Category: Saints

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

November 21 is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the fact that the parents of Our Lady brought her to the Temple and handed her over to live there for a long period as a virgin consecrated to the Temple, contemplating God exclusively. Also known as the Dedication of the Blessed Virgin Mary,...

Miraculous Medal Novena begins

The novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal begins on November 19 and continues through November 27. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who was then a 24-year-old novice, three times. On July 18, 1830, the first apparition occurred in the community’s motherhouse. St. Catherine saw a lady seated on the right side of the sanctuary. When St. Catherine approached her,...

7 Quick Takes: Music, Movies, Books, Saints, and More

1. What I am singing now: We are learning this hymn in choir for Advent and Christmas.   © 2017 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. **ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. SALE, DUPLICATION OR TRANSFER OF THIS MATERIAL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. 2. What I am watching now: The Star: A Must-See Christmas Movie  The Star is a delightful,...

The Star: A Must-See Christmas Movie

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Film Description In AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day Bo finds the courage to break free and ends up befriending newlyweds Joseph and Mary. Mary’s kindness soon sets Bo on...

St. Albert the Great: Doctor of the Church

By Jean M. Heimann Today, November 15, the Church celebrates St. Albert the Great, “the light of Germany”, uniquely named the “Universal Doctor” because of his vast knowledge and writings. He was the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. A Dominican priest and the Bishop of Regensburg, Germany, he was the first of the medieval academics to apply Aristotle’s philosophy to Christian...

St. Lawrence O’Toole: Archbishop and Patron of Dublin

The saint of the day for November 14 is St. Lawrence O’Toole, a Benedictine abbot and archbishop of Dublin. St. Lawrence is the patron saint of the archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland. St. Lawrence O’Toole was born around 1128 in County Kildare, Ireland. His father was the chief of Hy Murray, and his mother one of the Clan O’Byrne. At the age of 10, Lawrence was taken...

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: Patroness of Immigrants, Orphans

Image: Francesca Cabrini November 13 is the feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850 – 1917), commonly known as “Mother Cabrini”, the first American citizen to be canonized a saint. Her profound trust in God and her perseverance gave this courageous woman the strength to answer the call of God and to fulfil her mission in this life. Born in Lombardy, Italy in 1850, (one...

St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor

Image: The Meeting between Leo the Great (painted as a portrait of Leo X) and Attila On November 10, the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor. St. Leo the Great was born in Rome of Italian nobility. As a deacon of the Church, he opposed the heresy of Pelagianism, which taught that grace was not necessary for salvation, but was...

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...

Blessed John Duns Scotus: “Marian Doctor”

The saint of the day for November 8 is Blessed John Duns Scotus, Franciscan priest and theologian of the thirteenth century. Bl. John Duns Scotus was born in Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland, to a wealthy farming family around 1265. At the age of 15, he entered the Novitiate of the Order of Friars Minor and was ordained a priest in 1291, at the church of St....