St Joseph's Fellowship
Welcome to the page dedicated to praying for and encouraging fathers to be the best dads that they can be by living as Christ Jesus to their wives and children. We support the need to catechise men in the faith and to gather together to support one another on our journey in fatherhood and as the spiritual leaders of our homes. We are inspired by the Fathers of St Joseph and the mission at Our Lady's St John's Wood is seeking to be an extension of the vision that they share with us in the pursuit of faithful fatherhood. Jesus calls men to share in living out the sacrifice of love in their families in its cross-shape form.
He does so by saying,
“Be perfect as Your Father in Heaven is perfect” (Matt 5:48), Christ calls men to the perfection of self-sacrifice. Catholic men are called to the self-sacrificial life of being “priest, prophet and king” (CCC 783) for their families which includes the sacrifice of daily prayer, the commitment to keep the 10 Commandments, repentance and Confession, keeping the Sabbath, leading the family to weekly Mass and to actively make disciples for Christ. The Church exhorts men to devotion to Christ’s own father, St. Joseph, who is the human model of self-sacrifice for all men (Quamquam Pluries; Redemptoris Custos).
We pursue the calling to follow Jesus Christ by joining with the call for a newemangelization in the Church. In 2013, the New Emangelization Project was launched to confront the Catholic “man-crisis” and to build new ardour, methods and expressions for the evangelization of men. To date, “man-crisis” statistics have been gathered, dozens of top Catholic men’s evangelists have been interviewed and a large-scale survey of men has been fielded.
There are encouraging insights emerging from the project. Men require and respond to man-specific evangelization approaches. What’s missing in the New Evangelization is recognition by the Church of the critical importance of men in the Church, family and society and for the Church to make the specific evangelization of men a priority.
The New Emangelization Project findings are clear: if the Church wishes to have a New Evangelization, there must be a New Emangelization, creating generations of Catholic men who are on fire for Jesus Christ and Holy Mother Church. Cardinal Burke reminds us of the crisis in this wonderful interview and you are invited to read it with an open heart to the truth. See also this very POWERFUL LETTER from Bishop Olmsted to men in the Catholic Church.
St Joseph's Fellowship meets on the second Monday night of every month for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary for our families followed by a time of food, drink and fellowship. Please do come and join us in the Parish Church Hall from 8:00 pm until we end. Please bring your male friends/dads along with you for what always proves to be great discussions and fellowship together. Here is a very important interview that must be watched by ALL dads.
Prayer to Saint Joseph for fathers
Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life, your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done. Amen.