May 1

Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

In 1955 Pope Pius XII established the Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker", to be celebrated on May 1. This date joins with the May Day (International Workers' Day), a union, workers' and socialists' holiday commemorating the Haymarket affair in Chicago, and reflects Joseph's status as what many Catholics and other Christians consider the "patron of workers" and "model of workers." Catholic and other Christian teachings and stories about or relating to Joseph and the Holy Family frequently stress his patience, persistence, courage, and hard work.

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