Father’s McNeeley’s Thoughts on St. Joseph

The Solemnity of St. Joseph is the last day for public masses for at least the next couple of weeks, possibly longer.  

One thing I have always noticed about Joseph’s role in the life of Jesus was his conspicuous absence during Jesus’ earthly ministry, but especially during Holy Week and Easter.  I presume he died sometime between finding Jesus in the temple and his public ministry.  

Why would that be?  It is my personal belief (not church teaching) that he would have gotten in the way.  What father, having shown such love and devotion, would not fight for his son’s life, or at the very least, have caused quite a commotion.  

It was a path the Savior had to walk on his own without his earthly father sticking up for him (read interfering).  One could say, “How unfair that he didn’t live to see how things worked out!” He did see once the Gates of Heaven were thrown open, and that’s when it matters.  

We do not know how our lives may change in the coming weeks and months.  Like Joseph, we cannot see where this will take us.  All we can do is to follow our Lord wherever he leads us.  He will show us the way.  


The Church will be open daily for adoration at the following times.

Sunday – 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Monday through Friday 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Saturday 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

These times are subject to change as we figure out the best way to meet the spiritual needs of the faithful.  Pray that we may bear faithful witness to the Love of God in Christ Jesus.

Pax et Bonum,

Fr. Bill McNeeley