Solemnity of St. Joseph 2023

Hi All,

This Monday, the 20th is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Joseph gets very little accolades for all he did as the human father of Jesus. This day is typically celebrated on the 19th, but with that day being a Sunday, the Solemnity has been transferred to Monday the 20th.

As we look at St. Joseph, he is venerated as the model of humility, obedience, and fatherly love. He is often depicted as a carpenter, reflecting his role as a skilled craftsman who provided for his family. St. Joseph is also considered a patron saint of workers, fathers, and families.

The origins of the Solemnity of St. Joseph date back to the 15th century when Pope Sixtus IV established it as a local feast day for the Franciscan Order. It was later extended to the entire Catholic Church by Pope Gregory XV in the 17th century.

On this day, Catholics around the world attend Mass, pray to St. Joseph for his intercession, and reflect on his example of faith and devotion. The feast day is also an opportunity to honor fathers and all those who work to support their families.

Your challenge this week is going to be the following:

  1. What is it that holds you back from opening your eyes to believing, seeing, and feeling the love Christ has for you?
  2. What are you going to do different this week to express your love for Christ to others?

Peace and God Bless
Fr. Ron Richards

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