Saint Fidelis’ Devotion Toward Mary Was Truly Remarkable
Apr23

Saint Fidelis’ Devotion Toward Mary Was Truly Remarkable

Saint Fidelis was a Priest and Martyr The Feast Day for Saint Fidelis is April 24th. “From now on I want to live in complete poverty, chastity, and obedience amidst sufferings and persecutions and in austere penance and profound humility. I came from the womb of my mother with nothing, and with nothing I desire to return to the arms of my Savior.” Pin...

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Who is Saint George?
Apr22

Who is Saint George?

St. George was a part of the Roman army and is venerated as a great martyr in the Eastern Church. As one of the “Fourteen Holy Helpers” his intercession is considered particularly effective. St. George is the patron of England since 800AD. Many legends are attached to Saint George, yet the most famous is the one in The Golden Legend. There was a dragon that was terrorizing flocks and the people that lived around a lake near...

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What’s In a Name? Choosing a Confirmation Name
Apr09

What’s In a Name? Choosing a Confirmation Name

Spring is a busy time in the Catholic Church; not only is it the season when we celebrate Easter, it’s also the season when the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion, and Confirmation are typically received. Those receiving Confirmation have gone through many months of instruction, reflection, and prayer.

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Who is Saint Patrick
Mar11

Who is Saint Patrick

March 17th is not all about 4 leaf clovers, leprechauns and green beer. This is a day to honor and pray to St. Patrick. 1,500 years ago, Saint Patrick was an influential saint who brought Christianity to the little country of Ireland. Saint Patrick in the Early Years He was born around 415 AD in the British Isles, and while he was still young he was captured by Irish raiders and sold as a slave. After a few years of slavery and near...

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Who is Saint Agatha
Feb05

Who is Saint Agatha

Saint Agatha was another martyr of legendary status. Agatha was a Sicilian virgin from a noble family. She was said to have rejected the advances of the governor of Sicily resulting in the charge of being a Christian. She was threatened with torture if she did not renounce Christ, but her answer was, “I am a handmaid of Christ & bear the appearance of a slave, which is of the highest nobility.” Saint Agatha was held in...

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Who is Saint Blaise
Feb03

Who is Saint Blaise

St. Blaise was a physician and Bishop in Armenia. Blaise has been extremely popular for centuries and many cures were attributed to him He lived in a cave on Mount Argeus and was known as a healer of men and animals. According to legend, sick animals would come to him on their own for help. When Agricola came to Sebaste to persecute Christians and while searching for wild animals for the arena games, rediscovered Blaise deep in...

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Who is Saint John Bosco?
Jan31

Who is Saint John Bosco?

Saint John Bosco was born in Turin, Italy, in 1815 His father died when John was only two years old and it was his mother Margaret who provided him with a good Christian education. At the age of twenty he entered the major seminary John Bosco was ordained a priest on June 5, 1846, and with the help of John Borel he founded the oratory of St. Francis de Sales. John Bosco formulated a system of education based on “reason, religion...

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Who is Saint Thomas Aquinas
Jan28

Who is Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas taught philosophy and theology with such genius that he is considered one of the leading Christian thinkers. He ranks among the greatest writers and theologians of all time. His most important work, the Summa Theologica, an explanation of the entire body of Catholic teaching, has been standard for centuries. He inspired others by how he suffering with the poor in his efforts to alleviate their needs. Gladly giving...

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Who is Saint Agnes?
Jan21

Who is Saint Agnes?

Saint Agnes is one of the most glorious saints in the calendar of the Roman Church. The name “Agnes”, means ‘lamb’ in Latin, but in Greek it is ‘the pure one'”. One day thirteen year old Agnes, was returning home from school, she happened to meet Symphronius, a son of the city prefect. At once he became passionately attracted to her and tried to win her by precious gifts. Agnes rejected him, saying:...

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Who is Saint Sebastian?
Jan20

Who is Saint Sebastian?

The oldest historical account of the saint is found in a commentary on the psalms by St. Ambrose; the passage reads: “Allow me to propose to you the example of the holy martyr Sebastian. By birth he was a Milanese. Perhaps the persecutor of Christians had left Milan, or had not yet arrived, or had become momentarily more tolerant. Sebastian believed that here there was no opportunity for combat, or that it had already passed. So...

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Who is Saint Stephen?
Dec23

Who is Saint Stephen?

The Deacon Stephen, is the first martyr. Stoned in Jerusalem two years after the death of Christ. The account in the Acts of the Apostles about his arrest and the accusations brought against him show a parallel with our Saviour’s trial; He was stoned outside the city wall and died, as he prayed for those who were focused on killing him. Stephen belongs to the group of seven deacons that helped the Apostles He was “filled...

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Who is Saint Lucy? Find out in 60 seconds
Dec12

Who is Saint Lucy? Find out in 60 seconds

Who is Saint Lucy and what is she known for? Find out in 60 seconds. St. Lucy was born in Sicily, where she also died. She was of a noble Greek family, and was brought up as a Christian by her mother. Lucy’s mother was suffering from hemorrhage which guided them to visit St. Agatha. After praying devoutly at the tomb, Agatha appeared to her in a dream and consoled her. Her mother was miraculously cured and Lucy asked permission to vow...

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Our Lady of Guadalupe — the Miracle of the Roses
Dec12

Our Lady of Guadalupe — the Miracle of the Roses

The Virgin Mary has appeared many times to different people throughout the past 2,000 years, using them as vessels to send forth a powerful message. In 1531, a recent convert to the Catholic faith, by the name of Juan Diego, was one of those specially chosen to witness several apparitions of Blessed Mary. At the urging of Mary, Juan Diego helped establish a church in her honor at the Hill of Tepeyac (in an area north of Mexico City)....

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Yes, Virginia There Is a St. Nicholas
Dec06

Yes, Virginia There Is a St. Nicholas

The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6 each year and marks the anniversary of the death of the saint known as the generous gift-giver. Born in the 3rd century, there is not a lot of documented history about St. Nicholas’ life, but after extensive research, historians have been able to amass ample information about this popular saint. St. Nicholas was born in Patara, Lycia, a province of Asia Minor (now Turkey), to...

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Who is Saint Barbara? Find Out in 60 Seconds
Dec05

Who is Saint Barbara? Find Out in 60 Seconds

Hi, and welcome to Saint Feast Days in 60 Seconds from the Catholic Faith Store. Saint Barbara was the daughter of a Pagan man who worshiped false Gods. She was very beautiful and he had her enclosed in a tower, locked away, from the snares of men. During this time in the tower she secretly became a Christian and vowed virginity. During one of his absences, she had a third window put in the tower to honor the Holy Trinity. And even...

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St. Frances Cabrini — First US Citizen to Become a Saint
Nov13

St. Frances Cabrini — First US Citizen to Become a Saint

November 13 is the day the Church celebrates the feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. Often described as frail and diminutive, St. Frances Cabrini achieved much in her 67 years and leaves behind an impressive resume of accomplishments, including founding the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and establishing nearly seventy orphanages, schools, and hospitals, throughout Europe, North, South, and Central America. In 1946 she became...

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All Saints’ Day — Celebrating Our Spiritual “Tour Guides”
Nov01

All Saints’ Day — Celebrating Our Spiritual “Tour Guides”

True or False: All Saints’ Day is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church? If you guessed true, you’re right! In the United States, the Church celebrates six Holy Days of Obligation—feast days when Catholics are mandated to attend mass. The other five Holy Days of Obligation are: Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God; The Ascension of Our Lord; The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; The Solemnity of the Immaculate...

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The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Oct07

The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

On November 17, 2013, Pope Francis gave some sage medical advice to the thousands in attendance at the Vatican, “I want to recommend some medicine for all of you.” Holding up a box that looked like a prescription packet of pills, he urged the people, “Don’t forget to take it,” he said. “It’s good for your heart, for your soul, for your whole life.” What was it? It was a box containing rosary...

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Saint Faustina & The Divine Mercy
Oct05

Saint Faustina & The Divine Mercy

Saint Faustina & The Divine Mercy “You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.” “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!” Pin...

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St. Francis of Assisi Peace Prayer
Oct03

St. Francis of Assisi Peace Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we...

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St. Michael the Archangel — Our Great Defender
Sep29

St. Michael the Archangel — Our Great Defender

Whether he’s referred to as St. Michael, St. Michael the Archangel, or Prince of the Heavenly Host, this powerful angel has been entrusted by God with the great mission of helping to defeat Satan and to shield God’s children from the forces of evil on earth. St. Michael is one of the three main archangels mentioned in the Bible; the other two being Gabriel and Raphael. The earliest mention of St. Michael in the Scriptures is in the...

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Why Is Our Lady Full of Sorrow?
Sep13

Why Is Our Lady Full of Sorrow?

“As we are under great obligations to Jesus for His Passion endured for our love, so also are we under great obligations to Mary for the martyrdom which She voluntarily suffered for our salvation in the death of Her Son.” These words were spoken by St. Albert the Great and sum up why we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. From the moment Mary accepted her chosen role of being the mother of “the Son of the Most High,” She knew...

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Even in doubt, God has a plan — Blessed Mother Teresa
Sep05

Even in doubt, God has a plan — Blessed Mother Teresa

“In my soul, I feel just the terrible pain of loss, of God not wanting me, of God not being God, of God not really existing.” It may surprise many that these words would ever be uttered by Blessed Mother Teresa. But they were; Blessed Mother Teresa often wrote letters to a few trusted friends and spiritual directors expressing how she doubted her faith and felt completely abandoned by God at times throughout her lifetime....

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Selling Your Home With A Little Help From St. Joseph
Aug22

Selling Your Home With A Little Help From St. Joseph

When it comes to real estate it’s all about location, location, location—and St. Joseph! St. Joseph has been a successful ally for many Catholic homeowners trying to sell their homes. As the patron saint of families and a happy home, it has long been a tradition for Catholics to bury a small statue of St. Joseph somewhere in their yard and to recite a special prayer in the hopes that St. Joseph will intercede on their behalf for the...

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St. Mary Magdalene — Surprising Facts
Jul22

St. Mary Magdalene — Surprising Facts

Besides Mary, Mother of Jesus, the other well-known Mary in the New Testament is Mary Magdalene. These two prominent figures in the Catholic Church share the same name, but that’s where their similarities end. Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene couldn’t be more different. The Blessed Virgin Mary was born without original sin and was pure, while Mary Magdalene was a sinner and a prostitute. Or was she? As with many figures in the...

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Jul16

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

For her feast day, we offer a prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity (insert your request)....

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Think You Don’t Need St. Benedict’s Protection? Think again!
Jul08

Think You Don’t Need St. Benedict’s Protection? Think again!

During a recent Mass at his Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis warned in his homily, “The devil is here…even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.” Pope Francis reminds us that: Temptation is constantly around us The devil is always looking for ways to steer us away from the right path. The devil is sneaky and is unrelenting in his attempt to make us sin. We...

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Saint Catherine of Siena — Feast Day April 29th
May03

Saint Catherine of Siena — Feast Day April 29th

The Feast Day for Saint Catherine of Siena is April 29th St. Catherine of Siena was a great philosopher and theologian and is considered a Doctor of the Church. is the patron saint of fire prevention, illness, miscarriage, Europe and nurses. At the age of 6, a vision of the Lord came to her and she became very spiritual. She died at the early age of 33 and was canonized in 1461. In 1970, Pope Paul VI granted her the title of Doctor of...

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5 Steps To Sainthood–Will You Be A Future Saint?
Apr24

5 Steps To Sainthood–Will You Be A Future Saint?

[SlideDeck2 id=569 iframe=1]   The canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on April 27, 2014 will be an exciting time for Catholics around the world. Millions of people will be watching in person and on TV, an event similar in popularity to Prince William and Kate’s royal wedding or the Super Bowl. What makes this event so exciting is that Pope John Paul II is breaking the record for becoming the fastest saint in...

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The Feast of St. George
Apr25

The Feast of St. George

About that Dragon… There was a historical figure named George, who lived from approximately 280 to 303. We know that he traded a military career for the role of “knight for Christ, defender of the faith.” In many of our holy card images of St. George he is portrayed as slaying a dragon….Here’s the story: According to the old legends about George, an entire pagan village lived in fear of a large and terrifying creature. (Was it a...

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Pray for us Saint Joseph
Mar19

Pray for us Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph was a common manual laborer who descended from the royal house of David. He was destined to become the spouse of Mary, the Mother of God. Joseph was a just man whose faith in God led him to fulfill his holy calling in life to protect and guard God’s greatest treasures upon the earth. After Joseph was witness to the Messiah’s virgin birth, he modestly retires into the background of the Holy Scripture. He lived out his...

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A New Saint – Kateri Tekakwitha
Oct25

A New Saint – Kateri Tekakwitha

I had never heard about the “North American martyrs” growing up.  But I moved to New Mexico and our parish priest here liked to talk about them. These were 8 priests who came during the early 1600s to convert the Native people along the northeast coast up into Canada. The Hurons were a fierce tribe. When sickness broke out, it was easy to blame it on the foreigners. The priests were tortured in especially brutal ways by the Mohawks....

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Celebrating Saints: October is a good month to begin!
Oct18

Celebrating Saints: October is a good month to begin!

In my Religious Formation classes we spend most of October talking about saints. The saints lived out the Gospel message of love and devotion in different ways. They weren’t perfect people. Many, like St. Augustine, didn’t turn away from a sinful lifestyle until later in their lives. What the saints all have in common is a deep longing to be closer to God. There are pilgrims who set out on a certain path for Home. Christian...

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The Feast of the Archangels
Sep25

The Feast of the Archangels

In my catechism classroom I tell my students to “leave room for your angels.” It’s a way to keep them from poking and annoying each other by sitting too close. But I also want to remind them that our angels are always with us, and they have an important role. At the time, I didn’t realize the active involvement of the Archangels in the modern world.  Recently I’ve been reading about the appearances of Mary around the world. Did you...

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St. Peter and St. Paul Were SO Different
Jun20

St. Peter and St. Paul Were SO Different

Why did God make us all so darn different?! Wouldn’t it be easier if we were more alike? We tend to look at the world as if that were the reality anyway. If you have a problem with lying, you will always wonder if other people are lying. If you love strawberry shortcake you assume everyone loves shortcake. It’s hard to imagine that the thing you love could make someone else gag! I started thinking about this because we have two very...

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St. Joseph, Worker and Husband
Mar19

St. Joseph, Worker and Husband

St. Joseph, Worker and Husband –Solemnity March 19 During the month of March we celebrate the life of St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers and patron saint of a happy death. As I was thinking about this I overheard a teenager say, “Work? I’m allergic to it!” The value of “work” has seen a bit of a decline in our modern era. To remedy that voice of “the easy way out” and to honor St. Joseph, we’d like to reclaim the value of...

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