Saint Joseph: June 2013 Archives


Blessed Marie-Jean-Joseph Lataste, O.P.

Ten months before his death on March 10, 1869, Father Marie Jean-Joseph Lataste, O.P. pronounced a very special vow. His desire was to fulfill a vow to Saint Joseph that he had made earlier, on March 19, 1866, by which he dedicated himself to work for the insertion of the name of Saint Joseph in the Canon of the Mass, and for the approbation by the Church of a proper Mass in honour of Saint Joseph, if his project for the foundation of the Dominican Sisters of Bethany were brought to fruition within two years.

Given the emergence of the new community of Bethany, Father Lataste was obliged to pay his debt to Saint Joseph: he made the offering of his life to obtain that Saint Joseph be declared patron of the universal Church, and that the name of Saint Joseph be inserted in the Canon of the Mass, on the condition that Saint Joseph take charge of his work for rehabilitated women, and supply for the want of human support. On May 10, 1868, Father Lataste entrusted to Father Jandel, O.P. a letter for Pope Pius IX requesting the above-mentioned honours for Saint Joseph. Father Lataste said nothing about the content of his missive to the Pope; it remained secret until Father Jandel revealed what happened when the Pope opened the letter.

The intention for which Father Lataste offered his life was fulfilled by a motu proprio of Blessed John XXIII that became effective on December 8, 1962. Father Lataste was beatified on June 3, 2012 at Besançon.

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Dear readers of Vultus Christi,

The needs of our growing community are many. The purchase and renovation of Silverstream Priory is a daunting undertaking, but our confidence in Divine Providence and in Saint Joseph is immense. At this particular time it is crucial that we make a novena to Saint Joseph for certain urgent needs. Will you join us in prayer? Please say the prayer below for the next nine days, June 18 --26. The novena will end on June 27th, the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I thank you for your support.

Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph

O glorious Saint JOSEPH,
thou art our advocate and our defender,
our father and our friend,
who on the word of the angel speaking to thee in the night,
didst put fear aside to take MARY, thy Virgin Bride into thy home,
and, even in poverty and in exile,
didst provide security for JESUS, the blessed Fruit of her womb.

Thou art the good provider
upon whose resources and generosity we rely
to acquire the entire property of Silverstream;
to renovate it;
and to maintain it for years to come
in security and in peace,
in the beauty of holiness,
and in perpetual adoration
of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

O Joseph, first adorer of the Sacred Humanity of the Word,
thou art not indifferent to His designs upon Silverstream Priory
and upon those sons of Saint Benedict who, by His grace alone,
must struggle to make it a school of the Lord's service,
a sanctuary of adoration for all,
and a haven of peace for priests.

Humble and powerful Saint Joseph,
who didst appear at Knock,
together with the Mother of God,
with Saint John the Beloved Disciple,
and with the Lamb of Sacrifice,
thy mission in Ireland is far from ended.
Visit Silverstream Priory, then.
Provide for our fathers and brothers there
as thou hast provided for so many in the past,
and we shall publish abroad
the wonders obtained through thy intercession
to the glory of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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