A Mass honoring the feast of St. Joseph on the occasion of the “Year of St. Joseph” declared by Pope Francis will be broadcast around the country from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Friday morning.
The Mass will begin at 8:00 a.m. local time (11:00 a.m. Eastern) and will be celebrated by Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The livestream broadcast of the Mass will be available on the USCCB, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and OLA Cathedral channels.
The liturgy also coincides with the fifth anniversary of the publication of the pope’s apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” and the first day of the corresponding Year of “Amoris Laetitia Family,” focused on upholding the role of the Christian family in today’s society.
The Mass will also include a special blessing for families, the archdiocese announced.
Late last year, Pope Francis declared December 8, 2020 – December 8, 2021 the Year of St. Joseph, in his Apostolic letter “Patris corde” (With a Father’s Heart) marking the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Catholic Church by Blessed Pope Pius IX.
In a March 16 statement announcing the Mass, Archbishop Gomez said that he’d been spending the season of Lent reflecting on the role of his patron saint’s role in the Gospels.
“His quiet hope and courage in the face of adversity, his trust in God’s providence, his simple dedication to doing God’s will – these are virtues I think all of us need to develop at this moment in our lives,” said Archbishop Gomez.