Not a leader who closes his eyes to problems, Pope Francis addressed the growing climate crisis with his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’. This year he reminds us that the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor are becoming increasingly serious and alarming” and asks us to take “decisive, urgent action to transform this crisis into an opportunity.”
The 2021 Season of Creation (Sept. 1 - Oct. 4) comes a few weeks before the UN Climate Change Conference to be held November 1-12 in Glasgow, Scotland. It also comes on the heels of a dismal, recently-released UN climate report: time is running out to avert the worst effects of the ecological crisis and the climate emergency.
The Laudato Si’ Movement reminds us that Christians, who make up more than 25 percent of the world’s population, “truly have the potential to change their communities and the world for good...” We are urged to participate in the “annual celebration of prayer and action for our common home.”
St. Joseph parishioners have previously shared how they are living more lightly on the planet by turning thermostats down in winter and up in summer, for example. Now it’s time to consider what more we can do to achieve even more significant changes that will protect God’s beautiful creation for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come.
Sign the Healthy Planet Healthy People petition: https://thecatholicpetition.org/. Learn more at the Vatican’s websites: https://seasonofcreation.org/2021/05/10/season-of-creation-2021-celebration-guide-en-news/ https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2021-09/pope-season-of-creation-laudato-si-movement.html
With a Father's Heart
On December 8, 2020, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis declared a Year of St. Joseph. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1870. The Pope said the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn him to reflect more on St. Joseph, as so many people during the pandemic have made hidden sacrifices to protect others, just as St. Joseph quietly protected and cared for Mary and Jesus. He released an Apostolic Letter, Partis Corde (With a Father's Heart) for the Church to reflect on throughout the year. The Year of St. Joseph concludes on December 8, 2021.
During the time of quaratine in March 2020, Archbishop Listecki consecrated the entire Archdiocese of Milwaukee to the paternal care and protection of St. Joseph. In the Gospels, St. Joseph is depicted as silent, faithful, and peaceful, even in the face of grave danger and suffering. For those reasons, St. Joseph provides a compelling witness and model for how we can maintain communion with God in these challenging times.
While it is appropriate to consecrate oneself on any day of the year, people often choose to do it on a feast day of St. Joseph. We encourage you to prepare for and consecrate yourself to St. Joseph on March 19th, the Feast of St. Joseph Husband of Mary, or on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
Thirty Days' Prayer to Saint Joseph
Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow. Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection.
Listen, then, I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favors I ask.
I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved Him to take our nature and to be born into this world of sorrow.
I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the holy Virgin, nor a house where the Son of God could be born. Then, being everywhere refused, you had to allow the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world's Redeemer in a cave.
I ask it by the loveliness and power of that sacred Name, Jesus, which you conferred on the adorable infant.
I ask it by that painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother future victims of our sins and of their great love for us.
I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies. From their evil plan you had to flee with Him and His Blessed Mother to Egypt. I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.
I ask it by all your care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate Mother during your second journey, when you were ordered to return to your own country. I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where you met with so many joys and sorrows.
I ask it by your great distress when the adorable Child was lost to you and His Mother for three days. I ask it by your joy at finding Him in the Temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the company of the Child Jesus. I ask it by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to you.
I ask it by the perfect love and conformity you showed in accepting the Divine order to depart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and Mary. I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His kingdom and led you into it with special honors.
I ask it through Mary's glorious Assumption, and through that endless happiness you have with her in the presence of God.
O good father! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I ask.
(make your request)
Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful to them in the plan of God. Finally, my dear patron and father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
For any Special Intention
*This prayer can be said any 30 days of the year.