OLA @ HOME: Year of Saint Joseph

Year of St. Joseph

The Diocese of Venice in Florida will celebrate a “Year of St. Joseph” from March 19, 2020 to March 19, 2021. “Particularly in this time of uncertainty in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is appropriate to seek the intercessions of the saints for guidance and protection,” Bishop Dewane said. “St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ, is the Patriarch of the Universal Church. He is also guardian and protector of the Church and Her faithful. Therefore, I declare that the next year be a ‘Year of St. Joseph’ as we join in heartfelt prayer and devotion, encouraging all to take his life as our model for fulfilling our personal call to holiness.”

“St. Joseph is a figure who lead by example, while also offering powerful prayer and protection,” Bishop Dewane said. 

Throughout the coming months, there will be announcements as events are planned, as well as prayer petitions, and other items. A prayer card will also be distributed students in the Diocesan Catholic Schools, encouraging the students seek the intercession of St. Joseph to pray for all fathers.

Masses and special events will also take place at each of the locations in the Diocese named after the saint: St. Joseph Parish and Catholic School in Bradenton; St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Moore Haven; San Jose Mission in Fort Myers and Campo San Jose Retreat Center in Lake Placid.

 “We call upon St. Joseph during this special year as our patron and protector, so that we may indeed grow closer to the Lord,” Bishop Dewane said. 

(article from The Florida Catholic, March 17, 2020)

Feast Days throughout the Year

St. Hugh of Grenoble: April 1

In the midst of our confusing life these days, let us pray for the ability to rise above the fray and to see things in the light of faith as did Saint Hugh. Amen.

The Annunciation of the Lord: March 25

The feast of the Annunciation, now recognized as a solemnity, was first celebrated in the fourth or fifth century. Its central focus is the Incarnation: God has become one of us.

St. Oscar Romero: March 24

Salvadorean Archbishop who became the voice of the voiceless poor in his nation. By his example, may we learn to speak for those most in need.

St. Joseph: March 19

Patron of the Universal Church, unborn children, fathers, workers, travelers, immigrants, and a happy death. May his quiet example of humble obedience help us through the year ahead, especially through the uncertainties of the Coronavirus pandemic.