The Year of Saint Joseph
The Holy Father Pope Francis marked the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX’s declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis proclaimed a special “Year of Saint Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 (December 8) and extending to the same feast in 2021.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pope Francis reminds us that Saint Joseph helps us see the importance of “ordinary” people who exercise patience and offer hope without needing the limelight. He reflects on how Saint Joseph was a wonderful, selfless father. Pope Francis highlighted that “he accepted Mary unconditionally.”
In Pope Francis’ declaration of the Year of Saint Joseph he explains that Saint Joseph showed that “faith gives meaning to every event, however happy or sad.” Saint Joseph “encourages us to accept and welcome others as they are, without exception.”
As the patron saint of St. Joseph Hill Academy, our school instills Saint Joseph’s example of love to our students and the entire Hill community. The Daughters of Divine Charity Sisters say a special prayer to Saint Joseph every day that we have shared with you.
O Saint Joseph our Guardian dear, this house and its members keep in your care; that the grace of God and blessings without end may from heaven upon us abundantly descend.
Grant that unity we may possess and love and peace and happiness.
And may the spirit of the fear of God at all times with us abide.
May our every work a virtue be leading us onward to God and to you.
With fervent prayers for this we sigh that you, with us, will always abide.
The key of this house to you we give, grant we may always in happiness live.
Sin and the spirit of darkness, lock out from the hearts of your devoted flock.
Into the Sacred Heart of our Lord enfold us and our dear ones; we you implore, that our home and life may always be like unto Nazareth with Jesus, Mary and you.