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May 1: St. Joseph the Worker

Although popular devotion to Joseph, husband of Mary, may have begun in the West as early as the 8th century, it was not until the 15th century that his name was entered into the Church calendar.

Since that time, devotion to St. Joseph has been marked by growing enthusiasm.  In 1955, Pope Pius XII proclaimed a second feast day in his honour: May 1, which is also labour day in many countries.

A carpenter, Joseph exemplifies working people who are dignified by their labour and who bring Christ into the workplace.

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