Saints and Feast Days in December 2016

Wow. Just wow. There are only a couple more days left before December. I am so NOT ready! Well, ready or not, here it comes, right?! And, of course, with a new month comes a new set of saint and feast days – the last one for the year.

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Image by artemtation (2013) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Saints and Feasts

December 2: First Friday Devotions (optional)

December 3First Saturday Devotions (optional)

December 3: St. Francis Xavier, priest (obligatory memorial)

December 6: St. Nicholas, bishop (optional memorial)

December 7: St. Ambrose, bishop & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

December 8: The Immaculate Conception (solemnity, holy day of obligation)

December 9: St. Juan Diego (optional memorial)

December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe (feast)

December 13: St. Lucy, virgin and martyr (obligatory memorial)

December 14: St. John of the Cross, priest & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

December 21: St. Canisius, priest & doctor of the church (optional memorial)

December 23: St. John of Kanty, priest (optional memorial)

December 25:  Nativity of Our Lord Merry Christmas! (solemnity, holy day of obligation)

December 26: St. Stephen, the first martyr (feast)

December 27: St. John, apostle and evangelist (feast)

December 28: The Holy Innocents, martyrs (feasts)

December 29: St. Thomas Becket, bishop & martyr (optional memorial)

December 30: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph (feast)

 December 31: St. Sylvester I, pope (optional memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

December is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.

December 7: Pearl Harbor Day, 1941 (USA)

December 21: Winter Begins

December 26: Boxing Day (Canada)

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Saint Martin de Porres, Pray for Us!

November 3 is the optional memorial of Saint Martin de Porres. If you are a regular reader here at Simple Catholic Living, you may know that Saint Martin is one of my favorite saints. In fact, I think I may mention him every year on his feast day. 🙂

Saint Martin de Porres, Pray for Us

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I can’t help myself. He is a saint who suffered great poverty and adversity in his life. He faced rejection (from his own father!), racism, and injustice. Yet, he remained kind, charitable, and humble through it all. He gave what little he had joyfully and loved everyone. Like Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Martin loved all animals, great and small – and they loved him back.

Saint Martin was also one of those saints that received extraordinary graces from the Lord, such as bi-location. However, they were never the focus. Prayer, penance, love. Those are the things that set Saint Martin apart.

Well, it is what sets apart all saints, isn’t it? They love, pray, and give more than the rest. But, since the day I learned about him I have been drawn to him. I want to love God as he did and serve my neighbor as he did.

He is a great model for us all. Saint Martin de Porres, pray for us!

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Happy Feast of All Saints!

All Holy Saints in heaven, pray for us!

(Painting by Fra Angelico)

Here is a link to a video about All Saints that I posted last year.

Saint and Feast Days in November 2016

November is fast approaching so I thought that I would take a break from the 31 Days of Prayer series and post the saint and feast days for November.

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Image by MK1_FIESTA (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Saints and Feasts

November 1All Saints Day (solemnity)

November 2: All Souls’ Day (commemoration)

November 3: St. Martin de Porres, religious (optional memorial)

November 4:  St. Charles Borromeo, bishop (obligatory memorial)

November 4: First Friday Devotions (optional)

November 5: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

November 9: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (feast)

November 10: St. Leo the Great, Pope & doctor of the Church (obligatory memorial)

November 11: St. Martin of Tours, bishop (obligatory memorial)

November 12: St. Josaphat, bishop and martyr (obligatory memorial)

November 13: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin (obligatory memorial)

November 15: Saint Albert the Great, bishop & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

November 16: St. Margaret of Scotland, virgin (optional memorial)

November 16: St. Gertrude, virgin (optional memorial)

November 17: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, religious (obligatory memorial)

November 18: Dedication of the Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles (optional memorial)

November 18: St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, virgin (optional memorial)

November 20: Christ the King (solemnity)

November 21: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (obligatory memorial)

November 22: St. Cecilia, virgin & martyr (obligatory memorial)

November 23: St. Clement I, Pope & martyr (optional memorial)

November 23: St. Columban, abbot (optional memorial)

November 23: Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro, priest & martyr (optional memorial)

November 24: St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest & companions, martyrs (optional memorial)

November 25: St. Catherine of Alexandra, virgin & martyr (optional memorial)

November 27: First Sunday of Advent

November 30: St. Andrew, apostle (feast)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

November is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

November 6: Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 8: Election Day (USA)

November 11: Veteran’s Day (USA) & Remembrance Day (Canada)

November 24: Thanksgiving Day (USA)

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Saints and Feasts Days in October 2016

Wow, this month really got away from me! Andrew started 6th grade and it is the most demanding year so far (for him and for me).

In other news, I will be doing a blogging challenge this October which I will write about more on Friday. Until then, here are the saints and feasts for October:

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Image by karigamb08 (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Saints and Feasts

October 1St Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

October 2: The Guardian Angels (Not celebrated liturgically this year because it falls on a Sunday)

October 4: St. Francis of Assisi (obligatory memorial)

October 6: St. Bruno, priest (optional memorial)

October 6:  St. Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin (optional memorial)

October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary (obligatory memorial)

October 14: St. Callistus, pope and martyr (optional memorial)

October 15: St. Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

October 16: St. Hedwig, religious (optional memorial)

October 17: St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop & martyr (obligatory memorial)

October 18: St. Luke, evangelist (feast)

October 19: St. John de Brebeuf & Isaac Jogues, Priests, and companions, martyrs (obligatory memorial)

October 20: St. Paul of the Cross, priest (optional memorial)

October 22: St. John Paul II, pope (optional memorial)

October 24: St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop (optional memorial)

October 28: Sts. Simon & Jude, apostles (feast)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

October is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Angels and the Holy Rosary.

October 10: Columbus Day (USA)

October 10: Canadian Thanksgiving Day

October 17: National Boss Day (USA)

October 31: Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve)

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Saint and Feast Days in September 2016

Tomorrow is September 1st and it is time for the list of saints for the month. I can’t believe school will be starting back up in just a few days (for us in NJ). We had a wonderful summer this year and I hate to see it end! Still, I am looking forward to fall and all that comes with it. 🙂

Saint and Feast days in Septmember 2016

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Saints and Feasts

September 2: First Friday devotions (optional)

September 3:  St Gregory the Great, Pope & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

September 3: First Saturday devotions (optional)

September 8: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (feast)

September 9: St. Peter Claver, priest (obligatory memorial)

September 12: The Most Holy Name of Mary (optional memorial)

September 13: St. John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

September 14: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (feast)

September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows (obligatory memorial)

September 16: St. Cornelius, Pope and Cyprian, bishop, martyrs (optional memorial)

September 17: St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor of the church (optional memorial)

September 19: St. Januarius, bishop and martyr (optional memorial)

September 21: St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist (feast)

September 23: St. Pius of Pietrelcina, priest “St. Padre Pio” (obligatory memorial)

September 26: Sts. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs (optional memorial)

September 27: St. Vincent de Paul, priest (obligatory memorial)

September 28: St. Wenceslaus, martyr (optional memorial)

September 28: St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, martyrs (optional memorial)

 September 29: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels (feast)

September 30: St. Jerome, priest and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

September is traditionally dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

September 5: Labor Day (USA and Canada)

September 11: Patriot Day (USA), Remembrance of the attack at the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and the plane that went down in Pennsylvania.

September 11: Grandparents day

September 22: Autumn begins

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Hold Your Eyes on God and Leave the Doing to Him

I love this quote by Saint Jane Frances de Chantal:

Hold Your Eyes on God

It is a great reminder that God has everything under control, even when it doesn’t seem like it! And, it is a reminder that I need often. I struggle with anxiety issues and sometimes I get frustrated by the fact that I get worked up over such little things. This quote makes me realize that worrying will not get me anywhere. God will. He is present in all the craziness of life and will help pull us through!

By the way, did you know that today is the optional memorial of St. Jane Frances de Chantal? She was an incredible woman. She was also blessed with a double vocation in that she was married with six children and then became a religious sister some years after her husband’s death. St. Jane is also the foundress of the Visitation of Mary Sisters.

St. Jane is a wonderful role model for mothers, wives, and religious. I hope you will take some time to get to know her a little bit.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal, pray for us!

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Saints and Feast Days in August 2016

August is a week away and I am actually getting out this list ahead of time! Hopefully, this will give you some time to plan some fun activities for the various feasts. 🙂

Saint and Feast days in August 2016

Saints and Feasts

August 1:  St Alphonsus Liguori, bishop & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

August 2: St. Eusebius of Vercelli (optional memorial)

August 2: St. Peter Julian Eymard (optional memorial)

August 4: St. John Vianney, Priest (obligatory memorial)

August 5: Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major (optional memorial)

August 5: First Friday Devotions (Optional)

August 6: The Transfiguration of the Lord (feast)

August 6: First Saturday Devotions (Optional)

August 8: St. Dominic, Priest (obligatory memorial)

August 9: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross [Edith Stein] (optional memorial)

August 10: St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr (feast)

August 11: St. Clare, virgin (obligatory memorial)

August 12: St. Jane Frances de Chantal, religious (optional memorial)

August 13: Sts. Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs (optional memorial)

August 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (solemnity)

August 16: St. Stephen of Hungary (optional memorial)

August 19: St. John Eudes, priest (optional memorial)

August 20: St. Bernard, abbot and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

August 22: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (obligatory memorial)

 August 23: St. Rose of Lima (optional memorial)

August 24: St. Bartholomew, apostle (feast)

August 25: St. Louis (optional memorial)

August 25: St. Joseph Calasanz, priest (optional memorial)

August 27: St. Monica (obligatory memorial)

August 29: The Passion of St. John the Baptist (obligatory memorial)

August 30: St. Jeanne Jugan, religious (optional memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the Blessed Sacrament

August 3: Civic Holiday (Canada)

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Saint Henry, Pray for Us!

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Henry. As far as I can tell, Saint Henry isn’t a particularly well-known or popular saint. So why write about him? Because, in some ways, he is just like us.

Saint Henry, Pray for Us!

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Granted, unlike most of us, Saint Henry was born into royalty. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995  and after the death of a cousin he was appointed the emperor of Germany. He was well educated and pious and when he married, he and his wife made a vow of chastity.

Still, Saint Henry lived out his vocation in the secular world. He was generous, had a strong sense of justice and a great love for the Church. At one point in his life, he became ill and had a crippled leg but bore his sufferings with great forbearance.

He also had his faults. In particular, he was a little too quick to jump into battle especially by today’s standards. He fought against those who went against his empire and he fought against those who caused trouble in Rome.

However, AmericanCatholic.org points out, “All in all, this saint was a man of his times. From our standpoint, he may have been too quick to do battle and too ready to use power to accomplish reforms. But, granted such limitations, he shows that holiness is possible in a busy secular life. It is in doing our job that we become saints.

This is why I am pointing him out to you. He lived a busy life, he fulfilled his duties with care, and  he still managed to live a faithful life with his eyes on Christ. He shows that we can do the same thing. No matter what is going on, we can still grow in holiness right where God has put us. We can still make time for prayer because, as Saint Henry shows us, we make time for those things that are important to us!

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Resources: American Catholic, Catholic News Agency, Catholic Online

Saints and Feast Days in July 2016

We are five days away from July and that means it is time for the monthly list of Saints and Feast Days. As a reminder, the purpose of this monthly list is to help you live out the liturgical calendar in your homes. Therefore, don’t forget to print out a copy of this list, and more importantly, USE the list. Get to know some of the saints using the provided links and/ your own resources. It is a great way to make this period of “ordinary time” extraordinary!

Saints and Feast Days in July

Saints and Feasts

July 1:  Blessed Junipero Serra, priest (optional memorial)

July 5: St. Anthony Zeccaria, priest (optional memorial)

July 5: St. Elizabeth of Portugal (optional memorial)

July 6: St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr (optional memorial)

July 9: St. Augustine Zhao Rong, priest, and companions, martyrs (optional memorial)

July 11: St. Benedict, Abbot (obligatory memorial)

July 13: St. Henry (optional)

July 14: St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin (obligatory memorial)

July 15: St. Bonaventure, bishop and doctor of the Church (obligatory memorial)

July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (optional memorial)

July 18: St. Camillus de Lellis, priest (optional memorial)

July 20: St. Apollinaris, bishop and martyr (optional memorial)

July 21: St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest and doctor of the Church (optional memorial)

July 22: St. Mary Magdalene (obligatory memorial)

July 23: St. Bridget, religious (optional memorial)

July 24: St. Sharbel Makhluf, priest (optional memorial)

July 25: St. James, apostle (obligatory memorial)

July 26: Sts. Joachim & Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary (obligatory memorial)

 July 29: St. Martha (obligatory memorial)

July 30: St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor of the Church (optional memorial)

July 31: St. Ignatious of Loyola, priest (obligatory memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

July is traditionally dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus

July 01: Canada Day (Canada)

July 04: Independence Day

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