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By Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC (Mar 10, 2016)
For the Marian Press title Meet Your Spiritual Father: A Brief Introduction to St. Joseph by Dr. Mark Miravalle, Hearts Afire: Parish-based Programs creator Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, composed a special nine-day preparation for entrustment to St. Joseph. In this excerpt, he explains why:

When I sat down to write this preparation for consecration to St. Joseph back in 2014, I realized an amazing coincidence: It was my last day as "Fr. Joseph, MIC."

That title, "Fr. Joseph," is an honorary designation for the grueling office job I've held for the last three- and-a-half years, namely, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers. I say "grueling," because ... Well, let me put it this way: Shortly before my priestly ordination, my provincial superior called me into his office and said, "Brother Michael, how would you feel about being the next Fr. Joseph?" I replied, "What's that?" He continued, "Well, if I told you, you'd say no ... So just say yes."

Now I know what he meant! The job was not easy — but thankfully, St. Joseph helped me in a big way, a way that's related to the preparation for consecration you're about to read. Let me tell you what happened.

After two years on the job as "Fr. Joseph," I was feeling broken down and burned out. I spoke with my superior to see if another priest could fill the position or come help me in the office. Unfortunately, nobody was available, at least not for another year. So, with my health declining, spirit failing, and the work piling up, a hopeful thought suddenly occurred to me on the solemnity of St. Joseph: "Give it all to Joseph. He'll take care of it."

I knew exactly what to do. I got on my computer and typed out a consecration or "entrustment" to St. Joseph. I brought it to Mass at the office where I worked, and following Mass, I solemnly and publicly put everything — myself, my staff, the office, and our work — into the strong, caring hands of St. Joseph. And then, all heaven broke loose. Let me just say that from our Marian Helpers Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, our evangelization works rapidly multiplied, and we were able to bring the message of God's mercy and devotion to Mary to millions more people. Looking back now on that day of entrustment, I firmly believe that St. Joseph was behind this new and dramatic growth.

So, in gratitude to St. Joseph, on this my last day as "Fr. Joseph," I'm writing this brief, heartfelt preparation for consecrating oneself to St. Joseph. I say "brief," because St. Joseph was a man of few words — not one of them is recorded in Scripture! — and my guess is that he probably appreciates brevity. I say "heartfelt" because this preparation really comes from my heart, especially as I look back and clearly see how St. Joseph came through for me during my time of need as "Fr. Joseph." But before we get to these "nine days to Joseph," let me briefly explain how this preparation works.

Basically, you pray the specified prayer to St. Joseph each day, from the heart, for nine days. Then, on the last day (the 10th day), the Day of Consecration, you'll pray the prayer of consecration from the heart. It's that simple.

Of course, you'll probably want to time the days so the Day of Consecration falls on a feast of St. Joseph (March 19, May 1, ... ) or on a Marian feast (because of St. Joseph's closeness to Mary). I also recommend that on the day of your consecration, you write it out in your own handwriting, date it, and then renew it each year. And by the way, this is a perfect complement to Marian consecration, because of St. Joseph's closeness to and love for Mary. (If you haven't yet made your Marian consecration, consider using my book 33 Days to Morning Glory to do so.)

Day One — St. Joseph, Powerful Intercessor
Dear St. Joseph,

After Mary, you're the most powerful intercessor before God. In a sense, Jesus remains obedient to you and will listen to you as you bring my intentions to Him. Because of this, I especially want to entrust myself to your fatherly care, just as Jesus Himself did. And while in the past, I may have brought to you one of my intentions here or there, this time I want to do something new. This time, I want to give you all. In other words, St. Joseph, I'm not here to offer you a regular "novena" for just one of my intentions. Rather, I want to forever entrust to you all of my needs and cares, trusting that you will bring them, with Mary, to your Son, Jesus.

Dear St. Joseph, as the best of fathers, as the one God chose to be the virginal father of Jesus, I believe that you know what I need better than I do myself. So go ahead, St. Joseph. I give you permission to care for me as your child. In doing so, I trust that you will do everything in your power to make my life into something beautiful for God. I trust that you will watch over me and that your prayers will guide me, bless me, and protect me. I trust that you will now care for me with the same love and tenderness with which you cared for Jesus. I'll confirm this special relationship with you in nine days, when I make my prayer of consecration.

Saint Joseph, Powerful Intercessor, please pray for me and all my intentions.

Send your intentions to be remembered by the Marians during the St. Joseph Novena.

Nine Days to St. Joseph
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six
Day Seven
Day Eight
Day Nine
Consecration

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Hortensia - Oct 1, 2018

Dear St Joseph help me pass the NCLEX in 2 weeks,find a good job preferably in a level 1 or 2 trauma center, be able to do a great job and be a caring, compassionate smart nurse. All glory and honor to God.

Susan - Aug 9, 2018

Please St Joseph u were a step father. Change Vicki’s heart towards her step daughters . Bless her marriage and bring joy in their life. Provide Maria with a good husband . Heal her from the hurt of her divorce

Jim - Bermuda Dunes, CA - Aug 8, 2018

Dear St. Joseph, please pray that I may overcome this severe anxiety and OCD that has severely interfered with my work. Thank you!

Lisa - Aug 6, 2018

Please intercede for my father who is a deacon and suffering in a nursing home on a feeding tube, that you St. Joseph will guard him from all dangers and protect him until Mary your spouse - Our Holy Mother and Jesus call him home.

Mike - Jun 25, 2018

St Joseph, I turn my life to you. As a husband and father guide me to be who God has called me to be. Help me be the worker I am to be to support my family.

Jacqueline New Orleans 2018 - Jun 5, 2018

Dear St. Joseph, please continue to comfort and protect my family bringing us together with a loving heart. I pray everything go as God plans with my daughter apartment, moving and grad school. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen

Jeanette - May 17, 2018

Dear St. Joseph : As i begin this Novena i pray that i may find gainful employment for the right job where i can do to the best of my ability using the gifts and talents the Lord has given me. So i am not stressed and enjoy the work i do. I pray you will provide for my family. Please hear me and and help me. Thank you. Amen.

Jeanette - May 17, 2018

Dear St. Joseph : As i begin this Novena i pray that i may find gainful employment for the right job where i can do to the best of my ability using the gifts and talents the Lord has given me. So i am not stressed and enjoy the work i do. I pray you will provide for my family. Please hear me and and help me. Thank you. Amen.

Jeff Johnson in Minnesota - Jan 23, 2018

Let's pray for, and promote this wonderful devotion. Whoever sees this, please pray for chastity, and purity of heart for our young people. I request too, that anyone who sees this pray a quick prayer for my youngest son, that heaven will help him find a woman of faith so he can start up the story of marriage, and family, in careful imitation of the Holy Family, the perfect mingling of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph. Amen

Ancilla - Jan 14, 2018

There is nothing hidden from you dear St Joseph. Pl come to my help, please protect my home. Help build me spiritually. Amen

Sandra Caesar - Jan 14, 2018

Please pray for my neice Sasha who is in Canada to get a permanent job according to her education and ability. She is applying and she was called for a few IInterviews too but has not had the luck of a job yet. She had a temporary job but for the past one month or so she did not have this work. She is finding it difficult has to pay room rent and her personal needs so please pray pray for her. Pls pray that she gets a permanent none soon so she won't have this problem. We here are unable to send her any money as we have no means. So please pray very hard that St. Joseph grant her a good permanent job without delay.

rockymtnteri - Dec 18, 2017

Please pray for Deacon Ben...that he be vindicated of all lies being spread about him by his former Priest.

CL - Nov 14, 2017

Dear St. Joseph, help my husband stay sober and straight, help him keep working and be happy. I pray for my son 2 find a job and a peaceful home.

Juliana - Aug 13, 2017

My prayer intentions: for my family, for my children, my work and my studies. God grant me the strength to be the best I can be, strength and wisdom in faith and action.

Lee - Jun 5, 2017

Pray for Danielle who is addicted to opiate, has improved markedly. But is very depressed and moody. Her boyfriend wants to return to the church and she seeks budhism. Get her totally off mess, cigerettes and let her know that only Jesus is the way. May they end up in a blessed marriage for their daughters sake, if it is Gods will.

Frances - Apr 25, 2017

St. Joseph please send help asap for my son Michael, who is a heroin addict. He is an only child, and I am a widow. he refuses to leave my home and go to rehab. He has relapsed seriously and I am seeking help for his conversion, placement in a competent rehab and peace restored to our family. I trust in your help and I thank you and love you.

FREDRICK - Mar 20, 2017

st. Joseph pray for me to get a job in line with my qualification.
help me remain a staunch catholic and serve God forever.

Maria - Mar 13, 2017

Praise God for sending us such a wonderful father both earthly and heavenly. I thank God for my father now in heaven.

Kelli - Mar 1, 2017

I offer up in prayer my husband, Jon, who is in the throws of changing jobs, selling our house and moving to a new state. He keeps saying he has lost faith in this journey. We have been married 16 years and I have never heard him talk with so much discouragement. Please St. Joseph - hear my prayers that his heart be strengthened by this novena now and for always, in Jesus name I pray!

Suzanne - Jan 7, 2017

Asking St Joseph and St Andre to intercede on my son John's behalf as he discerns his college path. Pray for blessings as he goes forward in life!!

Rosa - Nov 22, 2016

St.Joseph please intercede for us with the sell of our house soon.I ask in Jesus name amen

Patrick - Jun 12, 2016

I ask the blessed Saint to make me a man as he was silent and strong. And also be a foster father for a wonderful woman whom I ask may convert to the Faith. These hopes require miracle. Holy Joseph grant it.

Susie - Mar 13, 2016

St Joseph i pray for my husband, that he will find the best job where he will be happy and able to glorify God . I pray for all the fathers in our family that they will good providers and fathers to their children . Amen!

tshepo Carol - Mar 11, 2016

So Blessed to be part of St Joseph I pray for all children women and Men who do not know their fathers and want to know them that you assist them and comfort them.

Mary - Mar 10, 2016

Dear St. Joseph many don't have fathers to talk to either because they have gone to heaven or they don't know how to be a father . please ask God our Father to help the youth they are lost and don't know about our Lord. I pray daily for our youth please ask the Lord to wrap his arms around all youth so that way they will know who is holding them. amen thank you Saint Joseph

Klp - Mar 10, 2016

Dea St Joseph,
Please intercede for my children and pray for their physical, mental and spiritual health. Please pray that my son will find a good internship and that my daughter will bear a healthy baby!

Kathie K - Mar 10, 2016

I concur with you, ClareD, praying this novena overwhelms me. My earthly father left this earth 25 years ago and I miss our talks and time together every day. Praying to St. Joseph with you all today brought back that feeling of security and closeness that my Dad always provided. I pray he is with the Lord and I thank the Lord for this opportunity to consecrate myself, husband, and family to the care of Saint Joseph.

Bear - Mar 10, 2016

Dear St. Joseph, please intercede that Jesus will grant my request through your intercession. May He give me beauty of soul and voice to help those who so need help. Please show me the way to do the tasks God has waiting for me. And please watch over all those I love and care about, keep them healthy and safe from all harm. Thank you.

Elizabeth, South Carolina - Mar 10, 2016

Dear St. Joseph:
Being confident in your faithfulness and dedication to Jesus and Mary during the time you were with them, in carrying out the duties that God entrusted you with, I hereby ask that you intercede for me to God to provide me with all the fatherly care I need in my earthly journey. Help me to love and serve Jesus and Mary more and more because you yourself have been there and you know the responsibilities of that job. Obtain for us all the courage and patience required in dealing with the difficulties of life. St. Joseph, full of love, Pray for us! AMEN!

David - Mar 10, 2016

Dear Saint Joseph, please intercede for the following request of mine: To be an extraordinarily great Saint beyond the wildest imagination with extraordinarily great Health and Well-Being beyond the wildest imagination and to totally avoid all purgatory.

Klp - Mar 1, 2016

Dear St Joseph,
Please be my children's spiritual father. Protect them, guide them, and heal their their body and soul!

Gina - Jan 11, 2016

Dear St Joseph
for my family, may they be in our Lords grace, full and prosperous life; personal peace, grandson and granddaughter, and for my mother bring her peace. That I may find employment to provide for me, my family and retirement.

ChristineC - Apr 11, 2015

For my son and his son. Please guide them as you guided Jesus. Amen

maria - Mar 24, 2015

im praying and taking this novena for my employer and family to have a good heath and a happy life...

DaveM - Mar 19, 2015

On this your Most Solemn Feast Day Saint Joseph, Oh Father of my soul, may you ever be my Special Patron Saint just as you were to St. André Bessette, St. Teresa of Avila and all the other most fortunate devotees of your most resplendent cause.

dale - Mar 18, 2015

St. Joseph i coNfide my intentions, i cant say it one by one coz there are so many, just look deeper in my heart and i entrust them all to your divine care and intervention to pray for me to Jesus Christ. With a grateful heart, i say amen.

DaveM - Mar 17, 2015

May Saint Joseph always be my advocate, protector and intercessor.

Eileen - Mar 13, 2015

Dear St Joseph please be foster Father to Tanya Brian Willow and Sage. Protect them always. Amen

RaquelB - Mar 13, 2015

Saint Joseph please pray for me that I may fine a job here in Dubai before my visa end... a good job that have good salary, working environment, good bosses and management, and the rest i surrendered into hands....

Aireen - Mar 12, 2015

Dear St. Joseph
Please help me to pass my CPA and CIA Examination this year 2015. I love you St. Joseph. Thank you so much.

Anne of Jo - Mar 12, 2015

DEar St. Joseph, help me to trust in your divine intervention especially in my difficult moments; I pray for healing from fatty liver and gallstones; for a job with a good pay and benefits; for the capability to support my family and loved ones emotionally, financially, spiritually; for true and everlasting love between me and Joseph.

sophia - Mar 12, 2015

St Joseph help me grant the intentions of my heart for my husband, son, brothers and sisters, my nephews and nieces.. the entirety of my family. Lead me to become a faithful child of GOD and that I will live my life according to HIS will.

the browns - Mar 11, 2015

Good st joseph, we took tou as patron of our marriage, sharung that day with you. Bless and guide my husband as he takes the role of husband and father.

March 11, 2015 - Mar 11, 2015

Please pray for my total healing from
Fluoroquinolone toxicity (Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox) and also healing of all the victims. Also for the conversion of the Pharmaceutical companies who are making this deadly antibiotics that already disabled and ruins life of billions of people all over the world.

Dorothea Creaven - Mar 11, 2015

Thank you for writing this novena and consecration to St. Joseph. He has helped me many of times, but he has also helped me to grow spiritually, like in patience.....He helped me to sell my home in WV, but 2 years later. When my husband lost his job, I prayed the 30 day Novena to St. Joseph 3 times, then my godmother send us a Novena of Masses card with a message to pray the Novena to St. Joseph...I cried, but did pray it a 4th time, and by the end, my husband was hired! It's a tough economy, but I think St. Joseph likes to teach us some valuable lessons in life. He is known as the worker and likes us to work hard for the important things in this life, and keeping in mind, we should be working for the greater glory of God and our eternal life.

Leena - Mar 11, 2015

Let there be peace and happiness in my family.

cathy - Mar 11, 2015

thanking someone for that awesome prayer. Yes, St. Joseph, take it all. I pray most importantly for my husband and the father of my children, for faith in Jesus, hope in Jesus and finally...Love of Jesus so that we may love one another in Christ. ALL and help me to remember this when you are taking...thank you.

Clanci - Mar 11, 2015

I'm praying again for your intercession before Jesus that our home would sell. St Joseph you know and understand my husband's health problem with the wood heat smoke. Please intercede for us

Clanci - Mar 11, 2015

I'm praying again for your intercession before Jesus that our home would sell. St Joseph you know and understand my husband's health problem with the wood heat smoke. Please intercede for us

Jude Thaddeus, my Patron - Mar 11, 2015

Once again making a Novena to St. Joseph with prayerful supplication that our house will sell ASAP. More importantly I am excited to conclude this special Novena on March 19 with Consecration to St. Joseph!

Kathleen - Mar 11, 2015

Dear St Joseph, I have no Fathers left on earth , no Mother either, I need you as a parent guide for my path now, recently let go of employment, family scattered, I know through your intercession you can guide me where your Son knows I'm needed. Lead me St.Joseph please.

ClareD - Mar 10, 2015

Praying a novena to St. Joseph and feeling a bit overwhelmed, wondering what to ask or how to word a petition and thanksgiving. This is an answer to prayer, to consecrate myself, husband and family to good Saint Joseph.

MaryS - Mar 10, 2015

So blessed to be a great part of St. Joseph, March 19,is our wedding anniversary. With the grace of the Lord, we will be now celebrating our 38 years wedding anniversary. Please remember us in our prayers.