Feast Day: 19 March
Patronage: The Catholic Church, Fathers, Carpenters, Families, Happy death
The Bible tells us nothing of St Joseph in the years after the return to Nazareth except the incident of finding Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41–51).
We know that he was the husband of Mary, that he was a carpenter or builder and that he was a descendant of King David.
There is no mention of him being at the Crucifixion, and so traditionally biblical scholars have presumed that Saint Joseph was dead by then.
Saint Joseph is the Patron Saint of a Happy Death, because he likely died with Jesus and the Virgin Mary at his side. Saint Joseph died in the best of company – with Christ on one side of him and the Our Lady on the other side.