Year of St. Joseph

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February in the Year of St. Joseph: The Domestic Church

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Novena in Honor of St. Joseph

Join Bishop W. Shawn McKnight and Catholics in the Diocese of Jefferson City March 10-18 in praying a novena to honor St. Joseph.


Families may consider creating an Altar for St. Joseph in their home. It can be simple, with an image of St. Joseph or the Holy Family. Consider using it as a focal point for collecting food for the poor or other alms. Some families celebrate the feast of St. Joseph by inviting family, friends and those in need to a feast!

Resources for St. Joseph Altars:

Please use the Novena prayer for each day, March 10-18. The readings specific to each day are below and should be inserted after the opening greeting.

Novena Prayer

Optional opening Hymn: Included in daily novena videos above.

Antiphon: St. Joseph, our Protector, pray for us.

Leader: Behold, the faithful and wise servant

Response: Whom the Lord has placed over His household

Reading: (specific to each day)

Leader: Let us Pray.
Almighty God, at the beginnings of our salvation, when Blessed Mary conceived Your Son and brought Him forth into the world, You placed them under Saint Joseph’s watchful care. May his prayer still help Your Church to be an equally faithful guardian of Your mysteries, and a sign of Christ to mankind. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Response: Amen

Daily Readings

Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis called for observance of the Year of St. Joseph, which began Dec. 8, 2020.

The diocesan communication team, through our various channels, intends to focus on a particular aspect of St. Joseph each month, trying to connect an attribute with ordinary celebrations and commemorations throughout the year. Diocesan communications will feature these themes each month:

  • January: those working to support their families - especially those seeking work
  • February: family as the domestic church
  • March: St. Joseph’s primary feast day March 19; protector of children
  • April: Protector of the Vulnerable, foster parents
  • May: May 1 feast of St. Joseph the Worker
  • June: Father's Day June 20
  • July: Patron of travelers
  • August: St. Joseph was the first teacher of Jesus (along with Mary)
  • September: Highlighting men’s ministries in the diocese
  • October: Patron of immigrants
  • November: Patron of a happy death
  • December: St. Joseph proclaimed patron of the Universal Church Dec. 8, 1870

We invite you to use the resource below and articles published in The Catholic Missourian as you deem appropriate in your parishes and ministries.