We were very happy to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception this year on December 8th but received some wonderful additional gifts: Pope Francis proclaiming a year of Saint Joseph from December 8th, 2020 to December 8th, 2021 and a visit by Bishop Stika and His Eminence Cardinal Rigali. Having Mass celebrated by Bishop Stika was a wonderful blessing and hearing of the news of the year dedicated to Saint Joseph fit hand in glove to make it a beautiful and memorable day.
Did you know the Diocese of Knoxville has two patron Saints? Saint Joseph and Saint John Paul II!
Did you know on this Solemnity (as on several others through the year), the Handmaids of the Precious Blood renew our consecration to Mary and renew our religious vows together at Mass just before Communion? Our vow formula includes the phrase in reference to who is witnessing this vowed renewal, “…in the Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of her worthy spouse, St. Joseph, and all the Heavenly Court.” Notice the name of Joseph in our vow formula? He is not a side-lined saint in our lives.
This year, we hope to share with you more about Saint Joseph and encourage you to pray for his intercession often. Read the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde [With A Father’s Heart] and begin living a deeper relationship with this mighty and great Saint. Mighty because he is humble.
Article on Indulgences associated with this year.