This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.— Psalm 118:24

 

Solemnity of Saint Joseph

March 19

 

First inserted into the General Roman Calendar for celebration in 1621 by Pope Gregory XV, although this date had already been informally dedicated to St. Joseph as early as the 10th century. This date also fittingly serves as “Fathers’ Day” in some Catholic countries such as Portugal, Spain, and Italy.

 

St. Joseph the Patron of the Universal Church

Third Wednesday after Easter

 

Between 1870 and 1955, this feast day celebrated the title given to St. Joseph by Pope Pius IX. It honors St. Joseph as the Protector of the Mystical Body of Christ which is the Universal Church. This feast was later removed in 1955 by Pope Pius XII.

 

St. Joseph the Worker

May 1

 

In 1955 Venerable Pope Pius XII established the Feast Day of “St. Joseph the Worker” to be celebrated annually on May 1. This date was specifically chosen in order to counteract the predominantly Socialist and Communist holiday “International Workers’ Day,” also known as “May Day.” Pius XII encouraged laborers to look to St. Joseph as their model and to ask for his intercession in their work.

 


St. Joseph the Betrothed

(celebrated by the Eastern Churches)

First Sunday after Christmas

 

St. Joseph is commemorated on the Sunday after the Nativity. If there is no Sunday between December 25 and January 1, his feast day, along with King David and St. James the Greater, is held on December 26.

 

Feast of the Holy Family

First Sunday after Christmas

 

This feast was instituted by Pope Leo XIII. Should there be no Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the feast is held on December 30. This feast celebrates the unity of the Holy Family as an example to be followed and adored.

 

Espousals of Mary and Joseph

January 23

 

Approved in 1546 by Pope Paul III to celebrate the holy espousals of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph.


Feast of the Holy Death of St. Joseph

Abib 26 (July 20 – Julian Calendar, August 2 – Gregorian Calendar)

The feast of the holy death of St. Joseph, recognized by the Coptic Church.

 

Every Wednesday

 

It is part of Roman Catholic tradition to honor St. Joseph, in some way, on every Wednesday. This practice was especially recommended by Pope Benedict XV.