I had read the following story by a CNA colleague on Tuesday and realized that I only had that day, December 7th and the next day to see these relics before they ended their Roman pilgrimage. I got a taxi and went to San Giuseppe Lavoratore parish and, alas, after looking all over the church for the relics, discovered in a conversation with a parishioner that the relics had departed on December 5th. I did, however, take time to pray before the Blessed Sacrament with several other people, thus, my trip to the church was more than blessed.
The relics have now returned to Sant’Anastasia and the lady with whom I spoke seemed to know how to get to see them and gave me some advice I hope to follow very soon.
The year of St. Joseph might have ended as an earthly celebration but I can tell you that, from what I learned and read this past year about him, St. Joseph occupies a much bigger place in my heart and I don’t need a special Year to think of or pray to him.
Here’s Hannah’s story: For the Year of St. Joseph, a look at the relic of his holy cloak in Rome | Catholic News Agency
DECEMBER 8, END OF YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH
A Jubilee or Holy Year or a Year dedicated to a person such as St. Paul or this past year, St. Joseph, usually starts off with a bang, a special papal Mass, for example, and is followed by a multitude of events over a period of 12 months. And usually, such Jubilees or Holy Years close ceremoniously with another remarkable papal event or solemn Mass.
Such was the case one year ago, December 8, 2020 with Pope Francis inaugurating the Year of St. Joseph, as well as the publication of Patris Corde, the Apostolic Letter of the Holy Father Francis on the 150th Anniversary Of The Proclamation Of Saint Joseph As Patron Of The Universal Church. The Year of St. Francis began December 8, 2020.
Yesterday, December 8, the Year of St. Joseph ended without fanfare or trumpets. However, Pope Francis did mark it, in a special way, with his visit yesterday afternoon to the Rome comunità cenacolo, about which I wrote yesterday in this column.
In its story, Vaticannews wrote the following: “Pope Francis then moved to the Chapel dedicated to the Good Samaritan for a blessing and to conclude the Year of St Joseph. A symbolic gesture in an even more symbolic place: the Chapel, made of wood and white marble, was in fact built entirely by the children, ‘with their creativity and their hands’. They picked up pieces of travertine, oak beams and other waste material from rubbish tips and rubbish bins: ‘This is a concrete example of what we do here: we take waste to make wonderful works,’ says Don Stefano. ‘These young people, if before in the life of evil they gave the worst of themselves, now in the life of good they rediscover the love of God.’
“Pope Francis blessed the chapel and prayed together with all those present, whom he then greeted one by one. Each person was offered a leaflet so that the prayer to Mary’s spouse, contained in the last pages of the Patris Corde, could be recited together.
“Hail, guardian of the Redeemer and husband of the Virgin Mary / To you God entrusted his Son; in you, Mary placed her trust / with you Christ became man / O Blessed Joseph, show yourself to be a father also for us, and guide us on the path of life / Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from all evil / Amen.”
Here is the link to the full vaticannews story: Pope to Cenacolo Community: Let us not be afraid of our miseries – Vatican News
(On Wednesday, at the Angelus, the Holy Father spoke of St. Joseph, noting the end of the year dedicated to him, and he also noted that December 10th marks the end of the Lauretan Year, a year dedicated to the Holy House of Loreto.)