The Year of St Joseph

Marking a Special Anniversary this Year...

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. 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 an.d 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, please find below some resources for the year of St. Joseph as well as information on how you may gain a Plenary Indulgence during this year.

Apostolic Letter of St Francis
Year of St Year of St Joseph - What you need to know
Plenary indulgence for the Year of St Joseph

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.

Prayer for the Year of St Joseph

Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph,

whose power makes the impossible possible,

come to my aid in these times of anguish and difficulty.

Take under your protection

the serious and troubling situations that I commend to you,

that they may have a happy outcome.

My beloved father, all my trust is in you.

Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain,

and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary,

show me that your goodness is as great as your power.