The Year of St. Joseph

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The Holy See’s Apostolic Penitentiary issued a decree on December 8, 2020, formally announcing the decision of Pope Francis to celebrate the Year of Saint Joseph through December 8, 2021.  There are numerous opportunities to commemorate and celebrate this special year of St. Joseph.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta kicked off the Year of St. Joseph with a Mass on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Friday, March 19. During the Mass, Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., consecrated the Archdiocese to the intercession and protection of St. Joseph.

The faithful are invited to pray the Litany of St. Joseph throughout the year. You can download the litany here. Download more information about the Year of St. Joseph in the Archdiocese of Atlanta here.

In this Year of St. Joseph, Archbishop Hartmayer has also called the Archdiocese to a new period of Eucharistic Renewal, beginning with the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) on June 6. Learn more here and join us in prayer! More resources are to come.

St. Joseph, first guardian and adorer of our Lord Jesus Christ in the tabernacle of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s womb, pray for us!

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Virtues of Joseph

Archbishop Hartmayer welcomes the men of the Archdiocese to the National Catholic Men’s Conference that took place on February 19-21.  Archbishop discusses some of Joseph’s virtues that we can strive to imitate.

Indulgence

Please visit this link to view the special opportunities to receive a plenary indulgence. The indulgence is subject to the usual conditions: sacramental confession, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Pope and total detachment to all sin, including venial sin.

Apostolic Letter – Patris Corde

Pope Francis on the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church wrote a beautiful reflection on the paternity of St. Joseph.

You can view the entire letter on the Vatican Website.

Consecration

In this richly researched and lovingly presented program of consecration to St. Joseph, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, brings to life the wonders, the power and the ceaseless love of St. Joseph, Universal Patron of the Church and the Terror of Demons.  Purchase the book here.

Litany of St. Joseph

This litany is ordinarily enriched with a partial indulgence (Manual of Indulgences, conc. 22). During the Year of Saint Joseph, however, the use of the Litany of Saint Joseph has been included among other prayers to St. Joseph enriched with a plenary indulgence (see Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary issued Dec. 8, 2020, section E), which may be earned once a day subject to the usual conditions: sacramental confession, reception of Holy Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Pope and a total detachment to all sin, including venial sin. Please make use of the printable prayer card.

Chaplet of St. Joseph

The Chaplet of St. Joseph consists of a medal, five beads, and a circlet of seven sets of seven beads separated by a single large bead, 61 beads in all.

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