The Year of Saint Joseph

Pope Francis has decreed a Year of St. Joseph from December 2020 to December 2021 during which Catholics have the opportunity to gain special indulgences.

There are many new ways to receive an indulgence including through prayer, retreats, entrusting one’s daily work to the protection of St. Joseph the Worker, acts of piety and service to the poor. For each upcoming month through December, the Office of Pastoral Services will share a highlighted prayer and plenary indulgence opportunity along with suggested areas of special focus for that month. The customary conditions for indulgences apply (sacramental confession, receiving the Eucharist and prayers according to the Holy Father’s intentions).

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October Prayer and Plenary Indulgence

Pray the Litany of Saint Joseph (for the Latin tradition), or the Akathistos to Saint Joseph, in its entirety or at least part of it (for the Byzantine tradition), or another prayer to Saint Joseph, typical of the other liturgical traditions, for the persecuted Church and for the relief of all persecuted Christians.

Saint Joseph, an authentic man of faith, invites us to rediscover our filial relationship with the Father, to renew our devotion to prayer, to dispose ourselves to listen and correspond with profound discernment to God’s will. The Plenary Indulgence is granted to those who shall contemplate the Lord’s Prayer for at least 30 minutes or participate in a Spiritual Retreat of at least one day which involves a meditation on Saint Joseph.

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Highlighted Feast Day: October 19

During the Year of St. Joseph, the 19th day of each month is considered a day of devotion to St. Joseph when no other special feast day occurs during that month. In addition, just as the Church has dedicated particular days of the week to particular devotions – Sundays to the Resurrection of the Lord, Mondays to the Holy Spirit, Saturdays to Our Lady, and so on – each Wednesday of the month during the special year is devoted to St. Joseph.