St. Joseph(Mar 19)

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March 19

Saint Joseph

Patron Saint of the Catholic Church, Carpenters,

Civil Engineers, Craftsmen, Emigrants,

Immigrants, Expectant mothers,

Families, Fathers, Dying People,

Happy Death, Holy Death,

Protection of the Church, Social Justice, Travellers

against Doubt, Hesitation

 .Bless.

Feast Dates:

March 19

May 1 (St. Joseph the Worker)

Additional Patronage:

Cabinetmakers, Candian Armed Forces (in 1941), Confectioners, Craftsmen,Catholic Church (1847 by Blessed Pope Pius IX), House Hunters, Interior Souls, Laborers, Married People, Oblates of Saint Joseph, People who Fight Communism, Pioneers, Pregnant Women, Unborn Children, Universal Church (1847 by Blessed Pope Pius IX), Vatican II; Wheelwrights, Workers, Working People,

Cities:
Carinthia, Austria; Castelplanio, Ancona, Italy; Deschambault, Quebec, Canada; Florence, Italy; Fonte Nuova, Italy; Kalkara, Malta; La Spezia, Italy; Ladispoli, Italy; Laguna Indian Pueblo; Msida, Malta; Orvieto, Italy; Qala, Gozo, Malta; Querceta, Italy; Radazzo, Sicily, Italy; Santa Marinella, Italy; Sicily, Italy; Spadafora, Sicily, Italy; Styria, Austria;Turin, Italy; Tyrol, Austria
Countries:
Americas, Austria, Belgium, Bohemia, Canada, China, Croatian people (in 1687 by decree of the Croatian parliment), Korea, Mexico, New France, New World, Peru, Viet Nam,Birkirkara, Malta;
Archdioceses:
Anchorage, Alaska; Cologne, Germany, Gatineau, Québec, Hartford, Connecticut; Louisville, Kentucky; Lubango, Angola;, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Ottawa, Ontario;Winnipeg, Manitoba
Dioceses:
Balanga, Philippines; Bangued, Philippines; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Biloxi, Mississippi; Buffalo, New York; Butuan, Philippines; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Daet, Philippines; Edmonton, Alberta; Houma-Theibodaux, Louisiana; Itanagar, India; La Crosse, Wisconsin; Libmanan, Philippines; MacKenzie – Fort Smith, Northwest Territories; Manchester, New Hampshire; Mangalore, India; Menevia, Wales; Nashville, Tennessee; Osnabrück, Germany; Rarotonga, Cook Islands; Romblon, Philippines; Rouyn-Noranda, Québec; San Jose, California; San Jose, Nueva Ecija, Philippines; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Tagbilaran, Philippines;Virac, Philippines; Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia; Whitehorse, Yukon Territories; Wloclawek, Poland;
  • Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose, Mindoro, Philippines

Extract from Saint Joseph:  “We know he was a carpenter, a working man, for the skeptical Nazarenes ask about Jesus, “Is this not the carpenter’s son?” (Matthew 13:55). He wasn’t rich for when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified he offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24). Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage. Luke and Matthew disagree some about the details of Joseph’s genealogy but they both mark his descent from David, the greatest king of Israel (Mt 1:1-16; Luke 3:23-38). Indeed the angel who first tells Joseph about Jesus greets him as “son of David,” a royal title used also for Jesus.” See Pictures of St. Joseph and Prayers to St. Joseph..

Extract from Saint Joseph: The existence of Saint Joseph – the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus – comes from Scripture and that has seemed too little for those who made up legends about him.  He was a carpenter, a working man, for the skeptical Nazarenes ask about Jesus, “Is this not the carpenter’s son?”. He wasn’t rich for when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified. He offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb. Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage. Luke and Matthew disagree some about the details of Joseph’s genealogy but they both mark his descent from 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.” See picture of Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph the Worker (Patron Saint of Workers) (Feast Date : May 1st)
Extract from Saint Joseph: “We know he was a carpenter, a working man. He wasn’t rich for when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified he offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24). Joseph came from a royal lineage. Indeed the angel who first tells Joseph about Jesus greets him as “son of David,” a royal title used also for Jesus. When he discovered Mary was pregnant after they had been betrothed, he knew the child was not his but was as yet unaware that she was carrying the Son of God. He planned to divorce Mary according to the law but he was concerned for her suffering and safety. He knew that women accused to adultery could be stoned to death, so he decided to divorce her quietly.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 without question until the angel told him it was safe to go back.”

Extract from St. Joseph: “Descendant of the house of David. Layman. Builder by trade; traditionally a carpenter, but may have been a stone worker. Earthly spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Foster father of Jesus Christ. Visionary who was visited by angels. Noted for his willingness to immediately get up and do what God told him to do.”

Extract from Joseph – Patron of Vietnam: “We know Joseph was a compassionate, caring man. When he discovered Mary was pregnant after they had been betrothed, he knew the child was not his but was as yet unaware that she was carrying the Son of God. He planned to divorce Mary according to the law but he was concerned for her suffering and safety. He knew that women accused to adultery could be stoned to death, so he decided to divorce her quietly and not expose her to shame or cruelty (Matthew 1:19-25). We know Joseph was 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 without question until the angel told him it was safe to go back (Matthew 2:13-23). We know Joseph loved Jesus. His one concern was for the safety of this child entrusted to him. Not only did he leave his home to protect Jesus, but upon his return settled in the obscure town of Nazareth out of fear for his life. When Jesus stayed in the Temple we are told Joseph (along with Mary) searched with great anxiety for three days for him (Luke 2:48). We also know that Joseph treated Jesus as his own son for over and over the people of Nazareth say of Jesus, ‘Is this not the son of Joseph?’ (Luke 4:22)”


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The Missionaries of Mercy and our collaborators have prayed for the intercession of St. Joseph on behalf of those affected by the following disasters:

Collapsed Building in Belgium (January 27, 2010) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 1 – February 14, 2010.

Tropical Storm Mirinae in Viet Nam (November, 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 9 – November 22, 2009.

Financial Crisis and Unemployment in the United States of America (July, 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 3 – 16, 2009.

Killings of indigenous people in Colombia (February 4, 2009) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February 16 – March 1, 2009.

Tropical Storm Noul in Viet Nam (November 21,2008) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 24 – December 7, 2008.

 


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