Back in May Pope Francis decreed that the name of St Joseph be inserted into Eucharistic Prayers ll, lll and lV, as it in EP l. With all that was going on that month, I completely forgot about it (sorry St Joseph and Pope Francis!). So we eventually got around to it this weekend, and I took the opportunity to speak about Joseph at the Sunday Masses.
There was a good response from people - many were grateful because they said we don't hear much about St Joseph. One chap said he didn't even realise we had a statue of him at St Brigid's. He is indeed a little hidden away in Our Lady's Chapel, where he is turned towards his wife.
So, a renewed effort to remember that he is very much part of the Family - of Nazareth and of the Church, of which he is Guardian. He is also patron of workers as a carpenter, and of the dying, as we assume that Our Lord and Our Lady were both present at his death.
So... "Blessed Joseph, her spouse" it is!