Saint of the Week

Saint of the Week 
August 1st

 

        Saint Cajetan
        Feast Day – August 7

Born in Vicenza, Italy, Cajetan earned a doctorate in civil and canon law at the University of Padua. He took an ecclesiastical office in Rome under Pope Julius II and was ordained in 1516, joining a local oratory. In Rome and other northern Italian cities, he focused on helping the sick. With three other Italians, one a bishop who later became pope, he founded in 1523 the first order of clerks regular, the Theatines, which took its name from the bishop’s see. The priests of this reform congregation aided the Catholic Reformation, taking vows and living communally but also doing pastoral work. They served the sick, preached and studied the Bible.
Cajetan died in Naples; he is patron of the Theatines and domestic animal.

The Transfiguration of the Lord August 6

Before his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Christ climbed to a high point on Mount Tabor with his disciples Peter, James, and John. While Jesus prayed upon the mountain, his appearance was changed by a brilliant white light which shone from him and from his clothing.

                                                            

Saint of the Week 
July 25th

Saints Joachim and Anne Feast – July 26 
Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

      By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary’s father and mother come to us through legend and tradition.

      For those who wonder what we can learn from people we know nothing about and how we can honor them, we must focus on why they are honored by the church. Whatever their names or the facts of their lives, the truth is that it was the parents of Mary who nurtured Mary, taught her, brought her up to be a worthy Mother of God. It was their teaching that led her to respond to God’s request with faith, “Let it be done to me as you will.” It was their example of parenting that Mary must have followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus. It was their faith that laid the foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by the cross as her son was crucified and still believe.

 

Saint of the Week   
July 18th


St. Mary Magdalene
Feast Day – July 22
Patron Saint of the Contemplative life, and women.

St. Mary Magdalene is one of the greatest saints of the Bible and a legendary example of God’s mercy and grace. The precise dates of her birth and death are unknown, but we do know she was present with Christ during his public ministry, death and resurrection. She is mentioned at least a dozen times in the Gospels.

Mary Magdalene has long been regarded as a prostitute or sexually immoral in western Christianity, but this is not supported in the scriptures. It is believed she was a Jewish woman who lived among Gentiles, living as they did. The Gospels agree that Mary was originally a great sinner. Jesus cast seven demons out of her when he met her. After this, she told several women she associated with and these women also became followers.

Other Feasts this week:
July 23 – St. Bridget
July 24 – St. Christina the Astonishing

 

 

Saint of the Week   
July 11th

St. Henry – July 13
Patron Saint of the childless, of Dukes, of the handicapped and those rejected by Religious Order       

        St. Henry, son of Henry, Duke of Bavaria, and of Gisella, daughter of Conrad, King of Burgundy, was born in 972. He received an excellent education under the care of St. Wolfgang, Bishop of Ratisbon. In 995, St. Henry succeeded his father as Duke of Bavaria, and in 1002, upon the death of his cousin, Otho III, he was elected emperor. Firmly anchored upon the great eternal truths, which the practice of meditation kept alive in his heart, he was not elated by this dignity and sought in all things, the greater glory of God. He was most watchful over the welfare of the Church and exerted his zeal for the maintenance of ecclesiastical discipline through the instrumentality of the Bishops. Read more at http://www.catholic.org

Other Feasts this week:
July 14 – St. Kateri Tekakwitha
July 15 – St. Bonaventure

 Saint of the Week   
July 4th

 

                                                              Saint of the Week
                                                              Blessed Mary Teresa Ledochowska
                                                              FEAST DAY: JULY 6

 

Born in Austria to a Polish count and his Swiss wife, she gave up her position as lady-in-waiting to a Tuscan grand duchess to devote her literary and organizational skills to the African missions and anti-slavery movement. In 1894 she founded the Institute of the Sisters of St. Peter Claver, which was formally approved in 1899. She stressed the importance of lay involvement, promoted literacy among Africans, and produced Bibles, catechisms and periodicals in African languages. She died in Rome at her order’s generalate and was beatified in 1975.

 

   Saint of the Week   
June 27th

Saints Peter and Paul   
Apostles
Feast – June 29

       Most of the apostles and lots of saints have their own feast day, but how about the two most famous saints of the early church? There is February 22nd in which the Church celebrates the “Chair of Peter” the sign that Peter was the first among the apostles and the one designated to lead the early Church after Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension, but there is no “Feast of St. Peter.” St. Paul, although not one of the Twelve, was an Apostle commissioned by Jesus. There is the January 25th celebration of “The Conversion of St. Paul” which commemorates the Damascus Road episode described in Acts of the Apostles, but there is no “Feast of St. Paul.” The two leading saints of the early Church are celebrated together in the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. This celebration is a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul and is observed on June 29th.
      Peter and Paul are actually referred to as the “Guardians of Rome,” which comes from a story from the time of St. Pope Leo the Great.

 

Saint of the Week
June 20th

The Nativity of
St. John the Baptist
Solemnity – June 24

Jesus said, “Among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist” St. John the Baptist was called from the time of his birth and proclaimed the coming of the Messiah. His birth was a miracle as his parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth were of old age.
He was the precursor to Christ, preparing God’s people by preaching of repentance and baptizing by water. The solemnity praises John as a worthy example of what it means to be a follower of Christ.

 

Saint of the Week
June 13th

St. Juliana of Falconieri – FEAST: JUNE 19

Juliana was the only child of a wealthy couple in Florence, Italy, who had built the church of the Annunciation there. She refused to marry and was enrolled as a tertiary with the Servite order; her uncle, St. Alexis Falconieri, was one of the seven founders of the Servites. For nearly 20 years, Juliana lived a devout and useful life at home. In 1304 she formed a community of tertiary sisters who devoted themselves to prayer and good works in Florence. She is considered the foundress of the Servite community of nuns, and was canonized in 1737

 

Saint of the Week
June 6th

June 11 – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

From His wounded side flowed blood and water, the fountain of Salvation. May His love dwell in our hearts and transform us into His loving children.

June 12 – The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

                 

 

The Immaculate Heart of Mary signifies, first of all, the great purity and love of the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary for God. This purity is manifested in her “Yes” to the Father at the Incarnation, Her love for,  and cooperation with, the Incarnate Son in His redemptive mission, and her docility to the Holy Spirit, enabling her to remain free of the stain of personal sin throughout her life. Mary’s Immaculate Heart, therefore, points us to her profound interior life, where she experienced both joys and sorrows, yet remained faithful, as we, too, are called to do.    

 

Saint of the Week
May 30th

     

  St. Justin, Martyr
  Born 100 – Died 165
  Feast Day – June 1
  Patron of Philosophers and Apologists

 

      Christian apologist, born at Flavia Neapolis, about A.D. 100, converted to Christianity about A.D. 130, taught and defended the Christian religion in Asia Minor and at Rome, where he suffered martyrdom about the year 165. Among the Fathers of the second century his life is the best known, and from the most authentic documents. In both “Apologies” and in his “Dialogue” he gives many personal details, e.g. about his studies in philosophy and his conversion. In his second “Apology” (iii) Justin says: “I, too, expect to be persecuted and to be crucified by some of those whom I have named, or by Crescens, that friend of noise and of ostentation.” St. Justin was condemned to death by the prefect, Rusticus, towards A.D. 165, with six companions. To read more go to http://www.catholic.org

 

Saint of the Week
May 23rd

                   

Saint of the Week
The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church

      Pope Francis has decreed that the ancient devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Mother of the Church, be inserted into the Roman calendar. The liturgical celebration will be celebrated annually as a Memorial on the day after Pentecost. (Monday May 24, 2021)
       In a decree released by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Robert Sarah, its Prefect, said the Pope’s decision took into account of the tradition surrounding the devotion to Mary as Mother of the Church. The Holy Father wishes to promote this devotion in order to “encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety”.
       The decree reflects on the history of Marian theology in the Church’s liturgical tradition and the writings of the Church Fathers. It says Saint Augustine and Pope Saint Leo the Great both reflected on the Virgin Mary’s importance in the mystery of Christ.
St. Augustine says that “Mary is the mother of the members of Christ, because with charity she cooperated in the rebirth of the faithful into the Church”
St. Leo the Great says that “the birth of the Head is also the birth of the body, thus indicating that Mary is at once Mother of Christ, the Son of God, and mother of the members of his Mystical Body, which is the Church

 

Saint of the Week
May 16th

St. Pope John I – Martyr
Feast Day – May 18
Died in 526.

 

      A native of Tuscany in Italy, John was elected Pope while he was still an archdeacon upon the death of Pope Hormisdas in 523. At that time, the ruler of Italy was Theodoric the Goth who subscribed to the Arian brand of Christianity but had tolerated and even favored his Catholic subjects during the early part of his reign. However, about the time of St. John’s accession to the Papacy, Theodoric’s policy underwent a drastic change as a result of two events: the treasonable (in the sovereign’s view) correspondence between ranking members of the Roman Senate and Constantinople and the severe edict against heretics enacted by the emperor Justin I, who was the First Catholic on the Byzantine throne in Fifty years. Spurred on by the appeals of Eastern Arians, Theodoric threatened to wage war against Justin but ultimately decided to negotiate with him through a delegation of Five Bishops and four senators. At its head he named Pope John – much against the latter’s wishes. Little is known for certain about the nature of the message which the Pope bore and the manner in which he carried out his mission. What is known is that he succeeded in persuading the Emperor to mitigate his treatment of the Arians and thus avoid reprisals against the Catholics in Italy. For more information go to http://www.catholic.org

 

Saint of the Week
May 9th

St. Mathias
Apostle/Martyr Feast Day – May 14

       How does one qualify to be an apostle? The first act of the apostles after the Ascension of Jesus was to find a replacement for Judas. With all the questions, doubts, and dangers facing them, they chose to focus their attention on finding a twelfth apostle. Why was this important? Twelve was an important number to the Chosen People: twelve was the number of the tribes of Israel. If the new Israel were to come from the disciples of Jesus, a twelfth apostle was needed. But Jesus had chosen the original twelve. How could they know whom he would choose? One hundred and twenty people were gathered for prayer and reflection in the upper room, when Peter stood up to propose the way to make the choice. Peter had one criterion, that, like Andrew, James, John, and himself, the new apostle be someone who had been a disciple from the very beginning, from his baptism by John until the Ascension. The reason for this was simple, the new apostle must become a witness to Jesus’ resurrection. He must have followed Jesus before anyone knew him, stayed with him when he made enemies, and believed in him when he spoke of the cross and of eating his body — teachings that had made others melt away. To read more visit www.catholic.org

 

Saint of the Week
May 2nd

Saint Rose Venerini                                         
1656-1728
FEAST DAY: MAY 7

Born in Viterbo, Italy, Rose entered a convent after her fiance died, but soon returned home to care for her widowed mother. Rather than devoting her life primarily to prayer, she chose to be a teacher and opened a free school for girls in 1685. In 1692, the bishop of an Italian diocese asked her to train teachers and administer the schools there. She and St. Lucy Filippini became friends, and the two began setting up schools around Italy. Despite opposition, including arson and assaults on some of her teachers, the order she founded, the Venerini Sisters, was officially recognized as a congregation, but not until after her death in 1728. Read more at http://www.catholic.org

 

Saint of the Week
April 25th

   St. Catherine of Siena                                         
   Virgin, Martyr
   Doctor of the Church
   1347-1380
   Feast – April 29

   St. Catherine of Siena was born during the outbreak of the plague in Siena, Italy on March 25, 1347. She was the 25th child born to her mother, although half of her brothers and sisters did not survive childhood. Catherine herself was a twin, but her sister did not survive infancy. Her mother was 40 when she was born. Her father was a cloth dyer. At the age of 16, Catherine’s sister Bonaventura died, leaving her husband as a widower. Catherine’s parents proposed that he marry Catherine as a replacement, but Catherine opposed this. She began fasting and cut her hair short to mar her appearance. Her parents attempted to resist this move, to avoid marriage, but they were unsuccessful. Her fasting and her devotion to her family convinced them to relent and allow her to live as she pleased. Catherine once explained that she regarded her father as a representation of Jesus and her mother as Our Lady, and her brothers as the apostles, which helped her to serve them with humility. Read more at http://www.catholic.org