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The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX proclaiming St. Joseph, the
foster father of Jesus, as the Patron of the Universal Church. “Quemadmodum Deus” was promulgated in 1870.
he year 2020 marks the 150th
anniversary of Pope Pius IX proclaiming St. Joseph, the
foster father of Jesus, as the Patron of the Universal
Church. “Quemadmodum Deus” was promulgated in 1870.
To mark this anniversary, Pope Francis through the Apostolic Letter “Patriscorde” has proclaimed the “Year of
St Joseph” to run from Tuesday, 8th December 2020, through to 8th December 2021.
Here in the Cathedral, we began the ‘Year of St. Joseph’ with the veneration of the statue of St. Joseph on the feast
of the Holy Family.
Throughout the year we will strive to honour St. Joseph as the guardian and protector of the Church and her faithful,
with heartfelt prayer and devotion - encouraging all to take his virtuous life as our model for fulfilling our personal
vocation to holiness.
After the lockdown, we shall take the opportunity of lining up some events to take place in the Cathedral, to mark this
special year. Meanwhile, you will find on the Parish website, resources for the year of St. Joseph http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.htmas well as information on how you may gain a Plenary Indulgence during this year.
We ask St. Joseph to intercede for us and to obtain God’s blessing upon us as we make our way in life during this year.
Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.html
The Year of St. Joseph: What you need to know: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/the-year-of-st-joseph-what-catholics-need-to-know-44623
Plenary Indulgence for the Year of St. Joseph: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-12/apostolic-penitentiary-plenary-indulgence-year-st-joseph.html