Wednesday, November 30, 2016

St. Andrew the Apostle

St. Andrew was the brother of St. Peter and they were both fishermen. When St. Andrew first saw Jesus, he followed Him to His house and listened to Him. Then St. Andrew quickly introduced Jesus to his brother St. Peter, saying 'We have found the Messiah!'. After the Resurrection of Jesus, St. Andrew went to preach in the Eastern Roman Empire. The Romans wanted him dead and he requested to be crucified on an x-shaped cross, deeming himself unworthy to die on the same type of cross as Jesus did. St. Andrew's feast day is on 30 November.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

1st Week of Advent




The Root of Jesse will spring up,
One who will arise to rule over the nations;
in Him the Gentiles will hope.
Isaiah 15:12


Friday, November 25, 2016

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St. Catherine of Alexandria

St. Catherine of Alexandria (282-305) was an intelligent princess from Egypt. As a teenager, she confronted the Roman emperor for persecuting Christians. His best scholars debated with her but she converted them to the faith. After rejecting the emperor's marriage proposal, she was tortured with a spiked wheel. She converted the emperor's wife and many soldiers before her execution. St. Catherine is the patron saint of philosophers. Her feast day is on 25 November.




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bl. Miguel Pro

Bl. Miguel Pro (1891 – 1927) was a Jesuit Priest from Mexico during a time when Catholics were persecuted there. He would secretly visit them to celebrate Mass, hear confessions and help them. As a result, the Mexican government wanted to arrest him. They finally did so by falsely accusing him of trying to murder their president. As Bl. Miguel was put to death, he bravely raised his hands in a cross posture and shouted ‘¡Viva Cristo Rey!’ or ‘Long live Christ the King!’ His feast day is on 23 November.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia (2nd century AD) decided to give her life to God when she was very young. However, her Roman parents decided that she should marry a man named Valerian. During the wedding feast, music was being played to pagan idols. So St. Cecilia sang hymns in her heart to Jesus. She also converted her husband Valerian and he became a saint too! St. Cecilia was killed by soldiers because she refused to pray to idols. It took them three days to take her life as God protected her! She is the patron saint of musicians. Her feast day is on 22 November.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Joachim and St. Anne are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They were holy but they did not have any children for a long time. God chose them to be the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and they promised to consecrate her to God in thanksgiving. St. Joachim and St. Anne presented the 3-year old Mary to God at the Temple and she remained there until her youth, all the time God preparing her to be the Mother of Jesus! This feast is commemorated on 21 November.




Sunday, November 20, 2016

Solemnity of Christ the King

'To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My Throne, 
just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His Throne.' 
- Revelation 3:21


Thursday, November 17, 2016

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

 
St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207 - 1231) was a princess from Hungary. She was married at a young age to a German prince. Although she had everything, she led a life of prayer, sacrifice and service to the poor and sick, giving them money and building hospitals. When her husband died, his family threw St. Elizabeth out of the palace because of jealousy. However she was later returned her royal rights but she continued to live a life dedicated to God and helping the poor. She is the patron saint of bakers. Her feast day is on 17 November.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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St. Margaret of Scotland

St. Margaret of Scotland (1045 – 1093) was an English princess from Hungary. When the French Normans conquered England, St. Margaret fled to Scotland. She married King Malcolm and became queen of Scotland. She was a just and holy queen who was generous to the poor. She restored monasteries and started ferry services to enable people to visit holy places. She was also prayerful and loved to read the Bible. St. Margaret’s feast day is on 16 November.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

St. Thérèse Prayer Journal - A Useful & Unique Gift!


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Saturday, November 12, 2016

St. Josaphat Kuntsevych

St. Josaphat Kuntsevych (1580 – 1623) was a Bishop from Ukraine who lived during a time when the Church was threatened with a great division. St. Josaphat became a monk at 24 and when he became Bishop later, he continued to live a holy life like a monk. He worked hard to keep the unity of the Church. He was eventually martyred by people who did not want unity. St. Josaphat’s feast day is on 12 November.


Friday, November 11, 2016

St. Martin of Tours

St. Martin of Tours (316 – 397) was the Bishop of Tours, a city in France. When he was a Roman soldier, he took pity on a beggar and cut his cloak in half to share with the poor man. The beggar revealed Himself to be Jesus Christ! Even as a soldier, St. Martin lived in prayer and fasting. When he became a priest later, the people of Tours wanted him to become their Bishop because he was so holy! He worked hard to dispel wrong beliefs in the Church while at the same time living an austere life. He is the patron saint of soldiers. His feast day is on 11 November.




Thursday, November 10, 2016

St. Leo the Great

St. Leo the Great (391 – 461) was Pope during a period of violence in Rome. When the notorious Attila the Hun and his warriors came to attack the city, Pope Leo came out to talk to him. Seeing the Pope to be a man of God, Attila agreed to spare the city! Pope Leo also helped to remove many wrong beliefs and struggled to keep the unity of the Church. He promoted human dignity and equality, which were unusual ideas in his time. His feast day is on 10 November.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Riches of the Gospel in the Saints

"In the lives of the saints, as if in a great picture-book, 
the riches of the Gospel are revealed." 
- Pope Benedict XVI

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Liturgical Calendar 2017 12 x 18 Poster Prints


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Friday, November 4, 2016

St. Charles Borromeo

St. Charles Borromeo (1538 - 1584) was an Italian Cardinal who brought about many changes in the Church. As a nephew of Pope Pius IV, he had the opportunity to hold important positions. He was very concerned about the improper training of priests in local universities. So, St. Charles founded places called ‘seminaries’ or special schools to train priests. He also reformed his own life, giving up the privileges of high office to live a simple and holy life. He is the patron saint of seminarians. His feast day is on 4 November.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

All Souls’ Day


Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
(All Souls’ Day)
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, 
and let perpetual light shine upon them. 
May the souls of the faithful departed, 
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 
Amen.



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Solemnity of All Saints

Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints' Day)
'After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”
Revelation 7:9-10