Decree Cum Proximo Anno

On the Feast of St. Joseph in 1967

Issued 13 May 1966
Sacred Congregation of Rites

Next year, 1967, the feast of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessor, and Patron of the Universal Church would have to be transferred from 19 March to 3 April according to the rules of the rubrics, because the Second Sunday of Passiontide (Palm Sunday) falls on 19 March. Therefore many local Ordinaries have petitionsed this Congregation of Rites for the celebration of the feast of St. Joseph on 18 March.

At an audience granted 9 May 1966 to the undersigned Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for a report on the matter, Pope Paul VI has acceded to the petitions and decreed that next year, 1967, the office and Mass of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessor, and Patron of the Universal Church are to be celebrated on 18 March; in other respects the rubrics remain unchanged.