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St Joseph

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The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a "just" man, which means he was a man who was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him.

The main feast of St Joseph is on this date - 19th March. It was believed his death occurred on this day. The feast was fixed in the 15th century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Gregory XV in 1621. On December 8th 1870, Pope Pius IX ordered that this feast be celebrated throughout the Church. Holy Church also dedicates to St. Joseph the entire month of March. In addition, by custom, Wednesday of each week is dedicated to St. Joseph.

The lineage of Mary's husband as the legal father of Jesus is traced in Matthew's gospel (1:18-25). Matthew sketches the confusion, humiliation and misery experienced by Joseph when he recognizes that Mary is with child.


This just man was simply, joyfully, and wholeheartedly obedient to God; in marrying Mary, in naming Jesus, in shepherding the precious pair to Egypt, in bringing them to Nazareth and in years of quiet faith and courage.