
profoundest depth of my heart. To the afflicted who have appealed
to you before me, you have granted comfort and peace. Console even
my own poor afflicted soul. You know all my needs, Saint Joseph,
even before I set them before you in prayers. O powerful Saint Joseph,
you know how important this petition is for me. I place all my hope
in your intercession.
Grant me the answer to the favor for which I so desperately pray
and I pledge myself to spread your devotion everywhere and to support,
within the limits of my abilities, those charities which, in your
name, aid the afflicted and the dying throughout the world.
Saint Joseph, consoler of the afflicted, have mercy on my Sorrow.
OF THE SAINTS
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA
St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL
Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI
Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI
Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.
St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI
St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.
ST. ANDREW FOURNET
St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.
St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER
Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.
St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON
St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.
ST. JOHN I
St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.
ST. CELESTINE V
Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA
St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD
Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.
ST. RITA OF CASCIA
St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI
St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND
St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.
Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.
ST. PHILIP NERI
St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.
BLESSED MARGARET POLE
Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.
St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.
ST. JOAN OF ARC
St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.
THE VISITATION OF MARY
Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?