Category: Feast / Holy Days
St. Jerome – Ascetic and Doctor of the Church
St. Jerome was a 4th century influencer whose writing, theological ideas and translation of the Bible into Latin (“the Vulgate”) continues to resonate today. His ascetic life had characteristics of St. John the Baptist. St. Jerome spent four of his early adult years in the desert of Chalcis in Syria.
Thousands Start the Celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Vailankanni
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary on September 8th is the culmination of nine days of prayers, novenas, Masses, and parades at this annual celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Vailankanni (also known Our Lady of Good Health) Tamil Nadu, India.
Titles of St. Joseph
St. Joseph has several important titles in the Catholic Church which are: 1) the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary; 2) the Foster-Father of Jesus; 3) the Worker; 4) the Patron of the Universal Church; and 5) the Patron of a Happy Death.
Infant Jesus of Prague Feast Day and Novena
“The more you honor me, the more I will bless you.” These are the words that Father Cyril of the Mother of God, O.C.D., a Carmelite priest, heard from a statue of the Infant Jesus in 1637. January 14th is a date of honor for the Infant Jesus.
The Manger Scene at Christmas
The annual celebration of Jesus’ birth in a manger at night in Bethlehem is commemorated with the display of the “manger scene” in churches, homes and yards across the world.
St. Gertrude the Great
St. Gertrude the Great was a German abbess, a mystic and an early adherent to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She had many writings which still resonate nearly 700 years later about her struggle to reconcile her humanness with her role as a bride of Christ.
An Adventure Story – St. Raphael in the Book of Tobit
The Feast Day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael is September 29th. The adventure story of the Angel Raphael is told in the Book of Tobit. Although called “Saints”, the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are angels, rather than “saints” who have been seemingly around since the beginning of time. An angel is a…
St. Ludmila – Feast Day September 16
St. Ludmila is a favorite of people of Czech heritage and in-laws; and the patroness of Bohemia. She is the grandmother of the famed St. Wenceslaus and was instrumental in the spread of Christianity in Bohemia during her reign and that of her grandson.
Celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs on September 8th. It is an occasion of great fanfare in many regions and churches as they celebrate the birth of “a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev 12:1).…
Novena to Our Lady of Good Health – Day 9 – Mary, Queen of Families
The Blessed Mother is invoked in the Litany of Loreto under fifty-three titles many of which were commemorated during the multitudes of 9-Day Novenas prayed across the world leading up to the Feast of the Nativity of Mary on September 8th. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto) is the only approved…