On December 8, 2020, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the pope proclaimed a Year of Saint Joseph, which will continue until December 8, 2021, and issued Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), an apostolic letter celebrating the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX’s declaration naming Saint Joseph the patron of the Universal Church.

“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,” Pope Francis wrote.

The pope said he was moved to issue the decree and apostolic letter during the many months of the global pandemic, saying it has shown “‘how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people, people often overlooked.’”

The pope said that, "Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, support, and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation."

And the pope sees in St. Joseph a model for all Catholics to follow because of the trust he placed in the Lord, even when unsure and facing a difficult situation.

The area clergy of Vicariate IV (Androscoggin, Franklin, North Cumberland, North & Northeast Oxford Counties) are hosting a live-streamed event honoring Saint Joseph. Join us for nine days of prayers, hymns, litanies, and reflections in preparation for the celebration of Saint Joseph’s feast day on March 19th.



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.

from Patris Corde