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Mother Mary – Our Lady of the Atonement

Mother Mary – Our Lady of Atonement July 9th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Every 9th of July, we celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Atonement. This title of the Blessed Virgin Mary was first suggested by the Society of the Atonement founders, namely Father Paul T, Wattson and Mother Lurana White. In 1899, Father Lewis T. Wattson, who used the name Paul James Francis, declared his vows as a Friar of the Atonement. Then, in 1901, he started the friars’ devotion to the Blessed Mother using …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Charity

Mother Mary – Our Lady of Charity September 8th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Also referred to as Our Lady of El Cobre, Our Lady of Charity is the patron saint of Cuba. We celebrate her feast day on September 8. Our Lady of Charity’s story started between 1604 and 1612. Brothers Juan and Rodrigo de Hoyos and their servant named Juan Moreno went to the Bay to get salt. They needed the salt because it was meant to preserve the meat for workers and residents of El Cobre. …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Compassion

Mother Mary – Our Lady of Compassion September 15th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White The feast day of Our Lady of Compassion is every 15th of September. Coming from the Latin words cum and patior, compassion means to suffer. This is a great time for us to reflect on the sorrows and the sufferings that Our Blessed Mother went through. On the calendar, the feast day is after that of the Exaltation of the Cross. The feast first gained popularity in the 12th century. In 1413, a synod of …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Fatima

Mother Mary – Our Lady of Fatima May 13th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Our Lady of Fatima is probably one of the most famous of the Marian Apparitions.  She appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Our Lady, appeared in a particular spot, at a certain time, to fulfill a specific need for those people she appears to. She spoke to the kids about heaven, hell, purgatory, and the afterlife in general. She performed a  miracle that made the sun appear that it was dancing. This …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Good Counsel

Mother Mary – Our Lady of Good Counsel April 26th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White The miraculous event attributed to Our Lady of Good Counsel happened in Italy in a town called Genazzano. Santa Maria is the name of the church where the miraculous event took place. This church has always been a popular destination for pilgrims, even before the miracle. On the feast day of St. Mark, the people of the town heard this beautiful and etheric music that was coming from an unidentified location. Witnesses recount that …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Good Health

Mother Mary – Our Lady of Good Health September 8th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Our Lady of Good Health also known as Our Lady of Vailankanni,  She is said to have appeared twice in the town of Velankanni, in Tamil Nadu, India, in the 16th and 17th centuries. There are no historical documents or records about the apparitions of Mary at Velan­kanni. Accounts of the apparition passed down through oral tradition from the 16th century.  According to tradition, the first apparition appeared to a young boy who delivered …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mother Mary – Our Lady of Guadalupe December 12th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White The patroness of the Americas and Mexico, Our Lady of Guadalupe is also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe. On December 12, we celebrate her feast day. In 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe first presented herself as the Mother of God and humanity with her appearance on the hill of Tepeyac in Mexico. Tradition says that Mary appeared to an Aztec named Juan Diego, who converted to Christianity. Our Lady of Guadalupe requested Juan to …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

Mother Mary – Our Lady of Immaculate Conception December 8th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White According to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, Mary was endowed at the moment of her conception with the grace and privilege of God, on account of the merits of Jesus , and was consequently free of all blemishes of original sin. The Immaculate Conception was first defined by Pope Pius IX in an encyclical, on December 8, 1854. In 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared to Saint Bernadette at Lourdes and said, “I am …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Lourdes

Mother Mary – Our Lady of Lourdes February 11th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White On July 15, 1858, 14- year-old Bernadette said she saw a young woman appear to her near her hometown of Lourdes. She claimed that the apparition was Mary. One of her friends asked Bernadette to take her rosary with her the next time she went to pray at the beautiful young lady’s side. Bernadette did so. She later told her friend how the woman had reacted when Bernadette had asked for permission to use her …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Peace

  Mother Mary – Our Lady of Peace July 9th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Our Lady of Peace is also known as the Queen of Peace, Mother of Peace, and Our Lady Queen of Peace. We generally celebrate her feast day on July 9, but Hawaii and a few churches in the U.S. celebrate it on January 24. In the 1500s in France, a man named Jean de Joyeuse was said to have given a statue to his young bride, Françoise de Voisins. Called the Virgin of Joyeuse, …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Mother Mary – Our Lady of Perpetual Help June 27th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White The tradition around Our Lady of Perpetual Help dates back to 1495. A  monastery in Crete was robbed by a wine merchant a few years after its creation. Eventually, the painting found its way to the church of St. Matthew in Rome. For 300 years, it dwelled in the church, and remained intact even when church was destroyed by Napoleon in 1798. Pope Pius IX gave the icon to the Church of Saint Alphonsus, …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Prompt Succor

  Mother Mary – Our Lady of Prompt Succor January 8th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Our Lady of Prompt Succor is another Catholic title given to the Virgin Mary and is linked to a sacred wooden image of the Madonna and Child that is enshrined in New Orleans, Louisiana. On January 8, we celebrate her feast day. In 1727, French Ursuline nuns came to Louisiana and founded a convent and the oldest school for girls in the U.S. During the French Revolution, the nuns had to flee to …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of Providence

  Mother Mary – Our Lady of Providence November 19th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Our Lady of Providence is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under which she is venerated by the Catholic Church. She is also sometimes known as Queen of The Home, and the church celebrates her feast day on November 19. The devotion to Our Lady of Providence first originated in Italy and then spread to France and Spain. In the early 1850s, the Servite fathers took the devotion to Puerto Rico. Philip …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of the Rosary

  Mother Mary – Our Lady of the Rosary October 7th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White On October 7, Catholics around the world celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of Victory. This feast day commemorates the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Our Lady of Victory is linked to the color white, which alludes to her immaculate nature. It is said that a young priest named Dominic de Guzman was praying and asking Our Lady for guidance on how to convert the Albigensians. In a …
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Mother Mary – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Mother Mary – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart May 31st — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White During the novena of the Immaculate Conception, in 1854, in a small town in France, Father Jules Chevelier promised that if his dreams of forming a congregation that will honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus comes true, he would teach people how to venerate Mary. He would teach them to love her in a way that was different from how they had been taught before.  Fr. Chevalier obtained financial donations that allowed him …
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Mother Mary – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 Mother Mary – The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary September 8th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of silversmiths, potters, and chefs   September 8 of every year marks the feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. However, this is not all she is known for, as she is also the patroness of potters, silversmiths, and chefs. She is one of only three individuals who have feast days that commemorate their birth: the Virgin Mary, Jesus, and John the Baptist. Unfortunately, the Scriptures …
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Mother Mary – Solemnity of Mary

Mother Mary – Solemnity of Mary January 1 — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White & Gold Patron Saint of Mothers, The sick and the poor Saint Mary is one of the most popular saints in the Christian tradition. She was a significant figure in the Bible and has been venerated for centuries. Saint Mary is considered a patron saint of mothers, the sick, and the poor. Born in Jerusalem in 18 BC, Saint Mary was a Jewish woman betrothed to Saint Joseph. The Angel Gabriel appeared to her and told …
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Saint Agatha

Saint Agatha February 5th — Feast Day   Saint Agatha is a powerful and beloved saint in the Catholic Church, known for her unwavering faith and her courage in the face of persecution. Her feast day is celebrated on February 5th, and she is honored as a patron saint of many causes, including breast cancer patients, nurses, and bakers. According to tradition, Saint Agatha was born in Sicily during the 3rd century AD. As a young woman, she devoted her life to God and became a Christian. However, this did …
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Saint Agnes

Saint Agnes January 21st— Feast Day   Saint Agnes is a beloved saint in the Catholic Church, known for her purity, her devotion to God, and her courage in the face of persecution. Her feast day is celebrated on January 21st, and she is honored as a patron saint of many causes, including young girls, chastity, and victims of rape. According to tradition, Saint Agnes was born in Rome during the 3rd century AD. As a young girl, she was known for her devotion to God and her strong faith. …
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Saint Albert

Saint Albert November 15th — Feast Day Saint Albert the Great was a Catholic bishop, theologian, and scientist who lived in the 13th century. He is widely recognized as one of the greatest minds of the Middle Ages and is honored as a patron saint of scientists and natural philosophers. His feast day is celebrated on November 15th. Saint Albert was born in Germany in 1206, and he studied at the University of Padua, where he developed a passion for science, philosophy, and theology. He would later go on to …
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Saint Ambrose

Saint Ambrose December 7th — Feast Day   Saint Ambrose, also known as Saint Ambrose of Milan, was a bishop, theologian, and one of the most important figures in the early Christian Church. He is honored as a patron saint of many causes, including beekeepers, learning, and students. His feast day is celebrated on December 7th. Saint Ambrose was born in Trier, Germany, in the 4th century AD. He was educated in Rome and then went on to become a lawyer before being appointed as the bishop of Milan in …
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Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew the Apostle November 30th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of Scotland, Greece, fishermen, sailors, and spinsters Saint Andrew was one of the apostles appointed by Christ during the first century. He was a fisherman in Northern Israel and lived along the shores of Galilee, where many of the miracles of Jesus took place. Today, we celebrate his feast day on November 30 as the Patron Saint of fishermen, sailors, spinsters, Greece, and Scotland. On this day of celebration, the priest wears the liturgical color red …
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Saint Anselm

Saint Anselm April 21st — Feast Day   Saint Anselm was a medieval bishop, theologian, and one of the most important figures of the 11th century. He is honored as a patron saint of many causes, including philosophers, theologians, and students. His feast day is celebrated on April 21st. Saint Anselm was born in Aosta, Italy, in the 11th century. He was educated at the Benedictine monastery at Bec in Normandy, France, where he became a monk and later the abbot. He was appointed as the archbishop of Canterbury in …
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Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony of Padua June 13th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Lost Articles Saint Anthony of Padua is one of the most popular saints in the Catholic church. His feast day is celebrated on June 13th, and he is the Patron saint of lost articles. Saint Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195. He joined the Franciscan order when he was just fifteen years old and was known for his preaching and teaching. He also had the gift of tongues, which he used to preach …
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Saint Anthony of The Desert

Saint Anthony of the Desert January 17th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of butchers, skin diseases, gravediggers, and swine St. Anthony is a Christian saint and hermit who lived in the Egyptian desert during the fourth century A.D. He was born around 251 A.D. to a wealthy family in Egypt. Though he was born rich, Anthony began to feel that there was something more important than worldly pleasures when he attended Mass. He heeded his divine calling to sell worldly possessions and follow God; thus, he decided …
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Saint Apollinaris

Saint Apollinaris July 20th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of Ravenna, Italy, and invoked against gout and epilepsy Saint Apollinaris is the patron saint of Ravenna, Italy, and those who are afflicted by gout and epilepsy. On the 20th of July, we celebrate his feast day. According to some traditions, Saint Apollinaris was a follower of St. Peter, who then made him the bishop of Ravenna in the late second century. Because of the miracles he performed in this city in Italy, along with his preaching, many …
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Saint Augustine of Hippo

Saint Augustine of Hippo August 28th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of theologians and printers Saint Augustine was a psychologist, theologian, and working bishop. He was the saint of the first millennium and is also considered the greatest convert after Saint Paul. Augustine of Hippo was born and grew up in Tagaste, a small Roman village in Northern Africa. He left his hometown at 28 and sailed for Rome to find himself, God, and holy fame. Many years later, he returned to Africa and became their bishop. …
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Saint Barbara

Saint Barbara December 4th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White or Gold Patron Saint of architects, mathematicians, armorers, artillerymen, and miners Popularly known as the Great Martyr Barbara, Saint Barbara is the patron saint of architects, mathematicians, armorers, artillerymen, and miners. Her feast day is every fourth of December. Born in the mid-third century in Heliopolis, Phoenicia, Barbara was a daughter of a rich pagan named Dioscorus. When his wife died, Dioscorus devoted his life to his dearest only daughter. She was so beautiful that her father kept her in …
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Saint Barnabas

Saint Barnabas the Apostle June 11th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of Cyprus Saint Barnabas, also known as Joseph the Levite, lived in the Early First Century A.D. While he was not a part of the original 12 disciples, he was one of thousands who believed in Jesus’s teachings and later became a member of the Apostolic Fathers. His feast day is celebrated on June 11, wherein the priest wears the liturgical color red to honor his martyrdom. Because of his life and contributions to the church, …
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Saint Bartholomew

Saint Bartholomew August 24th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of bookbinders, butchers, and leather workers Saint Bartholomew is the patron saint of bookbinders, leather makers, and butchers. He was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles. On August 24, we celebrate his feast day, and the liturgical color is red. Technically, Bartholomew is not a name but a patronymic, which means “son of Tolmai.” Some scholars would refer to him as Nathaniel. He’s also often linked to Saint Philip the Apostle based on the Gospel lists. His name and …
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Saint Benedict

Saint Benedict July 11th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Europe, students, and monks Born in approximately 480 A.D, Saint Benedict is the patron saint of Europe, students, and monks. His feast day is July 11, with white as his liturgical color. Coming from a noble family, Saint Benedict went to Rome to study literature and law. Uncomfortable with the people’s pleasure-centered lifestyle and the difficult political situation in Rome at that time, Saint Benedict chose to live a quiet life in a small village. Later, he …
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Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux August 20th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of the Cistercian Order, beekeepers, and candlemakers  Born in 1090 in France, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux is the patron saint of the Cistercian Order, candlemakers, and beekeepers. His memorial is held every 20th of August, and the liturgical color is white. He came from a noble family with five brothers and two sisters. At a young age, he went to a Chatillon college, where he studied theology and Holy Scripture. His mother’s death caused him to …
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Saint Bonaventure

Saint Bonaventure July 15th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of people with intestinal and stomach issues Saint Bonaventure was born in Bagnorea, Italy, in 1221. Little is known about his family or childhood, but his father was a physician and a very cunning man. He was baptized as John and given the name Bonaventure as a Franciscan at the age of twenty-two. The Catholic Church honors his feast day every July 15th. He is the patron saint of those with intestinal problems and represents hope, faith, and …
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Saint Boniface

Saint Boniface June 5th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of Germany and brewers Saint Boniface was born in 675 and is the patron saint of Germany and brewers. We celebrate his feast day every June 5, and the liturgical color is red. He was originally known as Winfrid and grew up in Anglo-Saxon England with his well-educated noble family. At a young age, he joined a local monastery and excelled and eventually became a priest at 30 years old. In 716, Saint Boniface attempted to spread Christianity in …
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Saint Brigid of Kildare

Saint Brigid of Kildare February 1st — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Ireland, Irish nuns, midwives, dairymaids, cattle, and newborn babies Born in 451, St. Brigid of Kildare is the patron saint of Ireland, Irish nuns, midwives, dairymaids, cattle, and newborn babies. She has the same name and attributes as Brigid, a Celtic goddess. Her feast day is February 1, which originally marked the first day of spring in Ireland. Her father was Dubthach, a Leinster chieftain, and her mother was Brocca, a slave and a Christian …
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Saint Cajetan

Saint Cajetan August 7th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Argentina, the Unemployed and Gamblers Saint Cajetan is the Patron Saint of Argentina, the unemployed, and gamblers. His full name is Gaetano di Conte di Thiene, and he was born in October of 1480 to a wealthy family with a noble heritage and long history of high status. The memorial feast of Saint Cajetan is annually celebrated every August 7 and its liturgical color is white. He was a well-educated man who studied law and theology and …
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Saint Camillus

Saint Camillus July 14th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of hospitals, nurses, and the sick Born on May 25, 1550, Saint Camillus de Lellis is the patron saint of hospitals, the sick, nurses, and doctors. His feast day is July 14, but is celebrated on July 18 in the U.S. The liturgical color is white. Saint Camillus lost his mother at a young age, and his father abandoned him. Later, he served as a soldier for several years but got addicted to gambling. When he turned 17, …
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Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine of Siena April 29th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint against fires and illness Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, was born in Italy on March 25, 1347 and died on April 29, 1380. She is one of the most influential figures in Catholic history, revered as the Patron Saint of several areas across the globe, protecting against fire and bodily ills. Her feast day is April 29, and her liturgical color is white. Saint Catherine was a lay member of the Dominican Order; …
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Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia November 22nd — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of Music and Musicians The first Eucharistic Prayer (Roman Canon) is primarily a liturgical text. It was originally written by Pope St. Gregory and has huge significance historically. The names of the saints present in the Roman Canon include Saint Cecilia who lived in the third century. Cecilia’ s name was present but do not know quite why she was included.  Cecilia was probably martyred by slashes across her neck after attempts to boil her to death failed. …
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Saint Christopher

Saint Christopher July 25th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of both children and travelers Saint Christopher is among the most revered martyrs of the faith in the Catholic Church. The patron saint of both children and travelers, his feast day is on the 25th of July. However, the date of his beatification or canonization is unknown since he is not formally recognized by the Church. Nevertheless, many believe that Saint Christopher existed and continues to intercede for people today, particularly children. He is named one of the …
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Saint Clare

Saint Clare August 11th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of embroiderers, goldsmiths, and laundry workers Saint Clare of Assisi is a Roman Catholic abbess. She presided over the Poor Clares of Clarissine. They were members of the Second Franciscan Order. She is also the first woman to write a rule meant for other women under the Benedictine Rule. She is the Patron Saint Of: Embroiderers, goldsmiths, and laundry workers. Clare lived in the same small town where Saint Francis of Assisi lived. Her family was economically well …
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Saint Clement

Saint Clement November 23rd — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of sailors and marble workers Saint Clement is the patron saint of marble workers and sailors. A pope and martyr, his feast day is November 23. In the first century, he served as the Bishop of Rome. While there isn’t a lot information available about his life, we know Saint Clement as the first Apostolic Father consecrated by Saint Peter. He wrote a letter addressing authority disputes to the Church of Corinth in 96 A.D, which is now …
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Saint Columba of Iona

Saint Columba of Iona June 9th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Scotland, Motorcyclists & Flood Prevention St Columba of Iona was an Irish monk and missionary who spread the gospel in Scotland in the 6th century. He is considered a patron saint of Scotland, motorcyclists, and flood prevention, and his feast day is celebrated on June 9. St Columba was born in Gartan, County Donegal, in 521 A.D. He studied under Bishop Finnian at Movilla Monastery near Newtownards, then founded his monastery on Iona off the …
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Saint Cyprian

Saint Cyprian September 16th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of Algeria and North Africa Saint Cyprian was a faithful Christian bishop born in 190 A.D. He died as a martyr on September 14, 258 AD. His Latin name is Thaschus Caecilius Cyprianus, but he was better known as Bishop Cyprian of Carthage in Tunisia, North Africa. Saint Cyprian is the Patron Saint of Algeria and North Africa. The Feast of Saint Cyprian is remembered every September 16 and has a red liturgical color. Cyprian was born during …
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Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic August 8th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Dominican Republic, astronomers, and the falsely accused  Saint Dominic was born in Spain. After his educational pursuits he accompanied a bishop on a project that took him throughout Europe, which included southern France. While visiting Toulouse, Dominic had his first exposure to the Cathars, an heretical sect of Christianity. Dominic would spend about 10 years of his life trying to bring the Cathars back into the Catholic fold. Many Cathar paid attention to Dominic. From 1215 until …
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Saint Ephrem

Saint Ephrem June 9th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Spiritual people and Spiritual Directors Saint Ephrem also spelled as Ephraem, Aphrem, and Ephraim, is the patron saint of spiritual directors with the liturgical color of white. He was born in 306 and became a Christian theologian. He is known as the most authoritative representative of Syriac Christianity from the 4th century. Saint Ephrem was also a poet and hymnist, which helped him in communicating his spirituality. Saint Ephrem’s teachings are similar to what later Councils taught. …
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Saint Eusebius of Vercelli

Saint Eusebius of Vercelli August 2nd — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Piedmont, Italy Eusebius, who came from the island of Sardinia, became bishop of the Northern Italian city of Vercelli in the fourth century. He didn’t see himself as the Shephard of only those of his faith, but of all the people of Vercelli. Eusebius was one of the very first bishops in northern Italy who established the basic foundations of the church. He was known to encourage devotion and veneration of Mary and encouraged the …
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Saint Expedite

Saint Expedite April 19th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of dire need, emergencies, speedy cases, expeditious solutions, against procrastination, business people, people in Tech and navigators of all types Saint Expedite, also known as Expeditus was born in Armenia. It is not clear when he was born, but it is known that he died a Martyr in 303 A.D in Melitene Turkey. According to Catholic traditions, Saint Expedite was a Roman Centurion. He was initially a pagan but later converted to Christianity, as many Roman Soldiers did. His conversion was to …
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Saint Faustina Kowalska

Saint Faustina Kowalska October 5th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Mercy Saint Faustina, the patron saint of mercy, was born on August 25, 1905, as Helena Kowalska. Her feast day is celebrated every 5th of October, and her liturgical color is white. She came from a large, poor family. At the age of seven, she was already drawn to a religious life. However, while she wanted to enter the convent, her parents didn’t let her. When she turned 16, she instead worked as a housekeeper to …
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Saint Fidelis

Saint Fidelis April 24h — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of lawyers and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Born Mark Rey in 1577, Saint Fidelis is the patron saint of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Patron Saint of Lawyers. He finished a doctorate in philosophy as well as civil and canon law degrees. His feast day is every 24th of April. As a lawyer, he passionately fought for the underprivileged and oppressed. In addition, he could not withstand the injustice and corruption of …
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Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini November 13th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of immigrants and hospital administrators Born on July 15, 1850, in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, Italy, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was born a premature baby and lived the majority of her life in a delicate and fragile state. But despite this, she was committed to serving the church in any way she could. We celebrate her feast day on November 13, during which the priest wears the liturgical color white. She is the Patron Saint of Hospital …
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Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi 1182-1226 October 4th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of animals, ecology, and merchants. Co-patron of Italy. A merchant’s son with eccentric sensibilities goes radical Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone and informally named Francesco) was born in Italy. He is known for his love for all of God’s creation, particularly animals and nature. He is a popular saints who gives hope to those in need. Saint Francis embraced humility by living and preaching among lepers and beggars during his …
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Saint Gabriel the Archangel

Saint Gabriel the Archangel September 29th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Silver and or Blue Patron Saint of messengers, communications workers, and postal workers Saint Gabriel is known as one of the three archangels that appeared in the Old and New Testaments. He is the patron saint of messengers, communications workers, and postal workers. His feast day used to be celebrated on March 24, according to the Roman calendar in 1921. However, since 1969, the feast day has been celebrated every 29th of September, together with the two archangels Raphael …
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Saint Gemma Galgani

Saint Gemma Galgani April 11th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of pharmacists, students, people combating temptations, people dealing with tuberculosis, and people grieving the death of parents Saint Gemma Galgani is known as the patron saint of pharmacists, students, people combating temptations, people dealing with tuberculosis, and people grieving the death of parents. Her feast day is every 11th of April. Born to a traditional Catholic family on March 12, 1878, in a little town in Italy, Saint Gemma Galgani was often called the “Flower of Lucca” …
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Saint Gertrude the Great

Saint Gertrude the Great November 16th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: white Patron Saint of nuns and of the Diocese of Magdeburg, Germany Born on January 6, 1256, Saint Gertrude the Great is the patron saint of the Diocese of Magdeburg, Germany, and of nuns. Every 16th of November, we celebrate her feast day. Benedictine nuns took her in as a child after her parents died. From then on, she was enmeshed in religious life. She learned Latin, theology, and humanities and later became a nun. At the age of …
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Saint Gregory the Great

Saint Gregory the Great September 3rd — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of musicians, singers, students, and teachers Saint Gregory the Great, or Saint Gregory I, was born in 540. He is the patron saint of singers, musicians, teachers, and students. September 3 is his feast day. Saint Gregory came from a rich and influential Roman family. His father, Gordianus, was a senator, and his mother, Silvia, came from a noble family. Although he grew up in a tumultuous time, he was still able to receive his education …
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Saint Helena

Saint Helena August 18th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of new discoveries, difficult marriages, converts, and archaeologists Saint Helena is the patron saint of new discoveries, difficult marriages, converts, and archaeologists. Her feast day is every 18th of August. While we know little about her early life, she was thought to come from a poor family in Drepanum or Helenopolis. When she married Constantius Chlorus, she bore a child named Constantine. After almost two decades, when Constantius became a co-regent of the West, he divorced Helena to …
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Saint Henry

Saint Henry July 13th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of the childless and Benedictine Oblates A German King and a Holy Roman emperor, St. Henry was born in 973. He is known as the patron saint of the childless and Benedictine Oblates. Every 13th of July, the universal church celebrates his feast day. He is the only Holy Roman Emperor ever to be canonized a saint, Henry is an example of true faith. His heroic devotion to Saint Mary and the church in his life is a …
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Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Saint Hildegard of Bingen September 17th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of philologists, musicians, and writers Born in Germany on September 16, 1098, Saint Hildegard of Bingen came from a noble family and was the youngest of 10 siblings. She is the patron saint of philologists, musicians, and writers, and her feast day is on September 17. Her liturgical color is white. At eight years old, Saint Hildegard of Bingen was placed under the care of Blessed Jutaa, a popular local abbess, from whom she learned Latin …
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Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Saint Ignatius of Antioch October 17th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of the Church in Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa St. Ignatius of Antioch, also known as Ignatius Theophoros, was born around the mid-first century in Syria and died in 110 A.D. in Rome. Today, he is the Patron Saint of the Church in the Eastern Mediterranean region and North Africa. Unlike other saints with only one feast day, Saint Ignatius has two. His Western feast day is October 17 and his Eastern feast day is December …
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Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Saint Ignatius of Loyola July 31st — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of soldiers, retreats, and the Basque country Saint Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491 and was the youngest of thirteen children. His last name was taken from the village of his birth, Loyola in Basque, Spain. The Church remembers his glorious martyrdom every July 31. The patron saint of soldiers, retreats, and the Basque country, Saint Ignatius was noted for his poverty, humility, and for being a strong disciplinarian. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a …
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Saint Januarius

Saint Januarius September 19th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of Naples For centuries, a small glass vial containing a red substance has been taken out and brought before the faithful at the Cathedral of Naples. After some drumming and praise, suddenly this red substance transforms itself into a liquid.  This liquid is thought to be the blood of Saint Januarius. We do not know how this happens. Is it a miracle or a scam? But there is no doubt that the substance does turn into a liquid …
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Saint Jerome

Saint Jerome September 30th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of archaeologists, Bible scholars, librarians, students, and translators Known as the patron saint of archaeologists, Bible scholars, librarians, students, and translators, Saint Jerome was born around 345 A.D. in the northeast of Venice, Italy. His feast day is celebrated on September 30, and his liturgical color is white. At 12 years old, Saint Jerome’s father sent him to Rome, where he studied philosophy, rhetoric, and grammar. When he turned 30, he wanted to become a monk, so he …
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Saint Joan of Arc

Saint Joan of Arc May 30th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of both soldiers and France In 1412, Saint Joan of Arc was born in the small French village of Domremy. She is best known for leading French forces to victory against the English at the Siege of Orléans in 1429. She was declared a saint in 1920 after being beatified in 1909. She is now a patron saint of both soldiers and France. She was also declared one of France’s nine secondary patron saints. Her feast …
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Saint John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom September 13th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of preachers and speakers Born in Antioch in 347 C.E, St. John Chrysostom was raised Christian by his mother. His feast day is September 13, and the liturgical color is white. He first led the life of an ascetic hermit-monk in the mountains before returning to Antioch due to poor health. There, he became a deacon before being ordained as a priest and later rising to Archbishop of Constantinople in 398. In his time serving the church, …
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Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist June 24th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White and or Gold Patron Saint of converts and epileptics  John the Baptist is a miracle child born to Elizabeth and Zechariah. His conception was miraculous since Elizabeth was barren and elderly — beyond her childbearing years. Still, Archangel Gabriel came to Zechariah one night and told Elizabeth she was going to have a baby boy named John. He did not believe it, so God took away his voice until John was born. From there, he became known for …
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Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph March 19th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Universal Church, of fathers, carpenters, and a happy death Saint Joseph is the Patron Saint of the Universal Church, of fathers, carpenters, and a happy death. March 19 is his Feast Day, as established by several Western calendars as of the 10th century. His Liturgical Color is white. As the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph had the honor of being the guiding father to Jesus. The bible tells us that Joseph was a carpenter …
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Saint Joseph Calasanctius

Saint Joseph Calasanctius August 25th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of schools and school children Saint Joseph Calasanz also known as Calasanctius was born to a noble family in Spain. He was the youngest of the eight children. He was raised by his parents who thought education was very important and sent him to religious school to receive a classical education. As a teenager, he decided to become a priest. He finished his university studies with great honors and was ordained in 1583.  As one of his …
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Saint Juan Diego

Saint Juan Diego December 9th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of indigenous people of the Americas Saint Juan Diego was a humble man who became known for his visions of the Virgin Mary. He was born in 1474 in Cuauhtlatoatzin, Mexico, and died on May 30, 1548. Juan Diego was canonized by the Catholic Church in 2002 and has been honored as the patron saint of the indigenous people of the Americas. The Catholic Church celebrates Saint Juan Diego’s feast day on December 9. His traditional liturgical …
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Saint Jude

Saint Jude October 28th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes Patron Saint of hopeless causes, Saint Jude, was one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles. He is known as  Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Thaddaeus. His feast day is October 28 in the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, and the Lutheran Church, with his liturgical color red. You may be familiar with Judas Iscariot and the “The Kiss of Judas,” which commemorates his act of both greetings and betraying Christ in a single diabolical gesture. Judas Iscariot has …
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Saint Lawrence

Saint Lawrence August 10th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of deacons, comics, and cooks Saint Lawrence was a deacon under Pope Saint Sixtus II.  Emperor Valerian was not a fan of the Pope and put the Pope to death which inevitably also led Saint Lawrence to his own Martyrdom.  Being a deacon in Rome, he was responsible for the material welfare of his church, and the of the charity to the poor. Lawrence knew he was going to be arrested so he went to the poor, widows …
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Saint Lazarus

Saint Lazarus July 29th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of the poor and the sick Saint Lazarus of Bethany is known as Jesus’ friend and disciple, who was resurrected four days after he died. We also know him as the brother of sisters Martha and Mary. There are different accounts of his life, such as in the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic traditions. For instance, in the Gospel of John, he’s described as a follower of Jesus. When he got seriously ill, his sisters sent a word to …
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Saint Lucy

Saint Lucy December 13th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of the blind and those suffering from eye problems Saint Lucy of Syracuse was a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletian persecution of Christians. Saint Lucy was born in Sicily, Italy in the year 283 A.D. Her father was of Roman heritage and her mother was Greek. Saint Lucy’s parents raised her as a Christian. Saint Lucy is the patron saint of the blind and those suffering from eye problems. Saint Lucy’s feast day is December …
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Saint Luke

Saint Luke October 18th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of physicians, artists and surgeons Saint Luke, who lived in the first century, is one of the most important figures in Christianity. The patron saint of physicians, artists, and surgeons, he is best known for his gospel, which is one of the four that make up the New Testament. Saint Luke was responsible for writing the book of Acts as well. Every 18th of October, the Catholic Church celebrates Saint Luke’s feast day. With the liturgical color of …
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Saint Maria Goretti

Saint Maria Goretti July 6th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of rape victims and teenage girls Saint Maria Goretti grew up in a poor family that had to farm other people’s fields. They lost their own lands and ended up becoming laborers for hire who had to eat what they grew and harvested. Her parents had to struggle to provide for their seven children. Then things went really bad. The father ended up dying of malaria. This forced her family to share a small home with another …
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Saint Martha the Dominator

Saint Martha the Dominator July 29th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of homemakers, housewives, and cooks. She also helps with difficult people and situations. Saint Martha the Dominator is Saint Martha of the catholic tradition but with a twist. Martha is often depicted holding a bible, a holy water jug, and a torch, all of which symbolize her ability to slay dragons. Martha is credited with killing all the dragons in the world. According to a folk legend, there was a terrifying and savage dragon living in …
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Saint Martha

Saint Martha July 29th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of homemakers, housewives, and cooks The patron saint of homemakers, housewives, and cooks, St. Martha is commemorated every 29th of July. Born in the first century A.D., She had two siblings: Mary and Lazarus all three from Bethany. This village was just a few miles away from Jerusalem. One day, when Jesus entered their family home as a guest, her sister Mary was actively listening to Him, while Martha kept cleaning and doing all the serving. She then …
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Saint Mary Magdalene

Saint Mary Magdalene July 22nd — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of perfumers, converts, and hairdressers Saint Mary Magdalene (or Mary Magdala) is one of the most pivotal and influential figures in Christianity, despite her relatively brief appearance in the Bible. She has been honored throughout history by many. Primarily known for her interactions with Jesus of Nazareth, Saint Mary Magdalene was a key figure in early Christianity, a disciple of Jesus Christ, and the first person to see Jesus after his crucifixion. It is believed that she …
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Saint Matthew the Apostle

Saint Matthew the Apostle September 21st— Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of bankers, accountants, and money changers Saint Matthew was a tax collector working in Capernaum, a town in modern day Israel near the sea of Galilee. This is why he is known as the patron saint of bankers, accountants, and money changers. Not far from where Matthew was, a miracle was occurring; Jesus cured a paralyzed man.  After performing the miracle, Jesus walked down the street and saw Matthew and told him to follow him. Matthew followed …
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Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe August 14th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of prisoners, drug addicts, journalists. Saint Maximilian Kolbe is the patron saint of journalists, drug addicts, prisoners, and the pro-life movement. He was born on January 8, 1894. His feast day is celebrated on August 14. At the age of 12, he had a vision of the Virgin Mary, which was why he was passionate about advocating for her and her veneration.  A year later, he joined the Franciscan junior seminary with his brother. In 1918, …
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Saint Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel September 29th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Orange and or Gold Patron Saint of policemen, soldiers, sicknesses, and doctors. Saint Michael is an Archangel that fights evil and injustice. He is said to be able to help us overcome our fears. People pray to him with a blue candle to represent his power over the darkness. Saint Michael is often invoked for protection and is considered the patron saint of policemen, soldiers, sicknesses, and doctors. Every 29th of September, his feast day is celebrated. What Can …
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Saint Monica

Saint Monica August 27th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of difficult marriages, homemakers, wives, widows and mothers Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, was an early Christian saint and the mother of Saint Augustine of Hippo. She is commemorated and venerated in the Catholic Church on August 27 and is known as the patron saint of married women, mothers, wives, widows, and difficult marriages. She was born in Tagaste (modern-day Algeria) to a Christian family of Berber descent. She married a pagan named Patricius and …
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Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas December 6th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Russia, sailors, merchants, and children Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, children, merchants, travelers, brides and grooms, bakers, and Russia. He was born in a village called Patara in Asia Minor in the third century. His feast day is December 6, and white is the liturgical color. While information about his life is scarce, we know him as the bishop of Myra. When Christians were persecuted under the rule of Roman emperor Diocletian, Saint Nicholas …
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Saint Padre Pio

Saint Padre Pio September 23rd — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of civil defense volunteers and adolescents Saint Padre Pio, the patron saint of civil defense volunteers and adolescents, is one of the most well-known saints in modern history. He was born in Pietrelcina, Italy, on May 25, 1887. At age 15, he applied to become a priest after joining the Capuchin Franciscan order and later received the stigmata, or the marks of the wounds of Jesus, which remained visible for the rest of his life. In 2002, …
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Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick March 17th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Purple Patron Saint of Ireland Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He is also known for bringing Christianity there. Although it is difficult to point out an exact year when he was born, many resources state that he was born in the fifth century A.D. He is attributed to Christianizing the Anglo-Saxons who primarily practiced remote and culturally rich paganism. Here’s a closer look at how he converted these people. Saint Patrick first arrived in Ireland as a slave, …
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Saint Paul

Saint Paul June 29th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of evangelists, missionaries, journalists, writers, authors, tent makers, rope and saddle makers, and public workers. Originally named Saul of Taurus, Saint Paul was born circa 4 B.C.E in Tarsus, Cilicia (present-day Turkey). He is the patron saint of evangelists, missionaries, journalists, writers, authors, tent makers, rope and saddle makers, and public workers. Saint Paul’s feast day is celebrated on June 29, alongside Saint Peter’s. He is also honored on other days of the year. On January 25, Christians …
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Saint Paul of the Cross

Saint Paul of the Cross October 20th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Ovada, Italy, and founder of the Passionists Saint Paul of the Cross is the patron saint of Ovada, Italy, and the founder of the Passionists. He was born on January 3, 1694, as Paul Daneo. On October 20, we celebrate his feast day.. After his brief time as a soldier, he began living a life of solitary prayer. This inspired him to establish a congregation dedicated to Christ’s passion in 1720, which he had …
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Saint Peter

Saint Peter June 29th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of fishermen, net makers, and shipbuilders Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, and Simōn, was one of Jesus’s twelve apostles. He was a fisherman born in Bethsaida and raised in Capernaum. He was called to be a disciple of Jesus, becoming one of the early Christian leaders. The feast day of Saint Peter is celebrated on June 29. He was one of the twelve apostles and is best known for his role in spreading the gospel. …
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Saint Peter Chrysologus

Saint Peter Chrysologus July 30th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Imola, Italy, invoked against fever and mad dogs Ravenna, Italy during the 400s and 500s was thriving and enjoying the benefits of imperial largess, with the building of palac­es, churches, and mau­soleums. It was during this time that Saint Peter was appointed archbishop in  425 A.D. He served in this capacity for twenty-five years. Saint Peter preached his inaugural sermon to the empress at the time and was even shown in a contemporary mosaic next to …
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Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Saint Peter Julian Eymard August 2nd — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Apostle of the Holy Eucharist Saint Peter Julian Eymard has been devoted to Jesus and the Eucharist since he was a child. When he disappeared one day, his siblings searched for him and found him standing near the tabernacle in their local church. When they asked him what he was doing there, he said, “I’m listening to Jesus.”  His father wanted him to be a blacksmith , and didn’t want Peter to become a priest. His father relented …
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Saint Philomena

Saint Philomena August 11th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White and Red Patron Saint of babies, infants, children, youth, virgins, and lost causes Saint Philomena is the patron saint of babies, infants, children, youth, virgins, and lost causes. Every 11th of August, we celebrate her feast day. While not a lot details about Saint Philomena’s life are available, she was described as a Greek princess and a virgin martyr,  according to the vision of Sister Maria Luisa di Gesu, a Neapolitan nun. Philomena was born on January 10, 291. When …
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Saint Polycarp

Saint Polycarp February 23rd — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red & Purple Patron Saint of earache sufferers Saint Polycarp is the patron saint of earache sufferers. His feast day is February 23. While red is the liturgical color, it is purple if it’s a Lenten weekday. Saint Polycarp was the Bishop of Smyrna, and a noted disciple of John the Apostle. In his Letter to the Philippians, Saint Polycarp refuted gnostic groups’ claims that God’s incarnation and the resurrection of Christ were a myth.  Later generations know Saint Polycarp as a martyr. …
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Saint Raphael the Archangel

Saint Raphael the Archangel September 29th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Gray and or Yellow Patron Saint of healing, the blind, travelers, happy meetings, physicians, nurses, and medical workers. One of the three archangels that were mentioned by name in the Biblical tradition is Raphael. He is first mentioned in the Book of Tobit and is the patron saint of healing, the blind, travelers, happy meetings, physicians, nurses, and medical workers. The name Raphael means “God heals.” His feast day is celebrated on September 29. In the Book of Tobit, …
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Saint Rita

Saint Rita May 22nd — Feast Day Liturgical Color: white Patron Saint of abuse victims, difficult marriages, sterility, and other impossible causes Rita Lotti was arranged into marriage by her parents at the young age of 12. She suffered for 18 years with an abusive and unfaithful husband. She was only free when her husband was murdered by his enemies. After her husband’s death, she entered an Augustinian convent. Saint Rita was obedient and served the sick generously. She also used the knowledge she gained in her tumultuous marriage to …
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Saint Robert Bellarmine

Saint Robert Bellarmine September 17th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of catechists and catechumens Saint Bellarmine was always learning and growing in knowledge. He was extremely disciplined when it came to his intellectual pursuits; he would read anything he could get his hands on. One of the motivations for his learning was to refute Protestant ideas of Christianity. He went as far as to learn Hebrew, all so he was able to counter the theological conclusions of a popular Protestant text of the day. During this time, …
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Saint Rose of Lima

Saint Rose of Lima August 23rd — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Peru, florists, and gardeners Saint Rose of Lima was born Isabel Flores de Oliva in modern-day Peru  to a middle-class family on April 20,1586. During infancy, one of their family’s servants claimed she was as beautiful as a rose and gave her the nickname Rose. She indeed grew into a beautiful young woman who attracted several suitors. However, at a young age, she already decided to become a nun. To deter her suitors, she chopped …
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Saint Scholastica

Saint Scholastica February 10th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White & Purple Patron Saint of nuns, convulsive children, education, and books Saint Scholastica is known as the patron saint of nuns, education, books, and convulsive children. She lived from the early sixth century until 547. She is honored during her feast day on February 10, with the liturgical color as white. When her feast day falls on a Lenten weekday, it becomes an optional memorial, and the liturgical color becomes purple. Saint Scholastica’s life began decades after the fall of …
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Saint Sebastian

Saint Sebastian January 20th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of athletes, archers, and soldiers Saint Sebastian was born in 255 A.D. and was martyred for his faith in 288 AD at the age of 32. He was shot with arrows for refusing to renounce his faith and is said to have survived for three days before dying. His feast day is January 20th, and is the patron saint of athletes, archers, and soldiers. His liturgy color is red as a symbol of his gifts of strength, stamina, …
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Saint Sharbel Makhlūf

Saint Sharbel Makhlūf July 24th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of Lebanon Saint Sharbel is popular amongst Christians of Lebanon and the Lebanese living aboard, he is the Patron Saint of Lebanon. The dominant form of Christian sect in Lebanon are called the Maronites.  Most Catholics are under the umbrella of the Roman Catholic Church. However, millions of other Catholics, who are fully members of the one Holy Catholic Apostolic Church, worship using Eastern or Middle Eastern customs and liturgies. To many, this liturgy can appear odd. …
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Saint Stephen

Saint Stephen December 26th — Feast Day Liturgical Color: Red Patron Saint of deacons, altar servers, stonemasons, and headaches Saint Stephen is the first Christian martyr, after Jesus. His murder was among the catalysts for the spread of Christianity outside of Jerusalem. The events leading to Stephen’s death somewhat mirrored Jesus’s own life, which may explain his status as a representation of Christian sacrifice. Saint Stephen lived in Jerusalem as a foreign-born Jewish person. The book of Acts describes him as a faithful man guided by the Holy Spirit.  As …