St Joseph, husband of Mary


On Friday of this week the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary and Patron of the Universal Church. Pope Francis has invited all Catholics to observe 2021 as a "Year of Saint Joseph" and he encourages us to grow in our prayer to Joseph and in our love for him. Our parish and every family and individual within it is dedicated to Joseph and Mary under the patronage of The Holy Family of Nazareth.-


Written by Sister Madeleva Williams, CSJ

Not much is known of Joseph.
He was husband, father, provider - everyday.
He had dreams.
They weren't always clear and easy, but they were his.
Eventually they changed his mind and heart.
He lived out his dreams.
He was a just man, someone you can count on.
Displaced, a common worker, no name but carpenter, this Joseph.
Yet one wonders how each person, each place was neighbour to him:
For the child he called son treated none as stranger.
Perhaps the mark of greatness is not the accomplishing
of great moments, great movements, great works.
Perhaps the mark of greatness is facing life as it comes,
being content with the daily, what we call ordinary.
Joseph was that kind of man, a man with a common touch, a saint.
Quiet, living on the verge of mystery,
he was left with dreams and the work of his hands