YearOfStJoseph2021

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.

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Prayer to St Joseph

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

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Sr Maria ...

Sisters from Carmel of the Immaculate Conception, Roebuck

Most people would probably be surprised at the variety in the daily rhythm of life of a Carmelite. Besides providing for both communal and solitary prayer, times are set aside for work, recreation, reading and study.

In the family atmosphere which prevails in our community, we share household duties and our Altar Bread work which is our main source of support. The poultry, gardens – vegetable and flowers, have to be cared for as well as our two dogs and Sally Ann, the donkey.

Our enclosed grounds in the southern suburbs of Dublin, provide us with pathways for walking or cycling. The cattle grazing on the land gives a truly rural athmosphere. Walking through our fields we can admire nature through the changing seasons.