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Celebrating the Birth of the Forerunner, St. John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist

Today is the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist On June 24th, in the Roman calendar, the church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist. The celebration of the birth of the Forerunner is one of the oldest feasts in the Church's history, dating from the earliest days. St. John the Baptist has remained a …

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St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, Martyrs against tyranny

Celebrate Saint Thomas More and John Fisher

   Saint Thomas More was born in London and was Chancellor of King Henry VIII. As a family man, a public servant, and writer, he displayed a rare combination of human warmth, Christian wisdom, and sense of humor. His most famous quote, fitting for today, was when he declared himself to be “the King's good servant — but God's first” …

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St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of Catholic Youth

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

June 21 is the feast day of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of teens and young people, an extremely devout young Jesuit novice who died at the age of 23. The first born child to the Marquis of Castiglione in 1568, Aloysius was born an Italian noble, and as such he grew up in a castle, trained from the age of …

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We Celebrate the Life of St. Anthony of Padua on June 13

Saint Anthony - patron of the lost

"St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most beloved saints in the Church and one of the most well-known early disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a renowned preacher and worker of miracles during his lifetime, and throughout the eight hundred years since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world. We celebrate his feast day on June 13.

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9 Facts About the Sacred Heart

Nine Things You Didn't Know About the Sacred Heart

Sure, you know about the Sacred Heart. But do you know where the devotion came from or how long it took to be accepted? Nine things to share about the Sacred Heart.

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Saint Isidore the Farmer

Saint Isidore the Farmer

St. Isidore was born in about 1070 to a poor, but devout family. At a very young age, Isidore hired himself out as a farmer to a wealthy Madrilenian landowner named Juan de Vargas.

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The Origins of the Mizpah Medal

The meaning of the Mizpah Medal

The origin of the Mizpah Medal A long time ago there was a man named Jacob. He traveled far from home and found employment working for his uncle Laban. Laban had a daughter named Rachel with whom Jacob fell in love. Jacob promised to work for Laban for seven years in exchange for permission to marry Rachel. Betrayal! Laban, being …

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May, The Month of Mary

Celebrate the Month of Mary

Traditionally, May has been celebrated as the month of “new life.” This has been true even for the ancient Greeks and Romans who each had goddesses that represented the blooming of new life. It is easy to see this because the earth seems to be coming back to life when winter is over and the flowers and trees begin to sprout their beautiful, lively colors again. Mary is also a bearer of new life. She literally brought the Life to the world in bearing her Son, Jesus, whom destroyed our death or “winter” of sin. God, working through Mary, gave us new life.

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What Does the Annunciation Mean for You?

Is the Annunciation an isolated incident, something that happened to our Blessed Mother Mary and that we acknowledge once a year in celebration? Or is the message of the Archangel Gabriel and the response given by the young virgin to whom he brought it intended to speak to us even today?

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