Solemnity of Saint Joseph

“Isn’t it beautiful that Mary is our patroness, and this year, we celebrate, along with her, her husband, Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, and Protector of the Church,” Bishop Schlert said. “How blessed we are as a Diocese!”

St. Joseph, a man who said nothing in the Gospels but who is written about often by Popes, has many attributes that are perfect for the times in which we live.

That was the message of Bishop Alfred Schlert in his homily at a special Mass at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena on the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

We live in very stressful, and very distressing, times, Bishop Schlert said, in our Church, in our country, and around the world, and not only because of the pandemic. St. Joseph’s attributes are something to which we all can aspire, he said. Here is an overview:

We are especially blessed, Bishop Schlert said, that this Year of St. Joseph is also occurring as the Diocese of Allentown is about to begin celebrating its 60th anniversary as a Diocese, 60 years under the patronage of our diocesan patron, Mary, Mother of the Church.

A video of the Mass in its entirety can be seen here.

For more information about the Year of St. Joseph, please visit our Diocese of Allentown website.

The Bishop also announced the Year of the Real Presence in the Diocese of Allentown.

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