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)

Here is a printable version of this list: SAINTS and FEASTS in AUGUST 2016. No opt-in required.

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Question of the week: Who is your favorite saint?

This is hard to answer, because I have a few! I would have to say the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph St. Martin de Porres, St. Josemaria Escriva,  and St. Jeanne Jugan are my top five. But, if I HAD to pick out of these five I would say St. Joseph. He always comes through for me when I need him and with my husband Michael on the road a lot, I know St. Joseph is watching over us. 🙂

St. Jeanne Jugan, Pray for Us!

Jeanne Jugan

St. Jeanne Jugan is one of my favorite saints; so, even though I mentioned her on her feast day last year, I feel compelled to do so again. Not only is she the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, she is a model of humility, faith, and love of God and the poor.

You see, Jeanne Jugan grew up poor – her father being a fisherman that was lost at sea and her mother did her best to take care of Jeanne and her siblings. When Jeanne Jugan was a young adult, she worked as a maid for a Christian family and thus grew in her love for the poor. On one fateful many many years later, she took in her first old woman, thus planting the seed for her new community.

As the congregation grew, Jeanne Jugan was elected superior; but after she was elected as superior a second time, she was removed from office by a priest who was delegated as an adviser to the community. She was put in charge of “begging” (the sisters rely solely on donations for survival). As she got older she lived in the Novitiate where she “formed” the candidates and novices with her humble, faithful example.

She suffered much in her life, and at one point she was no longer even recognized as foundress of her own community. Yet, through it all she trusted in God. You can learn more about her exemplary life here. As you can see, she not only a Champion of the Aged, but a champion of faith as well!

 “My good Jesus, I have only You.” – St. Jeanne Jugan

Here is the novena prayer to St. Jeanne Jugan:

Jesus, you rejoiced and praised your Father for having revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. We thank you for the graces granted to your humble servant, Jeanne Jugan, to whom we confide our petitions and needs.

 Father of the poor, you have never refused the prayer of the lowly, we ask you therefore to hear the petitions that she presents to you on our behalf….

 Jesus, through Mary, your Mother and ours, we ask this of you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

 Saint Jeanne Jugan, pray for us.

Saint Jeanne Jugan: Champion of the Aged

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of God.” Matthew 5:3

Today (August 30) is the feast of an amazing woman: Saint Jeanne Jugan. She isn’t very well known yet, but deserves to be! She dedicated her life to taking care of the elderly poor and in doing that, she founded the religious congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

What a lot of people reading this don’t know is, I spent eight years with the Little Sisters of the Poor discerning a vocation with them. It was a wonderful experience, and even though I am called to marriage and family, I have never regretted the time I spent with the Sisters. It was there, of course, that I got to know Saint Jeanne, back when she was still a “Blessed”.

Saint Jeanne Jugan is a true witness and example for our time. In a world where life is often disregarded and the elderly are often ignored or deemed a nuisance, Saint Jeanne Jugan – and the Little Sisters of the Poor – shine out like a bright star.

I invite to you check out this youtube video which outlines the life of Saint Jeanne Jugan and the work of the Little Sisters (It’s about 10 minutes, but well worth the time spent!):

(This post is linked to Saints & Scripture Sundays.)