Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
A happy and most blessed feast of St. Joseph the Worker! Established in 1955 by Pope Pius XII as a response to the “May Day” celebrations of communist and socialist groups, today’s feast honors St. Joseph in a particular way as the model of Christian workers. St. Joseph was a carpenter and worked diligently and humbly in the service of Mary and Jesus, Who Himself spent His youth working alongside St. Joseph in his woodshop. We too, in whatever capacity we work, have the opportunity to work alongside Jesus and to offer our work in union with Him to the Father, Who blesses and purifies it and makes it an opportunity for sanctity. St. Joseph the Worker, pray for us!
We also wish a happy patronal feast to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, our apostolate in Tyler, Texas!
All whatsoever you do in word or in work do all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart: as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance. Serve ye the Lord Christ.
– Colossians 3:17, 23-24, from the Epistle for today
May 1, 2018