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Pentecost: Birthday of the Catholic Church and a Special Anniversary

Pentecost Sunday takes place fifty days after the death and resurrection of Jesus, and ten days after his ascension into heaven. Pentecost marks the occasion of God’s sending the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples after his resurrection. On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given,...

Sts. Marcelinus and Peter, Martyrs

On June 2, we honor Sts. Marcellinus and Peter — two fourth century Roman martyrs who suffered under the Diocletian persecution. Marcellinus was a priest, Peter an exorcist. Peter was thrown into prison at Rome, under the emperor Diocletian, by the judge, Serenus, for stating that he was a Christian. While in prison, he freed Paulina, the daughter of Artemius, the prison keeper, from an...

St. Justin Martyr: Apologist and Father of the Church

Trial of Justin The Philosopher by Fra Angelico June 1st marks the feast day of St. Justin Martyr, an early Father of the Church. He was one of the first apologists for the Christian faith and has been regarded as the leading interpreter of the theory of the Logos (the Word of God) in the second century. Justin was born into a pagan family in...

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Visitation by Karl von Blaas Today’s Mass Readings Today is the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which recalls Mary’s visit with her cousin Elizabeth. This event is also the second joyful mystery of the rosary — the first being the Annunciation. Elizabeth had been barren all her life, but in the Annunciation, Mary learned that her cousin was miraculously expecting...

Fifteen Ways to Evangelize during the Fatima Centenary

    May 13, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Feast of the Fatima apparitions, in which Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children – Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia — in Fatima, Portugal six times from May 13, 2017 – October 13, 2017 to ask for prayer and repentance to obtain world peace and the conversion of sinners. Our Lady of Fatima’s messages of...

Pope Francis Grants Plenary Indulgence for Fatima Centennial

Jubilee Year of Fatima Granting of Plenary Indulgence Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, from the 27th of November 2016 till the 26th of November 2017. There are three ways to obtain the indulgence, detailed in a statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal (see below). To obtain the plenary indulgence,...

St. Gianna Beretta Molla: Doctor, Wife, and Mother

October 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962 If you must choose between me and the baby, no hesitation; Choose—and I demand it—the baby, Save him!” Gianna Beretta Molla was an Italian pediatrician, wife, and mother who refused to have either an abortion or hysterectomy when she was pregnant with her fourth child. Doctors had discovered in the second month of her pregnancy a fibroma tumor...

Saint Mark the Evangelist, The “Lion”

St. Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second Gospel, is commonly identified as “John Mark” in the Acts of the Apostles (12:12, 25; 15:37). He is the patron saint of: attorneys, notaries, prisoners, and stained glass workers. Born a Jew, he was baptized and instructed in the faith by St. Peter the Apostle and traveled with him to Rome. He had a close relationship...

St. Seraphina: Patron of the Poor and the Physically Challenged

Today’s saint, St. Seraphina, also known as Fina, is a great inspiration for those who suffer from poverty and illness, especially young people. She is the patron of the disabled and those who are physically challenged. Seraphina was born to a poor family in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy in 1238. Her father died when she was very young and her widowed mother went to work,...

St. Frances of Rome: Wife, Mother, and Mystic

The saint of the day for March 9th is St. Frances of Rome, one of the great mystics of the 15th century. She was born in Rome to a noble family in 1384 and died in Rome on March 9, 1440.  Frances desired to enter the convent, but in obedience to her parents was instead married at age twelve to a young nobleman named Lorenzo de’...