Time for Peace
Our country has recently undergone a serious escalation of political divisiveness which culminated in violence at the U.S. Capitol. Whatever your political opinions … left, right, centrist or none at all … the need to find a way to achieving peace in our country and our world is critical.
The Parish Council at 14 Holy Helpers parish has decided to unite in prayer for nine days to beseech Jesus’ help for peace in our country and all over the world through the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. Starting today and for the next eight days, ending on January 20th, the Parish Council and anyone who wishes to join them are asked to pray a rosary or one even one decade ending with the Prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary (LINK) or the simple invocation “St. Joseph pray for us”. The Glorious Mysteries are recommended (Glorious Mysteries LINK) but any Mystery of the Rosary will be fine. Dedicate your prayers for peace.
Pray from your homes … Pray together or alone … Start today if possible … Most importantly we need you to pray to God for peace.
Forward this note to your friends and family. Post this notice on your social media apps. Together we will beseech Jesus’ help for peace in our country and world through the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. PLEASE join our Parish Council in this special time of prayer for our country and our world.
Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph”
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.
Patris corde highlights “the creative courage” of St. Joseph, which “emerges especially in the way we deal with difficulties.” “The carpenter of Nazareth,” explains the Pope, was able to turn a problem into a possibility by trusting in divine providence.” Joseph is a creatively courageous father whose actions make him an example of love
In his letter, Pope Francis notes how, “Every day, for over forty years, following Lauds [Morning Prayer]” he has “recited a prayer to Saint Joseph taken from a nineteenth-century French prayer book of the Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary.” This prayer, he says, expresses devotion and trust, and even poses a certain challenge to Saint Joseph,” on account of its closing words: “My beloved father, all my trust is in you. Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power.”
At the conclusion of his Letter, Pope Francis adds another prayer to St Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
For the complete text of this Vatican news notice go to … Year of St. Joseph LINK.
Welcome! I am glad you found this website devoted to St. Joseph. Its purpose is to help you grow closer to St. Joseph and through him be drawn closer to Mary and Jesus. This website is in its infancy stage so I hope you will visit it often and participate in its growth. You can email your ideas to Reflections@14hh.org.
God the Father wanted Jesus to have both a father and mother to watch over and guide Him. St. Joseph has a tremendous love for Mary and Jesus. Jesus not only learned from His earthly father, but also was molded by him into a man for God.
Many of the Saints throughout the centuries teach us that Joseph played a crucial role in God’s plan for redeeming the world. They also talk about St. Joseph’s love for Christ’s people on earth and his willingness to help them.
In 1847, (188 years ago) the Diocese of Buffalo was founded and placed under St. Joseph’s protection. Twenty-three years later, in 1870, Pope Pius IX declared St. Joseph as the patron of the Universal Church. This means that the Church formally recognized St. Joseph as the father of the mystical body of Christ, the Church. Another way of saying this is that St. Joseph is your spiritual father, like the Blessed Virgin Mary is your spiritual mother. This year is the 150th anniversary of the naming of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church.
When Mary appeared at Fatima, Joseph also appeared with Jesus and blessed the people. If you have a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, reflect on how happy it will make her when you are honoring her husband.
For now I would like to encourage you to turn to St. Joseph and let him guide you. Once again I encourage you to visit this page often and send your ideas and suggestions to the email address … Reflections@14hh.org
May St. Joseph come to the aid of our troubled world and help all fathers to follow his example of being a man dedicated to God and a great dad and husband.
Peace and Healing
Fr. David Bellittiere