ELLSWORTH — St. Joseph Parish welcomes all to gather for a special celebration of its patron. St. Joseph, on Saturday, March 19.

The event will begin a Mass at the church, located on 231 Main Street in Ellsworth, at 9 a.m. followed by a unique “Rosary of St. Joseph” devotion and a Litany of St. Joseph.

After the Litany, the movie “Joseph of Nazareth” will be shown in the parish hall. A potluck lunch and social time is set for after the movie.

The Year of St. Joseph, declared by Pope Francis, ran from Dec. 8, 2020, through Dec. 8, 2021. The aim was to increase the love for a great saint and to encourage the faithful to imitate his virtues and zeal.

“Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble,” said Pope Francis. “St. Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. In him, we never see frustration but only trust. His patient silence was the prelude to concrete expressions of trust.”

“In his role in Jesus’ life, Joseph reminds us of the wonder of the Incarnation. Jesus, the Son of God, in becoming man, took on our human nature,” said Bishop Robert Deeley. “We often see pictures of Jesus beside Joseph in the carpenter workshop, with Joseph carrying on his craft and sharing his knowledge with Jesus. So, too, we remember that, in the affection of Joseph, Jesus learned of the tender love of God.”

For more information about the celebration on March 19, contact St. Joseph Parish at 207-667-2342.