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March Gladness

Joyful Ways to Honor St. Joseph


March 18-24, 2007 Issue | Posted 3/13/07 at 10:00 AM


• Make prayer blocks. Joseph was a carpenter. Decorate each side of a block with a sticker or word to pray about (food, clothes, love, family).

• Pray for understanding. When he wondered how Mary could be pregnant, Joseph quietly looked for a solution. God sent a dream to explain it. When you don’t understand someone, pray for guidance.

• Safety inspection. Joseph kept Jesus safe. Do a home safety inspection. See if it would be safe for a baby to visit.

• Midnight travels. Joseph traveled a lot. He left in the middle of the night to protect Jesus from mean King Herod (Matthew 2:13-15). Surprise your family with a midnight trip. Travel east, stargaze, and enjoy a midnight treat.

• Hunt for Jesus. Joseph and   Mary hunted for Jesus when they lost him on a trip to Jerusalem (Luke 2:41-50). Play hide and seek with the kids.

• Make crowns. Joseph is descended from King David.

• Joy Party. Joseph means “God increases.” God increased his joy with fatherhood! Celebrate with favorite foods and Christmas carols.

• Make thank-you cards for your fathers and for anyone who is like an adopted dad.

Karen Whiting wrote this for the Register’s sister publication, Faith & Family magazine.