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Our Patron Saint

St Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mother and was betrothed to Mary at the time of Jesus’ birth. All that is known of him for certain is contained in the accounts of the birth and early life of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

He was of David’s line and was a carpenter in Nazareth where he lived with Mary and Jesus during Jesus’ early life. Devotion to him developed over the years particularly with the increasing popularity of representations of the Holy Family.

Pope Pius IX declared him Patron of the Universal Church at the close of the First Vatican Council in 1870.  His feast-day is 19th March.