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Novena for the Queenship of Mary begins

August 22 is the Feast of The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This special Liturgical Feast was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on October 11, 1954 through his Encyclical Letter Ad Caeli Reginam. The Catholic Church made this proclamation based upon the fact that whether in time of peace or in time of war, the faithful have incessantly offered prayers of petition and hymns of...

Saint Sixtus II and Companions, Martyrs

Saint Lawrence Receiving the Treasures of the Church from Pope Sixtus II August 7 is the optional memorial of Saint Sixtus II and his companions, Felicissimus and Agapitus, deacons. Pope Sixtus II was one of the first victims of the persecution under the Emperor Valerian. Saint Sixtus II was a Greek philosopher and an adult convert to Christianity who became a deacon in Rome. He...

Saint Peter Julian Eymard: Apostle of the Eucharist

  By Jean M. Heimann Today’s saint is Saint Peter Julian Eymard, who is known as the “Apostle of the Eucharist” for his strong devotion to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and for leading both clergy and laypeople to recognize and rediscover the significance of the Eucharist in their daily lives. He shared with others his own belief that the Eucharist is the chief means of progress...

St. Ignatius of Loyola: Valiant Soldier for Christ

July 31 is the memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest, and founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). St. Ignatius of Loyola (Iñigo) was born in 1491 in the Basque Country of northern Spain to parents of distinguished families in that area. He was the youngest of 13 children and was called was called Iñigo. At the age of 15, he served as...

Saint Anne Novena begins today

Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the Saint Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17th; however, you can pray it anytime. St. Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the grandmother of Jesus, and the wife of Joachim. She is mentioned in the Apocrypha, chiefly the Protoevangelium of James, which dates...

The Infant of Prague Novena Prayer

Child Jesus of Prague (original statue) The Infant of Prague — History The original statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague was created as a royal wedding gift from a Spanish Princess to her Austrian royal cousin. The statue of the Infant is a slender and beautifully-modeled figure and is carved of wood thinly coated with wax, standing nineteen inches tall, with the left foot...

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

  By Jean M. Heimann June 29 is the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, who are the co-founders of the Catholic Church. Both were martyrs for the faith. “Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day...

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of teenagers

The saint of the day for June 21 is St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian Jesuit priest, the patron saint of teenagers. He is also the patron of AIDS care-givers and AIDS patients, and relief from sore eyes. The 16th century was very similar to the 21st century.  The times were lax, morally careless, self-indulgent. Aloysius saw the decadence around him and was determined not to be part...

St. Germaine: Patroness of the Abused and Disabled

Today, June 15 is the feast day of St. Germaine Cousin, a simple and devout young girl who lived in Pibrac, France in the late 1500s. She was born in 1579 to a humble family. Her father was a farmer, and her mother died when she was still an infant. She was born with a deformed right arm and hand, as well as the disease...

St. Ephrem: Doctor of the Church

  June 9 is the optional memorial of St. Ephrem of Syria, deacon, Doctor of the Church, hymnographer, and theologian of the 4th century. Known as the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”, St. Ephrem was born around 306 A.D. in Nisibis, Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). He is the only Syrian Father who is honored as a Doctor of the Universal Church. Ephrem was baptized at the...