The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, R.C.

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Saint Joseph

Feast Days: March 19, May 1
Also known as the Patron of the Universal Church

Saint Joseph is an important figure in Christian belief, the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus. According to Christian tradition he was not the biological father of Jesus, but acted as his foster-father and as head of the Holy Family. Joseph is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches. The gospels describe Joseph as a "carpenter", and in Roman Catholic and other traditions, Joseph is the patron saint of workers and was also declared to be the patron saint and protector of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius IX in 1870.

Saint Joseph is also the patron of several countries and regions, the unofficial patron against doubt and hesitation, as well as the patron saint of fighting communism, and of a happy death. Having died in the "arms of Jesus and Mary" according to Catholic tradition, he is considered the model of the pious believer who receives grace at the moment of death, and prays especially for families, fathers, expectant mothers, travelers, immigrants, craftsmen, and engineers. Saint Thomas Aquinas discussed the necessity of the presence of Saint Joseph in the plan of the Incarnation for if Mary had not been married, according to tradition the Jews would have stoned her and that in his youth Jesus needed the care and protection of a human father.

There is much we wish we could know about Joseph -- where and when he was born, how he spent his days, when and how he died. But Scripture has left us with the most important knowledge: who he was -- "a righteous man" (Matthew 1:18).

"He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord" (quote from St. Bernardine of Siena).

Prayer Of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted son. Amen

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