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ST. JOSEPH
ST. JOSEPH
“...Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.” – Matthew 1:16


Although the Bible doesn’t record a single word he spoke, St. Joseph played a vital role in our salvation history by being the protector of our Saviour and his mother. And he’s our protector, too!

Following the example of Jesus and Mary, countless Christians across the ages have entrusted themselves to St. Joseph. He is the patron of families and fathers; the patron of carpenters, craftsmen, and workers in general; the patron of immigrants and travellers; the patron of a happy death; and the patron of several countries, including Canada, Belgium, and Vietnam. And in 1870, Pope Pius IX declared him the patron of the Universal Church.

In this Year of St. Joseph, we are invited to discover (or rediscover) the great friend and intercessor we all have in him. Here are some resources to help you along the way, starting with a new video novena!

St. Joseph Novena

Day 1 - Workers

Day 1 - Workers

Day 2 - Travellers

Day 2 - Travellers

Day 3 - Fathers

Day 3 - Fathers

Day 4 - Preborn Children

Day 4 - Preborn Children

Day 5 - Families

Day 5 - Families

Day 6 - Home Life

Day 6 - Home Life

Day 7 - People in Doubt

Day 7 - People in Doubt

Day 8 - Happy Death

Day 8 - Happy Death

Day 9 - Universal Church

Day 9 - Universal Church


St. Joseph Novena Prayer

Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. After Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example of holiness, for you are especially close to God. I humbly entrust myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.

Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, pray for me that I may have a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Loving Saint Joseph, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession. Obtain from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare.

Refer to the corresponding day...
  1. I pray for workers of all fields and crafts that serve God and His children, as well as people who are without jobs and stable income, that the Lord will provide a way for them.
  2. I pray for immigrants, refugees, and other travellers, that their journeys may be safe and Spirit-led.
  3. I pray for all fathers and father figures in the Church and domestic life, that, like St. Joseph, they may be models of God's love within our families and communities on earth.
  4. I pray for all expectant mothers and preborn children, that their lives be protected and beloved.
  5. I pray for families of all shapes and sizes, that Christ remain at the centre of our lives as we reflect
  6. I pray for people selling, buying, or searching for a new home, especially those without a physical home, that they find the shelter they need.
  7. I pray for those who are in doubt and despair, that they be comforted by the Light of Christ.
  8. I pray for those who are sick and dying, that they be surrounded by people who love and care for them.
  9. I pray for the Universal Church, and the intentions of Pope Francis, that we may always be united with one another through the grace of God.
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Refer to the corresponding day...
  1. St. Joseph, Model of Artisans, Pray for us!
  2. St. Joseph, Patron of Travellers and Immigrants, Pray for us!
  3. St. Joseph, Light of Patriarchs, Pray for us!
  4. St. Joseph, Diligent Protector of Christ, Pray for us!
  5. St. Joseph Pillar of Families, Pray for us!
  6. St. Joseph, Glory of Home Life, Pray for us!
  7. St. Joseph, Solace of the Wretched, Pray for us!
  8. St. Joseph, Hope of the Sick and Patron of a Happy Death, Pray for us!
  9. St. Joseph, Protector of the Holy Church, Pray for us!
Holy Family with bird, c. 1650, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Holy Family with bird, c. 1650, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
“Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”
– Pope Francis, Patris Corde

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