May 1st is the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. Saint Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. His first feast day is March 19th, which is Saint Joseph, the Husband of Mary and his second feast day is May 1st, Saint Joseph the Worker.
Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker in 1955 to extend “the long relationship between Joseph and the cause of workers in both Catholic faith and devotion.” The feast was also a response to “May Day” celebrations that were sponsored by the Communists.
For our family, Saint Joseph and both of his feast days are very important. First, our little love is named after this great, silent Saint, who cared and watched over the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus and now watches over the Catholic Church.
Saint Joseph was a carpenter by trade. Before Jesus pursued His ministry as preacher and healer, he, too, was a carpenter and learned the trade from Saint Joseph.
"No worker was ever more completely and profoundly penetrated by [the spirit] than the foster father of Jesus, who lived with Him in closest intimacy and community of family life and work,” ~Pope Pius XII
Celebrating Saint Joseph the Worker
This past March, 2018, I attended the Diocese of Providence’s 51st Annual Diocesan Faith Formation Convocation. One of the workshops that I attended, Our Family Prays: Fostering Prayer in the Home, was presented by Mary Sellars Malloy, Senior Editor of RCL Benziger Publishing, LLC, a Roman Catholic book publishing house offering services and resources for Catholic parishes and schools. Mary gave us a wonderful activity to celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.
The activity is called “Saint Joseph’s Table.”
“Litany of Saint Joseph.” EWTN, www.ewtn.com/devotionals/litanies/joseph.htm
“Catholic Community Service | RCL Benziger.” www.rclbenziger.com
Franciscan Media. “Saint Joseph the Worker.” 27 Apr. 2018, www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-joseph-the-worker
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: The Holy Family with a Bird, Public domain, Wikimedia Commons
Gerard van Honthorst: Childhood of Christ, Public domain, Wikimedia Commons
Georges de La Tour: Joseph the Carpenter, Public domain, Wikimedia Commons
Alonso Miguel de Tovar: San José y el Niño Jesús, Public domain, Wikimedia Commons