Knights of Columbus Ave Maria Council 5521 will be sponsoring a prayer service dedicated to St. Joseph on Sunday, September 11, beginning at 9:15am in the Church at St. Jude Parish.

Flowing from the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis, and inspired by his apostolic letter Patris Corde, our Council will have access to the new Knights of Columbus Pilgrim Traveling Icon in honor of St. Joseph, and the icon will be on display at St. Jude beginning at this prayer service on September 11 and will remain at the parish for personal prayer and adoration over the next couple of weeks thereafter.

The original icon is housed at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montréal, Canada’s preeminent Shrine to St. Joseph, founded by St. André Bessette. The original is written by famed iconographer Alexandre Sobolev. In the icon's image, St. Joseph stands with his eyes cast humbly down, but with a determined strength in his face. In his covered arm he bears the Child Jesus, whose own hand is raised, blessing the world. In his right arm, St. Joseph holds a flowering staff, a sign that he was chosen by God. The white lilies of the staff signify his purity and chastity. Taken together, the icon provides a window into the life and mission of this courageous father, a man who was one of us and yet called to a mission of incomparable significance. Our world desperately needs men and women of courage. But in a particular way, it needs courageous fathers — men willing to stand up and to carry out their own mission of protecting, defending and raising future generations. It needs men willing to risk it all, in order to offer the world Jesus. In short, our world needs men in the model of St. Joseph.

We are inviting all parishioners of St. Matthew Parish to attend this prayer service, and the Knights are especially encouraging fathers to attend the prayer service, in prayer for strength and courage, through the intercession of St. Joseph, as fathers raise their children in the Faith.