The Saints and Feasts in August 2015

August is upon us, so it is time for the monthly edition of “saints and feasts.” There are a lot of “good ones” this month with Saint Dominic, Saint Clare, The Transfiguration, The Assumption, and others!

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Without further ado, here they are (don’t forget the printable at the end of post):

Saints and Feasts

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

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

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

August 6: The Transfiguration of the Lord (feast)

August 7: St. Sixtus II, Pope, and Companions, Martyrs (optional memorial)

August 7: St. Cajetan, Priest (optional memorial)

August 8: St. Dominic, Priest (obligatory 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 14: St. Maximillian Kolbe, priest and martyr (obligatory memorial)

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

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

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

August 21: St Pius X, pope (obligatory memorial)

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

August 24: St. Bartholomew, apostle (feast)

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

August 27: St. Monica (obligatory memorial)

August 28: St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

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

August 30: St. Jeanne Jugan, religious (not celebrated this year because it falls on a Sunday, but she is one of my favorite saints, so I had to mention her!)

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)

 

The Great Feast of the Assumption

The Assumption of Mary (Public Domain Image)

Today we celebrate the beautiful feast of the Assumption. It is the day we have been spiritually preparing for the last 9 days during our novena. But you may be asking yourself, “What is the Assumption about any way?” or, “Why is Assumption important?  or, maybe you are wondering, like someone who recently asked me, “What is the difference between the Assumption of Mary and the Ascension of Jesus?

What exactly is the feast of the Assumption?

The feast of the Assumption is the day where we Catholics remember and honor the singular grace given to Our Lady: being taken from earth BODY and soul into heaven.

When we die, our souls goes to heaven, hell or purgatory as we await the resurrection of the dead while our bodies decay. However, Our Blessed Mother, who was conceived without sin and lived in perfect obedience to God’s will, was assumed body and soul, into heaven. Unlike us, Mary didn’t have to wait, unlike us!

What is the difference between the Assumption and the Ascension?

The Ascension is celebrated 40 days after Jesus rose from the dead (Easter Sunday). It is the day that Jesus ascended to heaven by his own will and power. And therein lies the difference between the Assumption and the Ascension. Jesus ascends by his own power, Mary can not. It is by the power of God that Mary is assumed, of herself, Our Lady can do nothing.

Mary is assumed into heaven and Jesus ascended into heaven. Got it? 🙂

What is the significance of the Assumption?

Celebrating the Assumption reminds us of our destiny: heaven. Mary’s Assumption is a foreshadowing of what awaits us! If we live our life according to God’s will, if we die in the state of grace, we too will be with God, Our Lady, the saints and angels – forever! And, it is a reminder that at the resurrection of the dead at the end of time, we will be reunited with our bodies – our own personal assumption.  How mind-blowing and amazing!

How can we celebrate this special day?

1. The first thing you should do is go to mass. As a matter of fact, the feast of the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation, so technically you “have” to go. Of course, we don’t celebrate the Eucharist just because we have to, no? 😉

2. Another thing you can do is pray the glorious mysteries of the rosary, as a family if you can.

3. Traditionally, the churches would have a procession in Our Lady’s honor. If your parish is doing a procession, consider joining or put one together yourself for your family.

4. You can do crafts with your kids like this one at crafolic.com or this one at catholicmom.com.

5. You can also make a special meal or treat like I found here and here (scroll down to the Assumption) on catholiccuisine.com.

These are just a few ideas. I’m sure with a little thought you will be able to come up with your own way of honoring Our Lady. May your day be blessed!

Assumption Novena: Day 9

The Assumption of Mary (Public Domain Image)

Today is the last day (day nine) of the Assumption Novena. You can follow the prayers along here, or use either of the prayers here or here.

Assumption Novena: Day 8

The Assumption of Mary (Public Domain Image)

Today is day eight of the Assumption Novena. You can follow the prayers along here, or use either of the prayers here or here.

Assumption Novena: Day 6

The Assumption of Mary (Public Domain Image)

Today is day six of the Assumption Novena. You can follow the prayers along here, or use either of the prayers here or here.

Assumption Novena: Day 5

The Assumption of Mary (Public Domain Image)

Today is day five of the Assumption Novena. You can follow the prayers along here, or use either of the prayers here or here.

Assumption Novena: Day 4

The Assumption of Mary (Public Domain Image)

Today is day four of the Assumption Novena. You can follow the prayers along here, or use either of the prayers here or here.

Assumption Novena: Day 3

The Assumption of Mary (Public Domain Image)

Today is day three of the Assumption Novena. You can follow the prayers along here, or use either of the prayers here or here.

Assumption Novena: Day 2

The Assumption of Mary (Public Domain Image)

Today is day two of the Assumption Novena. You can follow the prayers along here, or use either of the prayers here or here.

 

 

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today we celebrate the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Go here to read about the history and devotion of this special feast. I didn’t have time to plan a huge celebration for this feast, but we will definitely be going to mass and praying the rosary. We also will be coloring this page, which we found here. I will also be making a cake for dessert.

What are your plans for celebrating this great feast?

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