Special devotional opportunity
Pope Francis is calling attention to the adoptive father of Jesus, emphasizing St. Joseph's quiet, behind-the-scene, protective and faith-filled love for the Christ Child. A group of parishioners in conjunction with Iowa Catholic Radio Network organized a Consecration to St. Joseph. Lead your family, lead a group or privately make this sacred consecration. It starts July 14 and follows Father Don Calloway's 33-day preparation book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father. Daily prayers of consecration can be heard beginning July 14 at 3:20 p.m. on Iowa Catholic Radio. The preparation will culiminate with a 4 p.m. Mass and consecration on Sunday, Aug. 15 at St. Patrick Parish at Irish Settlement. Bishop William Joensen will be the celebrant. The Mass will also commemorate the 110th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Des Moines. For more information, contact Deacon Mark Campbell.
Why do we have this special year?
Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), named this the Year of St. Joseph in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the saint being named patron of the Universal Church. The celebration extends from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2020 to Dec. 8, 2021.
"St. Joseph fulfilled his calling to be protector and father figure to Jesus with humility, charity and creative courage," said Bishop William Joensen. Very little of St. Joseph is mentioned in the Gospels. "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. St. Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all." (Patris corde)
Archbishop Michael Jackels shared these insights on the benefits of learning more about St. Joseph and praying for his intercession.
Here is a presentation by Bishop Joseph Tyson, of the Diocese of Yakima, providing a more indepth explanation.
Wednesday is the traditional day of the week for devotions to St. Joseph.
There are several opportunities for grace through this special year.
- The Catholic Church is granting plenary indulgences in honor of the Year of St. Joseph. Read here the conditions for receiving an indulgence.
- This novena was crafted for those on the path to adoption. Those whose lives are touched by adoption are encouraged to ask St. Joseph to intercede for them, particularly couples who yearn to be adoptive parents.
One can consecrate their life to St. Joseph, meaning they want to live their life as closely to that of St. Joseph and ask him to lead them to God. Here one prayer of consecration and here is another resource for consecration. Click here for Reflections, Prayers, Devotions, and Consecration to St. Joseph.