Living Catholic e-News February 2021
Time to reflect on St Joseph and the family
Catholics around the world are being asked to focus on the family over the next 12 months after Pope Francis declared the Year of St Joseph from December 8 and the Year of Amoris Laetitia and the family from March 19.
In his Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis describes St Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as patron of the universal Church.
Commemorating the feast of the Holy Family on December 27, the Pope said the feast served as a reminder "of the example of evangelising with the family" as highlighted in his exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).
Pope Francis said the year of reflection would be an opportunity “to focus more closely on the contents of the document”.
"I invite everyone to take part in the initiatives that will be promoted during the year and that will be coordinated by the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life," he added.
“Let us entrust this journey, with families all over the world, to the Holy Family of Nazareth, in particular to St Joseph, the devoted spouse and father.”
The year will include forums, symposiums, video projects and catechesis as well as providing resources for family spirituality, pastoral formation and marriage preparation.
The commemoration will conclude on June 26, 2022, on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families in Rome.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has resources for the Year of St Joseph on its website.
See February e-newsletter here.