We already celebrated St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary on March 19. On May 1st , we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. In 1955 Pope Pius XII instituted this feast in order to christianize the concept of labor and give all workers a model and protector. Catholic Social Teaching emphasizes the dignity of the worker, the responsibility of employers, the need for humane methods of employment, and a just wage. Work plays an important role in the ongoing creation of the universe. (See Genesis chapters 1 and 2.)
Scriptures tell us very little about the life of Joseph. We do know that he was the chaste husband of Mary, and the foster father of Jesus. Since he had to travel to Bethlehem to register in the Roman census at the time of Jesus’ birth we also know that he was in the royal lineage of David. He was a humble carpenter and was able to support and take care of the Holy Family. He certainly is a great model and inspiration for all workers, employers and their families
St. Joseph is the patron of carpenters, builders and all, working people, among a long list of patronages.
St. Joseph, pray for all workers as we contribute to the betterment of creation. Amen