Celebrating The Saints

4 May: Feast of Saint Florian of Lorch

4 May: Feast of Saint Florian of Lorch

4 May: Feast of Saint Florian of Lorch. Florian was born around 250 AD in the Roman city of Aelium Cetiumin (present-day Sankt Pölten, Austria). He joined the Roman army as a young man and advanced quickly through the ranks, rising to commander of the imperial army in...

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29 April: Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena

29 April: Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena

29 April: Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena. Catherine was born in Siena, Italy in 1347. She was the 25th child in a large family, although half her siblings did not survive childhood. Catherine was intensely religious; she began to experience God mystically and took...

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19 March: Solemnity of Saint Joseph

19 March: Solemnity of Saint Joseph

19 March: Solemnity of Saint Joseph. The Church celebrates two feast days for Saint Joseph: 19 March for Joseph the Husband of Mary and 1 May for Joseph the Worker. The 19th of March has been the more commonly celebrated feast; it wasn't until 1955 that Pope Pius XII...

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Ideas for Observing Lent in the Domestic Church

Ideas for Observing Lent in the Domestic Church

Ideas for Observing Lent in the Domestic Church LENT: a time to grow closer to God. A time to take up practices that lead us toward him and to leave behind practices that distract us from him. “Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter...

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22 February: Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

22 February: Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

22 February: Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. While it may seem like a strange feast, the church is not just celebrating a piece of furniture today. This Feast has been celebrated since the early Church and has multifold meaning. First, it does refer to the actual...

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14 February: Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius

14 February: Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius

14 February: Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius. Today, the Church honors two brothers known as the “Apostles of the Slavs” for their tireless work in spreading the Gospel throughout Eastern Europe. Born into a prestigious senatorial family in Thessalonica, in 815...

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10 February: Feast of Saint Scholastica

10 February: Feast of Saint Scholastica

10 February: Feast of Saint Scholastica. Scholastica was the twin sister of Saint Benedict, the Patriarch of Western monasticism. She was born in Umbria, Italy, about 480. Under Benedict's direction, Scholastica founded a community of nuns near the great Benedictine...

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2 February: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

2 February: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

2 February: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Also known as Candlemas, this feast commemorates three distinct but related historical events in the life of the Holy Family. It marks the day when Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem,...

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17 January: Feast of Saint Anthony

17 January: Feast of Saint Anthony

17 January: Feast of Saint Anthony. Known as Saint Anthony "the Great" and the "Father of Monks", he was born in Egypt around the year 250 to distinguished parents. After their untimely deaths, he dedicated himself wholly to acts of mortification. One day in church...

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9 January: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

9 January: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

9 January: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today, we celebrate the baptism of Christ in the Jordan by John the Baptist: a milestone event in the life of Jesus and in Christianity. This feast day is usually celebrated on the Sunday after the Feast of the Epiphany. It...

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