A Message from the Rector
The Year of Saint Joseph at the Oratory
On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis announced a year dedicated to Saint Joseph to mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. We welcome this announcement with joy and set to work to find ways to highlight this important event in the life of the Church and in the life of our shrine. The novena in preparation for the feast of Saint Joseph in March seemed to us the most appropriate time to present some of our activities.
This year dedicated to Saint Joseph will allow us to reflect together on the meaning of fatherhood in our society. Pope Francis wrote: “Fathers are not born, but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child. Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person.”
As I read these words from Pope Francis, it reminds me that as a priest, I am asked to be a “spiritual father” to those whom I have been called to serve. People we know through our ministry frequently look to us in this way.
The priest does provide a sense of “paternal” support – the nurturing, dedication, teaching and the passing on of the faith, and walking with those we serve through the challenging times of their lives. In these ways, Saint Joseph is a great guide and example for me as a priest.
This reflection on the figure of the father will also allow us to look at the many challenges of today’s family. We are all aware of the challenges of our society, with single-parent families, blended families and so many other situations that depart from traditional models. The Pope adds: “children today often seem orphans, lacking fathers.” Therefore, we want to link this Year of Saint Joseph with the Year of the Family that will begin on March 19.
We will often take up these words together from the prayer proposed by Pope Francis at the conclusion of his apostolic letter:
O Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Father Michael M. DeLaney, CSC, rector
L’Église te vénère / O Joseph Mighty Patron
Harmonization by Johann Sebastian Bach
Noble Époux de Marie
Melody by P. Dufour
Harmonization by Raymond Daveluy
Saint Joseph, Meek and Mild
Harmonization by E. W. Goldsmith
Joseph, lieber Joseph mein
*In French unless otherwise mentionned
|CALENDAR OF WEBINARS|
|May 1, 2021
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|Saint Joseph the Worker|
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Light a Votive Candle to Saint Joseph
When you ask us to light a candle to Saint Joseph in the Oratory’s Votive Chapel, you can also send a prayer intention along with your donation.
According to your choice, a member of the Oratory’s pastoral team will light a candle or a lantern for you in one of the places of prayer at Saint Joseph’s Oratory.