St Joseph the Worker Chapel
Third Floor, Ministries Building
The Ministries Building of Christ the King is home to our Preschool, Faith Formation, Primetimers, Music Ministry, Walking with Purpose, Scouts, and MOVE. In addition, various community groups meet here on occasion. We are an active church community, and the St. Joseph the Worker Chapel serves as a place of prayer and contemplation, reminding us of the importance of staying connected to Jesus Christ in all that we do. It is a small, peaceful place with four chairs and a kneeler. We also hope it serves as a reminder of the needs of our brothers and sisters who are disadvantaged as well as the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
When you enter the Chapel area, you will see that there is no door, representing that there should be no barriers to Jesus Christ and His teachings. The hallway leading into the prayer space has images of Holy Men and Women of God who are examples of different areas of Catholic Social Teaching and prayer needs.
The San Damiano Cross was chosen for our Chapel as it is the cross before which St. Francis of Assisi was praying when he received his commission to rebuild the Church. Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Joseph the Worker hang on either side of the San Damiano Cross, reminding us of the life and dignity of the human person and the dignity of work and rights of workers. The three together remind us of the call to family, community & participation.
Outside the Chapel, you'll find detailed information regarding the images of San Damiano Cross, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and St. Joseph the Worker. If you have suggestions for our Chapel, please let us know HERE.
Prayer Before Work to St. Joseph the Worker
O Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, never shrinking from weariness and trials; to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, keeping unceasingly before my eyes death and the account that I must give of time lost, talents unused, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God.
All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thy example, O Patriarch, Saint Joseph. Such shall be my watch-word in life and in death. Amen.
(Composed by Pope St. Pius X)
Prayer before the Crucifix of San Damiano
Most High, Glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and give me true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, sense, and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out Your Holy and True Command. Amen.