Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us (And a Little New Year Gift)

I want to wish all of you a truly Blessed and grace-filled New Year. Whatever this new year may bring, I pray that you be filled with all peace and joy and comfort in our Blessed Lord.

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Today isn’t only the first day of the New Year but also the beautiful Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Churchyear.net explains this  lovely feast this way,

When Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God we are not only honoring Mary, who was chosen among all women throughout history to bear God incarnate, but we are also honoring our Lord, who is fully God and fully human. Calling Mary “mother of God” is the highest honor we can give Mary. Just as Christmas honors Jesus as the “Prince of Peace,” the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God honors Mary as the “Queen of Peace” This solemnity, falling on New Year’s Day, is also designated the World Day of Peace.”

For more information about this lovely feast go here and here.

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As we begin the New Year, and make resolutions and such, I would like to encourage you to make a priority this year. To help you pray in union with our Catholic faith, I put together a list of all the major (and not-so-major) saint and feast days. It is in pdf form so you can print it out and keep it somewhere handy. Then each month, week or day, you can see what feasts and devotons are being celebrated at any given day. There is no opt-in required so go ahead and download the pdf here: http://www.simplecatholicliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Saints-and-Feasts-in-2018.pdf

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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Tweetable: Saints and Feasts in January 2016

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (January 5, 2014)

Sunday Snippets

It is time for Sunday Snippets over at RAnn’s place where Catholic bloggers share some (or all) of their post from the week. Why don’t you come and join us?

My posts this week are

A New Year and a New Focus

Meet Mistletoe (aka Danny Skip) the new addition to the family!

Mary Mother of God

Goals for 2014

Mary Mother of God and Happy New Year!

I wish all of you a blessed, happy and grace-filled New Year!

Today is also the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which is a wonderful feast to bring in the new  year. Let this solemnity be an incentive to strengthen and deepen our relationship with Mary because the closer we are to Mary, the closer we are to Jesus!

Mary, Mother of God(Image in Public Domain)

Advent Meditation, Week Two: Mission of Mary

Advent Wreath

In this week’s Advent Meditation, my friend Anne is expounding on the life and mission of Mary, the Blessed Mother. Here’s a snippet:

“What Mary does, who Mary is, how Mary is obedient and LOVES God is the model for us, the the REAL HUMAN EXAMPLE of how we can LOVE God, be OBEDIENT to God, LISTEN to God and accept His commands…just as her Son would ALSO DO during His lifetime on earth.

Did Christ endure trials during His life, or was it all a ‘bed of roses’? Did Satan try to tempt Christ or did he just leave the Son of God alone? Did Jesus come to live among His creation because He LOVES us or…not?

 He IS God and He IS man, and because His mother said, ‘YES’, to God’s plan we are redeemed. Her participation LEAD TO our REDEMPTION!”

You can read the rest here

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