Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Today the Church in the United States celebrates the memory of St. Andre Bessette, a Canadian member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. The link to Mass can be found here: Today's Mass
St. Andre had a very strong devotion to St. Joseph and encouraged those who came to him for spiritual advice to pray through the intercession of St. Joseph.
THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH PRAYER
To you, O blessed Joseph (Ad te, beate Ioseph)
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.
A Child’s Prayer to St. Joseph
St. Joseph, watch over me and care for me just as you cared for
the child Jesus; and by your help, may I come to know your Son,
and so grow in strength and wisdom and the favor of God.
May God bless your day!