February 21: St. Peter Damian
Did you know St. Peter Damian was the most prolific writer of the eleventh
century? Check out what Pope
Benedict XVI said about him. . . on his feast day in 2007- the one-thousandth
anniversary of his birth.
March 3: St. Katharine Drexel
St. Katharine Drexel, belle of the ball and heiress of millions, asked
the Pope for more missionaries… and he told her to become one! She
left her life of privilege and founded a religious order, the Sisters
of the Blessed Sacrament. She dedicated her life to becoming a servant
of the poor and establishing schools for Native and African American children.
Learn more about her order
here. . . .
March 7: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity
One of the proofs of a really close friendship is when you can't say one
person's name without thinking of the other. This shows up in history,
with names like Lewis and Clark. It's in story books, with names like
Hansel and Gretel, or Jack and Jill. When it comes to saints, there are
many examples, but one of the most prominent duos is Perpetua and Felicity.
Perpetua was a young Christian noblewoman and Felicity was a young Christian
slave. The two were arrested for their belief in Christ, during the persecution
of Emperor Septimius Severus: at this time, Perpetua was a new mother,
and Felicity was eight months pregnant. Together, the two women helped
each other through the heat, darkness and brutality of the guards in the
prison. Two days before their scheduled death, Felicity gave birth to
her daughter in the prison, and the child was adopted by a Christian woman.
Perpetua and Felicity were sent out to face the arena together, and after
being exposed to the beasts, were killed by having their throats cut.
These last days of the women were recorded by Perpetua, whose diary became
one of the most famous accounts in the early church of the suffering of
March 9: St. Dominic Savio
When his cause first came up for canonization, people complained that
this saint was too young to be a saint. Thankfully, Pope Pius X wisely
announced that no one is too young to be a saint. St. Dominic Savio was
only fifteen-years-old when he died, but those short fifteen years were
enough to inspire all those who knew him. Born in 1842 in Riva, Italy,
Dominic became a student of St. John Bosco when he was 12-years-old. As
a child, he founded a group called the Company of the Immaculate Conception,
devoted to prayer and to helping the mission of St. John: All of the members
of this group, save Dominic, would later become priests. His health kept
him from big endeavors, and because of this, he often said, "I can't
do big things. But I want all I do, even the smallest thing, to be for
the greater glory of God." He died on March 9, 1857, with the words,
"What beautiful things I see!" He is the patron saint of boys,
children's choirs and falsely-accused people. Read more about St.
Dominic Savio here. . . .
March 17: St. Patrick
St. Patrick, the apostle to Ireland, once wrote: "Christ in the heart
of every person who thinks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ
in the ear that hears me." He was captured and sold into slavery
in Ireland as a teenager. He escaped, but he dreamed Ireland's children
were calling to him, and returned to Ireland as a missionary. As Patrick
once did, Pope
John Paul II. . . challenged the youth of Ireland.
March 19: Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin
Silence is golden… St. Joseph, the model of humility, and one of
the world's greatest saints, is often mentioned as being silent. This
silence speaks volumes. In it, the Church realizes his faithfulness, his
love and his acceptance of the Holy Will of God. St. Joseph was not a
man of many words: he was a man of action. We have only one direct statement
about his personality: in Matthew's Gospel, he is described as "a
righteous man" (Matthew 1:19). His actions alone reveal everything
else we know about him. He brings Mary and the Child she bears into his
home when, in the sight of the world, he would be justified in divorcing
her. He leads the expectant Mary into Bethlehem, and flees with her and
her Child into Egypt. When it is safe, he returns with the two into Galilee.
He does all of this, because God asks it of him. He never hesitates. Each
time we read that the angel spoke to Joseph, the following sentence begins
with the action St. Joseph took. "Joseph awoke," "Joseph
rose," "He went." Each time he received a summons, his
reaction was to follow the call immediately. Never once did he hesitate.
more about the poignant silence of Joseph. . . .
March 25: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
"Enriched from the first instant of her conception with the splendor
of an entirely unique holiness, the virgin of Nazareth is hailed by the
heralding angel, by divine command, as 'full of grace' (cf. Luke 1:28).
To the heavenly messenger she replies: 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord;
be it done to me according to thy word' (Luke 1:38).
Thus the daughter
of Adam, Mary, consenting to the word of God, became the Mother of Jesus.
Committing herself wholeheartedly and impeded by no sin to God's saving
will, she devoted herself totally, as a handmaid of the Lord, to the person
and work of her Son, under and with him, serving the mystery of redemption,
by the grace of Almighty God" (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church/
July 12th La Madonna Degli Infermi
July 14'th, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Is the first Native
American to be declared Saint
July 16th, 17th, and July 19th Mass. Triduum for La Madonna della
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Transfiguration of the Lord, Thursday, August 6, 2015
Transfiguration of Our Lord, what Pope Saint Leo the Great called, “Law
through Moses, Grace and Truth through Jesus Christ.” The Transfiguration
is the fourth Luminous Mystery, or Mystery of Light (See also the Miracle
at the Wedding in Cana, The Baptism of Jesus, the Proclamation of the Kingdom
of God, and the Institution of the Holy Eucharist). Explaining the Transfiguration,
Pope John Paul II wrote,
"The mystery of light par excellence is the
Transfiguration, traditionally believed to have taken place on Mount Tabor.
The glory of the Godhead shines forth from the face of Christ as the Father
commands the astonished Apostles to 'listen to him' (cf. Luke 9:35 and parallels)
and to prepare to experience with him the agony of the Passion, so as to
come with him to the joy of the Resurrection and a life transfigured by
the Holy Spirit.”
On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined
the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “
declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate
Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of
her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.”
The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops,
theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope
solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.
August 28, 2015 St. Augustine Feast Day.
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
A Christian at 33, a priest at 36, a bishop at 41: Many people are familiar
with the biographical sketch of Augustine of Hippo, sinner turned saint.
But really to get to know the man is a rewarding experience. There quickly
surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life, whether his path
led away from or toward God. The tears of his mother (August 27), the
instructions of Ambrose (December 7) and, most of all, God himself speaking
to him in the Scriptures redirected Augustine’s love of life to a life
of love. Having been so deeply immersed in creature-pride of life in his
early days and having drunk deeply of its bitter dregs, it is not surprising
that Augustine should have turned, with a holy fierceness, against the
many demon-thrusts rampant in his day. His times were truly decadent—politically,
socially, morally. He was both feared and loved, like the Master. The
perennial criticism leveled against him: a fundamental rigorism. In his
day, he providentially fulfilled the office of prophet. Like Jeremiah
and other greats, he was hard-pressed but could not keep quiet.
say to myself, I will not mention him,/I will speak in his name no more./But
then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,/imprisoned in my bones;/I
grow weary holding it in,/I cannot endure it” (Jeremiah 20:9).
Saint Callistus , (Patron of Cemetery workers)
October 15'th Memorial of Saint
Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church.
(patron of Catholic writers)
October 17'th Memorial of
Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr,
of Churches in the eastern Mediterranean. Meanings, definition and origins
October 18'th, feast day of Saint
Luke wrote one of the major portions of the New Testament,
a two-volume work comprising the third Gospel and Acts of the Apostles.
In the two books he shows the parallel between the life of Christ and
that of the Church. He is the only Gentile Christian among the Gospel
writers. Tradition holds him to be a native of Antioch, and Paul calls
him "our beloved physician" (Colossians 4:14). His Gospel was
probably written between A.D. 70 and 85.
Luke appears in Acts during Paul’s second journey, remains at Philippi
for several years until Paul returns from his third journey, accompanies
Paul to Jerusalem and remains near him when he is imprisoned in Caesarea.
During these two years, Luke had time to seek information and interview
persons who had known Jesus. He accompanied Paul on the dangerous journey
to Rome where he was a faithful companion. "Only Luke is with me,"
Paul writes (2 Timothy 4:11).
Luke, Evangelist, (Patron Physicians and Surgeons)
October 22nd, the feast day of Blessed John Paul II:
November 2nd : All Souls’ Day
This is a month in which we commemorate the faithful
departed. All Souls’ Day ...celebrate the
All Souls Day novena.
The Masses will commemorate the dead hear some of the
traditional sacred music of the Roman Liturgy, the Dies Irae, which speaks
about the drama of death and judgments, sin and grace and ends, where
all prayer ends: in confidence in the mercy of God embodied by our Savior,
Jesus – Pie Jesu, Domine, dona eis requiem (O good Jesus, Lord, grant
please remember to practice the responsory for the faithful departed,
especially with your children, so they will know how to pray this prayer
at wakes and funerals:
V. Eternal rest, grant unto him/her O Lord
R. and let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
V. May s/he rest in peace.
V. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through
the mercy of God, rest in peace.
responsorio per i fedeli defunti
V. L'eterno riposo, dona loro,
R. e splenda ad essi la Luce perpetua.
V. Riposino in pace.
V. La sua anima e le anime di tutti i fedeli defunti, per la misericordia
di Dio, riposano in pace.
November 10'th Saint
Leo The Great Pope between 440 and 461
November 11'th Saint
Martin Of Tours Patron of Soldiers
November 13'th Saint
Frances Xavier patron of all foreign missions by Pope
Pius X. F. D
November 15'th Saint
Albert The Great :
He was known as the "teacher of everything there
is to know," was a scientist long before the age of
science, was considered a wizard and magician in
his own lifetime, and became the teacher and mentor
of that other remarkable mind of his time, St. Thomas Aquinas.