Saint Joseph, Patron Saint of Fathers
The Solemnity of St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is March 19. St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of Fathers, Husband of Mary, and Foster Father of Jesus. Saint Joseph was chosen by God to be Jesus' father here on earth. God knew that Jesus would need a foster father to raise him and teach him. Scripture tells us that Joseph was a "just man," meaning he was a good man, honest, fair, and God-loving.
Joseph was the husband of Mary and protector of the Child Jesus as He grew. In Joseph’s faithful, loving care was entrusted the childhood and youth of the Redeemer of the world. After the Mother of God herself, no one has ever been so blessed with virtues as Saint Joseph. Because he was the representative of our Heavenly Father on earth, because he acted as Christ's father in His life on earth, he is the divinely appointed head of the Holy Family.
He is the patron saint of fathers. Saint Joseph is invoked as a protector of the family. As a saint in Heaven he still acts as a husband and father to his family and the Church, and will intercede for us on many occasions. In 1870 Pope Pius IX declared him patron of the Universal Church.
St. Joseph, pray for us!