Dear Men of St. Catherine's Parish,
I want to invite you all to join me on March 19, 2020, the feast of St. Joseph, in making a special consecration to St. Joseph. You may be more familiar with the tradition in the Church of making a consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary (really we are consecrating ourselves to Jesus through the intercession of Mary); however, there is also a tradition, especially for men, to consecrate themselves and their families to Jesus through the intercession of St. Joseph. In making this consecration we are invoking the special protection of St. Joseph to live out our call to be strong fathers and protectors of our families and to truly be men after the heart of Christ.
Often times, leading up to a consecration, there is a 33-day preparation, which includes readings and prayers. We will be using a brand new book by Fr. Donald Calloway that includes an excellent 33-day preparation. The daily readings and prayers take 6 or 7 minutes to complete and provide wonderful reflections on the life and mysteries of St. Joseph, and will help the consecration to be more fruitful.