Happy Feast of Saint Joseph!
The Church keeps the 19 March as the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, the Husband of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus Christ each year. The scriptures refers to Saint Joseph being upright and honourable. Certainly his sensitivity towards Mary and his care for both Mary and Jesus shows him as a person of action and care.
The Carmelite Order has had a particular devotion to St. Joseph for many centuries, venerating him with the title "Principal Protector of the Carmelite Order". Since Joseph cared for Mary and Christ in a particular way, we believe that he also cares for the Carmelite Order which is devoted to Mary and Christ. Saint Teresa of Avila had great devotion to Saint Joseph and saw him as a protector of her new foundations.
In our prayers, we can turn to Saint Joseph and pray that he will care for us in difficult times when loving protection is needed.
Our novena to Saint Joseph finishes today. Our Fathers' Mass in honour of Saint Joseph and all fathers will be celebrated by the chaplain, Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm at 9.30am. All welcome.