St. Joseph Novena – March 11-19
The Dominican Shrine of St. Jude
Each year at this time we invite you to pray with us, and St. Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church, for those who no longer practice their faith. But this year the Holy Father has dedicated the whole year to the foster father of Jesus, and so asking his intercession for our loved ones holds special timeliness. The Church will pray for a year, and we will redouble our petitions for nine days in preparation of his feast on March 19.
We begin praying for this intention on March 11. As usual, The Novena Prayer will be said at all Masses in our Parish. At St. Joseph’s Shrine in each of our two Churches you will find holy cards and petition slips. On these we hope you will place the names of those whose lives would be so much more complete by sharing Holy Communion and in the assembly of the Church at Mass.
Click here to listen to Fr. Walter’s daily novena message and
join him in prayer to St. Joseph.
Remember, O most pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my sweet protector Saint Joseph that no one ever had recourse to your protection or implored your aid without obtaining relief. With solid confidence therefore in your goodness, I come before you, and humbly implore to you. Do not turn a deaf ear to my petitions, foster-father of the Redeemer, but graciously receive them and answer them.
St. Joseph The Good Provider
Hail dear Spouse of the Virgin Mary!
Hail watchful Guardian and faithful Protector of her child!
Joseph, best of Teachers!
Hail Protector of the poor and frail!
Hear me, kind St. Joseph!
Hear me who most needs your love
and who knows you will not turn away from me
in the hour of my great need.
V. Saint Joseph, pray for me!
R. Now and at the hour of my death. Amen.
Solemnity of St. Joseph – March 19
Friday, March 19 is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church. There will be a sung Mass at 6 PM at St. Vincent Ferrer.
Pope Francis has declared this Year of Saint Joseph, in celebration of the sesquicentennial of Blessed Pope Pius’s IX declaration of St. Joseph as our Universal Patron.
Click here for the Worship Leaflet for the
Solemnity of St. Joseph Solemn Mass