St. John's Bible
Thursdays of Lent, 12 PM
Looking for a way to deepen your prayer life this Lent? Join us for a “Journey with The Saint John’s Bible.” Facilitated by Rex Rallanka, Director of Music, this is a free online series by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. You'll explore the Church’s tradition of reading Scripture and depicting it in art, explore several spectacular illuminations from The Saint John’s Bible—a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible crafted in the 21st-century, and take a deep dive into the Scripture passages those illuminations depict. For more information or to sign up, click the logo on the right, or contact Rex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREAKFAST WITH GOD
Saturdays of Lent, 8 AM
Fr. Michael O'Reilly will host a 30 minute online prayer for children.
Sign Up: www.is.gd/godsbreakfast
A MOMENT OF PRAYER
Everyday of Lent
Fr. Michael O'Reilly offers a daily online prayer.
Prayed bilingually at the Cathedral, led by a different ministry group each week, with a reflection by Deacon Edgar. Livestreamed on Facebook.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS | VIA CRUCIS
Fridays of Lent, 7 PM
RESPECT FOR LIFE ROSARY
Please join your fellow Cathedral parishioners in the Cathedral Plaza this Sunday, to pray a rosary for the intention of an end to legalized abortion. The bilingual service will begin at 11:15 a.m., in between the 10 a.m. English Mass and noon Spanish Mass.
CAPITOL PARK ROSARY
PRAYER and FELLOWSHIP!
Please join your fellow Cathedral parishioners in praying the rosary, for Our Church and the State of California, every Friday morning, at 7:30 am. We meet in Capitol Park, at the former site of St. Junipero Serra's statue (off L St. between 12th and 13th streets). We also sing a few songs and have great fellowship. We hope to see you there.
Prayer to Saint Joseph
After the Rosary
To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family,
defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us
every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
O our most mighty protector, be kind to us
and from heaven assist us in our struggle
with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril,
so now protect God's Holy Church
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.
This prayer to Saint Joseph—spouse of the Virgin Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron saint of the universal Church—was composed by Pope Leo XIII in his 1889 encyclical, Quamquam pluries. He asked that it be added to the end of the Rosary, especially during the month of October, which is dedicated to the Rosary. It may be said after the customary Salve Regina and concluding prayer, and may also be used to conclude other Marian devotions.
During the Year of Saint Joseph
The prayer is ordinarily enriched with a partial indulgence (Handbook of Indulgences, conc. 19). During the Year of Saint Joseph, however—which lasts from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021—the use of this prayer has been included among those enriched with a plenary indulgence (see Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary issued Dec. 8, 2020, section E). It may be said on any day of the Year of Saint Joseph, but especially on his various feast days or other devotional days dedicated to St. Joseph:
March 19, 2021, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
May 1, 2021, the Optional Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker
The nineteenth day of each month
Every Wednesday, the traditional day of the week for devotions to Saint Joseph
Joseph is the light of patriarchs because he is the most sublime of all fathers.
To him was given the privilege of being the father and pillar within the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. He was a secure anchor, a point of reference, a sure sign, a directing arrow, a beacon of light. All this – because as the greatest of all fathers, he was a man of deep prayer and contemplation. Openness and sensitivity to God’s Spirit comes only with prolonged fidelity to prayer. How else could his actions speak “fiat” following angelic visits in dreams? How else heard God’s voice in angel messages? How else to trust that he, a simple carpenter, could raise a King? His actions reveal his strong relationship with God. The foundation of Joseph’s life was prayer and, as on a rock, he built his family on prayer – daily prayer at home and prayer in the synagogue. His life of prayer enabled Joseph to let the paternal light of God shine through his own fatherhood, and to be a steadfast support and guide for Mary and Jesus. Joseph us teaches that God is the source of all we need. In God we find strength for our responsibilities. In God we stand firm in our vocation. In God we discover light when we lose our way. From God, and by the example of Joseph, we learn how to be a chaste husband, a loving wife, a good son or daughter, a compassionate brother or sister, a faithful friend… Saint Joseph, show us how to make our homes and our hearts places where prayer has a “home.”