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  1. 1. ““Saints of God in Glory,Saints of God in Glory, Be with us,Be with us, Rejoice with us,Rejoice with us, Sing praise with us,Sing praise with us, And pray with us now!”And pray with us now!”
  2. 2. ““SaintS of God inSaintS of God in Glory”Glory” ““Saints of God in Glory,Saints of God in Glory, Be with us,Be with us, Rejoice with us,Rejoice with us, Sing praise with us,Sing praise with us, And pray with us now!”And pray with us now!”
  3. 3. SusannaSusannaFeast Day: August 11Feast Day: August 11 Susanna or ShoshanaSusanna or Shoshana – Book of Daniel Chap 13– Book of Daniel Chap 13 A fair Hebrew wife who is falsely accused byA fair Hebrew wife who is falsely accused by lecherous voyeurs. As she bathes in her garden,lecherous voyeurs. As she bathes in her garden, having sent her servants away, two(2) lusty eldershaving sent her servants away, two(2) lusty elders secretly observe the lovely Susanna. She issecretly observe the lovely Susanna. She is accosted on the way back to her house and theyaccosted on the way back to her house and they attempt to blackmail her, claiming they will sayattempt to blackmail her, claiming they will say she was meeting with a young lover unless sheshe was meeting with a young lover unless she agrees to have sex with them. She flatly refuses, isagrees to have sex with them. She flatly refuses, is arrested and about to be put to death whenarrested and about to be put to death when Daniel interrupts the proceedings. He has theDaniel interrupts the proceedings. He has the men separated and questioned privately. Inmen separated and questioned privately. In asking them about what tree it was they sawasking them about what tree it was they saw Susanna and her lover, they were unable to agree.Susanna and her lover, they were unable to agree. One said a Mastic the other an Evergreen OakOne said a Mastic the other an Evergreen Oak Tree. Daniel mentions that an Angel is standingTree. Daniel mentions that an Angel is standing ready to cut the one in two and the other to beready to cut the one in two and the other to be sawed in two. The great difference between thesawed in two. The great difference between the two trees was their undoing. They were arrestedtwo trees was their undoing. They were arrested and executed and Virtue Triumphed.and executed and Virtue Triumphed.
  4. 4. Saint Angela MericiSaint Angela Merici Feast Day – January 27Feast Day – January 27 Died 1540Died 1540 Said “NO” to Pope Clement VII when asked toSaid “NO” to Pope Clement VII when asked to assume leadership of an Order of Nursing Nuns.assume leadership of an Order of Nursing Nuns. She had just returned from a trip to the Holy Land.She had just returned from a trip to the Holy Land. On the way there she had fallen ill and become blind.On the way there she had fallen ill and become blind. Nevertheless, she insisted on continuing herNevertheless, she insisted on continuing her pilgrimage and toured the holy sites with the devotionpilgrimage and toured the holy sites with the devotion of her heart rather than her eyes. On the way backof her heart rather than her eyes. On the way back she had recovered her sight. But this must have beenshe had recovered her sight. But this must have been a reminder to her not to shut her eyes to the needsa reminder to her not to shut her eyes to the needs she saw around her, not to shut her heart to God’sshe saw around her, not to shut her heart to God’s call. She took a life of educating young girls andcall. She took a life of educating young girls and dedicating her life to following God’s call.dedicating her life to following God’s call. PrayerPrayer: Saint Angela, you were not afraid of change.: Saint Angela, you were not afraid of change. You did not let stereotypes keep you from serving.You did not let stereotypes keep you from serving. Help us to overcome our fear of change in order toHelp us to overcome our fear of change in order to follow God's call and allow others to follow theirs.follow God's call and allow others to follow theirs.
  5. 5. MiriamMiriam At her mother Jochebed's request, MiriamAt her mother Jochebed's request, Miriam hid her baby brother Moses by the side ofhid her baby brother Moses by the side of a river to evade the Pharaoh’s order thata river to evade the Pharaoh’s order that newborn Hebrew boys be killed. Shenewborn Hebrew boys be killed. She watched as the Pharaoh’s daughterwatched as the Pharaoh’s daughter discovered the infant and decided to adoptdiscovered the infant and decided to adopt him. Miriam then suggested that thehim. Miriam then suggested that the princess take on a nurse for the child, andprincess take on a nurse for the child, and suggested Jochebed; as a result, Moses wassuggested Jochebed; as a result, Moses was raised to be familiar with his backgroundraised to be familiar with his background as a Hebrew.as a Hebrew. Miriam is called a prophetess and isMiriam is called a prophetess and is traditionally believed to have composed atraditionally believed to have composed a brief victory song after Pharaoh’s army wasbrief victory song after Pharaoh’s army was drowned in the Red Sea.drowned in the Red Sea. “LET US SING“LET US SING TO THE LORD, HE HAS COVEREDTO THE LORD, HE HAS COVERED HIMSELF IN GLORY!”HIMSELF IN GLORY!” [Responsorial[Responsorial Psalm after 3Psalm after 3rdrd Reading of Easter Vigil.]Reading of Easter Vigil.]
  6. 6. RachelRachel RachelRachel (Hebrew:(Hebrew: ‫רחל‬‫רחל‬,, Modern Modern Ra elḥRa elḥ Tiberian Tiberian R l,āḫēR l,āḫē R lāḥēR lāḥē  ; meaning "ewe {idiomatically: ; meaning "ewe {idiomatically: one with purity}"), as described in theone with purity}"), as described in the Hebrew Bible, is a prophet and theHebrew Bible, is a prophet and the favourite wife of Jacob, one of the threefavourite wife of Jacob, one of the three Biblical Patriarchs, and mother ofBiblical Patriarchs, and mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She was theJoseph and Benjamin. She was the daughter of Laban and the youngerdaughter of Laban and the younger sister of Leah, Jacob's first wife. Jacobsister of Leah, Jacob's first wife. Jacob was her first cousin, as Jacob's motherwas her first cousin, as Jacob's mother Rebecca was Laban's sister.Rebecca was Laban's sister. Rachel died on the eleventh day of theRachel died on the eleventh day of the Hebrew month of Heshvan, and wasHebrew month of Heshvan, and was buried by Jacob on the road to Efrat,buried by Jacob on the road to Efrat, just outside Bethlehem. Today Rachel’sjust outside Bethlehem. Today Rachel’s Tomb, located between Bethlehem andTomb, located between Bethlehem and the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Gilo, isthe Jerusalem neighbourhood of Gilo, is visited by tens of thousands of visitorsvisited by tens of thousands of visitors each year.each year.
  7. 7. St. Elizabeth of PortugalSt. Elizabeth of PortugalFeast Day: July 4 Patron of the Third Order of St. Francis Saint Elizabeth of PortugalSaint Elizabeth of Portugal also knownalso known asas Elizabeth of AragonElizabeth of Aragon (1271 – 4 July(1271 – 4 July 1336) (1336) (ElisabetElisabet in Catalan,in Catalan, IsabelIsabel in bothin both Portuguese and Spanish) was Queen consortPortuguese and Spanish) was Queen consort of Portugal.of Portugal. Saint Elizabeth showed an early enthusiasmSaint Elizabeth showed an early enthusiasm for religion: she said the full Divine Officefor religion: she said the full Divine Office daily, fasted and did other penances, anddaily, fasted and did other penances, and attended twice daily choral masses.attended twice daily choral masses. King Denis died in the year 1325, and his sonKing Denis died in the year 1325, and his son Afonso succeeded him. Elizabeth then retiredAfonso succeeded him. Elizabeth then retired to the convent of the Poor Clares (now knownto the convent of the Poor Clares (now known as the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha)as the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha) which she had founded in the year 1314 atwhich she had founded in the year 1314 at Coimbra. She took the habit of the FranciscanCoimbra. She took the habit of the Franciscan Order, wishing to devote the rest of her life toOrder, wishing to devote the rest of her life to the poor and sick in obscuritythe poor and sick in obscurity Miracles were said to have followed upon herMiracles were said to have followed upon her
  8. 8. St. Margaret of ScotlandSt. Margaret of Scotland Feast Day is November 16Feast Day is November 16 .. Saint MargaretSaint Margaret (c. 1045 – 16 November 1093),(c. 1045 – 16 November 1093), was the sister of Edgarwas the sister of Edgar ÆthelingÆtheling, the short-ruling, the short-ruling and uncrowned Anglo-Saxon King of England Sheand uncrowned Anglo-Saxon King of England She married Malcolm III, King of Scots, becoming hismarried Malcolm III, King of Scots, becoming his Queen consort.Queen consort. Saint Margaret of Scotland was a queen and needleSaint Margaret of Scotland was a queen and needle worker.worker. Saint Margaret was canonised in the year 1250 bySaint Margaret was canonised in the year 1250 by Pope Innocent IV in recognition of her personalPope Innocent IV in recognition of her personal holiness, fidelity to the Church, work for religiousholiness, fidelity to the Church, work for religious reform, and charity. She attended to charitablereform, and charity. She attended to charitable works, and personally served orphans and the poorworks, and personally served orphans and the poor every day before she ate. She rose at midnight toevery day before she ate. She rose at midnight to attend church services every night. She was knownattend church services every night. She was known for her work for religious reform. She wasfor her work for religious reform. She was considered to be an exemplar of the "just ruler", andconsidered to be an exemplar of the "just ruler", and also influenced her husband and children to be justalso influenced her husband and children to be just and holy rulers.and holy rulers.
  9. 9. Saint DymphnaSaint DymphnaFeast Day is May 15Feast Day is May 15 Patron saint of those who suffer from mental illnesses andPatron saint of those who suffer from mental illnesses and nervous system disorders, epileptics, mental healthnervous system disorders, epileptics, mental health professionals, incest victims and runawaysprofessionals, incest victims and runaways St. Dymphna is also known as "Dimpna" or "Dympna" andSt. Dymphna is also known as "Dimpna" or "Dympna" and may be synonymous with the Irish saints Davets andmay be synonymous with the Irish saints Davets and Damhnait (Damhnade).Damhnait (Damhnade). Dymphna was born in Ireland, where her father was aDymphna was born in Ireland, where her father was a king. Her mother died when Dymphna was only fourteen.king. Her mother died when Dymphna was only fourteen. Her father Damon scoured the world for a suitableHer father Damon scoured the world for a suitable replacement, someone as beautiful, virtuous, andreplacement, someone as beautiful, virtuous, and clearheaded as his wife. After the search failed, hisclearheaded as his wife. After the search failed, his advisors pointed out to the chief that his teenage daughteradvisors pointed out to the chief that his teenage daughter had inherited all these traits. Damon made sexualhad inherited all these traits. Damon made sexual advances towards Dymphna. Together with heradvances towards Dymphna. Together with her confessor,she fled to Gheel, Belgium. There they tookconfessor,she fled to Gheel, Belgium. There they took refuge at a chapel near the present day site of Gheel, notrefuge at a chapel near the present day site of Gheel, not far from Antwerp. However Damon's spies tracked themfar from Antwerp. However Damon's spies tracked them down and the chief set out after them. Confronting themdown and the chief set out after them. Confronting them at Gheel, he ordered his soldiers to slay her Confessorat Gheel, he ordered his soldiers to slay her Confessor and begged Dymphna to return with him to Ireland.and begged Dymphna to return with him to Ireland. When she refused, he decapitated her. Locals later buriedWhen she refused, he decapitated her. Locals later buried the two bodies. A little later, the bodies were relocatedthe two bodies. A little later, the bodies were relocated into a more suitable location.into a more suitable location.
  10. 10. ““SaintS of God inSaintS of God in Glory”Glory” ““Saints of God in Glory,Saints of God in Glory, Be with us,Be with us, Rejoice with us,Rejoice with us, Sing praise with us,Sing praise with us, And pray with us now!”And pray with us now!”
  11. 11. St. Theresa of AvilaSt. Theresa of Avila Saint Teresa of ÁvilaSaint Teresa of Ávila, also called, also called Saint TeresaSaint Teresa of Jesusof Jesus, baptized as, baptized as Teresa Sánchez deTeresa Sánchez de Cepeda y AhumadaCepeda y Ahumada, (March 28, 1515, at, (March 28, 1515, at Gotarrendura (Ávila), Old Castile, Spain – OctoberGotarrendura (Ávila), Old Castile, Spain – October 4, 1582, at Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Spain) was a4, 1582, at Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Spain) was a prominentprominent SpanishSpanish mystic, Carmelite nun, and writermystic, Carmelite nun, and writer of the Counter Reformation, and theologian ofof the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She was acontemplative life through mental prayer. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is consideredreformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered to be, along with John of the Cross, a founder of theto be, along with John of the Cross, a founder of the Discalced Carmelites.Discalced Carmelites. Forty years after her death, she was canonized, inForty years after her death, she was canonized, in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, and in 1970 named a1622 by Pope Gregory XV, and in 1970 named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI. Her books,Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI. Her books, which include her autobiography,which include her autobiography, The Life of TeresaThe Life of Teresa of Jesusof Jesus, and her seminal work,, and her seminal work, El Castillo InteriorEl Castillo Interior (The Interior Castle), are integral part of the Spanish(The Interior Castle), are integral part of the Spanish Renaissance literature as well as Christian mysticismRenaissance literature as well as Christian mysticism and Christian meditation practices as she entails inand Christian meditation practices as she entails in her other important workher other important work Camino de PerfecciónCamino de Perfección (The Way of Perfection).(The Way of Perfection). Her remains are scattered throughout Europe, a gHer remains are scattered throughout Europe, a g grisly testament to the Relic Heritage of the Church.grisly testament to the Relic Heritage of the Church.
  12. 12. St. Marie AlacoquéSt. Marie Alacoqué Marguerite Marie AlacoqueMarguerite Marie Alacoque oror SaintSaint Margaret Mary AlacoqueMargaret Mary Alacoque (22 July 1647 – 17(22 July 1647 – 17 October 1690) was a French Roman Catholic nunOctober 1690) was a French Roman Catholic nun and mystic, who promoted devotion to the Sacredand mystic, who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form.Heart of Jesus in its modern form. From early childhood, Margaret was described asFrom early childhood, Margaret was described as showing intense love for the Blessed Sacrament andshowing intense love for the Blessed Sacrament and as preferring silence and prayer to childhood play.as preferring silence and prayer to childhood play. After her First Communion at the age of nine, sheAfter her First Communion at the age of nine, she practised in secret severe corporal mortificationpractised in secret severe corporal mortification (including carving the name "Jesus" into her chest as(including carving the name "Jesus" into her chest as an adolescent.an adolescent. She had visions of Jesus Christ, which she thoughtShe had visions of Jesus Christ, which she thought were a normal part of human experience andwere a normal part of human experience and continued to practise austerity.continued to practise austerity. After Margaret Mary's death, on 17 October 1690,After Margaret Mary's death, on 17 October 1690, the devotion to the Sacred Heart was fostered by thethe devotion to the Sacred Heart was fostered by the Jesuits and the subject of controversies within theJesuits and the subject of controversies within the Church. The practice was not officially recognizedChurch. The practice was not officially recognized till 75 years after her death.till 75 years after her death.
  13. 13. St.Elizabeth~Ann SeatonSt.Elizabeth~Ann Seaton Feast Day: January 4Feast Day: January 4 Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley SetonSaint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (August 28,(August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821) was the first native-born1774 – January 4, 1821) was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized ascitizen of the United States to be canonized as celebrated by Pope Paul VI on September 14, 1975.celebrated by Pope Paul VI on September 14, 1975. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is popularly considered aSt. Elizabeth Ann Seton is popularly considered a patron saint of Catholic schools. Her name appearspatron saint of Catholic schools. Her name appears on the front two doors of St. Patrick's Cathedral, ason the front two doors of St. Patrick's Cathedral, as aa "Daughter of New York""Daughter of New York". The National Shrine of. The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland,St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is open to the public. In addition, In New Yorkis open to the public. In addition, In New York City, the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was builtCity, the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was built on the site of her home in Manhattan, and ison the site of her home in Manhattan, and is accessible to the public. She had many schoolsaccessible to the public. She had many schools named after her.named after her.
  14. 14. Saint HeleneSaint Helene Feast DayFeast Day in the Roman Catholic Church falls on 18in the Roman Catholic Church falls on 18 AugustAugust Saint HelenaSaint Helena also known asalso known as Saint HelenSaint Helen,, Helena AugustaHelena Augusta oror Helena of ConstantinopleHelena of Constantinople ((caca. 246/50 – 18 August 330) was the consort of. 246/50 – 18 August 330) was the consort of Emperor Constantius, and the mother of EmperorEmperor Constantius, and the mother of Emperor Constantine I. She is traditionally credited with findingConstantine I. She is traditionally credited with finding the relics of the “True Cross”.the relics of the “True Cross”. She is considered by the Eastern Orthodox, OrientalShe is considered by the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches as a saint,Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches as a saint, famed for her piety. Her feast day as a saint of thefamed for her piety. Her feast day as a saint of the Orthodox Christian Church is celebrated with her sonOrthodox Christian Church is celebrated with her son on 21 May, theon 21 May, the "Feast of the Holy Great Sovereigns"Feast of the Holy Great Sovereigns Constantine and Helen, Equal to the Apostles.Constantine and Helen, Equal to the Apostles. Her.Her. Her feast day in the Coptic Orthodox Church is on 9Her feast day in the Coptic Orthodox Church is on 9 Pashons. Eusebius records the details of herPashons. Eusebius records the details of her pilgrimage to Palestine and other eastern provincespilgrimage to Palestine and other eastern provinces She is the patron saint of New Discoveries.She is the patron saint of New Discoveries.
  15. 15. Blessed Catherine ofBlessed Catherine of St. AugustineSt. AugustineFeast Day:Feast Day: 8 May8 May.. In his homily on the day of the beatification of BlessedIn his homily on the day of the beatification of Blessed Marie Catherine Pope John Paul II said: "Among theMarie Catherine Pope John Paul II said: "Among the founders of the Church of Canada in its spiritualfounders of the Church of Canada in its spiritual springtime can be numbered Marie Catherine, thisspringtime can be numbered Marie Catherine, this Augustinian whose hand, as well as her heart, wasAugustinian whose hand, as well as her heart, was nothing other than charity."nothing other than charity." Catherine de Longpre was born at Saint Saveur nearCatherine de Longpre was born at Saint Saveur near Cherbourg, France, on 3 May 1632. On the advice of SaintCherbourg, France, on 3 May 1632. On the advice of Saint John Eudes she became a postulant in the Hospital ofJohn Eudes she became a postulant in the Hospital of Hotel-Dieux and in 1644 took the habit of the AugustinianHotel-Dieux and in 1644 took the habit of the Augustinian Hospitaller Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus. To theHospitaller Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus. To the displeasure of her family, she volunteered for the missiondispleasure of her family, she volunteered for the mission of her community in Quebec, Canada, and arrived thereof her community in Quebec, Canada, and arrived there on 19 August 1648. Catherine was resolved to live and dieon 19 August 1648. Catherine was resolved to live and die in Canada in service to the poor and sick. Conscious of thein Canada in service to the poor and sick. Conscious of the great numbers of people who had grown distant from theirgreat numbers of people who had grown distant from their faith in her adopted country, Catherine offered herself as afaith in her adopted country, Catherine offered herself as a victim for sinners, hiding from everyone the debilitatingvictim for sinners, hiding from everyone the debilitating illness which she bore patiently until her death on 8 Marchillness which she bore patiently until her death on 8 March 1668 at the age of thirty-six.1668 at the age of thirty-six. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on Easter Sunday,She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on Easter Sunday,
  16. 16. St. AnneSt. Anne Mother of the Blessed Virgin MaryMother of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saint AnneSaint Anne (also Ann or Anna, from Hebrew(also Ann or Anna, from Hebrew HannahHannah ‫חנ‬ַ‫חנ‬ַ meaning "favour" or "grace.") of David'smeaning "favour" or "grace.") of David's house and line, was the mother of the Virgin Maryhouse and line, was the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ according toand grandmother of Jesus Christ according to Christian and Islamic tradition. Her name Anne is theChristian and Islamic tradition. Her name Anne is the Greek rendering of the Hebrew name Hannah.Greek rendering of the Hebrew name Hannah. Mary's mother is not named in the canonical GospelsMary's mother is not named in the canonical Gospels or the Qur'an.or the Qur'an. According to the apocryphal Gospel of James, AnneAccording to the apocryphal Gospel of James, Anne and her husband Joachim, after years of childlessness,and her husband Joachim, after years of childlessness, were visited by an angel who told them that theywere visited by an angel who told them that they would conceive a child. Anne promised to dedicatewould conceive a child. Anne promised to dedicate the child to God's service. Joachim and Anne arethe child to God's service. Joachim and Anne are believed to have given Mary to the service of thebelieved to have given Mary to the service of the Second Temple when the girl was three years old.Second Temple when the girl was three years old. Anne is the patron saint of Quebec, Brittany, theAnne is the patron saint of Quebec, Brittany, the Mi'kmaq peoples, women in labour, housewives,Mi'kmaq peoples, women in labour, housewives, grandmothers, and miners.grandmothers, and miners. The ancient prayer – “The ancient prayer – “Bonne Ste. Anne, find me aBonne Ste. Anne, find me a man!”,man!”, is popular is Québec.is popular is Québec.
  17. 17. EstherEstherBornBorn HadassahHadassah, is the eponymous heroine of the Biblical, is the eponymous heroine of the Biblical BookBook of Estherof Esther. According to the Bible she was a Jewish queen of the. According to the Bible she was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus (traditionally identified with Xerxes I).Persian king Ahasuerus (traditionally identified with Xerxes I). Her story is the basis for the celebration of Purim in JewishHer story is the basis for the celebration of Purim in Jewish tradition.tradition. King Ahasuerus chose Esther, an orphaned Jewish childKing Ahasuerus chose Esther, an orphaned Jewish child raised in Persia by Mordecai, her cousin, to replace the recalcitrantraised in Persia by Mordecai, her cousin, to replace the recalcitrant queen Vashti. Esther was originally named Hadassah, meaningqueen Vashti. Esther was originally named Hadassah, meaning myrtle, and received her name of Esther when she entered the royalmyrtle, and received her name of Esther when she entered the royal harem.harem. Esther told the king of Haman's plan to massacre all Jews inEsther told the king of Haman's plan to massacre all Jews in the Persian Empire, and acknowledged her own Jewish ethnicity.the Persian Empire, and acknowledged her own Jewish ethnicity. The king was enraged and ordered Haman to be hanged on theThe king was enraged and ordered Haman to be hanged on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. The king then appointedgallows he had built for Mordecai. The king then appointed Mordecai as his prime minister, and gave the Jews the right toMordecai as his prime minister, and gave the Jews the right to defend themselves against any enemy. The king also issued adefend themselves against any enemy. The king also issued a second edict allowing the Jews to arm themselves, and kill not onlysecond edict allowing the Jews to arm themselves, and kill not only their enemies but also their enemies' wives and children, as well astheir enemies but also their enemies' wives and children, as well as betake of the plunder This precipitated a series of reprisals by thebetake of the plunder This precipitated a series of reprisals by the Jews against their enemies. This fight began on the 13th of Adar,Jews against their enemies. This fight began on the 13th of Adar, the date the Jews were originally slated to be exterminated. Estherthe date the Jews were originally slated to be exterminated. Esther and the Jews went on to kill only their would-be executioners, andand the Jews went on to kill only their would-be executioners, and not their wives and children, this altogether meaning three hundrednot their wives and children, this altogether meaning three hundred killed in Susa alone, fifteen in the rest of the empire. The Jews alsokilled in Susa alone, fifteen in the rest of the empire. The Jews also took no plunder Jews established an annual feast, the feast oftook no plunder Jews established an annual feast, the feast of Purim, in memory of their deliverance. According to traditionalPurim, in memory of their deliverance. According to traditional Jewish dating this took place about fifty-two years after the start ofJewish dating this took place about fifty-two years after the start of the Babylonian Exile.the Babylonian Exile.
  18. 18. ““SaintS of God inSaintS of God in Glory”Glory” ““Saints of God in Glory,Saints of God in Glory, Be with us,Be with us, Rejoice with us,Rejoice with us, Sing praise with us,Sing praise with us, And pray with us now!”And pray with us now!”
  19. 19. Saint ElizabethSaint ElizabethFeast Day is November 5.Feast Day is November 5. Wife of Zechariah, Mother of John the Baptist, cousinWife of Zechariah, Mother of John the Baptist, cousin of Mary, the Mother of God. According to the Gospelof Mary, the Mother of God. According to the Gospel of Luke, Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron the priest.of Luke, Elizabeth was a descendant of Aaron the priest. She and her husband Zechariah were "righteous beforeShe and her husband Zechariah were "righteous before God, living blamelessly“, but childless. Zechariah wasGod, living blamelessly“, but childless. Zechariah was visited by the angel Gabriel, who told him his wife wouldvisited by the angel Gabriel, who told him his wife would have a son whohave a son who "will be great in the sight of the Lord“."will be great in the sight of the Lord“. The pregnant Elizabeth received a visit from her relative,The pregnant Elizabeth received a visit from her relative, Mary who was pregnant with Jesus:Mary who was pregnant with Jesus: And it came toAnd it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation ofpass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And ElizabethMary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost and she cried out withwas filled with the Holy Ghost and she cried out with a loud voice: "Blessed art thou amongst women anda loud voice: "Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."blessed is the fruit of thy womb." When Mary heard this she recited what is now known asWhen Mary heard this she recited what is now known as the Magnificat. This event is called the Visitation.the Magnificat. This event is called the Visitation.
  20. 20. Saint AgnesSaint Agnes Agnes of RomeAgnes of Rome (c. 291 – c.304) is a virgin–(c. 291 – c.304) is a virgin– martyr, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholicmartyr, venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic Churches, the AnglicanChurch, Eastern Catholic Churches, the Anglican Communion, and in Eastern Orthodoxy. She is oneCommunion, and in Eastern Orthodoxy. She is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin,of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass.commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She is the patron saint of chastity, gardeners, girls,She is the patron saint of chastity, gardeners, girls, engaged couples, rape victims, and virgins.engaged couples, rape victims, and virgins. She was of the Roman Nobility and desired to haveShe was of the Roman Nobility and desired to have God as her Spouse. The Prefect Sempronius wantedGod as her Spouse. The Prefect Sempronius wanted her for his Son’s Wife. She refused and this led toher for his Son’s Wife. She refused and this led to her execution. She was beheaded in the arena afterher execution. She was beheaded in the arena after attempts to burn her alive failed. Enroute to aattempts to burn her alive failed. Enroute to a brothel as a means of defiling her prior to her death,brothel as a means of defiling her prior to her death, she was dragged naked through the streets, since byshe was dragged naked through the streets, since by Roman Law, it was illegal to execute a Virgin, but herRoman Law, it was illegal to execute a Virgin, but her hair grew to cover her body and preserve her dignity.hair grew to cover her body and preserve her dignity. Men who tried to rape her, were immediately struckMen who tried to rape her, were immediately struck blind.blind.
  21. 21. Saint ScholasticaSaint ScholasticaFeast Day is 10 February.Feast Day is 10 February. Scholastica is the patron saint of nuns, convulsiveScholastica is the patron saint of nuns, convulsive children,children, and is invoked against storms and rainand is invoked against storms and rain “Foundress of“Foundress of Benedictine Order of Nuns.”Benedictine Order of Nuns.” ScholasticaScholastica (c. 480 - February 10, 547) was born in Italy, she(c. 480 - February 10, 547) was born in Italy, she was the twin sister of St. Benedict of Nursia.was the twin sister of St. Benedict of Nursia. St. Gregory the Great, in hisSt. Gregory the Great, in his DialoguesDialogues, tells us that she was, tells us that she was a nun and leader of a community for women ata nun and leader of a community for women at Plombariola, about five miles from Benedict's abbey atPlombariola, about five miles from Benedict's abbey at Monte Casino. We do not know what rule this communityMonte Casino. We do not know what rule this community followed, although it seems most likely it was the Rule of St.followed, although it seems most likely it was the Rule of St. Benedict. Scholastica was dedicated to God from a youngBenedict. Scholastica was dedicated to God from a young age (some tellings of her story indicate that she precededage (some tellings of her story indicate that she preceded Benedict in godliness, and he came to holiness after sheBenedict in godliness, and he came to holiness after she did). The most commonly told story about her is that shedid). The most commonly told story about her is that she would, once a year, go and visit her brother at a place nearwould, once a year, go and visit her brother at a place near his abbey, and they would spend the day worshipinghis abbey, and they would spend the day worshiping
  22. 22. St. Perpetua & St. FelicitySt. Perpetua & St. Felicity Perpetua and FelicityPerpetua and Felicity (died on 7 March 203) are Christian martyrs of the 3rd(died on 7 March 203) are Christian martyrs of the 3rd century.century. Perpetua (born in 181) was a 22-year old married noble, and a nursing mother. HerPerpetua (born in 181) was a 22-year old married noble, and a nursing mother. Her co-martyr Felicity, an expectant mother, was her slave. They suffered together atco-martyr Felicity, an expectant mother, was her slave. They suffered together at Carthage in the Roman province of Africa.Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. The record of theThe record of the "Passion of St."Passion of St. Perpetua, St. Felicitas, and their Companions"Perpetua, St. Felicitas, and their Companions" is said to preserve the actual words ofis said to preserve the actual words of the martyrs and their friends.the martyrs and their friends. ““But Perpetua, that she might have some taste of pain, was pierced between the bonesBut Perpetua, that she might have some taste of pain, was pierced between the bones and shrieked out; and when the swordsman's hand wandered still (for he was aand shrieked out; and when the swordsman's hand wandered still (for he was a novice), herself set it upon her own neck. Perchance so great a woman could not elsenovice), herself set it upon her own neck. Perchance so great a woman could not else have been slain (being feared of the unclean spirit) had she not herself so willed it."have been slain (being feared of the unclean spirit) had she not herself so willed it." So ends theSo ends the ActaActa.. Their bodies were interred at Carthage.Their bodies were interred at Carthage.
  23. 23. Saint Clare of AssisiSaint Clare of Assisi Saint Clare of AssisiSaint Clare of Assisi bornborn ChiaraChiara OffreduccioOffreduccio (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253) is(July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253) is a saint of Italy and one of the first followers of Sainta saint of Italy and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of PoorFrancis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in theLadies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life--Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life-- the first monastic rule known to have been writtenthe first monastic rule known to have been written by a woman. Following her death, the order sheby a woman. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honour as the Orderfounded was renamed in her honour as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as theof Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares.Poor Clares. In art, Clare is often shown carrying a monstranceIn art, Clare is often shown carrying a monstrance or pyx, in commemoration of the time when sheor pyx, in commemoration of the time when she warded away the soldiers of Frederick II at thewarded away the soldiers of Frederick II at the gates of her convent by displaying the Blessedgates of her convent by displaying the Blessed Sacrament and kneeling in prayer.Sacrament and kneeling in prayer. Pope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint ofPope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint of television in 1958, on the basis that when she wastelevision in 1958, on the basis that when she was too ill to attend Mass, she had reportedly been abletoo ill to attend Mass, she had reportedly been able to see and hear it on the wall of her room. Theto see and hear it on the wall of her room. The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) wasEternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was founded by a Poor Clare nun, Mother Angelica.founded by a Poor Clare nun, Mother Angelica.
  24. 24. St. Mary Magdalene of PazziSt. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi Feast Day is May 25Feast Day is May 25thth and is shared with St. Bede Theand is shared with St. Bede The Venerable, and St Gregory VII, PopeVenerable, and St Gregory VII, Pope Saint Maria Magdalena de PazziSaint Maria Magdalena de Pazzi (April 2, 1566 –(April 2, 1566 – May 25, 1607) is an incorrupt saint.May 25, 1607) is an incorrupt saint. St. Maria Magdalena de Pazzi was born into one of theSt. Maria Magdalena de Pazzi was born into one of the wealthiest and most distinguished noble families of Renaissancewealthiest and most distinguished noble families of Renaissance Florence, Italy known as theFlorence, Italy known as the "de Pazzi""de Pazzi" and she was baptizedand she was baptized with the name ofwith the name of "Catherine""Catherine" (known affectionately as(known affectionately as "Atrina""Atrina" oror "Rina""Rina"). She experienced her first ecstasy when she was only). She experienced her first ecstasy when she was only twelve, in her mother's presence. From then on, she continuedtwelve, in her mother's presence. From then on, she continued to witness many varied mystical experiences. She was sent to ato witness many varied mystical experiences. She was sent to a convent at age 14, but was returned home by her family, whoconvent at age 14, but was returned home by her family, who opposed her religious vocation and wanted her to marry aopposed her religious vocation and wanted her to marry a distinguished man. However, they eventually conceded, anddistinguished man. However, they eventually conceded, and Catherine became a Carmelite of the Ancient Observance at 16,Catherine became a Carmelite of the Ancient Observance at 16, taking the name of Sister Maria Magdalena, at a convent that istaking the name of Sister Maria Magdalena, at a convent that is now the site of San Frediano in Cestello. Her life took a coursenow the site of San Frediano in Cestello. Her life took a course similar to that of other women who have become great mystics,similar to that of other women who have become great mystics, characterized by an early love of prayer and penance, charity forcharacterized by an early love of prayer and penance, charity for the poor, and an evangelical spirit.the poor, and an evangelical spirit. St. Maria Magdalena was a descendant of theSt. Maria Magdalena was a descendant of the "de Pazzi""de Pazzi" familyfamily who were the first to scale the walls of Jerusalem during the Firstwho were the first to scale the walls of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. She was also related to the famed Pazzi of theCrusade. She was also related to the famed Pazzi of the "Pazzi"Pazzi conspiracy"conspiracy" who was supported by Pope Sixtus IV againstwho was supported by Pope Sixtus IV against members of the Medici family.members of the Medici family. Countless miracles followed after her death in 1607. Her.Countless miracles followed after her death in 1607. Her. This is also Fr. Tim’s Birthday…. wink, wink, nudge, nudge!This is also Fr. Tim’s Birthday…. wink, wink, nudge, nudge!
  25. 25. Anna the ProphetessAnna the Prophetess AnnaAnna oror Anna the ProphetessAnna the Prophetess was awas a biblical figure mentioned only in thebiblical figure mentioned only in the Gospel of Luke. According to that Gospel,Gospel of Luke. According to that Gospel, she was an aged Jewish prophetess whoshe was an aged Jewish prophetess who prophesied about Jesus at the Temple ofprophesied about Jesus at the Temple of Jerusalem. She appears in Luke 2:36-38 inJerusalem. She appears in Luke 2:36-38 in the episode of the presentation of Jesus atthe episode of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple.the Temple. While Luke gave some elements, Anna'sWhile Luke gave some elements, Anna's life and background are obscure. From thelife and background are obscure. From the three verses in Luke, the following isthree verses in Luke, the following is known of Anna: She was a Prophetess;known of Anna: She was a Prophetess; The Daughter of Phanuel; A member ofThe Daughter of Phanuel; A member of the Tribe of Asher; Widowed after 7 yearsthe Tribe of Asher; Widowed after 7 years of marriage; A devout Jew who practicedof marriage; A devout Jew who practiced prayer and fasting; She was almost 105prayer and fasting; She was almost 105 years old at the Presentation.years old at the Presentation.
  26. 26. ““SaintS of God inSaintS of God in Glory”Glory” ““Saints of God in Glory,Saints of God in Glory, Be with us,Be with us, Rejoice with us,Rejoice with us, Sing praise with us,Sing praise with us, And pray with us now!”And pray with us now!”
  27. 27. Saint MonicaSaint MonicaFeast Day:Feast Day: August 27August 27 Patron of Wives and Abuse VictimsPatron of Wives and Abuse Victims St. MonicaSt. Monica was married by arrangement to a paganwas married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older thanofficial in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violentshe, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and wastempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally difficult, which proved a constant challenge toequally difficult, which proved a constant challenge to St. Monica. She had three children; Augustine,St. Monica. She had three children; Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. Through her patience andNavigius, and Perpetua. Through her patience and prayers, she was able to convert her husband and hisprayers, she was able to convert her husband and his mother to the Catholic faith in 370 He died a year·mother to the Catholic faith in 370 He died a year· later. Perpetua and Navigius entered the religiouslater. Perpetua and Navigius entered the religious Life. St. Augustine was much more difficult, as sheLife. St. Augustine was much more difficult, as she had to pray for him for 17 years, begging the prayershad to pray for him for 17 years, begging the prayers of priests who, for a while, tried to avoid her becauseof priests who, for a while, tried to avoid her because of her persistence at this seemingly hopelessof her persistence at this seemingly hopeless endeavor. One priest did console her by saying, "it isendeavor. One priest did console her by saying, "it is not possible that the son of so many tears shouldnot possible that the son of so many tears should perish." This thought, coupled with a vision that sheperish." This thought, coupled with a vision that she had received strengthened her. St. Augustine washad received strengthened her. St. Augustine was baptized by St Ambrose in 387. St Monica died laterbaptized by St Ambrose in 387. St Monica died later that same year, on the way back to Africa from Romethat same year, on the way back to Africa from Rome in the Italian town of Ostia.in the Italian town of Ostia.
  28. 28. Saint MonicaSaint Monica  St Monica your faith and patience areSt Monica your faith and patience are an inspiration to us.an inspiration to us.  Help us in our daily married life to beHelp us in our daily married life to be more patient and understanding ofmore patient and understanding of difficult situations, help us to be adifficult situations, help us to be a better mother and have faith thatbetter mother and have faith that prayer will help us.prayer will help us.  Your life shows us what the power ofYour life shows us what the power of prayer can achieve. AMENprayer can achieve. AMEN
  29. 29. St Bernadette SoubirousSt Bernadette SoubirousFeast Day: April 16 Famed visionary of Lourdes, baptized Mary Bernard. She was born in Lourdes, France, on January 7, 1844, the daughter of Francis and Louise Soubirous. Bernadette, a severe asthma sufferer, lived in abject poverty. On February 11, 1858, she was granted a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a cave on the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes. She was placed in considerable jeopardy when she reported the vision, and crowds gathered when she had futher visits from the Virgin. The civil authorities tried to frighten Bernadette into recanting her accounts, but she remained faithful to the vision. A spring emerged from the cave and the waters were discovered to be of a miraculous nature, capable of healing the sick and lame. Bernadette announced that the vision stated that she was the Immaculate Conception, and that a church should be erected on the site. Many authorities tried to shut down the spring and delay the construction of the chapel, but the influence and fame of the visions reached Empress Eugenie of France, wife of Napoleon Ill, and construction went forward. Crowds gathered, free of harassment from the anticlerical and antireligious officials. In 1866, Bernadette was sent to the Sisters of Notre Dame in Nevers. There she became a member of the community, and faced some rather harsh treatment from the mistress of novices. This oppression ended when it was discovered that she suffered from a painful, incurable illness. She died in Nevers on April 16,1879, still giving the same account of her visions. Lourdes became one of the major pilgrimage destinations in the world, and the spring has
  30. 30. St Bernadette SoubirousSt Bernadette Soubirous St Bernadette, through your intercession giveSt Bernadette, through your intercession give me the grace of praying in the occasions of sin.me the grace of praying in the occasions of sin.  Grant me a holy recollection, the grace ofGrant me a holy recollection, the grace of being aware of Mary’s holy presence and thebeing aware of Mary’s holy presence and the virtue of silence. Grant me from God, the holyvirtue of silence. Grant me from God, the holy virtue of spiritual and bodily purity, as well asvirtue of spiritual and bodily purity, as well as purity of conscience through humble, frequentpurity of conscience through humble, frequent and sincere confession, for the grater glory ofand sincere confession, for the grater glory of God. Obtain for me a heroic faith along with aGod. Obtain for me a heroic faith along with a loving filled confidence in the Most Sacredloving filled confidence in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart ofHeart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. AMENMary. AMEN
  31. 31. St.St. CatherineCatherine of Sienaof Siena Feast Day: April 29 Patron Fire prevention 1347 - 1380 The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints. St. Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day, although she never had any formal education. She persuaded the Pope to go back to Rome from Avignon, in 1377, and when she died she was endeavoring to heal the Great Western Schism. In 1375 Our Lord give her the Stigmata, which was visible only after her death. Her spiritual director was Blessed Raymond of Capua. St, Catherine's letters, and a treatise called "a dialogue" are considered among the most brilliant writings in the history of the Catholic Church. She died when she was only 33, and her body was found incorrupt in 1430.
  32. 32. St.St. CatherineCatherine of Sienaof Siena Heavenly Father, your glory is in your saints.Heavenly Father, your glory is in your saints. We praise your glory in the life of theWe praise your glory in the life of the admirable St Catherine of Siena, a virgin andadmirable St Catherine of Siena, a virgin and doctor of the church. Her whole life was adoctor of the church. Her whole life was a noble sacrifice inspired by an ardent love ofnoble sacrifice inspired by an ardent love of Jesus, your unblemished lamb. In troubledJesus, your unblemished lamb. In troubled times, she strenuously upheld the rights of Histimes, she strenuously upheld the rights of His beloved spouse, the Church.beloved spouse, the Church.  Father honour her merits and hear her prayersFather honour her merits and hear her prayers for each of us and for our whole parish familyfor each of us and for our whole parish family dedicated to her. We ask this through Jesus,dedicated to her. We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the bond of the Holy Spirit.your Son, in the bond of the Holy Spirit.AMENAMEN
  33. 33. St Brigid of IrelandSt Brigid of IrelandFeast Day: February 1 Ppatron of Ireland Brigid was probably born at Faughart near Dundalk, Louth, Ireland. Her parents were baptized by St. Patrick, with whom she developed a close friendship. According to legend, her father was Dubhthach, an Irish chieftain of Lienster, and her mother, Brocca, was a slave at his court. Even as a young girl she evinced an interest for a religious life and took the veil in her youth from St. Macaille at Croghan and probably was professed by St Mel of Armagh, who is believed to have conferred abbatial authority on her. She settled with seven of her virgins at the foot of Croghan Hill for a time and about the year 468, followed Mel to Meath. About the year 470 she founded a double monastery at Cill-Dara (Kildare) and was Abbess of the convent, the first in Ireland. The foundation developed into a center of learning and spirituality, and around it grew up the Cathedral city of Kildare. She founded a school of art at Kildare and itsilhuminated manuscripts became famous, notably the Book of Kildare, which was praised as one of the finest of all illuminated Irish manuscripts before its disappearance three centuries ago. Brigid was one of the most remarkable women of her times, and despite the numerous legendary, extravagant, and even fantastic miracles attributed to her, there is no doubt that her extraordinary spirituality, boundless charity, and compassion for those in distress were real. She died at Kildare on February 1. The Mary of the Gael, she is buried at Downpatrick with St. Columba and St. Patrick, with whom she is the. Her name is sometimes Bridget and Bride.
  34. 34. St Brigid of IrelandSt Brigid of Ireland Brigid, you were a woman of peace. YouBrigid, you were a woman of peace. You brought harmony where there was conflict.brought harmony where there was conflict. You brought light to the darkness. YouYou brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast. May the mantlebrought hope to the downcast. May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubledof your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious, and may peace be firmly rootedand anxious, and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.in our hearts and in our world.  Inspire us to act justly and to reverence allInspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made. Strengthen what is weak withinGod has made. Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals andus. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens. May we grow each day into greaterlistens. May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit. AMENwholeness in mind, body and spirit. AMEN
  35. 35. Saint CeciliaSaint CeciliaFeast Day: November 22Feast Day: November 22 PPatroness of music St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicianc and Chrch musicSt. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicianc and Chrch music because as she was dying she sang to God.. It is also writtenbecause as she was dying she sang to God.. It is also written that as the musicians palyed at her wedding she “sang in herthat as the musicians palyed at her wedding she “sang in her heart to the Lord.” St Cecilia is one of seven women,heart to the Lord.” St Cecilia is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commerated by name in theexcluding the Blessed Virgin, commerated by name in the Canon of the Mass. It was long supposed that she was aCanon of the Mass. It was long supposed that she was a noble lady of Rome who, with her husband, Valerian, hisnoble lady of Rome who, with her husband, Valerian, his brother Toburtius, and a Roman soldier, suffered martyrdombrother Toburtius, and a Roman soldier, suffered martyrdom c. 230, under the Emperor Alexander Severous.c. 230, under the Emperor Alexander Severous... She arranged to have her home preserved as a church beforeShe arranged to have her home preserved as a church before she was arrested. At that time, the officials attempted to killshe was arrested. At that time, the officials attempted to kill her by smothering her by steam. However, the attempt failedher by smothering her by steam. However, the attempt failed and she was to have her head chopped off, but they wereand she was to have her head chopped off, but they were unsuccessful 3 times, and she would not die until sheunsuccessful 3 times, and she would not die until she received the sacrament of Holy Communiion. Ceciliareceived the sacrament of Holy Communiion. Cecilia survived another 3 days before succumbing. In the last 3survived another 3 days before succumbing. In the last 3 days of her life, she opened her eyes, gazed at her family anddays of her life, she opened her eyes, gazed at her family and friends who crowded around her cell, closed them, and neverfriends who crowded around her cell, closed them, and never opened them again. The people by her cell knewopened them again. The people by her cell knew immediately that she was to become a saint in heaven. Whenimmediately that she was to become a saint in heaven. When herher incorruptible bodyincorruptible body was found long after her death, itwas found long after her death, it was found that on one hand she had 3 fingers outstretchedwas found that on one hand she had 3 fingers outstretched and on the other hand just one finger, denoting her belief inand on the other hand just one finger, denoting her belief in the Trinity. The skeull of St Cecilia is kept as a relic in thethe Trinity. The skeull of St Cecilia is kept as a relic in the
  36. 36. Saint CeciliaSaint Cecilia O glorious saint who chose to die instead ofO glorious saint who chose to die instead of denying your king, we pray you to please helpdenying your king, we pray you to please help us as His fair praise we sing.us as His fair praise we sing.  We lift our hearts in joyous song to honourWe lift our hearts in joyous song to honour Him this way and while we sing, rememberingHim this way and while we sing, remembering to sing is to doubly pray. At once in our heartsto sing is to doubly pray. At once in our hearts and from our tongues we offer double prayerand from our tongues we offer double prayer sent heavenward on winged notes to praisesent heavenward on winged notes to praise God dwelling there, while in our hearts andGod dwelling there, while in our hearts and from our tongues we try, with song to praisefrom our tongues we try, with song to praise God twice. We ask dear saint, to help us to beGod twice. We ask dear saint, to help us to be united close to Christ. AMENunited close to Christ. AMEN
  37. 37. St. FaustinaSt. FaustinaFeast Day: October 5 Saint Faustina (1905 - 1938) was born Helena Kowalska in a small village west of Lodz, Poland on August 25, 1905. She was the third of ten children. When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women. The following year she received her religious habit and was given the name Sister Maria Faustina, to which she added, "of the Most Blessed Sacrament", as was permitted by her congregation's custom. In the 1930's, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become theapostle and secretary of God's mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God's plan of mercy for the world. It was not a glamorous prospect. Her entire life, in imitation of Christ's, was to be a sacrafice - a life lived for others. At the Divine Lord's request, she willingly offered her personal sufferings in union with Him to atone for the sins of others; in her daily life she was to become a doer of mercy, bringing joy and peace to others, and by writing about God's mercy, she was to encourage others to trust in Him and thus prepare the world for His coming again. Her special devotion toMary Immaculate and to thesacraments of Eucharist and Reconcilition gave her the strength to bear all her sufferings as an offering to God on behalf of the Church and those in special need, especially great sinners and the dying. After her death from tuberculosis in 1938, even her closest associates were amazed as they began to discover what great sufferings and deep mystical experiences had been given to this Sister of theirs, who had always been so cheerful and humble. She had taken deeply into her heart, God's gospel command to "be merciful even as your heavenly Father is merciful" as well as her confessor's directive that she should act in such a way that everyone who came in contact with her would go away joyful. The message of mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; her diary, Divine Mercy in my Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to the Divine Mercy.
  38. 38. St. FaustinaSt. Faustina Do what You will with me, O Jesus, I will adore YouDo what You will with me, O Jesus, I will adore You in everything. May your will be done in me, O myin everything. May your will be done in me, O my Lord and my God, and I will praise Your infiniteLord and my God, and I will praise Your infinite mercy.mercy.  [Divine Mercy chaplet, prayed with rosary beads][Divine Mercy chaplet, prayed with rosary beads]  On the Our Father beads, we say: Eternal Father, IOn the Our Father beads, we say: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity ofoffer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, inYour dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.  On the Hail Mary beads we say: For the sake of HisOn the Hail Mary beads we say: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on thesorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Conclude with: Holy God, Holy Mightywhole world. Conclude with: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy onus and onOne, Holy Immortal One, have mercy onus and on
  39. 39. St. AgathaSt. AgathaFeast Day: February 5 Patroness of Bellmakers, Protector against the outbreak of fire. Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of her life, she belonged to a rich, important family. When she was young, she dedicated her life to God and resisted any men who wanted to marry her or have sex with her. One of these men, Quintian, was of a high enough rank that he felt he could force her to acquiesce. Knowing she was a Christian in a time of persecution, he had her arrested and brought before the judge - - himself. He expected her to give in to when faced with torture and possible death, but she simply affirmed her belief in God by praying: "Jesus Christ, Lord of all, you see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am. I am your sheep: make me worthy to overcome the devil." Legend tells us that Quintian imprisoned her in a brothel in order to get her to change her mind. Quintian brought her back before him after she had suffered a month of assault and humiliation in the brothel, but Agatha had never wavered, proclaiming that her freedom came from Jesus. Quintian sent her to prison, instead of back to the brothel -- a move intended to make her more afraid, but which probably was a great relief to her. When she continued to profess her faith in Jesus, Quintian had her tortured. He refused her any medical care but God gave her all the care she needed in the form of a vision of St. Peter. When she was tortured again, she died after saying a final prayer: "Lord, my Creator, you have always protected me from the cradle; you have taken me from the love of the world and given me patience to suffer. Receive my soul." Because one of the tortures she supposedly suffered was to have her breasts cut off, she was often depicted carrying her breasts on a plate. It is thought that blessing of the bread that takes place on her
  40. 40. St. AgathaSt. Agatha Saint Agatha, you suffered sexual assalt andSaint Agatha, you suffered sexual assalt and indignity because of your faith. Help heal allindignity because of your faith. Help heal all those who are survivors of sexual assalts andthose who are survivors of sexual assalts and protect those women who are in danger.protect those women who are in danger. AMENAMEN  Prayers St Agatha said: Jesus Christ, Lord of allPrayers St Agatha said: Jesus Christ, Lord of all things, you see my heart, you know my desires.things, you see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am- you alone. I am your sheep,Possess all that I am- you alone. I am your sheep, make me worthy to overcome the devil. AMENmake me worthy to overcome the devil. AMEN  Lord, my creator, you have protected me since I wasLord, my creator, you have protected me since I was in the cradle. You have taken from me, the love of thein the cradle. You have taken from me, the love of the world and given me patience to suffer, Now receiveworld and given me patience to suffer, Now receive my spirit. AMENmy spirit. AMEN
  41. 41. ““SaintS of God inSaintS of God in Glory”Glory” ““Saints of God in Glory,Saints of God in Glory, Be with us,Be with us, Rejoice with us,Rejoice with us, Sing praise with us,Sing praise with us, And pray with us now!”And pray with us now!”
  42. 42. St Rita of CasciaSt Rita of Cascia Feast Day: May 22 Patron saint of hopeless causes 1457 Augustiniannun, also called Margarita. She was born in Roccaporena, near Spoleto, Italy, in 1381, and expressed from an early age the desire to become a nun. Her elderly parents insisted that she be married at the age of twelve to a man described in accounts of her life as cruel and harsh. She spent eighteen extremely unhappy years, had two sons, and was finally widowed when her husband was killed in a brawl. Both sons also died, and Rita, still anxious to become a nun, tried unsuccessfully to enter the Augustinians in their convent at Cascia. She was refused because she was a widow and because of the requirement that all sisters should be virgins. Finally, in 1413, the order gave her entry, and she earned fame for her austerity, devotion to prayer, and charity. In the midst of chronic illnesses, she received visions and wounds on her forehead which resembled the crown of thorns. She died on May 22 at Cascia, and many miracles were reported instantly. Canonized in 1900, she is honored in Spain as La Santa de los Impossibles.
  43. 43. St Rita of CasciaSt Rita of Cascia O powerful St Rita, you are called the Saint of theO powerful St Rita, you are called the Saint of the Impossible. In this time of need, I come to youImpossible. In this time of need, I come to you with confidence. You know my trials, for youwith confidence. You know my trials, for you yourself were many times burdened in this life.yourself were many times burdened in this life. Come to my help, pray with me, intercede on myCome to my help, pray with me, intercede on my behalf before the Father. I know that God has abehalf before the Father. I know that God has a most generous heart and that He is a most lovingmost generous heart and that He is a most loving Father. Join your prayers to mine and obtain forFather. Join your prayers to mine and obtain for me the grace and assistance I desire and need some the grace and assistance I desire and need so much.much.  I promise to use this favour, when granted, toI promise to use this favour, when granted, to better my life, to proclaim God’s mercy and tobetter my life, to proclaim God’s mercy and to make you widely known and loved. AMEN
  44. 44. St. Maria GorettiSt. Maria Goretti Feast Day: July 6 Patron of youth, young women, purity, and victims of rape 1890 - 1902 Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed her from her steps and tried to rape her. When Maria said that she would rather died than submit, Alexander began stabbing her with a knife. As she lay in the hospital, she forgave Alexander before she died. Her death didn't end her forgivness, however. Alexander was captured and sentenced to thirty years. He was unrepentant until he had a dream that he was in a garden. Maria was there and gave him flowers. When he woke, he was a changed man, repenting of his crime and living a reformed life. When he was released after 27 years he went directly to Maria's mother to beg her forgiveness, which she gave. "If my daughter can forgive him, who am I to withold forgiveness," she said. When Maria was declared a saint in 1950, Alexander was there in the St. Peter's crowd to celebrate her canonization. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950 for her purity as model for youth. She is called a martyr because she fought against Alexander's attempts at sexual assault. However, the most important aspect of her story is her forgiveness of her attacker -- her concern for her enemy extending even beyond death.
  45. 45. St. Maria GorettiSt. Maria Goretti O St Maria Goretti, who strengthened by God’sO St Maria Goretti, who strengthened by God’s grace, did not hesitate even at the age of twelve tograce, did not hesitate even at the age of twelve to shed your blood and sacrifice life itself to defend youshed your blood and sacrifice life itself to defend you virginal purity, look graciously on the unhappyvirginal purity, look graciously on the unhappy human race which has strayed for from the path ofhuman race which has strayed for from the path of eternal salvation.eternal salvation.  Teach us all, and especially youth, with what courageTeach us all, and especially youth, with what courage and promptitude we should flee for the love of Jesusand promptitude we should flee for the love of Jesus anything that could offend Him or stain our soulsanything that could offend Him or stain our souls with sin. Obtain for us form our Lord, victory inwith sin. Obtain for us form our Lord, victory in temptation, comfort in the sorrows of life, and thetemptation, comfort in the sorrows of life, and the grace which we earnestly beg of thee, and may wegrace which we earnestly beg of thee, and may we one day enjoy with thee the imperishable glory ofone day enjoy with thee the imperishable glory of Heaven. AMENHeaven. AMEN
  46. 46. St. Marguerite d’YouvilleSt. Marguerite d’Youville Feast Day: October 16 1771 Foundress of the Sisters of Charity, the Grey Nuns of Canada. St. Marguerite D'Youville was born Marie Marguerite Dufrost de La Jemmerais at Varennes, Quebec, on October 15. She studied under the Ursulines, married Francois D'Youville in 1722, and became a widow in 1730. She worked to support herself and her three children, devoted much of her time to the Confraternity of the Holy Family in charitable activities.. In 1737, with three companions, she founded the Grey Nuns when they took their initial vows; a formal declaration took place in 1745. Two years later she was appointed Directress of the General Hospital in Montreal, which was taken over by the Grey Nuns, and had the rule of the Grey Nuns, with Marguerite as Superior, confirmed by Bishop of Pontbriand of Quebec in 1755. She died in Montreal on December 23, and since her death, the Grey Nuns have established schools, hospitals, and orphanages throughout Canada, the United States, Africa, and South America, and are especially known for their work among the Eskimos. She was Beatified by PopeJohn XXIII in 1959 and canonized in 1990 by Pope John Paul II.
  47. 47. St. Marguerite d’YouvilleSt. Marguerite d’Youville  St Marguerite d’Youville during your lifetime,St Marguerite d’Youville during your lifetime, you opened your heart and home to every typeyou opened your heart and home to every type of human misery. Listen now to my prayer ofof human misery. Listen now to my prayer of petition. (state request)petition. (state request)  I count on you to plead with the God of love toI count on you to plead with the God of love to grant the favour I seek with confidence andgrant the favour I seek with confidence and trust. Gift us as you were gifted, with evertrust. Gift us as you were gifted, with ever deepening faith, with firm hope and trust. Letdeepening faith, with firm hope and trust. Let my life be all of service of love.my life be all of service of love.  Mother of Universal Charity, your love for theMother of Universal Charity, your love for the poor made the impossible possible. Pleasepoor made the impossible possible. Please make haste to help me. AMENmake haste to help me. AMEN
  48. 48. Blessed Kateri TekakwithaBlessed Kateri TekakwithaFeast Day: July 14 Patron of the environment and ecology 1656 - April 17, 1680 Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin, has not yet been canonized. Kateri was born near the town of Auriesville, New York, in the year 1656, the daughter of a Mohawk warrior. She was four years old when her mother died of smallpox. The disease also attacked Kateri and transfigured her face. She was adopted by her two aunts and an uncle. Kateri became converted as a teenager. She was baptized at the age of twenty and incurred the great hostility of her tribe. Although she had to suffer greatly for her Faith, she remained firm in it. Kateri went to the new Christian colony of Indians in Canada. Here she lived a life dedicated to prayer, penitential practices, and care for the sick and aged. Every morning, even in bitterest winter, she stood before the chapel door until it opened at four and remained there until after the last Mass. She was devoted to the Eucharist and to Jesus Crucified. She died on April 17, 1680 at the age of twenty-four. She is known as the "Lily of the Mohawks". Devotion to Kateri is responsible for establishing Native American ministries in Catholic Churches all over the United States and Canada. Kateri was declared venerable by the Catholic Church in 1943 and she was Beatified in 1980. Work is currently underway to have her Canonized by the Church. Hundreds of thousands have visited shrines to Kateri erected at both St Francis Xavier and Caughnawaga and at her birth place at Auriesville, New York.Pilgrimages at these sites continue today. Blessed Kateri Teckakwitha is the first Native American to be declared a Blessed.
  49. 49. Blessed Kateri TekakwithaBlessed Kateri Tekakwitha  Lord God, You called the virgin BlessedLord God, You called the virgin Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, to shine among theKateri Tekakwitha, to shine among the American Indian people as an example ofAmerican Indian people as an example of innocence of life.innocence of life.  Through her intercession, may all people ofThrough her intercession, may all people of every tribe, tongue and nation, having beenevery tribe, tongue and nation, having been gathered into Your Church, proclaim yourgathered into Your Church, proclaim your greatness in one song of praise. We ask thisgreatness in one song of praise. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, whothrough our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. AMENone God, forever and ever. AMEN
  50. 50. St Joan of ArcSt Joan of ArcFeast Day: May 30 Patron of soldiers and France St. Joan of Arc (1412 - 1431) is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret. At first the messages were personal and general. Then at last came the crowning order. In May, 1428, her voices "of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret" told Joan to go to the King of France and help him reconquer his kingdom. For at that time the English king was after the throne of France, and the Duke of Burgundy, the chief rival of the French king, was siding with him and gobbling up evermore French territory. After overcoming opposition from churchmen and courtiers, the seventeen year old girl was given a small army with which she raised the seige of Orleans on May 8, 1429. She then enjoyed a series of spectacular military successes, during which the King was able to enter Rheims and be crowned with her at his side. In May 1430, as she was attempting to relieve Compiegne, she was captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English when Charles and the French did nothing to save her. After months of imprisonment, she was tried at Rouen by a tribunal presided over by the infamous Peter Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, who hoped that the English would help him to become archbishop. Through her unfamiliarity with the technicalities of theology, Joan was trapped into making a few damaging statements. When she refused to retract the assertion that it was the saints of God who had commanded her to do what she had done, she was condemned to death as a heretic, sorceress, and adulteress, and burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. She was nineteen years old. Some thirty years later, she was exonerated of all guilt and she was ultimately canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV,
  51. 51. St Joan of ArcSt Joan of Arc  Lord, You wondrously raised up Saint Joan ofLord, You wondrously raised up Saint Joan of Arc, Your virgin, to defend the faith and herArc, Your virgin, to defend the faith and her country.country.  Through her intercession grant that the ChurchThrough her intercession grant that the Church may overcome the snares of her enemies andmay overcome the snares of her enemies and enjoy unbroken peace. AMENenjoy unbroken peace. AMEN
  52. 52. St. Mary MagdeleneSt. Mary Magdelene Feast Day: July 22 She is called "the Penitent". St. Mary was given the name 'Magdalen’ because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St.Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her. She was present at Our Lords' Crucifixion, and with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, at Jesus' empty tomb. " After Jesus' body had been placed in the tomb, Mary went to anoint it with spices early Easter Sunday morning. Not finding the Sacred Body, she began to weep, and seeing someone whom she thought was the gardener, she asked him if he knew where the Body of her beloved Master had been taken. But then the person spoke in a voice she knew so well: "Mary!" It was Jesus, risen from the dead! He had chosen to show Himself first to Mary Magdalen, the repentent sinner. Fourteen years after Our Lord's death, St Mary was put in a boat by theJews without sails or oars - along with Sts.Lazarus and Martha, St. Maximin (who baptized her), St. Sidonius ("the man born blind"), her maid Sera, and the body of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin. They were sent drifting out to sea and landed on the shores of Southern France, where she spent the rest of her life as a contemplative in a cave known as Sainte-Baume. She was given the Holy Eucharist daily by angels as her only food, and died when she was 72. St Mary was transported miraculously, just before she died, to the chapel of St. Maximin, where she received the last sacraments.
  53. 53. St. Mary MagdeleneSt. Mary Magdelene  Saint Mary Magdelene, woman of many sins,Saint Mary Magdelene, woman of many sins, who by conversion, became the beloved ofwho by conversion, became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that JesusJesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love.forgives through the miracle of love.  You who already possesses eternal happinessYou who already possesses eternal happiness in His glorious presence, please intercede forin His glorious presence, please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the sameme, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy. AMENeverlasting joy. AMEN
  54. 54. St. Marguerite BourgeoysSt. Marguerite Bourgeoys Feast Day: January 12 (Canada) Marguerite had survived many threats in the twenty-six years she had been in wilderness of Canada. She had lived through Iroquois attacks, a fire that destroyed her small village, plagues on the ships that she took back and forth to France, but nothing threatened her dreams and hopes more than what her own Bishop said to her in 1679. He told her that she had to join her Congregation of Notre Dame with its teaching sisters to a cloistered religious order of Ursulines. She reminded him that the Ursulines because they were cloistered could not go out and teach, as her Sisters had done.. But Marguerite had overcome many challenges to get to this day and was not deterred. In her own native France, she had belonged to a sodality of women who cared for the sick. The stories of hardships and dangers in Montreal that made other people shiver, had awakened a call from God in her to serve the Native Americans and settlers who endured this adversity. She met with the governor of what was then called Ville Marie and convinced him she was the person he was looking for to help start a school for the children of Montreal.. She helped the remarkable Jeanne Mance, who ran the hospital. When she finally had healthy children to teach, she had to set to up school in a stable. The poor and uneducated would not and could not travel to a Quebec cloister over miles of frontier at the risk of their lives. But her Sisters were more than willing to live in huts in order to fulfill their call from God. She had set up schools all over the territory, not just for children. When the king, in well-meaning ignorance, had sent untrained orphans over to be colonists she had set up a school for the women to teach them how to survive and thrive in Canada. Marguerite lived to see the triumph when their Rule was made official in 1698. She was canonized in 1982 by Pope John Paul II.
  55. 55. St. Marguerite BourgeoysSt. Marguerite Bourgeoys  Marguerite Bourgeoys, you who contributed so greatly toMarguerite Bourgeoys, you who contributed so greatly to the human and Christian promotion of the family in thethe human and Christian promotion of the family in the New World, continue to protect our homes. Inspire youngNew World, continue to protect our homes. Inspire young couples to prepare in a Christina manner for marriage.couples to prepare in a Christina manner for marriage. Help husbands and wives to grow in love and fidelity toHelp husbands and wives to grow in love and fidelity to their commitments. Assist parents in the education oftheir commitments. Assist parents in the education of their children. Obtain for them the necessary material andtheir children. Obtain for them the necessary material and spiritual means to provide for their need. Come to thespiritual means to provide for their need. Come to the help of those whose happiness is threatened or shattered.help of those whose happiness is threatened or shattered. Bring joy to unhappy children.Bring joy to unhappy children.  Grant that we may rediscover in the Holy family ofGrant that we may rediscover in the Holy family of Nazareth, an ever living model of family life based onNazareth, an ever living model of family life based on Gospel values, and obtain for us the protection ofGospel values, and obtain for us the protection of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. AMENJesus, Mary and Joseph. AMEN
  56. 56. ““Saints of God in Glory,Saints of God in Glory, Be with us,Be with us, Rejoice with us,Rejoice with us, Sing praise with us,Sing praise with us, And pray with us now!”And pray with us now!”

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