Saint Joseph Statue

Saint Joseph is the patron saint of our parish.  We celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on March 19.

The hand-carved statue of Saint Joseph, located next to the Tabernacle, was carved by Mr. Westermeir of Germany, who specialized in religious figures.  Purchased in 1979 from the Carl Ludwig Company in Munich, Germany, it was donated to the Church of Saint Joseph by Wendelin and Ilse Walz.

Saint Joseph, a descendent of David, was the earthly father of Jesus Christ.  Not much is known about the man who agreed to go ahead with wedding plans even though he knew his betrothed, Mary, was to have a baby.  Mary’s pregnancy was obviously a threat to his good name, and he could have exposed her to public shame.  Instead, when Joseph learned the divine origin of Mary’s unborn child, he immediately trusted God’s promise and married Mary.  After the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and the harrowing flight to Egypt to escape Herod’s slaughter of male babies, Joseph resettled his family at Nazareth and lived the quiet life of a carpenter.  He apparently died sometime in the first century, before Jesus began his active ministry.