Category: Feast Days

7 QT: Mary, Mother’s Day, and More

  May is the month of Mary. May 13th was the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Here are a couple of photos of the Fatima festivities in our diocese, including the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which visited our diocese this past month.   2. Mother’s Day is a difficult day for me for many reasons, some...

“Fatima The Apparition That Changed the World” Book Blog Tour

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Fatima! May 13 is day thirteen and the final day of the book blog tour for “Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World.” Today, Esther Gefroh, at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii reviews my book. Please visit the other stops on the book blog tour: May 1 – Carolyn Astfalk My Scribbler’s Heart Blog May 2 – Ellen Gable, Plot,...

Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

Today is the feast of two Apostles, Saints Philip and James. The two are connected on this feast day as they shared the patronage of an ancient Roman basilica, which is known today as the Church of the Twelve Apostles. The church was built around their relics. Their names are mentioned in the first list in the Canon of the Mass. Philip, a fisherman, came from...

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

May 1st is the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, is the patron saint of workers. Pope Pius XII decided in 1955 to add the optional feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker on May 1, to counteract the Communists’ May Day holiday by Christianizing this European Labor Day. May Day, or Labor Day, is a public holiday in...

St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland

  March 17 is the feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. He was a missionary and bishop and is known as the “Apostle of Ireland.” St. Patrick is the patron saint of: engineers, excluded people, those who fear snakes, and snake bites. St. Patrick was born in Wales about 385 AD. His given name was Maewyn. Until he was 16, he considered...

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11 marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to St. Bernadette Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared eighteen times to a poor, uneducated, sickly fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) times in the in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes, called “de Massabielle”. On March 25, the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1858,...

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today’s liturgy. The Feast of the Presentation, often called Candlemas, commemorates the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the presentation of Christ in the temple, which...

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3: 16 – 17 Today the Church celebrates the Feast of...