Saint Joseph was a patron of workers partly because he was a worker himself, a carpenter, but also because of the gift that he gave of himself when he agreed to take care of Mary and Jesus. Joseph travelled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be enrolled as required by the Roman political authorities. He is accompanied by Mary who is heavily pregnant and who, gives birth to Jesus in Bethlehem.
Prayer to St. Joseph
St. Joseph, Patron of our school,
We praise and thank you for your exemplary life, and for your unfailing guidance, care and patience as the first teacher of Jesus, our Saviour. Teach us to be patient and humble in our relationship with others, and help us to be eager to learn and willing to do our duty in school and in life. Help us also to be understanding, and create in us the desire to serve others and to seek peace at all times.
Preserve us, St. Joseph, from Impurity in thought, word, and deed; and keep us from selfish throughts, pride, and vanity.
We pray that we will be able to follow your example and grow in love and respect of Jesus, our Lord. Amen