St. Joseph Novena
Novena Prayer – March 10th to 18th, 2021
Remember, O St. Joseph, loving and powerful protector, that according to the testimony of your faithful servant, great St. Teresa, no one who is truly devoted to you has seen his petition rejected. Filled with confidence and hope I come to you worthy Spouse of Mary Immaculate. Do not close your ears to my prayers, you who have the glorious title of Father of Jesus, but hear it and present it for me to Him who has vouchsafed to be called your son. Amen.
St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, Pray for us.!
Dear Friends in Christ,
The Feast of St. Joseph will soon be upon us. After all the celebrations of the Christmas season, it seems to have come quickly this year.
St. Joseph was so much a part of Jesus’ life, may he be a part of our life too. Please join with us in the novena to St. Joseph from March 10th to 18th inclusive. During this Year of St. Joseph, the Holy Father has also decreed a Year of the Family to begin on the Feast of St. Joseph 2021 and end in June 2022, for the World Meeting of Families in Rome. This is also for the 5th anniversary of the publication of his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”).
In this novena, we pray for all your intentions especially for the good of your families.
We are tentatively planning for the celebration of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for Sunday, July 18th at 2:00 pm. Please keep in mind that this will greatly depend on whether or not there will be covid restrictions in place. We will try to inform everyone the best we can in due time. There will be more information in the next novena.
Your Sisters in Christ, Mary and Joseph,
The Carmelite Nuns.
Go, then to Joseph, and do all that he shall say to you;
Go to Joseph, and obey him as Jesus and Mary obeyed him;
Go to Joseph, and speak to him as they spoke to him;
Go to Joseph, and consult him as they consulted him;
Go to Joseph, and honour him as they honoured him;
Go to Joseph, and be grateful to him as they were grateful to him;
Go to Joseph, and love him, as they love him still.
St. Alphonsus Liguori
We want to express our gratitude to all the generous donors for this project. We were able to purchase the plywood needed for the inside of the garage/workshop which we have dedicated to St. Joseph the Worker.
May God’s face shine upon you with blessings. There is still more work needed to finish, like painting and sealing the ceilings, walls, floors and putting the electrical fixtures in, just to name a few. We would like to share a few more pictures with you to show the progress being made.
Year of St. Joseph
On December 8th, 1870, Blessed Pius IX proclaimed St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church. On December 8th, 2020, Pope Francis declared the Year of St. Joseph. He has written a beautiful Apostolic Letter, called Patris Corde, in honor of this anniversary. The following quotation and prayer are taken from it and we encourage everyone to read it. It can be downloaded and printed for free from the Vatican website HERE.
“The aim of this Apostolic Letter is to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.”
Prayer by Pope Francis:
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
First Profession of Vows
February 2, 2021 we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. On that day during Mass, Sr. Mary of the Holy Spirit made her Temporary Profession of Vows. Due to Covid, it was a private Mass. However we were overjoyed that Bishop Joseph Nguyen was able to come to preside and share this day with us.