Celebrating St. Joseph Day on Sat. Sept. 18

All are invited to take part in a morning of faith, fellowship and prayer in order to come to know Saint Joseph better.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is celebrating Saint Joseph Day for Families and Friends on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

“Participants may come to know Saint Joseph on a personal level as a saint, a man of virtue, and a model for our lives,” said auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid, vicar for evangelization.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Zubik. Brunch follows in the Cathedral’s social hall.

At 11 a.m., Mike Aquilina, a popular author on Church history, will give a talk entitled “Saint Joseph: A Man and a Model for Our Times.” Aquilina has a unique gift for making the stories of the saints come alive and become deeply personal, Bishop Waltersheid said.

During the talk, a prayerful tour of the cathedral will be available to children ages six and up. An activity also will be available for toddlers.

The event will conclude at noon with the consecration of families and individuals to Saint Joseph.

“My hope is that like Saint Joseph, they will know that God is always intimately involved in our lives,” Bishop Waltersheid said. “Saint Joseph did not understand all the details of what was happening in his life. But he had deep faith and knew that God was with him.”

Tickets are $14 for teens and adults (ages 13 and up) and $5 for children (ages 6-12). There is no cost for children under age 6. Details and registration may be found at https://diopitt.org/st-joseph-day-for-families-and-friends  The deadline to register is Saturday, September 11.

Parking will be available at Oakland Catholic High School (144 N Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213).

Due to increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus, and especially because children will be present in age groups not yet eligible to be vaccinated, attendees are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status.