The statue of St Joseph was an anonymous gift to the Church. It was carved in Poland by Tadensz Pieczonka, and depicts St Joseph teaching the child Jesus the carpenter’s trade. However, the workbench is reminiscent of an Altar, and the lamb reminds us this child is the Lamb of God, one day to offer himself in sacrifice on the wood of the Cross.
Pray for the children of our parish, and for all children, growing up in a complicated world, possibly faced with many difficult decisions in their future. May the prayers of St Joseph always help them.
Pray for the fathers in our parish, and for all fathers, that they may, like St Joseph, take seriously their responsibilities for the up-bringing of their children.