Feast Day: March 19th
Patron of: Carpenters, a happy death, Fathers, and Social Justice


Prayer to St. Joesph
O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in the spirit of penance in expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations; to gratefully and joyously deem it an honor to employ and to develop by labor the gifts I have received from God, to work methodically, peacefully, and in moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from it through weariness or difficulty to work; above all, with purity of intention and unselfishness, having unceasingly before my eyes death and the account I have to render of time lost, talents unused, good not done, and vain complacency in success, so baneful to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all to imitate thee, O Patriarch St. Joseph!

About the Rosary

We know Joseph was a carpenter. He wasn’t rich for when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised he offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb. Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came form a royal lineage. Joseph was a decendant of David the greatest king of Israel. Indeed the angel who first tells Joseph about Jesus greets him as “son of David,” a royal title used also for Jesus.
The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment be describing him as a ‘just’ man. When the Bible speaks of God ‘justifying’ someone it means that God, the All-Holy or ‘Righteous’ One, transforms a person so that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really ‘right’ for God to love him or her. By saying Joseph was ‘just,’ the Bible means that he was one who was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him. He became holy by opening himself totally to God. Think of the kind of love he had for Mary, and the depth of the love they shared during their marriage. We know Joseph was a man of faith, obedient to whatever God asked of him without knowing the outcome. When the angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him the truth about the child Mary was carrying, Joseph immediately and without question or concern for gossip, took Mary as his wife. When the angel came again to tell him that his family was in danger, he immediately left everything he owned, all his family and friends, and fled to a strange country with his young wife and the baby. He waited in Egypt until the angel told him it was safe to go back. The just man was simply, joyfully, wholeheartedly obedient to God – in marrying Mary, in naming Jesus, in shepherding the precious pair to Egypt, in bringing them to Nazareth, in the undetermined number of years of quiet faith and courage.