5 Simple ways to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph

March 19th is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, or St. Joseph Day! St. Joseph played a special role in the life of Jesus as his foster-father and the divine spouse of the Virgin Mary. He is the protector of the Church and the patron Saint of families…definitely a Saint to celebrate!

The last two years St. Joseph was selected by my youngest son as his Saint of the Year. We make a special effort to celebrate the feast days of our Saints of the year. Here are 5 fun ways to celebrate St. Joseph:

Build a St. Joseph Altar. A St. Joseph feast day table or altar is an Italian tradition. You can learn a little bit more about the tradition and the traditional foods of a St. Joseph Altar in THIS post if you are curious. Our St. Joseph altar is most definitely a modified/simplified version. There are so loaves of beard shaped into religious symbols over here. We build our three tiered altar (to represent the trinity and three persons of the holy family) out of Magnitiles and add a piece of fabric to cover it. Then we add whatever random treats we have hanging around. We also add an image or statue of St. Joseph as well as candles. You can also add food for the poor and wine, which are often food on St. Joseph Altars.

Be silent. There are no recorded words from St. Joseph in the Bible. He is the ultimate example of the strong, silent type. We can learn a lot from his ability to listen to God. Play a few rounds of “The Quiet Game” or if you can, visit an adoration chapel for some quiet prayer time.

Go on a Pilgrimage. One thing St. Joseph did a lot of in his role of protector of the Holy Family is traveling! Check to see if there is a shrine to St. Joseph in your area, if there isn’t visit then closest St. Joseph parish you can find. Or just pick a Holy site and travel there in honor of St. Joseph.

Eat saw dust. Well, not real saw dust! Enjoy a spaghetti dinner and sprinkle Italian bread crumbs on top to remind you of St. Joseph the carpenter!

Build something. In honor of St. Joseph being a carpenter work as a family to build something. You can grab a kids woodworking kit on Amazon or just grab some tools, scrap wood and nails and let the kids tinker. If you aren’t feeling up to hammer and nails you could “build” a saint shrine out of popsicle sticks and glue!

I love how these little shrines turned out. We used cardboard, popsicle sticks, a small clip, hot glue and paint to put ours together. I used a popsicle stick to measure the length of each side and then placed to sticks at the top to create the angled roof. Then I let my kids choose a color to paint their shrine. I love how my son’s turquoise one turned out. He asked me to add gold stars, and I really like the contrast. You can get as creative as you want, we also printed and decoupaged roses on a couple. After the paint dries start layering the popsicle sticks. I did the two sides then the two on top. I repeated this four times. You can do more or less depending on how you want it to look, and how many sticks that you have!

Next, glue on the little clip, or if you don’t have a clip you could just glue on the picture of your choice. I like the clip idea because we can swap out the prayer card or image and use it for other feast day celebrations! You could also add magnets to the back and put it on the fridge!

No matter how you choose to celebrate make sure you include prayer! I love the Litany of St. Joseph as well as the Memorare to St. Joseph.

If you are looking for some St. Joseph art to display, I think THIS Etsy shop has some beautiful digital downloads.

Do you have a favorite way to celebrate the feast of St. Joseph? I would love to hear!


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Hey, I’m Megan, wife to Chad, mama to our three rambunctious boys, Grady, Marshall, Stafford and our sweet little girl, Ainsley Nell.  I have a passion for celebrating holidays, cherishing seasons, creating memories, collecting traditions, connecting hearts and chasing joy.   Thanks for coming along for our journey.