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Pope Declares 'Year of St. Joseph'

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Just when it would seem this Dec. 8 couldn't be any sweeter for the Marian Fathers, Pope Francis dropped a spiritual bomb.

He has declared a "Year of St. Joseph" beginning today, a decision that underscores the Marian Fathers' yearlong effort promoting consecration to St. Joseph.

According to the Vatican, the Holy Father's decision was made against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quoting the Holy Father's new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde ("With a Father's Heart"), Vatican News said the worldwide pandemic "has helped us see more clearly the importance of 'ordinary' people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, 'the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,' who nonetheless played 'an incomparable role in the history of salvation.'"

The announcement corresponds with the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX's declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. The date also marks the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast day of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, and 350 years since the founding of the Marian Fathers. Indeed, in 1670, St. Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701) — a Polish priest, mystic, preacher, and writer who staked his life upon the mystery of the Immaculate Conception — made what's known as his Oblatio, offering himself to God and to the Blessed Mother and professing his intention to found his spiritual Congregation. 

A patron of the Marian Fathers, St. Joseph has been a spiritual model for Marian priests and brothers since the Congregation's founding. Through Marian Press, the Marians have promoted St. Joseph as a spiritual model for all the Church, most notably with the publication one year ago of the book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father, by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC.

The book has sold 150,000 copies in the United States, making it one of the fastest selling Marian Press books of the last decade. It has routinely been in Amazon's top 10 list of Catholic books. Sales have been strong in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand, as well. The book is available in Spanish. It will soon be available in German, French, Slovakian, Polish, and Croatian. A streaming audiobook launch this summer has been a major success.

Since the book's publication, 11 dioceses in the United States and two in England have declared a Year of St. Joseph. Bishop John O. Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, in New York, today released a pastoral letter titled "Go to Joseph."

"It's incredible. It's just been off the charts," said Fr. Donald. "My phone has been pinging every day, all day, for months. I am receiving emails from around the world. There is so much happening with St. Joseph I can't keep up with it."

For the record, last year (May 1, 2019), Fr. Donald wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking him to consider declaring a Year of St. Joseph for the entire Church. He had the letter translated into Spanish. On May 2, 2019, Bishop Hector Zordan from the Diocese of Gualeguaychu, Argentina, hand-delivered the letter to Pope Francis while in Rome. We have a picture of their meeting that shows the bishop and the Holy Father holding the letter and discussing it. We'll publish the photo in the next issue of Marian Helper magazine.

Father Donald sees the Holy Spirit at work in all of this.

"Something is up," he said. "Since 1870, when Pope Pius IX declared St. Joseph the Patron of the Universal Church — telling the world to turn to Joseph as our loving father, our spiritual father — there has been so much momentum, and now it's reaching a crescendo.

"The whole Church is now coming around to St. Joseph," said Fr. Donald. "I never anticipated the book being this big, but at a time when families are under attack, marriages are falling apart, when people have turned away from God, when there's so much anxiety and fear, we really do need St. Joseph. We need his protection. Now is the time of St. Joseph."

In tandem with the Holy Father's declaration, the Apostolic Penitentiary issued a decree granting special indulgences for the year "to perpetuate the entrustment of the whole Church to the powerful patronage of the Custodian of Jesus." 

The "Year of St. Joseph" extends through Dec. 8, 2021.

According to the decree, throughout the year, the faithful will have the opportunity to commit themselves "with prayer and good works, to obtain, with the help of St. Joseph, head of the heavenly Family of Nazareth, comfort and relief from the serious human and social tribulations that besiege the contemporary world today."

Here are the conditions for receiving the plenary indulgence.

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K - Jan 5, 2021

Dear St. Joseph just as you protected Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary, please pray that ALL people will be given the wisdom to understand that life in the womb still needs protection, and under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should aborted fetal tissue be used in vaccines... Pray for us.

Mary Anne - Jan 5, 2021

The intercession of St. Joseph & Our Lady is very powerful. St. Joseph is very special to me. He does answer prayers!! Just think of how close he was with Our Lady & Jesus!!! He was the father if that Divine Household!!!

Bonnie - Jan 4, 2021

I don't believe it is fair for seniors to have to share on Facebook and Twitter to get a plenary indulgence. I am so happy that we now have a year of St Joseph. The book on consecration to St Joseph is excellent. Please St Joseph, heal our economy and let us get back to work. Thank you.

Mary Kay - Jan 4, 2021

St. Joseph, I pray your intercessory prayer to God to watch over and heal the USA, correct the 2020 election wrongdoings, assist Congress to conduct truthful meeting January 6th 2021. I thank you, I love you.

Dennis - Jan 4, 2021

Dear St Joseph, please pray for healing of my Stage 4 Prostate Cancer & successful treatments so that I may live 5 more years to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary with our family.

Helen - Jan 4, 2021

St. Joseph, please help my children find their way back to the church. Also, help my son with his addictions to alcohol, tobacco and energy drinks. He is soon to be a father (in May). We pray that he will be healed before the arrival of his child.

joanne - Jan 4, 2021

My husband and I decided to consecrate our marriage to Saint Joseph & Holy Family before we knew it was the year of Saint Joseph. How cool is that!

Kris - Jan 3, 2021

Dear St.Joseph,In your quiet way please help me find my way to Jesus. Assist my family to find their way back to the church.

Csrol - Jan 3, 2021

Please St. Joseph help me find work.

Mary's humble soldier - Jan 3, 2021

Would it be possible to explain the indulgence more fully.

A friend of Saint Joseph - Jan 3, 2021

Dear Saint Joseph Please ask God to take away my suicidal thoughts depression and anxiety. Please give me my health back and stop the devil from attacking me constantly. Please help me find my Saint Joseph...( a good husband who I can rely on) Amen

Regina - Jan 3, 2021

Dear St. Joseph, I pray that my gay son believes in God and comes back to the Church along with my daughter and siblings and nieces and nephews. Please lead them back to placing God in their lives and raising their kids in the Church.

Linda - Jan 2, 2021

St. Joseph pray for my grandson who has turned his back on Jesus. It breaks my heart.

Bien - Jan 2, 2021

Dear St Joseph please awaken my son’s senses n make him realize where he had gone wrong. I pray that you pray for him to ur beloved son Jesus Christ n bring him back to being a good thoughtful loving son. This I ask of you in Jesus name, amen

Dick - Jan 2, 2021

Ordered, read, and completed dedication to St Joseph on August 21, celebration of Our Lady of Knock apparitions which included St Joseph Daily renewal of dedication ongoing.

Brigitte Prior - Jan 2, 2021

I am so happy that 2021 has been declared the year of St Joseph. I pray that it helps re-establish the important role of the father as head of the family and household as God intended it to be.

Anon - Jan 2, 2021

Saint Joseph, pray for me!

MINISTRY - Jan 2, 2021

Please enlighten me to know Gods will for my ministry and the future of it

Father prayers for this home. - Jan 2, 2021

Prayers for my home and those in my family friends sister cousins sons grandchild to come to sit at my table .

Rain - Jan 2, 2021

Dear St. Joseph please help my son to overcome his drug addiction and to come back to the Church

Jorge - Jan 2, 2021

San Jose ayudame que no encuentro como ganarme la vida por favor por misericordia se mi padree muestrame que hacer fuerza para realizarlo inpulso fuerte primordial y completo para la meta que no alcanzosabes cuanto llevo esperando AYUDAME por caridad AYUDAME revive todo has que de fruto AYUDAME

Marie - Jan 2, 2021

St. Joseph,
Please help my daughter Jaclyn to end her current relationship and find a good catholic husband like you and help her in her job search.

Kevin D. - Jan 1, 2021

Please believe me and know & trust the power of intercession by St. Joseph. Please trust him and pray to him. I promise that he will love, hear and help you. Tell him your problems; ask for his help and intercession. He is amazing!

Ladymath1 - Jan 1, 2021

Dear Saint Joseph,
Thank you for your intercession and promises. I dedicate and consecrate myself, husband and adult children and their spouse and future spouses to you, Our Lady and Our Lord. Thank you!!!!

SMS - Jan 1, 2021

Please St Joseph please help my daughter Lindsey with her anxiety and depression and also her life choices. Please help her to come to you and the Lord for her strength and guidance and not the ways of the world. Please also help her in finding her true sexuality the way it was meant to be from God and to get her away from the occult as she does not know what she is doing. Guide her.

gramma marie - Jan 1, 2021

please St. Joseph help me sell this me from the corruption and evil here....bless this place and protect the vulnerable seniors from the board members who exploit and victimize innocent seniors...send us 3 wise men to quide us through....

Chris C. - Jan 1, 2021

St. Joseph, grant healing in my life. Heal me from my past, my sin and shame, and physical and mental issues. Save me and keep me close to your Son, Jesus.

Help me to surrender everything completely to Him and receive forgiveness and freedom from fear. Amen.

Kristin - Jan 1, 2021

I was so happy to hear that Pope Francis this next year dedicated to St. Joseph. I pray for all of us to be led by St. Joseph's loving spirit throughout 2021. God Bless us all, and St. Joseph, pray for us in all of our needs.

andrea rosalie - Jan 1, 2021

Blessed Sacrament New Rochelle N.Y Wednesday novena to St.Joseph,pray for us

Annette - Jan 1, 2021

Thank you for telling us. It is so sad that we didn't know last year when the Pope first announced it. I am sure that no-one in our Parish is aware of this dedication! I will be emailing our Priest to let him know and to see what we can do locally in St. Joseph's honour. Thank you again

Marie - Jan 1, 2021

I have been devoted to St. Joseph since 1987, one of the worst years of my life when he helped and guided me. Now, after 2020, which has been so terrible for so many and heartbreaking for me, I am more committed than ever. Have already made the Consecration and am thrilled that we have the Year of St. Joseph. Thank you, St. Joseph, and pray for us!

- Jan 1, 2021

Yea to St. Joseph for 2021. To Jesus thru Mary and Joseph. Thank you Father Donald Callaway for your book consecration to St. Joseph.

Kellie - Jan 1, 2021

Praying for an annulment of my fiance's marriage. St. Joseph pray for us.

Maria Teresa - Jan 1, 2021

Desperately need deliverance and healing from demonic activity,this evil has to go away,I have a heart condition,need reversal.

Cheryl Anne - Jan 1, 2021

Happiness is a truly "Happy New Year" with St. Joseph protecting and guiding us!

Lucila - Dec 30, 2020

St Joseph pray for my son and his children to be able to keep his job and their home.

Briget - Dec 18, 2020

St. Joseph pray for us
Healing of arthritis
God bless

Debbie - Dec 11, 2020

St. Joseph, pray for us. For my dear husband, BILL, who has leukemia and for our adult sons who need to return to the Catholic Faith.

David - Dec 10, 2020

Happiness is a day with Saint Joseph. Love David