St. Joseph – Our Patron
St. Joseph, protector and provider of Jesus during his infancy and youth, is honored as the patron of our school. His paternal compassion for our Lord and his obedience to his heavenly Father serve as models for our school as we form the minds, hearts, and souls of students in the likeness of Christ.
Holy Scripture recounts little of the life of St. Joseph, but what we are told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke is sufficient to inform us of his holiness. He was espoused to Mary who was found to be with child before they were married. An upright man, St. Joseph was unwilling to expose her to the law (stoning), choosing instead to divorce her quietly. He was dissuaded from doing so by an angelic message received in a dream explaining the Holy Offspring. St. Joseph accepted this virginal conception and received her into his home as his wife.
Jesus was named at His circumcision in accord with the angel’s instruction, and was presented in the Temple by His parents who offered a sacrifice of two turtledoves in obedience to the prescription of the Law. St. Joseph was warned in a dream to flee with his family to Egypt to escape King Herod’s Slaughter of the Innocents. After King Herod’s death, St. Joseph was instructed, again in a dream, to return to Israel, but not to Judea. Instead, he was directed to the city of Nazareth in the region of Galilee.
In each instance, St. Joseph served as the protector and provider of the Holy Family. God chose St. Joseph as the protector and provider of Jesus and Mary. By our faith and confidence in Jesus our Savior, we entrust our school to St. Joseph’s fatherly intercession, and we ask him to protect and provide for our school as he did for the Holy Family.
St. Joseph’s GHSS gives special honour to its patron on his feast day. On March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus, we celebrate the Patronal Feast of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and honor St. Joseph’s role in the redemptive plan.