1st May: Feast of St Joseph the Worker – Welcome to the Lovely Month of Mary!

And to mark the Feast of St Joseph the Worker…

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Share your favourite prayers, hymns etc for St Joseph’s Feast and to mark the Month of Mary.  Discuss any relevant issues, and post any jokes to mark the Feast/month in the usual spirit of good clean fun. 

Happy Feast of St Joseph, everyone!  Welcome to the Month of Mary! 

Pope Calls For ‘Laudato Si’ Week in May – But Isn’t Fatima More Urgent?

See the source imageVatican City, Mar 3, 2020 / 09:57 am (CNA).- Pope Francis is calling on Catholics to participate in “Laudato si’ Week” in May to encourage care for our common home.

“I renew my urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis. The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor cannot wait anywhere,” Pope Francis said in a video message published March 3.

The video shows young protesters yelling, “Climate justice, now” juxtaposed with images of wildlife in Africa and a beached whale.
Laudato si’ Week, sponsored by the Dicastery for Integral Human Development will take place May 16-24. The date marks the 5th anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical on integral human ecology.

The Global Catholic Climate Movement and Renova + are facilitating the campaign.

The Laudato si’ Week website recommends Catholics participate by engaging elected representatives, conducting an energy audit, or divesting in fossil fuels. It also recommends the option to “represent your commitment with a symbolic gesture,” such as planting a tree or attending a climate strike.

Laudato si’, which means “Praise be to You,” was published June 18, 2015, and was dated May 24. Pope Francis took the name for the encyclical from St. Francis of Assisi’s medieval Italian prayer “Canticle of the Sun,” which praises God through elements of creation such as Brother Sun, Sister Moon, and “our sister Mother Earth.”  Click here to read entire report

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Our Lady of Fatima warned that if her message is heeded  there will be a period of peace in the world. If not, various nations would be annihilated and there would be anything but peace in the world (to paraphrase…) 

Immaculate Heart of Mary
pray for us!

This from the Fatima Center website, in summary: …the Pope is designated as the one primarily responsible for future peace: “God asks the Holy Father… ” The peace of the world, we are told in the Fatima Message, depends upon the Pope and the world’s bishops obeying the request for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It cannot and will not come about through any other means. Source

So, why – in the very month dedicated to Our Lady – would the Pope (any pope!) dedicate a week to a gimmicky political cause, at a time when the world is in turmoil through wars and diseases, and yet continue to ignore the most important event of the 20 century – the Fatima prophecies which contain the means to restore good order and peace in the world.  St Paul wasn’t kidding when he told the Ephesians that “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Ephesians 6:12)

To combat this wickedness, St Paul exhorted the Ephesians to “put on the armour of God” which, in our times,  includes the Consecration of Russia.  Little (Saint) Jacinta urged prayers for the Pope.  Let’s answer that plea – urgently – before the diabolical disorientation in the Church and the world which we are witnessing right now, worsens. 

1st May: Feast of St Joseph the Worker – in this, the beautiful Month of Mary…

And to mark the beginning of the Month of Mary – a beautiful rendering of “Ave Maria”…

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This is a two-fold celebration.  So feel free to post your favourite prayers and hymns to both Our Lady at the beginning of her special Month of Mary, and St Joseph on his Feast under his title of “The Worker”  – as well as any edifying stories you’ve heard / read, or experiences/miracles of your own which you attribute to Our Lady and/or St Joseph’s intercession.  If you have any special intentions that you wish bloggers to remember in prayer during Our Lady’s month, or on this great Feast of St Joseph, feel free to let us know. We give great glory to God when we pay tribute to His saints, and especially His Mother and St Joseph.

Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker, and a lovely Month of Mary to one and all!  

1/5/18: Welcome to the Month of Mary!

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To honour Our Lady in this Month of Mary, 2018, share your favourite hymns and prayers, stories and jokes (always of the good, clean fun variety, of course!)

Today, 1st May, is also the Feast of St Joseph, patron saint of workers – so we must honour him, as well, great and humble saint: ask for his intercession today, especially for those seeking employment, or in need of direction in choosing or re-directing their career path.  

Welcome to the Month of Mary, and a very Happy Feast of St Joseph the Worker to all bloggers and visitors to this site!  

1st May: Feast of St Joseph the Worker & Honouring the Month of Mary…

Lyrics

Dear St. Joseph, pure and gentle,
Guardian of the Saviour child,
Treading with the virgin mother,
Egypt’s deserts rough and wild.

Chorus:
Hail, St. Joseph, spouse of Mary,

Blessed above all saints on high,
When the death-shades round us gather,
Teach, oh, teach us how to die.

He who rested on thy bosom
Is by countless saints adored;
Prostrate angels in His presence
Sing hosannas to their Lord.

Now to thee no gift refusing,
Jesus stoops to hear thy prayer;
Then, dear saint, from thy fair dwelling,
Give to us a father’s care.

Dear St. Joseph, kind and loving,
Stretch to us a helping hand;
Guide us through life’s toils and sorrows
Safely to the distant land.

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Happy Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, to whom we pray for all those seeking employment or who are unhappy or suffering injustice at work. Saint Joseph The Worker, pray for them.

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We pray, too, for a glorious Month of Mary, and that Our Lady will bring great graces to our Conference, marking her Fatima Feast: Our Lady, Mother & Queen, we love you – please pray for us!

As always, this thread, whilst essentially devotional, may be used to discuss issues of interest and importance, relating, in this case, to St Joseph and/or Our Lady. Post your favourite hymns, prayers and poems; share any special answers to prayers you have received and any stories you have to tell us about the intercession of this great saint and our heavenly mother.  Education and Edification is our aim – enjoy!  

Happy Feast of St Joseph The Worker…

ImageToday’s Feast of St Joseph The Worker welcomes in the Month of Mary, so we have a double celebration to mark 1st May.

It’s good to take time out to reflect on the lives of our greatest saints, as we do from time to time on this blog.

St Joseph is one of the most powerful saints in Heaven: one of his titles is Protector of the Universal Church, so let’s unite in praying to him today for special graces for the Pope and Bishops, as we witness a worsening of the crisis afflicting the Church in our times.

Prayer intentions, especially for those who are struggling either to find work or to cope with their employment, are welcome on this thread. Also, feel free to share your favourite prayers, hymns and stories about this great saint. Tributes, too, to Our Lady, please, as we enter the Month of Mary.

St Joseph the Worker, pray for us … Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, pray for us.