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Tag: Martyr

St. Agatha

St. Agatha Born: 231 AD in Palermo or Catania, Sicily Martyred: 251 AD in Catania Canonized: Pre-congregation by tradition confirmed by Gregory I Feast Day: February 5th Patronage: Bell-founders; breast cancer; breast disease; Sicily; Catania, Italy; against fire; earthquakes; eruptions of Mount Etna; fire; fire prevention; jewellers; martyrs; natural disasters; nurses; Palermo, Italy; rape victims; single laywomen;… Read More ›

“The Tale of Three Nativities” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

The Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist “The Tale of Three Nativities”  PDF Version The Solemnity of the Nativity of St John the Baptist (2018) When we celebrate the feast day of one of the saints, this celebration will take place on the day on which the saint passed away. In Latin,… Read More ›

Saint Timothy, Bishop and Martyr

  Born: AD 17, Lystra Died: AD 97, Macedonia Feast Day: January 26th (with Saint Titus) Patronage: stomach and intestinal disorders   One name that readily comes to mind when considering the growth and spread of Christianity in the earliest days of the Church is the apostle Paul, and it would be hard to overstate… Read More ›

Saint Matthias

Born: 1st Century AD – Judea, Roman Empire Died: 80 AD – Judea, Jerusalem or in Colchis Canonized: Pre-Congregation Feast Day: May 14 Patronage: alcoholism; carpenters; Gary, Indiana; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; smallpox; tailors; hope; perseverance **********   A Thought to Contemplate It’s been said to those who believe themselves to be all that important and irreplaceable: “Get yourself a… Read More ›

Remembering Óscar Romero

On Monday, March 24, 1980 Óscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, was saying Mass in the chapel of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese. The building was adjacent to “La Divina Providencia,” the nursing hospital where the Carmelite Sisters provided care for poor cancer patients undergoing treatment at the Instituto del Cáncer (Cancer… Read More ›

St. Philomena – August 11

Born: early centuries of the Church Died: around the age of 13, sometime during the fourth century Patronage: children, youth, babies, infants, priests, lost causes, sterility, virgins   What’s in a Name? When one of our daughters was confirmed a couple of years ago, my husband and I encouraged her – as we had our… Read More ›

Saints Felicity and Perpetua – March 7th

Saints Felicity and Perpetua Feast Day: March 7th Born: Around 181 (Perpetua) Died: March 7, 203 at Carthage, in the Roman province of Africa Patronage: mothers, expectant mothers, ranchers, butchers, Carthage If you’ve ever read about the early martyrs, you know that the first few centuries of the Church were decidedly wild times, and to be a… Read More ›

St. Edmund Campion SJ (December 1)

St. Edmund Campion SJ Born: January 25, 1540 in London, England Martyred: December 1, 1581 at Tyburn (now part of London), England Feast Day: December 1 Patronage: British Jesuit Province A Martyr’s Death? As he was about to pass through the door of his cell in the Jesuit House in Prague, Fr. Edmund Campion looked up… Read More ›

St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles (June 29th)

St. Peter: Born: c. 1 in Bethsaida, Galilee Died: c. 64 in Rome, Italy Feast Day: June 29 Patronage: Fishermen, Ship Builders and Shipwrights, Net Makers, Papacy, Popes, The Papal Basilica of St. Peter (Vatican City), Universal Church, various dioceses and cities, including Rome, Italy, Bakers, Bridge Builders, Butchers, Harvesters, Locksmiths, Shoe Makers, Stone Masons,… Read More ›