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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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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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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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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Saints and Feast Days for June 2016

Wow. We are almost halfway through 2016. Wow, wow, wow! June has my favorite solemnity, the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Anyway, without further ado:

Saints and Feast days in June

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Saints and Feasts

June 1St. Justin, Martyr (obligatory memorial)

June 3: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (movable feast)

June 3: First Friday Devotions (optional)

June 4: Immaculate Heart of Mary (optional memorial – movable feast – day after Sacred Heart)

June 4: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

June 6: St. Norbert, bishop (optional memorial)

June 9: St. Ephrem, deacon and doctor of the church (optional memorial)

June 11: St. Barnabas, apostle (obligatory memorial)

June 13: St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church (optional memorial)

June 21: St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious (obligatory memorial)

June 22: St. Paulinus of Nola, Bishop (optional memorial)

June 22: Sts. John Fisher, Bishop and Thomas More, Martyrs (optional memorial)

June 24: Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

June 27: St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (optional memorial)

June 28: St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr (obligatory memorial)

June 29: Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 30: The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church (optional memorial)

Other Dates to Note

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

June 14: Flag Day (USA)

June 19: Father’s Day (always 3rd Sunday of June)

June 20: 1st of summer

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Saints and Feast Days in March 2016

We are near the end of February and you know what that means? We are heading into March! [Why, yes, I am a master of the obvious, thank you! LOL!] There are some fun saints and feast days in March (think St. Patrick and St. Joseph) and even better, we have Easter to look forward to.

Saints and Feasts March 2016

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Therefore, without further ado, here is the list of saints and feasts:

Saints and Feasts

March 3: St. Katharine Drexel, virgin (optional memorial, USA)

March 4: First Friday Devotions (optional)

March 4: World Day of Prayer

March 4: St. Casimir (obligatory memorial)

March 5: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

March 7: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs (optional memorial)

March 8: St. John of God, religious (optional memorial)

March 9: St. Frances of Rome, religious (optional memorial)

March 17: St. Patrick bishop (optional memorial)

March 18: St. Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop & doctor of the church (optional memorial)

March 19: St. Joseph, Spouse of the BVM (solemnity)

March 20: Palm (Passion) Sunday

March 24: Holy Thursday

March 25: Good Friday (fast & abstinence)

March 26: Holy Saturday

March 27: EASTER SUNDAY

Other Dates to Note

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

March is traditionally dedicated to Saint Joseph

March 6: Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 13: Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 13: Daylight Savings Time begins

March 20: Spring begins

March is also special to me because it is the month of Andrew’s birthday. 🙂 I can’t believe he is going to be eleven. How did that happen?!

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Saints and Feast Days in January 2016

I know I am putting this out extra early since it isn’t even Christmas yet; however, I am starting my yearly blogging break starting next week and I didn’t want to wait until January to put this up.

Thus, without further ado, here it goes:

Saints and Feast Days in January 2016

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Saints and Feasts

January 1Mary, Mother of God (solemnity, holy day of obligation)

January 1: First Friday Devotions (optional)

January 2:  Sts. Basil & Gregory, priest (obligatory)

January 2: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

January 3: Epiphany observed in United States (solemnity)

January 4: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious (obligatory memorial)

January 5: St. John Neumann, bishop (obligatory memorial)

January 6: Official feast day for Epiphany  (Solemnity)

January 6: St Andre Bessette, religious (optional memorial)

January 7: St. Raymond of Pennafort, religious (optional memorial)

January 10: Baptism of the Lord (feast)

January 12: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, religious (optional memorial)

January 13: St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor of the church (optional memorial)

January 20: St. Fabian, pope and martyr (optional memorial)

January 20: St. Sebastian, martyr (optional memorial)

January 21: St. Agnes, martyrs, virgin and martyr (obligatory memorial)

January 22: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (United States)

January 23: St. Vincent of Zaragossa, deacon and martyr (optional memorial)

January 23: St. Marianne Cope, Virgin (optional memorial)

 January 25: Conversion of Saint Paul (feast)

January 26: Sts. Timothy and Titus, bishops (obligatory memorial)

January 27: St. Angela Merici, religious (optional memorial)

January 28: St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

Other Dates to Note

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

January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Childhood of Jesus.

January 1: New Year’s Day

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Saints and Feasts in December 2015

Since next week is the solemnity of Christ the King and Thanksgiving, and I won’t be doing much (if any) blogging, I thought I would get a jump start and send out the saints and feasts for December a little early.

Don’t you just love December! I know there is a lot of work and stress that goes into the holidays but we have to make time to remember what the holidays are about: Jesus! Besides Christmas (of course), there are some lovely and wonderful solemnities, feasts and memorials that I hope you won’t be too busy to overlook.

In addition, to make December even more special, December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, begins the Holy Year of Mercy! No doubt this will be a year of great grace!

Saints and Feasts in Dec 2015

Without further ado, here are the most notable dates for December:

Saints and Feasts

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

December 4: St. John Damascene, priest (optional memorial)

December 4: First Friday Devotions (optional)

December 5: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

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 11: St. Damasus I, pope (optional memorial)

December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe (feast)

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: The Holy Family (feast)

December 28: The Holy Innocents, martyrs (feasts)

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

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)

I pray you will have a blessed and holy Advent leading up to Christmas, filled with joy and family.

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First Friday Devotion

I sometimes feel like September is a “mini New Year’s” because the kids are going back to school, summer is fading into fall, and there is a “newness” of sorts in the air. New clothes, new shoes, new supplies, and a new chance to begin again. Do you get that feeling too, or is it just me?

Since posting the saints and feasts for September on Monday, I starting thinking that the fall can also be a new opportunity to start fresh spiritually, as well. If you let your prayer time go by the wayside, now is a great time to get it going again. As you prepare for your fall schedule, make sure you add time in to pray alone and/or as a family.

FirstFriday

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One way to do this is to commit to the First Friday Devotions. It is a very simple devotion and the only “requirement” is to go to Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion. Of course, there are other practices worth doing if you have the time.

If you can’t make it to Mass, you can certainly make a spiritual communion and say a small prayer such as “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.” Or, if you read this too late to go to Mass, mark the First Fridays on your calendar now so you won’t forget for next month.

While you are at it, tomorrow is First Saturday, so mark it on your calendars now to head to mass. (There are other requirements for First Saturday devotions which you can read here.)

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7 Quick Takes: “God is Good!” Edition

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We own a house in Ohio that we are currently renting out. On Tuesday night I got a call from the tenant saying that when he replaced the batteries for the carbon monoxide detector it kept going off repeatedly so he had to evacuate the house. We got someone in there on Wednesday and I am happy to report that the problem was with the detector itself. The guy tested everything and there are no problems. I have to pay $85 for them to go over there, plus the cost of the new detector but that’s better than possibly paying thousands!

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Tomorrow (Saturday) my son is making his first Holy Confession in preparation for making his first Holy Communion at the end of April. It is such a blessing to see God work in our children, yes? Up until about two months ago my son told me that he wasn’t going to go to confession because he is too nervous. Now he is so excited and can’t wait to go that he has been counting down the days.

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We had rain/wind on Wednesday night into Thursday which caused us to lose power. It seems like every time there is a little wind our area loses power. We lost power at 2am and got the power back around 11am, so I won’t complain. Thankfully it was just for a few hours rather than two weeks like it was out during Superstorm Sandy.

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Just a reminder: Today is First Friday and Tomorrow is First Saturday if you practice those devotions. If you aren’t in the habit of doing those devotions, today would be a good day to start. 🙂

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With all the writing I’ve been doing, by following my “5 minutes a day” program, I finally finished a short story and two flash fiction pieces. I’m not sure If I’ll share them publicly or not, but it feels good to actually finish a writing project. Up until I finished these, most of my 5 minute writings have been mostly snippets of ideas and scenes and character development. Maybe the next time someone asks me what I do I’ll be able to say. “I’m a writer!” 🙂

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If you are wondering what flash fiction is and how it compares to writing a short story, here’s a little introduction. For me, someone who can be rather wordy, writing flash fiction is real difficult. But I am liking the challenge and by writing flash fiction I am forced to be more careful with word choice and plot development. I figure that if I can master, or at least get pretty good at writing flash fiction, then all of my other writings will be better too. That’s my hope anyway.

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Here’s a fun song, “God is Good” to bring a smile to your face for this First Friday: (it’s a little over five minutes)

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