Year of St. Joseph
The Year of St. Joseph at Holy Name Cathedral
Welcome to the Year of St. Joseph! Please see our planned activities for 2021. And join us in the Cathedral or via livestream for our monthly Masses to honor St. Joseph. On the second Wednesday of each month, we will have a Votive Mass for St. Joseph. Each Mass will explore a particular aspect of St. Joseph’s life and representation.
THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ST. JOSEPH AS PATRON OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
VATICAN CITY — Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus.
In a Dec. 8 apostolic letter, “Patris Corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), the pope said Christians can discover in St. Joseph, who often goes unnoticed, “an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.”
“St. Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all,” he said.
As Mary’s husband and guardian of the son of God, St. Joseph turned “his human vocation to domestic love into a superhuman oblation of himself, his heart and all his abilities, a love placed at the service of the Messiah who was growing to maturity in his home.”
Despite being troubled at first by Mary’s pregnancy, he added, St. Joseph was obedient to God’s will “regardless of the hardship involved.”
“In every situation, Joseph declared his own ‘fiat,’ like those of Mary at the Annunciation and Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane,” the pope said. “All this makes it clear that St. Joseph was called by God to serve the person and mission of Jesus directly through the exercise of his fatherhood and that, in this way, he cooperated in the fullness of time in the great mystery of salvation and is truly a minister of salvation.”
St. Joseph’s unconditional acceptance of Mary and his decision to protect her “good name, her dignity and her life” also serves as an example for men today, the pope added.
“Today, in our world where psychological, verbal and physical violence toward women is so evident, Joseph appears as the figure of a respectful and sensitive man,” he wrote…
Source: Chicago Catholic 12-08-20
MONTHLY VOTIVE MASSES TO ST. JOSEPH
Here is the Mass from Wednesday, April 14, St. Joseph, Lover of Poverty. Our guest celebrant is Fr. Matthew O’Donnell, Pastor from St. Columbanus Parish in Chicago. Just click on the graphic below to watch the replay.
And please join us on Wednesday, May 12 at 9:30am for St. Joseph: Patron of Workers. Fr. Bill Vollmer, Associate Pastor at Holy Name Cathedral, will be the Celebrant.
PLANNED ACTIVITIES AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL
PAST MASSES AND DEVOTIONS TO ST. JOSEPH
Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19 with Cardinal Blase Cupich:
Conclusion to nine-day Novena for St. Joseph. For each day’s Novena, please visit our YouTube channel