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March 13, 2021

This is a version of the Adsumus Sancte Spiritus* prayer which was set to music and prayed during the Opening Liturgy for Synod 2021-2023 for the Diocese of Palmerston North.

A recording from this liturgy is available above and the words and chords are provided below for use in parishes.

Pope Francis has written an Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde – With a Father’s Heart, to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. In this letter Pope Francis reminds us that the Covid-19 crisis has allowed us to experience “how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people, people often overlooked.” He points to the fact that in this moment these are the people who are “surely shaping the decisive events of our history.” 

He goes on to say that “each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.” 

Pope Francis has proclaimed the ‘Year of Saint Joseph’ to run until 8 December 2021 in the hope that we might be able to increase our love for this great saint, be encouraged to seek his intercession and to imitate his virtues and zeal. 


Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all.

Over the course of this year, we will provide resources for you to dive deeper into the life of Saint Joseph to honour this year under the categories of prayer, reflections and resources.


WelCom Articles

In March, WelCom featured articles about the Year of St Joseph including an article about Pope Francis and his devotion to St Joseph and a reflection from Fr James Lyons.

Have a read by clicking the links below.

Sleeping St Josephread here.

Reflection from Fr Jamesread here.

Song: Refugee King – An ode to the Holy Family

“To protect Jesus from Herod, Joseph dwelt as a foreigner in Egypt (Mt 2:13-18)”. 

Listen to this song that honours this particular part of the story of the Holy Family.

Monthly Reflections: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have also made some resources available.
Included are monthly reflections about various aspects of St Joseph’s life & character.

Check out the links below.


National Liturgy Office

The National Liturgy Office have complied a variety of resources, some of which we have included above. To access the collection click here.


Click on the image above to view Pleroma’s range of St Joseph products or head to their website here.

St Joseph Doll

Did you know Pope Francis has been praying to St. Joseph every day for 40 years???

Be a Heart sells a range of Catholic products from San Antonio, Texas and they’ve just released a St. Joseph doll online. Whether for your child or yourself, you might like order one to accompany you on the journey this year!

Head to the Be a Heart store to check out the St Joseph Doll and other products here

Sacred Artwork

Each month the Diocese of Charlotte in the United States will be adding various depictions of St. Joseph in Christian art and iconography. 

E te wairua tapu, we stand before you gathered as one in your name. 

With you alone to guide us
Make yourself at home in our hearts
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.

E te wairua tapu, we stand before you gathered as one in your name. 

We are weak and broken
Don’t let us pro mote disorder
Save us from our ignorance
and may our actions be unbiased.

E te wairua tapu, we stand before you gathered as one in your name. 

Let us find in you our unity
journeying with you to eternal life.
Let us not stray from the way
of truth and what is right.

E te wairua tapu, we stand before you gathered as one in your name. 

All this we ask of you e te Wairua Tapu
who are at work in every place and time.
I te Kotahitanga o te Matua, me te Tamaiti, mo āke āke.

E te wairua tapu, we stand before you gathered as one in your name. 

Music: Mass of Christ, Light of Nations (Tony Alonso)
Copyright 2016 GIA Publications All Rights Reserved

*Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the prayer Adsumus Sancte Spiritus, the first word of the Latin original meaning, “We stand before You, Holy Spirit,” which has been historically used at Councils, Synods and other Church gatherings for hundreds of years, being attributed to Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560 – 4 April 636).  As we are called to embrace this synodal path of Synod 2021-2023, this prayer invites the Holy Spirit to work within us so that we may be a community and a people of grace.

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