In anticipation of the upcoming feast of St. Joseph, the Worker on May 1st, I am encouraging all of us to prepare by praying a novena to invoke our holy Patron’s intercession for all our families, especially for those who work in the many essential services we all need and for those who have lost jobs as result of the COVID pandemic.
Novenas are a beautiful and spiritually fruitful Catholic tradition. Praying or “doing” a novena is the recitation of a set of special prayers each day for nine straight days. It usually does not take too long (less than 10 minutes) and is often done to ask for the intercession of a saint before his or her feast day. Looking at the calendar, the novena to St Joseph should start today, April 22, 2020 to be complete by his next feast day of May 1st! If you cannot start praying the Novena on the 22nd, fear not, you can begin at any time.
On Friday, May 1st, we will livestream a special Holy Hour starting at 6:30pm to consecrate ourselves, our families, our parish, and, especially, all our essential workers and those unemployed to the care of our Patron, St. Joseph under his title the Worker. God entrusted His only-Begotten Son and His Virgin Mother to the care and protection of St. Joseph. So, we also want and even need to commend ourselves to this "just man" knowing he is our spiritual father. We have created a special page on the parish’s website with the instructions for the Novena and the prayers (click here).
For those who have been preparing for the total Consecration to St. Joseph using the 33-day preparation recently written by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, you will have an opportunity to also do your consecration during the May 1st livestream Holy Hour.
Before our world was turned upside down as a result of the pandemic, we were planning on doing a parish-wide Consecration to St. Joseph using Fr. Calloway’s preparation. Since we were not able to get this preparation for the Consecration more widely promoted and get the books to everyone who wanted to participate, we will do another “official” parish-wide consecration on a future feast day of our Patron when it can be done at the Church in-person.
St. Joseph Pray for us!