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Welcome to the St Joseph edition of Tūmanako!

This is a week of Feast Days! Today we celebrate St Patrick’s Day, and this Friday [19th March] is the feast day of St Joseph, the spouse of Our Lady.

As Pope Francis has dedicated this year to the patronage of St Joseph “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

This email provides resources for you to dive deeper into the life of Saint Joseph. We invite you to join us in reflecting in a special way on this Friday.

Join in prayer and celebration

How will you be celebrating the Feast of Saint Joseph? We’ve provided some prayer and reflection resources below to get you started.

We have many schools and church’s named after St Joseph so we know that many communities will have special celebrations planned for Friday - we would love to see what you get up to!

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Simple Prayer Liturgy for the Feast of St Joseph

This prayer resource leads you through a time of reflection for the Feast Day. It can be used by individuals or adapted for a group setting.

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Collection of Prayers, Reflections & Resources

Over the course of this year, we will be providing resources for you to dive deeper into the life of Saint Joseph to honour this year. We’ve already collated some great resources from all over the world.

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Celebrating Saint Joseph

Enjoy this short reflection and prayer inspired by Patris Corde, a letter by Pope Francis which has been produced by The Well, an initiative of the Diocese of Parramatta.

Watch the video online >

Pope Francis & the Sleeping St Joseph

Did you know that Pope Francis places his prayer requests under a statue of a sleeping St. Joseph? Meeting families in the Philippines in January 2015, he told them, ‘I have great love for St Joseph because he is a man of silence and strength. On my table I have an image of St Joseph sleeping. Even when he is asleep, he is taking care of the church.’

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“Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.” - Pope Francis

Image from Be a Heart.

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