Fathers are not born, but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child. Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person.

From Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde”

Pope Francis recently declared 2021 as the Year of St. Joseph. This year runs Dec. 8, 2020, to Dec. 8, 2021.

HolyFamilyOrlando.com is providing several resources for you to go deeper into veneration of St. Joseph and his role in the Holy Family.

About St. Joseph


Pope proclaims a year dedicated to St. Joseph – Our Sunday Visitor, Dec. 8, 2020

Plenary indulgence offered in Year of St. Joseph, Vatican News, via aleteia.org.

Why two feasts for St. Joseph? – Teaching Catholic Kids

Why should we have a devotion to St. Joseph? – CatholicExchange.com.

Does St. Joseph invite you to manage your expectations? Consider the pope’s reflections – Aleteia.org

Feast days

  • March 19 – Solemnity of St. Joseph
  • May 1 – Optional Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker


Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde”, issued on the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.

Novena to St. Joseph, from EWTN

Advent video on St. Joseph by RedeemedOnline.com; (requires free login)

Prayers and Devotions to St. Joseph – sensusfidelum.us (also includes a Litany of St. Joseph)

Five Ways Joseph Helps Us Live Out Advent – CatholicExchange.com

Prayer to St. Joseph

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

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