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Year of St Joseph

An Invitation from

Bishop da Cunha

About the Year of St Joseph

Just as Catholics use the Liturgical Calendar to guide our worship, Popes can set aside time for the Church to celebrate and meditate upon a certain teaching or belief.

On Dec 8, 2020, Pope Francis declared a Year to St Joseph until Dec 8, 2021 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of St Joseph being named Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX.

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About St Joseph

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Apostolic Letter


Decree of Indulgences


Press Release

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Parish Materials

Download our clickable guide with ideas and media resources to help Parishes celebrate this Holy Year

Family Praying

Individual & Family Materials

Download our clickable guide with ideas for how individuals can celebrate this Holy Year, and access our family activities

Diocesan Events

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Living the Year of St Joseph

Virtual talk with Fr Donald Calloway, MIC

Tuesday, Mar 2 at 7 pm EST

Fr Donald Calloway, MIC, a prominent Marian priest, exhibits an unmistakable zeal for the priesthood and devotion to Our Lady. He is a well-known conference speaker on Divine Mercy and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He speaks passionately about these topics in his moving conversion story. He is author of the book Consecration to St Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father (English) (Spanish). Fr Calloway spoke on how we can live this year as a prequel to the Diocesan Consecration to St Joseph, with preparation for the consecration beginning on Mar 30. 


Solemnity of St Joseph

Mass with Bishop Edgar M da Cunha, SDV

Friday, Mar 19 at 7 pm EST

Bishop Edgar M da Cunha, SDV celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption in Fall River for the Solemnity of St Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


33 Day Preparation for the Consecration to St Joseph

March 30 - May 1, 2021

Bishop da Cunha led individuals in praying the Consecration to St Joseph on May 1, the Feast of St Joseph the Work, after completing the 33 day preparation beginning March 30. Below are materials on the Consecration to St Joseph. If you have not yet completed the Consecration, but would like to, click below for additional Consecration dates.


Feast of St Joseph the Worker

Mass with Bishop Edgar M da Cunha, SDV

Saturday, May 1 at 10 am EST

Bishop Edgar M da Cunha, SDV celebrated Mass at St Joseph Chapel in Woods Hole, MA (the second Church built on the Cape and first dedicated to St Joseph) for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, which included the Consecration to St Joseph.

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Holy Hour for the Year of St Joseph

St Joseph Church, Fall River

Tuesday, Jun 8 at 6 pm EST

On the Tuesday after the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Fr Jay Mello - Pastor of St Michael and St Joseph Parishes, led a Holy Hour at St Joseph Parish in honor of the Year of St Joseph.


Adoration & Family Movie Night

Holy Family Parish, East Taunton

Monday, Jul 12 at 7 pm EST

On the Feast of St Louis and Zelie, families gathered at the Holy Family Parish Center (370 Middleboro Avenue, East Taunton, MA 02718) for Adoration and viewing of PRAY the Film.


Meet Your Spiritual Father

Virtual talk with Dr Mark Miravalle

Saturday, Aug 21 at 1 pm EST

Dr Mark Miravalle earned his Sacred Theological Doctorate at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He holds the Saint John Paul II Chair of Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has been teaching since 1986. Dr Miravalle is the founder and senior editor of Ecce Mater Tua, an international journal of Mariology research and president of the International Marian Association. Well known throughout the world for his lectures on Mariology, Dr Miravalle has addressed several episcopal conferences, including those of South India, Nigeria, Venezuela, and Costa Rica.


Dr. Miravalle has spoken at numerous international conferences and has appeared on EWTN, National Public Radio, and BBC. He is the author of the book Meet Your Spiritual Father: An Introduction to St. Joseph (English).


Practical Ideas for Family Faith

Virtual talk with Katie Warner

Wednesday, Oct 6 at 7 pm EST

Katie Warner is a Catholic wife, homeschooling mom, and author who loves creating and sharing resources for Catholic families. Katie received her graduate degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and is a Catholic speaker, an EWTN TV segment host, and a correspondent for the National Catholic Register. Katie is the author of Head & Heart: Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family (English) as well as several prayer journals and bestselling Catholic children’s books. She is also the part-time Communication Manager for the national evangelization apostolate, Catholics Come Home. Katie, her husband Raymond, and their four young children live in Georgia. 

Book Recommendations

The Little Oratory: 

A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home

by David Clayton &  Leila Marie Lawler

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Meet Your Spiritual Father:

An Introduction to St Joseph

by Dr Mark Miravalle


Consecration to St Joseph:

The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father

by Fr Donald Calloway, MIC


Head & Heart:

Becoming Spiritual Leaders for Your Family

by Katie Warner

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