“Go to Joseph,” a diocesan Advent Mission, was held the first three Wednesdays in December. Deacon Josh Lee gave a live reflection via Zoom at Blessed Sacrament Church, Rapid City, December 1. Deacon Lee is a seminarian at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., and his presentation was titled “The Beauty of the Heart of Joseph.” On Dec. 15, Fr. Mark McCormick, spoke on St. Joseph’s role as the “Pillar of Families, Glory of Home life,” at Our Lady of the Black Hills Church, Piedmont.

The Dec. 1 and 15 events and the

Dec. 8 consecration of the Diocese of Rapid City to St. Joseph are available as videos on the diocesan website at https://www.rapidcitydiocese.org/stjoseph/.

Wednesday, December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop Peter Muhich consecrated the Diocese of Rapid City to St. Joseph. The date also marked the conclusion of the Year of St. Joseph which was declared to start Dec. 8, 2020, by Pope Francis. The papal observance marked the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX declaring St. Joseph patron of the universal church. The local celebration was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City.

Noting the day is a Marian feast, Bishop Muhich said, “Today we have something even more special, grace upon grace.” In his homily, Bishop Muhich began with the many ways the Blessed Mother’s life is intertwined with her divine son, Jesus.

Then, he explained when something is consecrated or set aside for a specific purpose there is movement in the spiritual world. “St. Joseph knows what is happening tonight,” he said.

He added St. Joseph is someone men and boys should pay attention to, “he can teach us the virtues of manhood and how to be a good man.”

When Bishop Muhich consecrated the diocese to the care and protection of St. Joseph, he said, “I dedicate the Diocese of Rapid City under the protection and prayers of St. Joseph. I ask St. Joseph to watch over our parishes, our religious communities, institutions … protecting them from the attack of the evil one just as he did when he watched over the holy family.

‘Watch over us all, leave no corner of the diocese untouched by your protection and intercession. St. Joseph, most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, foster father of the Son of God, patron of the church, protector of the Eucharist, terror of demons, come to our aid with Our Lady of Perpetual Help to make us strong in faith, deep in hope and overflowing with love for our faith, our church, our Eucharist, and the people of western South Dakota. Great St. Joseph pray of us.’”

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