03/19/2021 - 03/21/2021
St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus and spouse of Mary, has always been an important figure in the Church, and continues to intercede for us and to inspire us when we contemplate his love for Jesus and his care for his family. We always celebrate his Feast Day in a special way, and it is so important, that his solemnity cancels out the rules for Lent: even though we usually abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent, this year, because this feast day falls on Friday, in celebration of St. Joseph we can eat meat and do not have to fast.
But this year is special also because Pope Francis has declared it the year of St. Joseph. What is the year of St. Joseph anyway? In order to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as the patron of the universal Church, Pope Francis has declared the year of St. Joseph, which goes from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.
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