Prince and Patron of the Universal Church
March 19th is the Feast Day of St Joseph and a time for all children, parents, staff and the community and family of our school, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, celebrate a very special occasion. It is the Feast day of St. Joseph, the husband of Our Lady and the Foster father of Jesus. He was the head of this little family in Nazareth. St. Joseph worked hard as a carpenter in order to provide a home for Mary and Jesus. We are not told very much in the Gospels about Joseph except that he showed great faith and trust in God and great faith and trust in Our Lady.
He watched over them both and protected them from harm. He accepted, without complaint, his role in raising the Son of God.
God chose Joseph to teach Jesus what it meant to be a man. God could have chosen a famous teacher or an earthly king or a fearsome military leader to raise Jesus. He didn’t. God chose a humble carpenter from a little town. He was a no name, a “nobody” in the eyes of the world, but in the eyes of heaven, St. Joseph was somebody very, very special.
In St. Joseph, we’re given a glimpse into the heart of God the Father. God chose a man who reflected his divine image of paternal love with the highest possible measure of human faithfulness.
St Joseph became a role model for Jesus, teaching Him His prayers, bringing Him to the synagogue and even teaching Him to be a carpenter like himself. St. Joseph revealed the Father to Christ by who he was each day, not merely in what he provided for the family.
St. Joseph is a wonderful person to have as our school patron! What an example he is to all of us; how to work hard; how to love God and others; how to show respect.
On this special day and throughout our school year, we place ourselves under the protection of St Joseph and ask him to watch over all of our families; our home family; our community families and our school family.
At the same time, Pope Pius XII established an additional Feast of ‘St. Joseph the Worker’, to be celebrated on 1st May, in order to coincide with the celebration of International Workers’ Day (May Day) in many countries.
Pope Pius IX proclaimed Saint Joseph the patron of the Universal Church in 1870. Having died in the ‘arms of Jesus and Mary’ according to Catholic tradition, he is considered the model of the pious believer who receives grace at the moment of death, in other words, the patron of a happy death.
Look at the lovely pieces of work by our children on St Joseph
St Joseph’s Class Saints
Have a look below at our Class Saints. If you visit the class pages you can read their biographies.