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    December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021
    Marking the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church

  • Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde, for the Year of Saint Joseph, highlights the unique role of Saint Joseph in the life of the Church:

    "The Son of the Almighty came into our world in a state of great vulnerability. He needed to be defended, protected, cared for and raised by Joseph. God trusted Joseph, as did Mary, who found in him someone who would not only save her life, but would always provide for her and her child. In this sense, Saint Joseph could not be other than the Guardian of the Church, for the Church is the continuation of the Body of Christ in history, even as Mary’s motherhood is reflected in the motherhood of the Church. In his continued protection of the Church, Joseph continues to protect the child and his mother, and we too, by our love for the Church, continue to love the child and his mother (Patris Corde, n. 5)."
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  • Prayer of Spiritual Communion

    For those using social media or television to participate at Holy Mass the following prayer may be recited as you make a spiritual communion in the absence of receiving the Lord's Body and Blood in Holy Communion.

    Prayer of Spiritual Communion:

    Jesus, really present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar, since I cannot now receive thee under the sacramental veil, I beseech thee, with a heart full of love and longing, to come spiritually into my soul through the Immaculate Heart of thy most Holy Mother, and to abide with me, thou in me, and I in thee, in time and in eternity. Amen.