The Year of Saint Joseph: Prayers, Devotions, and Other Resources
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis announced that the Church would celebrate a special year dedicated to St. Joseph beginning on December 8, 2020 and continuing through December 8, 2021.
Celebrating the Year of St. Joseph during the Season of Lent gives us the opportunity to practice the corporal works of mercy. St. Joseph provided for the Holy Family of Nazareth, he continues to provide for the needs of the Church, especially for the poor among us. During Lent, let us honor St. Joseph by collecting food for the needy. Donate to your parish or local food pantries. Donate your time during the distribution of these food items. If these corporal works of mercy are done in honor of St. Joseph, you may obtain the special plenary indulgence.