Welcome to St Mark’s United Methodist Church, where we celebrate the rich history and faith of St. Joseph. Join us in commemorating The Year of St. Joseph in Lebanon, as we delve into the life and virtues of this beloved saint.
Who is St. Joseph?
St. Joseph, also known as the Foster Father of Jesus, plays a significant role not only in the Catholic Church but also in the hearts of believers worldwide. He was chosen by God to be the earthly father and protector of Jesus Christ, making him a symbol of trust, humility, and devotion.
The Year of St. Joseph
The Year of St. Joseph is a special time designated by the church to honor and reflect upon St. Joseph's life, virtues, and contributions to Christianity. As we celebrate this year in Lebanon, we invite you to participate in various activities, events, and programs that will deepen your understanding of St. Joseph and inspire your own spiritual journey.
Events and Activities
Celebrating St. Joseph's Feast Day
One of the highlights of The Year of St. Joseph is the grand celebration of St. Joseph's Feast Day, held annually on March 19th. Join us for a special mass, followed by a festive community gathering where we honor St. Joseph's virtues and seek his intercession.
Lectures and Workshops
Throughout the year, we offer a series of lectures and workshops on the life and spirituality of St. Joseph. Renowned scholars and theologians will share their insights, providing a deeper understanding of St. Joseph's significance and teachings. These educational events are open to all, allowing individuals to enrich their faith and knowledge.
Pilgrimages to St. Joseph Shrines
Embark on a journey of faith by joining our organized pilgrimages to St. Joseph shrines. Explore sacred locations associated with St. Joseph, such as the Basilica of St. Joseph in Nazareth, encompassing the Grotto of the Annunciation. These pilgrimages offer a unique opportunity for reflection and prayer, allowing you to connect with the spirit of St. Joseph.
Community Service Projects
Inspired by St. Joseph's selfless dedication and care for others, we actively engage in community service projects throughout the year. From assisting local shelters and charities to organizing food drives, these initiatives reflect our commitment to serving and emulating the virtues of St. Joseph.
Why Celebrate The Year of St. Joseph?
1. Personal Spiritual Growth
Participating in The Year of St. Joseph empowers individuals to deepen their personal spiritual growth. By studying St. Joseph's life and following his virtues, we can strive for holiness and strengthen our relationship with God.
2. Strengthening Family and Community Bonding
St. Joseph's example as a loving husband and caring father inspires us to cultivate stronger bonds within our families and communities. The Year of St. Joseph offers an opportunity for families to gather, pray together, and learn from St. Joseph's unconditional love.
3. Finding Hope and Guidance in Challenging Times
St. Joseph faced numerous challenges throughout his life, yet he always relied on his faith and trust in God. During difficult times, celebrating The Year of St. Joseph can bring solace, hope, and guidance, reminding us to trust in God's providence and seek St. Joseph's intercession.
4. Honoring a Beloved Saint
Devotion to St. Joseph has been a significant aspect of the Catholic Church for centuries. Joining The Year of St. Joseph allows us to pay homage to this beloved saint, acknowledging his important role and seeking his powerful intercession in our lives.
Join Us for The Year of St. Joseph - Lebanon
At St Mark’s United Methodist Church, we invite you to join us in celebrating The Year of St. Joseph in Lebanon. Discover the mesmerizing story, inspiring virtues, and profound spirituality of St. Joseph as we come together as a community to honor him. May our journey during this year of reflection and devotion deepen our faith and enrich our lives.