Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph and the infant Jesus are depicted in a stained-glass window at Immaculate Conception Church in Westhampton Beach, N.Y. The feast of St. Joseph is March 19. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

On May 1, we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

St. Joseph the Worker can provide comfort, guidance and support.

If you have family, friends or neighbors that are struggling, you can ask St. Joseph to intercede for them.

Send your intercessions and Mass intentions for the Feast of St. Joseph. The Josephites will remember them in prayer on the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker. Together we will ask St. Joseph to help us in this time of need.

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For us, St. Joseph, protector of the Holy Family and mentor to the child Jesus, is an inspiration. St. Joseph shows us the value of hard work and the importance of sharing skills with others, as he did when Jesus served as his apprentice.

Every day in our inner cities and rural areas, Josephites lead, teach and empower others in places where the need has been the greatest. Often the parishes that Josephites serve cannot afford to financially support a priest or brother. Will you help The Josephites continue to provide sacramental ministry, pastoral care and personal witness?

May good Saint Joseph intercede for you and for all of your special intentions. You can be assured that we Josephites will be petitioning our patron saint on your behalf, too.

St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of Mary, you spent your life in the perfect accomplishment of duty, maintaining with the work of your hands the Holy Family of Nazareth, grant your kind protection to those who turn to you now.

Novena to St. Joseph

Glorious St. Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you do we come to ask your powerful intercession in obtaining from the merciful Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces that we need for our spiritual and temporal welfare, and in particular the grace of a happy death and the special favor we now implore (Mention it).

Guardian of the Word Incarnate, we know with confidence that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God and that God will grant us whatever is for His greater glory and for our greatest good.

V. Glorious St. Joseph through your love of Jesus Christ and for the glory of His name, R. Hear our prayers and ask God to grant our petitions.

Let us Pray:
Glorious St. Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for us pure, humble, and charitable hearts and perfect conformity to the will of God. Be our guide, father and model through life so that we may merit to die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Dear St. Joseph, foster father of our Lord Jesus Christ, true spouse of the Virgin Mother of God, pray for us.

Daily Prayer to St. Joseph
My beloved St. Joseph, adopt me as your child. Take charge of my salvation. Watch over me night and day. Preserve me from occasions of sin. Obtain for me purity of body and soul and the spirit of true prayer. Win for me a spirit of sacrifice, humility, and self-denial. Obtain for me a burning love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and tender love for Mary, my Mother. St. Joseph, be with me in life; be with me in death and obtain for me a favorable judgment from Jesus. Amen.

Remember – O most pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my protector, St. Joseph – that no one ever turned to you for your protection, implored your help, or sought mediation without obtaining relief. Confiding, therefore, in your goodness, I come into your presence and fervently recommend myself to your care and protection. Most loving foster-father of my Redeemer, hear the petition of your humble client. Amen.

Petition to St. Joseph

In faithful imitation of Jesus and Mary, I place myself and all my concerns under your care and protection, St. Joseph. Instruct me in every doubt, comfort me in each affliction, and defend and protect me in time of danger. Watch over me at all times, but especially at that last hour of my life on earth so that with you I may praise the Adorable Trinity forever. Amen.

Two Prayers for Workers
O God, the creator of all things, who formed the law of labor for the human race, graciously grant that by merits and patronage of St. Joseph, we may do the work You assign us and earn the reward You promise. Through our Lord, Jesus.

Lord God, You have created all things, and imposed on man the necessity of work. Grant that, following Joseph’s example, and under his protection, we may accomplish the works You give us and obtain the rewards You promise. This we ask through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for Protection
St. Joseph, you are the faithful protector of and intercessor for all who love and venerate you. I have special confidence in you, for you are all-powerful with God and will never abandon your faithful servants. I humbly invoke you and commend myself with all who are dear to me to your protection and intercession. Do not abandon me or them during life, and assist me and them when we die. Amen.

Prayer for a Happy Death
Blessed Joseph, you yielded your last breath in the embrace of Jesus and Mary. When death closes my career, come, Holy Father, with Jesus and Mary, to aid me, and obtain for me the only solace which I ask at that hour-to die encircled by their holy arms. Living and dying, I commend my soul into your sacred hands, O Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.

With permission of:
Bishop John H. Ricard, Superior General