How does St. Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand.”

Pope Francis
'Childhood of Christ' by Gerrit Van Honthorst

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved, loving, obedient and accepting father, who is creatively

courageous, hard working and eclipsed.

St. Joseph Image - Vatican Museum

St. Joseph Image – Vatican Museum

The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St. Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021.

The Brentwood Diocesan Education Service have created and drawn together, a number of resources for schools for use during this distinctive year.

Supporting Documentation

A Brentwood Diocesan Booklet of ideas to help celebrate the Year of St Joseph Litany of St. Joseph Mysteries of St. Joseph Sleeping St. Joseph
St. Joseph Five Facts Assembly Notes by Mission Together St. Joseph Five Facts Assembly Slides by Mission Together The Year of St. Joseph Lessons by Katherine Bogner


Images from our Diocesan Schools celebration of the Year of St Joseph

With thanks to the following schools for their work:
Holy Family Primary School, Witham
St Joseph’s Primary School, Harwich
St Mary’s Primary School, Tilbury
St Peter’s Primary School, Romford