Friday, February 24, 2017

Lent begins next Wednesday.

Lent begins next Wednesday. 
Have you gotten your Happy Saints Way of the Cross eBook?

This PDF ebook features printable artworks of the 14 Stations of the Cross, a favorite Catholic devotion during Lent, including posters, prayer cards, coloring pages and badges for activities during the Season of Lent and other occasions. Great for children and adults alike at home, school or church!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Chair of St. Peter

St. Peter was a fisherman whom Jesus called to become a ‘fisher of men’. He was the leader of apostles and is often mentioned in the Bible. He tried to walk on water towards Jesus and was also present at the scene of the Transfiguration. He denied Jesus three times when the Lord was arrested, but repented later. St. Peter is the first Pope of the Church as Jesus called him the ‘rock on which My Church will be built’. He was also given the Keys of the Kingdom of God. When the Romans condemned him, he asked to be crucified upside down as he felt unworthy to die in the same way as Jesus did. The feast day of the Chair of St. Peter commemorates his office as the first Bishop of Rome and is celebrated on 22 February.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

St. Claude de la Colombière

St. Claude de la Colombière
St. Claude de la Colombière (1641 – 1682) was a French Jesuit priest and confessor to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, the nun whom Jesus showed His Sacred  Heart. St. Claude was a very holy and wise Spiritual Director who guided St. Margaret Mary during the time she was receiving the visions. St. Claude eventually promoted the devotion to the Sacred Heart and wrote many books about faith and prayer. His feast day is on 15 February.

Happy Saints eBooks for Lent and Easter

Here are some great printable Happy Saints ebooks for Lent and Easter!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

St. Valentine

St. Valentine (3rd Century AD) was a holy priest and bishop who lived during a time when Christians were not welcomed in the Roman Empire. He helped many who were imprisoned or were hiding from Roman soldiers. In the end, St. Valentine himself was captured and killed for his faith. He died on 14 February, which became known as St. Valentine's Day. This day became a lovers' holiday because it was said that St. Valentine was killed for marrying Christian couples.

St. Cyril and St. Methodius

St. Cyril and St. Methodius (9th Century AD) were brothers from Greece who went to preach about Jesus to the Slavic people in Eastern Europe. They have great influence on the culture and religion of the Slavs who include Croats, Czechs, Poles, Slovaks, Russians, Ukrainians and many other peoples. They are called the Apostles of the Slavs. To teach the Gospel, they invented an alphabet known as the Cyrillic Alphabet, which is still used in the Eastern Churches today. St. Cyril became a monk and St. Methodius became a Bishop later. Their feast day is on 14 February.

Friday, February 10, 2017

St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica
St. Scholastica (480 - 547) was the twin sister of St. Benedict, founder of western monasticism. St. Scholastica herself founded a monastery nearby St. Benedict's. They would meet only once a year, spending their time talking about God. Once, when St. Benedict was leaving, she begged him to stay longer. He declined, so she prayed to God Who sent a thunderstorm so he could not leave! That was the last time they met because St. Scholatica died a few days later. She is the patron saint of nuns. Her feast day is on 10 February.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita (1869 - 1947) was kidnapped as a young girl in Sudan and sold as a slave. She suffered bullying and hardship under different masters. One took her to Italy where she met the Canossian Sisters. She learned about Jesus and became a nun later. She led a holy life of humility, service and charity, inspiring everyone especially her African people. She also forgave her captors and those who caused her much suffering. She is the patron saint of Sudan. Her feast day is on 8 February.

Friday, February 3, 2017

St. Blaise

St. Blaise (4th century AD) was once a doctor before becoming the Bishop of Sebastea in Armenia. He was known for his virtues and sanctity. He was arrested during the Roman persecution of Christians and was put to death for his faith. St. Blaise is known for the ‘Blessing of the Throats’, a prayer said during his feast day as a priest crossed two candles over a person’s throat. The blessing invokes the saint’s intercession for protection against throat ailments. This is based on a story that St. Blaise healed a boy with a fishbone stuck in his throat. St. Blaise’s feast day is on 3 February.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Presentation of the Lord

And after the days of her purification were fulfilled, according to the law of Moses, they brought him to Jerusalem, in order to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “For every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord.”
Luke 2:22-23