Category: Feast Days

Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome, the Mother Church of Catholicism. The Pope’s Cathedral is not St. Peter’s, but it is the Basilica of St. John Lateran. It is head and mother church of all churches in the world. Also called the Church of Holy Savior or the Church of St. John Baptist, it was...

Seven Quick Takes: November News

1. This fall has been a particularly busy season for me, as I have been writing new book proposals, doing research for new books, participating in radio interviews, and reading and reviewing several new books. Here are some fabulous fall reads I hope you will enjoy as much as I have. 2. November started off with one of my favorite feast days of the year...

All Souls’ Day: Ten Ways to Pray for the Holy Souls

On All Souls’ Day, November 2, Roman Catholics commemorate and pray for the holy souls in Purgatory, undergoing purification of their sins before entering heaven. It is a great act of charity to pray for the poor souls and it is very much needed. St. John Chrysostom instructs us: “Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice (Job...

The Catholic Way of Celebrating All Hallows’ Eve

On October 31, we celebrate the eve of All Saints. Pope Sixtus IV in 1484 established November 1, the feast of All Saints, as a holy day of obligation and gave it both a vigil (known today as “All Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallowe’en”) and an eight-day period or octave to celebrate the feast. By 1955, the octave of All Saints was removed. All Hallows’ Eve...

St. Luke: Healer and Herald of Christ’s Merciful Love

By Jean M. Heimann October 18 is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. It is believed that he was born a Greek and a gentile. A physician at Antioch, and a painter, St. Luke became a convert of Saint Paul and afterwards his fellow-evangelizer. Luke was the writer of the Gospel and its “companion volume,” the Acts of the Apostles, and has been identified...

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam. Lepanto, perhaps...

Ten things you didn’t know about St. Francis of Assisi

by Jean M. Heimann October 4 is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a saint I have admired for many years due to his great humility, love of God and his fellow man, and love of poverty, in imitation of Christ. Here are ten little known facts that I have compiled about St. Francis of Assisi. Francis’s baptismal name was John. His father, a...

Who was St. Francis of Assisi?

Image: Scenes from the Life of St Francis (Scene 7) | Benozzo Gozzoli October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, “the little beggar”, who is perhaps the most popular saint in history. Who was this great saint? Francis Bernardone was born in 1182 in Assisi, Italy. His baptismal name was John, but his father renamed him Franceso, in honor of his love...

Five Ways to Develop a Relationship with Your Guardian Angel

October 2 is the feast of the guardian angels.  Since the 17th century, the Universal Church has celebrated a feast honoring them in October. Angels are servants or messengers from God. Angels are spiritual creatures appointed by God to complete certain duties. God has given his guardian angels the responsibility of watching over us and protecting us. The duty of the guardian angel is to...

The Archangels: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Today is the feast of the Archangels: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. These three Archangels are the only angels named in Sacred Scripture and all three have important roles in the history of salvation. Michael Michael’s name means “Who is like God?” St. Michael’s name is mentioned four times in the Bible: twice in Daniel and once in both the Book of Revelation and the...