The feast day of St Joseph the Worker was instituted by Pius XII in 1955. This day coincides with “May Day” celebrations, a holiday that honours workers. St Joseph is the patron saint of workers because he is known for his work as a carpenter and would spend long hours at his workbench. He used his skills to provide for his family needs and pass them on to his foster-son, Jesus. When establishing this feast, Pope Pius says that “If you wish to be close to Christ, go to Joseph. Whatever our work we are called to bear fruit with our hands and our minds ultimately building up of the Body of Christ.”
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