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HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH

FEAST: DECEMBER 31 In a culture that has the family under attack, Christians look to the Holy Family as the model for our pilgrimage here...

NATIVITY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

SOLEMNITY: JUNE 24 John was Jesus’ cousin and his birth was foretold by the angel Gabriel six months prior to Mary’s Annunciation. Thus we celebrate...

OUR LADY OF FATIMA

MEMORIAL: MAY 13 On May 13, 1917, a Lady dressed in white more brilliant than the sun appeared to three children (Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta)...

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

FEAST: DECEMBER 12 This day, we celebrate the apparition of the Blessed Mother to Jaun Diego, a poor Christian Aztec which revolutionized Christianity in the...

OUR LADY OF SORROWS

MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 15 Mary is the disciple par excellence. She accompanied Jesus from His conception to His burial. At his presentation in the temple, it...

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 7 This feast was established in 1573 by Pope Pius the Fifth in gratitude for the naval victory of the Christians over the Turks...

POPE ST. CALLISTUS I

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 14 Callistus was born at the end of the second century in and was a slave of Christian in Rome. He was put...

POPE ST. GREGORY THE GREAT

MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 3 St. Gregory the Great was born to a noble Roman family around 540 AD. Despite this turbulent time for Rome (famine and...

POPE ST. JOHN I

MEMORIAL: MAY 18 Pope St. John I was born in the 6th century in Tuscany, Italy. At that time the western region was under the...

POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 22 Pope St. John Paul II was born in Poland in 1920 as Karol Wojtyla. Being a student during WWII, Wojtyla did most...

POPE ST. JOHN XXIII

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 11 Born to a poor Italian family in 1881, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children. He was ordained a priest...

POPE ST. LEO THE GREAT

MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 10 Pope St. Leo the Great was born into a wealthy Roman family in the beginning of the 5th century. As a young...

POPE ST. PAUL VI

MEMORIAL: MAY 29 Pope Paul VI was born Giovanni Battista Montini in Northern Italy in 1897. Ordained a priest at the age of 23, Montini...

POPE ST. PIUS V

MEMORIAL: APRIL 30 St. Pius V was born during the height of the Protestant reformation. He first became a brother and eventually became Bishop and...

POPE ST. PIUS X

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 21 Pope Pius X was born in 1835 as Guiseppe Melchiorre Sarto in present day Italy. He was ordained in 1859 and became...

ST. AGATHA

MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 5 St. Agatha lived in the 3rd century and became a consecrated Virgin at a young age. A high-ranking Roman official attempted to...

ST. AGNES

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 21 St. Agnes was born in the late 3rd century and promised her virginity to God at a young age. There are many...

ST. ALBERT THE GREAT

MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 15 St. Albert the Great was born in the late 12th century to a wealthy family in modern day Germany. As a young...

ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA

MEMORIAL - JUNE 21 St. Aloysius was born to a wealthy family in Italy in the 16th century. Even though his father desired him to...

ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 1 St. Alphonsus Liguori was born at the end of the 17th century and was a brilliant young man. He achieved his doctorate...

ST. AMBROSE

MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 7 St. Ambrose was born in the 4th century. He was originally a young politician and governor before he became Bishop of Milan....

ST. ANDRE BESSETTE

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 6 St. Andre was born in the mid 19th century in Canada. Due to his poor health and lack of education, then Alfred...

ST. ANDREW

FEAST: NOVEMBER 30 St. Andrew was the older brother of Simon Peter who was the first pope. Like his brother, Andrew was a fisherman and...

ST. ANSELM OF CANTERBURY

MEMORIAL: APRIL 21 St. Anselm of Canterbury was born in the 12th century to noble parents. He attempted to enter the monastery at the age...

ST. ANTHONY

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 17 St. Anthony of Egypt was born in the mid 3rd century into a wealthy family. At the age of 20, he decided...

ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA

MEMORIAL: JUNE 13 St. Anthony was originally a wealthy young man from Portugal. His desire to become a religious brought him to Morocco and then...

ST. ATHANASIUS

MEMORIAL: MAY 2 St Athanasius lived in the 4th century AD and eventually became a Bishop in the Catholic Church. He was influential in the...

ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Augustine was born in Roman occupied Africa in the 4th century. He grew up in the Roman noble class and received academic instruction....

ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY

MEMORIAL: MAY 27 St. Augustine of Canterbury was born in the 6th century. Little is known about his early life, but he was the prior...

ST. BARNABAS

MEMORIAL: JUNE 11 St. Barnabas is one of the few non-Apostles mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles by name. He was a Jewish convert...

ST. BARTHOLOMEW

FEAST: AUGUST 24 Little is known about St. Bartholomew other than he was one of the twelve apostles. Many scholars believe that he is Nathanael...

ST. BASIL THE GREAT & ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 2 Both St. Basil and St. Gregory were born in Asia minor in the 4th century AD. Coming from saintly families, they were...

ST. BEDE THE VENERABLE

MEMORIAL: MAY 25 St. Bede the Venerable lived in the 7th century and was a Benedictine monk. He was ordained a deacon at the age...

ST. BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 20 St. Bernard of Clairvaux was born in France at the end of the 11th century. He left his privileged life to enter...

ST. BLAISE

MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 3 St. Blaise was a bishop and doctor in Armenia in the 4th century. Many people came to St. Blaise for healing miracles....

ST. BONIFACE

MEMORIAL: JUNE 5 St. Boniface, originally named Winfrid, was born in the 7th century to a wealthy family in modern day Great Britain. At an...

ST. CASIMIR

MEMORIAL: MARCH 4 St. Casimir was born in the 15th century as the son of the King of Poland. As a young boy, he was...

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA

MEMORIAL: APRIL 29 St. Catherine of Siena was born in the fourteenth century as the 25th child of her parents. While many of her siblings...

ST. CECILIA

MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 22 Tradition has it that St. Cecilia lived in the 2nd century and had promised her virginity to God as a young girl....

ST. CHARLES BORROMEO

MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 4 St. Charles Borromeo was born during the height of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century in Italy to the famous Medici...

ST. CHARLES LWANGA & COMPANIONS

MEMORIAL: JUNE 3 St. Charles Lwanga and the Ugandan martyrs lived in the late 19th century. They were pages in the court of the King....

ST. CLARE OF ASSISI

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 11 St. Clare of Assisi was a contemporary of St. Francis, and was inspired by his preaching to join the Benedictines at the...

ST. COSMAS & ST. DAMIAN

MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 26 Sts. Cosmas and Damian were twin brother doctors who lived in the third century. They were known for giving medical attention to...

ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS

MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 14 St. Cyril and St. Methodius were Greek brothers who lived in the 9th century. Methodius was the elder brother and was originally...

ST. CYRIL OF JERUSALEM

MEMORIAL: MARCH 18 St. Cyril of Jerusalem was born in the 4th century AD and little is known about his early life. He was ordained...

ST. DOMINIC

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 8 St. Dominic was born at the end of the 12th century into a wealthy family. His mother was Blessed Joan of Aza....

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 4 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born into a wealthy family in New York City, in 1774. She grew up an educated young...

ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY

MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 17 Elizabeth was born to the King and Queen of Hungary in the 13th century. At a young age, she was betrothed to...

ST. EPHREM

MEMORIAL - JUNE 9 St. Ephrem was born at the beginning of the 4th century in Syria. After his Baptism, he was granted permission to...

ST. FABIAN & ST. SEBASTIAN

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 20 Today we celebrate two Roman saints from the 3rd century who were martyred by the Roman persecutions. Legend has it that St....

ST. FAUSTINA

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 5 St. Faustina was born to a poor family in Poland in 1905. As a young girl, she had a desire to enter...

ST. FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN

MEMORIAL: APRIL 24 St. Fidelis was born at the end of  the 16th century in Germany when the Protestant Reformation was at its height. He...

ST. FRANCES OF ROME

MEMORIAL: MARCH 9 St. Frances was born in the 14th century in Rome, Italy. The daughter of a wealthy man, Frances desired to become a...

ST. FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI

MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 13 St. Frances Cabrini was born in Lombardy, Italy in 1850. At the age of 18, she desired to become a religious sister,...

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 24 St. Francis de Sales was born into a wealthy family in the 16th century in Switzerland. At a young age, he knew...

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 4 St Francis of Assisi was born to a wealthy Italian merchant at the end of the 12th century. At a young age,...

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER

MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 3 St. Francis Xavier was born in the 16th century in modern day Spain. He was a wealthy young man who pursued academic...

ST. GEORGE

MEMORIAL: APRIL 23 St. George was born in the 3rd century. His parents were of Roman nobility and George entered the Roman military where he...

ST. HILARY

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 13 St. Hilary was born in what is now France at the beginning of the fourth century. He was a married and educated...

ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 17 St. Ignatius was consecrated the Bishop of Antioch in Syria by St. Peter. Ignatious was a disciple of St. John, and he...

ST. ISIDORE

MEMORIAL: MAY 15 St. Isidore was born in Madrid, Spain in the 11th century. He was a poor farmer who worked the land of a...

ST. JANUARIUS

MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 19 Little is known about St. Januarius other than that he is an Italian saint who died under the persecution of Diocletian. When...

ST. JEROME

MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 30 St. Jerome was born in the 4th century in present day Croatia or Slovenia. He was a brilliant young man in linguistics...

ST. JOHN

FEAST: DECEMBER 27 St. John, also known as the Beloved Disciple, was an apostle and the brother of St. James the Greater. Originally a fisherman...

ST. JOHN BOSCO

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 31 St. John Bosco was born in the 19th century to a poor family in Italy. His dad passed away at an early...

ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 13 St. John Chrysostom (which means Golden-Mouth) was born in the 4th century. He was baptized after his theological studies and subsequently became...

ST. JOHN DE BREBEUF & ST. ISAAC JOGUES

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 19 St. John de Brebeuf and St. Isaac Jogues were Jesuit missionaries of the 17th century, and with their companions are known as...

ST. JOHN FISHER & ST. THOMAS MORE

MEMORIAL - JUNE 22 St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More were both martyred by King Henry VIII in England over the indissolubility of marriage....

ST. JOHN NEUMANN

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 5 St. John Neumann was born in Bohemia in the beginning of the 19th century. He desired to become a priest, but his...

ST. JOHN OF AVILA

MEMORIAL: MAY 10 St. John of Avila was born in Spain in the 1500s. It was a time of great turmoil in the Church, but...

ST. JOHN OF GOD

MEMORIAL: MARCH 8 St. John of God was an impulsive man who lived in the 16th century in Spain. At the beginning of his life,...

ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS

MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 14 St. John of the Cross was born in the 16th century to a poor family. He was educated at a school for...

ST. JOHN VIANNEY

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 4 St. John Vianney, or the Cure de Ars, was born during the French Revolution which rendered Catholicism illegal. He received all of...

ST. JOSEPH

SOLEMNITY: MARCH 19 St. Joseph is the earthly father of Jesus. He is the true father to Jesus in everything other than biological paternity. As...

ST. JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA & ST. NICODEMUS

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 31 Little is known about these saints other than what we find in the Gospels. Joseph is described as a wealthy man who was...

ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

MEMORIAL: MAY 1 St. Joseph the Worker is one of two major St. Joseph celebrations throughout the year (the other being March 19th). The Feast...

ST. JOSEPHINE BAKHITA

MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 8 St. Josephine Bakhita was born in 1869 in the Darfur (present day Sudan). At the age of 7, she was abducted by...

ST. JUSTIN MARTYR

MEMORIAL: JUNE 1 Justin Martyr was born at the beginning of the second century. He grew up as an educated young man, but was pagan....

ST. KATHARINE DREXEL

MEMORIAL: MARCH 3 St. Katharine Drexel was the second American-born Catholic saint. She was born in Philadelphia in 1858 into a wealthy family. Her home...

ST. LAWRENCE

FEAST: AUGUST 10 Little is known about St. Lawrence, but there is legend of his martyrdom under the Emperor Valerian. Lawrence was a deacon for...

ST. LUCY

MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 13 Little is known for certain about St. Lucy other than she lived in the fourth century and died in the Christian persecutions....

ST. LUKE

FEAST: OCTOBER 18 St. Luke is one of the four gospel writers, and he also wrote the Acts of the Apostles. He was a gentile...

ST. MARGARET MARY ALACOQUE

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 16 St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was born at the end of the 17th century in France. As an only child, she had a...

ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND

MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 16 St. Margaret was born in the 11th century as an English princess who experienced a childhood of turmoil and exile. During her...

ST. MARK

FEAST: APRIL 25 Not a lot is known about the Evangelist Mark, but we do believe that He is mentioned multiple times in the New...

ST. MARTIN DE PORRES

MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 3 St. Martin was born in the 16th century in Lima, Peru. He was the illegitimate son of a Spanish man and a...

ST. MARTIN I

MEMORIAL: APRIL 13 St. Martin was born in Tuscany, Italy at the end of the sixth/beginning of the seventh century. He became a deacon and...

ST. MARTIN OF TOURS

MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 11 St. Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier in the 4th century. He became a conscientious objector upon his conversion prior to...

ST. MATTHEW

FEAST: SEPTEMBER 21 St. Matthew was one of the twelve apostles and is widely considered to be the author of the first Gospel of the...

ST. MATTHIAS

FEAST: MAY 14 Little is known of St. Matthias other than what is mentioned in the first chapter of Acts of the Apostles. One of...

ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 14 St. Maximilian Kolbe was born Raymund Kolbe in 1894. Born in Poland, Kolbe had an apparition from the Virgin Mary at the...

ST. MICHAEL, ST. GABRIEL & ST. RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS

FEAST: SEPTEMBER 29 Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael play a major role in salvation history. Their mission from God has been to help humans love...

ST. MONICA

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 27 Nearly everything we know about St. Monica is from the writings of her son St. Augustine. She lived in the 4th century...

ST. NICHOLAS

MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 6 St. Nicholas was born in modern day Turkey during the 3rd century. He was from a wealthy family, but gave all of...

ST. NORBERT

MEMORIAL - JUNE 6 St. Norbert was born in the Rhineland in the late 11th century. He was born of noble birth and enjoyed the...

ST. PADRE PIO

MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 23 Padre Pio was born Francesco Forgione at the end of the 19th century in Italy. He was born to poor farmers and...

ST. PATRICK

MEMORIAL: MARCH 17 It is believed St. Patrick was born in the 4th century AD in England, not Ireland. As a teenager, he was captured...

ST. PAUL MIKI & COMPANIONS

MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 6 St. Paul Miki was born in the 16th century and was the son of a wealthy military leader. The Jesuits under St....

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 20 St. Paul of the Cross lived in the beginning of the 18th century. After leaving the army, St. Paul lived a life...

ST. PERPETUA & ST. FELICITY

MEMORIAL: MARCH 7 St. Perpetua and St. Felicity are female martyrs from the year 203 AD. Little is known about their early lives, but we...

ST. PETER CANISIUS

MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 21 St. Peter Canisius was born in the 16th century in Holland. He would spend much time in Germany, where the Protestant Reformation...

ST. PETER CHANEL

MEMORIAL: APRIL 28 St. Peter Chanel was born in the 19th century in France. After becoming a priest, St. Peter joined the Society of Mary...

ST. PETER CLAVER

MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 9 Peter Calver was born in Spain and became a Jesuit which was a new missionary order at the time. As a young...

ST. PETER DAMIAN

MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 21 St. Peter Damian was born in Italy in the 11th century. He was orphaned at a young age and had a rough...

ST. PHILIP & ST. JAMES

FEAST: MAY 3 St. Philip and James are two of the lesser-known Apostles. However, when we take a closer look, they are all over the...

ST. PHILIP NERI

MEMORIAL: MAY 26 St. Philip Neri was born at the beginning of the 16th century in Florence, Italy. While learning the family business at the...

ST. POLYCARP

MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 23 St. Polycarp was a second generation Christian. This means that He learned about Jesus from the Apostles. St. Polycarp was a disciple...

ST. ROSE OF LIMA

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 23 St. Rose was born in Lima, Peru in the late 16th century. Born of a wealthy family, she was set to be...

ST. SCHOLASTICA

MEMORIAL: FEBRUARY 10 St. Scholastica was born in the 6th century, and was brother to St. Benedict. As St. Benedict established his famous monastery in...

ST. SIMON & ST. JUDE

FEAST: OCTOBER 28 Sts. Simon and Jude are some of the lesser known apostles in the Gospels. Neither have any dialogue in the Gospels. Their...

ST. STANISLAUS

MEMORIAL: APRIL 11 St. Stanislaus was born in the 11th century in Poland to a noble family. He became a priest after being influenced by...

ST. STEPHEN

FEAST: DECEMBER 26 St. Stephen was one for the first seven deacons of the Church and the first Christian martyr. We find his story in...

ST. TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS

MEMORIAL: AUGUST 9 St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was born Edith Stein in 1891. A Jew born in Poland, Edith was the youngest of...

ST. TERESA OF JESUS (AVILA)

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 15 St. Teresa lived in the 16th century during the protestant reformation. She grew up with a strict father who sent her to...

ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX

MEMORIAL: OCTOBER 1 St. Therese was born in France in 1873 as the youngest of nine children to Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin. As a...

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 28 St. Thomas Aquianas was born in the 13th century to a wealthy family in Italy. When he decided to join the Dominican...

ST. THOMAS BECKET

MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 29 St. Thomas Becket was born in the 12th century to a privileged family in London. He was a highly educated young man,...

ST. TIMOTHY AND ST. TITUS

MEMORIAL: JANUARY 26 St. Timothy and Titus were students and companions of St. Paul. There are letters that Paul wrote to each of them found...

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

MEMORIAL: SEPTEMBER 27 St. Vincent de Paul was born at the end of the 16th century in France. After tutoring a local wealthy family, Vincent...

THE HOLY INNOCENTS

FEAST: DECEMBER 28 When King Herod found out that a Messiah had been born near Bethlehem, but the Wise Men did not return, Herod decided...