2021: Happy New Year & Welcome To The Year of St Joseph: A Guid New Year!

2021: Happy New Year & Welcome To The Year of St Joseph: A Guid New Year!

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021  Click here to read the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde of the Holy Father Francis on the 150th Anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church (8 December 2020) | Francis (vatican.va)

As we enter the New Year, it is good to welcome the additional spiritual sustenance – notably the granting of a plenary indulgence – which comes with this Year of St Joseph – one of the most powerful of the saints in Heaven. 

As is the custom with threads dedicated to particular saints and Feasts, feel free to discuss all relevant issues and to post favourite prayers, stories and hymns in honour of the saint.  In addition, feel free to post suitable Hogmanay music, stories and jokes – always of the “good clean fun” variety. 

First, though, here’s a beautiful hymn to mark the Year of Saint Joseph…

A very Happy New Year to one and all. May 2021 bring us every grace and blessing – to include a restoration of our personal and religious freedoms.

St Joseph, pray for us!    

Comments (38)

  • editor

    Happy New Year everyone!

    I couldn’t find a shortish video to give a flavour of a more typical celebration of the New Year in Scotland, but I did find this – this is the band which we booked to greet RCA Victor at the airport when he arrived in Glasgow to speak at one of our conferences some years ago. He’s since tried to sue us for the hearing loss which he claims resulted, but we won the case – at the High Court in Edinburgh 😀 To hear Scotland The Brave, click the video below… Prize to the first person to spot RCA Victor!

    January 1, 2021 at 12:10 am
    • Margaret USA

      Happy New Year, Madame Editor! Wishing you and everyone here at CTS Happy New Year and a blessed Feast of the Circumcision and St. Basil the Great! (Jan. 1 is a double Feast on the Ukrainian Greek Catholic calendar.)

      January 1, 2021 at 7:20 am
      • editor

        Margaret USA,

        Happy New Year to you as well. Enjoy your Feast days as well!

        January 1, 2021 at 11:26 am
    • RCAVictor


      I believe I can be found at the very back of the band: I’m the organ grinder with the pet monkey…and along the line of “mostly peaceful protests,” I suppose the band’s performance could be described as “mostly musical noise.”

      (Just kidding, all you Scots! Happy New Year! May this be the Year of the Great Counter-Reset!)

      I was wondering two things about this video: one, where are all the spectators? It looks like the band is marching down an almost empty street! And two, what happened to “Scotland the Brave”? Did it get replaced by Scotland the Submissive?

      Ah well, we Yanks are in the same boat, the USS Fear.

      I was gobsmacked to learn that Pope Francis actually did something Catholic for once: a Year of St. Joseph! Could there be a Catholic soul imprisoned somewhere in his Marxist mind?

      Here is an article about St. Teresa of Avila’s devotion to St. Joseph:


      January 1, 2021 at 3:42 pm
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        A very happy New Year to all on here and most especially to The Ed and you my American Brother .As for Francis I certainly wouldn’t get carried away with his gesture ,he fools none of us on here .I Personally would rather that he had made at least more of a gesture than ” Does killing a Human live for another cause ” on the Abortion Law passed in his own Homeland .At least he wrote a sentence which is a sentence more than he did on the Ireland Abortion Law . Anyhow lets pray as we all do a Day at a Time that things get better by the Grace of God this year Especially for our Children and Grandchildren .God Bless . James .D.

        January 1, 2021 at 7:03 pm
      • editor


        There’s a plenary indulgence attached to that “gesture”, so, while you may not need it, some of the rest of us do…

        January 1, 2021 at 7:18 pm
      • RCAVictor

        God bless you, J.D., and if I had a champagne goblet I would raise it to your good health and your irrepressible wit!

        January 2, 2021 at 12:16 am
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Nobody spotted you standing at the bus-stop when the band first appears on the street. I told you to be patient, that I’d see to it that somebody would meet you with a car at the airport, so there was no need to panic.

        Mind you, the bagpipes can have that effect on the unsuspecting visitor. I remember a friend telling me that her son was learning the pipes and, to put it as kindly as possible, he can be a bit of a slow learner. Anyway, next thing I heard, he’d moved to London where he had rented a small flat, hoping to get a job in the famous financial section of the city (he had opened a Post Office Savings Account, so he was qualified…)

        Anyway, his mother told me that when she phoned to find out how he was settling in, he said the neighbours were not great. Next door kept banging on the wall and the woman in the upstairs flat kept screaming. “Don’t worry, though, mum”, (he said) “I don’t let them bother me. I just keep practising my bagpipes”.

        You have to laugh!

        January 1, 2021 at 7:15 pm
    • Frankier

      Is that him at the back with the kilt on upside down?

      January 1, 2021 at 6:30 pm
      • editor


        No, that’s him at the bus-stop – see my reply to our American cousin…

        January 1, 2021 at 7:18 pm
    • Lily


      Thank you for the pipes – I do miss the Scottish programmes we used to get on Hogmanay although not the loud pop music we’ve had in recent years.

      January 1, 2021 at 11:54 pm
  • editor

    Well, it’s not going to be much of a happy new year for this poor woman, it seems; she was arrested yesterday for filming an “empty” hospital – apparently that’s a public order offence…

    January 1, 2021 at 12:41 am
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      I read your link Ed and does it come as a surprise no .I also in some good news was very surprised at the Crowd ( keeping within The Law of course ) at our Parish T Latin Mass last night .Our very good Priest kept this Mass going even when only 3 and 4 off us were attending it .So it seems that the Grace of God has worked well at our Church . I also know on a Sunday Morning at 8.00 their are more ( keeping within the Law of the Land of course ) at our TLMass than at the Novus Ordo Mass which is on more or less after the TLMass . A Very Happy New Year to you and thanks for keeping this great site going . God Bless . James .D. Also a Happy New Year to you Tom and your Lovely Wife Helen .You of course know who I am ,I hope and pray that your Health is a Bit Better Tom. God Bless You Both . James .D.

      January 1, 2021 at 7:27 pm
  • Nelson

    Reblogged this on Nelson MCBS.

    January 1, 2021 at 5:55 am
    • editor

      Thank you, Nelson, for reblogging our new year / Year of St Joseph post.

      And a very happy New Year to you and yours!

      God bless you.

      January 1, 2021 at 11:28 am
      • Nelson

        Welcome ✔✔👍

        January 1, 2021 at 5:30 pm
  • Athanasius

    Is St. Joseph at work already? Read how President Trump just honoured St. Thomas Becket.


    I have always said that St. Joseph is greatly underestimated by many Catholics – his wonderful protection and powerful prayers never fail, a fact I can testify to by personal (miraculous) experience. I hope all who need help in their spiritual or material lives will turn to this great advocate whose prayers God never refuses to hear and answer. Let’s also pray to St. Joseph for President Trump that he will assist him in his battle against the forces of evil in the U.S. We should also pray to St. Joseph for Pope Francis, for if anyone can win a restoration of the Catholic Faith in this Pope’s soul it will be the Patron of the Universal Church.

    January 1, 2021 at 6:37 am
  • Athanasius

    Forgot to wish everyone a happy and blessed New Year.

    January 1, 2021 at 6:38 am
    • Margaret USA

      A Happy New Year to you also, Athanasius!

      It’s going for 3 a.m. EST so I’m turning in.

      January 1, 2021 at 7:48 am
    • editor


      Well said – St Joseph is very powerful, indeed, before the throne of God. I second your confidence in his power to win all the graces necessary for Pope Francis’s conversion.

      January 1, 2021 at 11:29 am
  • Catherine

    Happy new year to all!

    January 1, 2021 at 9:49 am
    • editor

      Happy New Year, Catherine, to you and yours!

      January 1, 2021 at 11:30 am
  • Josephine

    Happy New Year, everyone!

    I’m delighted to have this Year of Saint Joseph – one of my best, most favourite saints. I do hope a lot of good things happen this year, in the Church as well as in this stricken world.

    January 1, 2021 at 12:20 pm
    • editor

      Happy New Year, Josephine…

      January 1, 2021 at 7:19 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Happy new year to everyone!

    January 1, 2021 at 1:27 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      Happy New Year to you and yours, as well.

      January 1, 2021 at 7:20 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    A Happy and Blessed New Year, everyone.

    I am also delighted to have this Year of Saint Joseph. In this year especially, I would love to see Russia Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    January 1, 2021 at 1:58 pm
    • editor

      Theresa Rose,

      Well said – I think we all endorse your plea for the Consecration of Russia, and thus an end to the madness around us.

      I’ve just seen a headline – which I didn’t click to read – indicating that a salon owner is at risk of having her children removed because she had the temerity to open up her business. Madness, craziness, There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe what has been going on in 2020 – let’s hope 2021 is different.

      January 1, 2021 at 7:22 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    Just a thought that on this New Year’s Day that you might enjoy the Scottish National Fiddle Orchestra playing ‘The Old Man of Hoy’. The Old Man of Hoy is a sea stack on the Island of Orkney – it is lovely scenery, and, those who are climbers have been known to climb this particular stock. Enjoy.

    January 1, 2021 at 2:14 pm
    • editor

      Theresa Rose,

      “Old Man of Hoy”? Surely you mean “Old PERSON of Hoy”?

      Tut tut!

      January 1, 2021 at 7:23 pm
      • gabriel syme

        Excuse me, Editor, I think you will find that should be “Very experienced person of Hoy”.

        No room for ageism on the blog! haha! 😛

        January 5, 2021 at 6:02 pm
  • Elizabeth

    A very happy and peaceful New Year to you all.

    January 1, 2021 at 3:59 pm
    • editor


      And to you – a very happy and peaceful New Year, with emphasis on both “happy” and “peaceful” 😀

      God bless you and yours in 2021

      January 1, 2021 at 7:25 pm
  • Laura

    A very happy and free New Year to everyone on the CT blog!

    January 1, 2021 at 10:45 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    I wish all the bloggers here the very happiest of new years. Please God, we’ll see off Covid and the threat to our freedom, in 2021.

    January 1, 2021 at 10:49 pm
  • Lily

    A very happy New Year bloggers!

    January 1, 2021 at 11:52 pm
  • Lionel


    January 2, 2021 at 8:32 am
  • Lionel

    MY WISHES FOR THE YEAR 2021: what if we were talking about the “rights of Catholics”?

    Nothing has really changed since 1982, the hierarchy is more Protestant than ever!

    Paris, le 15 août 1982
    Since the publication in NOTITIAE n°185 of December 1981 of the “report on the investigation by Cardinal James KNOX, former Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, concerning the use of Latin and the Tridentine Mass”, the liturgical question rebounds. Is it not appropriate to briefly recall what Cardinals OTTAVIANI and BACCI thought in their “brief critical examination of the New Mass” presented to Paul VI on September 3, 1969?
    The two prelates deplore in particular that “the new Ordo Missae, if one considers the new elements, susceptible of very diverse appreciations, insinuated or involved, which are appearing in it, stands impressively further away, on the whole as in the details, from the Catholic theology of the Holy Mass, as it was formulated at the XXIInd session of the Council of Trent”.
    Quoting “a well-known periodical, intended for bishops and expressing their teaching”, Cardinals OTTAVIANI and BACCI believe that “one wants to make a clean sweep of all the theology of the Mass. Substantially, one is drawn nearer to the protestant theology which destroyed the sacrifice of the Mass”. Now, these criticisms perfectly determine the essential motive for our attachment to the ancient liturgy. It is therefore futile to evoke, in order to explain it, nostalgia or considerations of a political nature, if ever it would be true that they may be objectively established. In addition, we find, like our British friends, that “the old rite leaves more time than the new one to meditation during the Mass, that Latin has never been an obstacle to understanding…” and we also feel “the new rite as being less reverent, less conducive to meditation and, above all, to the respect due to the Blessed Sacrament…” (THE UNIVERSE of October 31, 1980). We therefore fully share their conclusions.
    On the other hand, the Congregation gives us the feeling that “those who celebrate the Mass of Paul VI do not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” (sic). This issue is extremely serious. It joins the main object of our motivation, the theology of the Holy Mass. “The ‘Last Supper’ is characterized as being that of the assembly presided over by the priest; that of the assembly gathered in order to realize “the memorial of the Lord” which recalls what He did on Holy Thursday”, write in the essential Cardinals OTTAVIANI and BACCI, continuing: “all this implicates neither the real Presence nor the reality of the Sacrifice, nor the sacramental character of the priest who consecrates, nor the intrinsic value of the Eucharistic Sacrifice independently of the presence of the assembly. In short, the new definition of the Mass (Institutio generalis, chapter 2, n°7) does not contain any of the dogmatic data which are essential to the Mass and which constitute its true definition. The omission, in such a place of this dogmatic data, can only be voluntary”. Now, our friends across the Channel consider “the English translation of the Mass ugly and inaccurate and doctrinally deficient…” Some even wish that “an English translation of the old rite be made available” (THE UNIVERSE, October 31, 1980). It is precisely the “inaccurate and doctrinally flawed translations”, the way they are felt and interpreted, the behaviours, that make us think that some “Catholics” do not or no longer believe in the real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. We are outraged that bishops, instead of observing the evidence, complain about people who only observe it. We are calling for a return to orthodoxy.
    No, we are not indeed perpetual discontented neither nostalgic nor bitter nor politicized people who, bereft of serious motives, for only showing themselves inconsiderately to the fore, would keep on the liturgical quarrel. We love the Church we have chosen to belong to. We only keep in mind that “faith procures eternal life”.

    January 2, 2021 at 8:51 am

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