* We made these cool little faux St. Joseph Altars in art class yesterday with all the school children. You can find the pdf download here -- and lots more great stuff at Evann's site -- including coloring pages --dedicated to our great saint!
scads of recipes and ideas for celebrating the feast -- epicurean style. I love the lily lolipop idea, for instance -- and am definitely ordering the mold for next year!
* Oh! And make sure and check out St. Joseph's Moon tonight. For scientific reasons I wouldn't even try to relate here (you can find it at the link, though, if you're interested), the full moon will appear larger than usual during this phase. How cool is that, it's reaching fullness on the feast of St. Joseph? (No accidents in the universe, ya know!) Anyway, here's praying to St. Joseph that the skies will be clear so we can all have a look.
H/T for the moon factoid: Awesome Dawn at By Sun and Candlelight
Prayer to St. Joseph
Protect, O most provident Guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen children of Jesus Christ; ward off from us, O most loving Father, all taint of error and corruption; graciously assist us from Heaven, O most power protector, in our struggle with the powers of darkness; and as thou didst once rescue the Child Jesus from imminent peril to His life, so now defend the Holy Church of God from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.
** This prayer was written by Leo XIII and attached to his encyclical, Quamquam Pluries. It is to be included at the end of the Rosary, especially during the month of October.