In addition to the Solemnity of St. Joseph, celebrated March 19th, the entire month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph, foster-father of Jesus, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Patron of the Universal Church.
It’s a great time to pay special attention to the life and example of St. Joseph, and to ask for the intercession of St. Joseph, who intercedes for us at the throne of God.
159 years ago, our founding families chose St. Joseph as the name for our Parish. Golden City was little more than a mining camp at the time, which Fr. Machebeuf would visit as part of his mission in Colorado. St. Joseph’s life of humble and silent obedience to God’s will was (and still is!) a powerful example of faith, which our first families took comfort in as they asked St. Joseph for his intercession and protection through those early years in our pioneer city.
Devotions to St. Joseph have been practiced by many great saints (including St. Bernard, St. Thomas, St. Gertrude, and St. Bridget of Sweden) and popes, including Pope Francis who said:
For more than 40 years, I've been praying a prayer that I found in an old French missal which says of St. Joseph - 'dont la puissance sait rendre possibles les choses impossibles' (whose power makes possible things that are impossible) - and never, ever has he told me no. That's the power of St. Joseph.
This month especially, we too can take advantage of the intercessions of St. Joseph
We can celebrate this month through prayer, devotions, and learning more about St. Joseph. Please see the resources below for more information:
St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of:
The Universal Church
A Happy Death
Devotions to St. Joseph
Sleeping St. Joseph
Cord of St. Joseph
Oil of St. Joseph
St. Joseph Tables
Resources on Formed.org
The School of Nazareth: A Spiritual Journey with St. Joseph
By Mark Hartfiel
Joseph of Nazareth
By Ignatius Press
St. Joseph: Patron of the Universal Church
By Dr. Mark Miravalle (Augustine Institute)
Truth about St. Joseph: Encountering the Most Hidden of Saints
By Fr. Maurice Meschler
Meet Your Spiriutal Father: A Brief Introduction to St. Joseph
By Dr. Mark Miravalle
Husband, Father, Worker: Questions and Answers About St. Joseph
By. Fr. Larry Toaschi, OSJ; Fr. José Antonio Bertolin, OSJ; and Rick Sarkisian