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We believe that Jesus Christ came to reveal the fullness of God's love for us, and we continue to celebrate that love through praise, sacraments, service, and community. Learn about our mission and meet our staff.
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Pray the Liturgy of the Hours
Lectio divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It was a method practiced by monks in their daily encounter with Scripture, both as they prepared for the Eucharist and as they prayed the Liturgy of the Hours.
The Latin phrase “lectio divina” may be translated as “divine reading.” As one reads and invites the Word to become a transforming lens that brings the events of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and find the presence of God more readily in the events of each day. The method of lectio divina follows four steps:
Use these Lectio Divina guides to meditate, contemplate, and pray.
Beloved Father, Watchful Defender of Christ.
St. Joseph was an example of a father tenderly loving his Son and a father obediently following God’s will when he did not fully understand its purpose. The carpenter from Nazareth had to trust deeply in God while dealing with the concrete challenges his family faced in a world particularly marked by poverty, oppression, and injustice. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple prefigures Jesus’ offering on the Cross and the offering of our own lives for love of God and others.
“Joseph shapes his life in conformity with what God expected of him. God gave him all the needed graces to carry out his special mission, as God also did for Mary and of all to whom he entrusts a mission.” May we have that same trust in God.
St. Joseph, A beloved father, watchful defender of Christ, pray for us.
(Pope Francis Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, 1. Dec. 8, 2020 St. Joseph Man of Faith, Jacques Gauthier, Catholic Book Publishing, N.J., 2014)
2021, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Liturgy Committee, Liturgy Office, Mary, Mother of the Church Pastoral Center, 2713 W. Chestnut Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601.
Consecration to Saint Joseph
The links below will take you
to the YouTube page
that offers each of the 33 days
of the Consecration to Saint Joseph
presented by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
The Cause for Canonization