The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
In 1955, Pope Pius XII formed the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. The feast day is celebrated on May 1. Most Catholics know St. Joseph as the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus but he was much more to them. He provided for the Holy Family through the work of his hands in carpentry. St. Joseph the worker also taught Jesus how to be a carpenter, instilling the concept of an honest day’s work in Jesus.
Saint Joseph the worker lived his entire life following this passage from Psalms 90:17
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands-
O prosper the work of our hands!”