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Year of St. Joseph 2021

The Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv has granted a special dispensation for this coming feast:

"This year, the Solemnity of St. Joseph falls on Friday, March 19. The Holy Father, Pope Francis has declared this to be the Year of St. Joseph and so a dispensation is hereby granted to all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Atlanta from the Discipline of Abstinence on March 19, 2021."

Plenary Indulgence

From December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021

The Holy See has granted an indulgence for those who make a special devotion to St. Joseph.

The plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions :

  • Ssacramental confession

  • Eucharistic communion

  • Prayer according to the intentions of the Holy Father)

To the faithful who, with a spirit detached from any sin, participate in the Year of Saint Joseph on the occasions and in the manner indicated by this Apostolic Penitentiary:

  • Meditate for at least 30 minutes on the Our Father

  • Participate in a spiritual retreat of at least one day that includes a meditation on Saint Joseph

  • Perform a corporal or spiritual work of mercy

  • Recite the Holy Rosary in families and between the husband and wife

  • Entrust their work daily to the protection of Saint Joseph and to all believers who invoke with their prayers the intercession of the worker of Nazareth

  • Pray the litany of Saint Joseph for the persecuted Church and for the relief of all persecuted Christians

  • Pray any lawfully approved prayer or act of piety in honor of Saint Joseph, for example “To you oh blessed Joseph,” especially on:

    • March 19 (Solemnity of St. Joseph)

    • May 1 (Feast of St. Joseph the Worker)

    • December 26 (Feast of the Holy Family)

    • The Sunday of Saint Joseph (according to the Byzantine tradition)

    • The 19th day of every month

    • Every Wednesday (a day dedicated to the memory of the Saint according to the Latin tradition)

The gift of plenary indulgence extends particularly to —

  • The elderly

  • The sick

  • The dying

  • All those who for legitimate reasons cannot leave their home

— who, with the spirit detached from any sin and with the intention of fulfilling, as soon as possible, the three usual conditions, in your own home or wherever the impediment holds you, pray an act of piety in honor of Saint Joseph, consolation of the sick and patron of good death, confidently offering God the pains and difficulties of his life.

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