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Honoring Saint Joseph and Celebrating the Family

Honoring Saint Joseph and Celebrating the Family

The Year of Saint Joseph

Pope Francis is marking the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as the patron of the universal Church in a special way. He has released a new apostolic letter, With a Father’s Heart (Patris corde), and proclaimed a special Year of Saint Joseph beginning on 12/8/20, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and extending to the same feast in 2021. Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a father who was beloved, tender, loving, obedient, accepting, creatively courageous, working, and in the shadows.

The Year of the Family

Pope Francis has also called for a time to celebrate the family. Officially named the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family,” this celebration begins on March 19, 2021, the fifth anniversary of his signing the apostolic exhortation The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia). It continues through the World Meeting of Families in Rome on June 26, 2022.

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Saint Joseph

Family Life – Prayer

Family Life – Church Year

Family Life – Family Activities

Family Life – Technology and Social Media   

Family Life – Parenting

Family Life – Marriage