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The Twelfth Day of Christmas – Feast of St. John Neumann, Bishop

Saint John Neumann

In America it isn't easy being Catholic. Christmas always makes this particularly obvious as we're bombarded things we must buy, movies we must see and parties we must attend. Even the best in our culture would have us believe that the true meaning of Christmas is spending time with family. The belief in America as the land of opportunity has often been twisted into the idea that America is the place for me to live my life and further my material interests.

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The Tenth Day of Christmas – The Holy Name of Jesus

Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

Why honor the Holy Name of Jesus? In the New Testament, St. Paul writes that God the Father “bestowed on him (Christ Jesus) the name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is …

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The Ninth Day of Christmas – The Feast. of St. Basil the Great

Feast of St. Basil the Great

Who was Saint Basil the Great? St. Basil was Bishop of Caesarea (an area now in eastern Turkey) in the fourth century and is one of the foremost Doctors of the Church who, along with St. Athanasius, is noted as an outstanding defender of Christian orthodoxy during the Arian heresy – a heresy that denied the Divine Nature of Christ, …

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The Sixth Day of Christmas – Feast of the Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family is dedicated to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, commemorating their life together in Nazareth and calling us to focus on Catholic family life. The feast is celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday, in which case it is celebrated on December 30. According to The …

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The Second Day of Christmas – St. Stephen’s Day

Saint Stephen

Who was Saint Stephen? St. Stephen was the first martyr in the Church and is the patron saint of deacons. Dissatisfaction concerning the distribution of alms from the community's fund having arisen in the Church, seven men were selected and specially ordained by the Apostles to take care of the temporal relief of the poorer members. Of these first seven …

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The Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles and Martyrs, is October 28

Saint Jude

“Simon was a simple Galilean, a brother of Jesus, as the ancients called one’s close relatives — aunts, uncles, first cousins; he was one of Our Lord’s four first cousins, with James the Less, Jude and Joseph, all sons of Mary, the wife of Alpheus, or Cleophas, either name being a derivative of the Aramaic Chalphai. The latter was the …

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October 18 is the Feast of Saint Luke, the Evangelist

Saint Luke Feast Day

Who was Saint Luke? “Saint Luke was a native of Syrian Antioch, a Disciple from amongst the Seventy, a companion of the holy Apostle Paul (Phil 1:24, 2 Tim 4:10-11), and a physician enlightened in the Greek medical arts. Hearing about Christ, St. Luke arrived in Palestine and here he fervently accepted the preaching of salvation from the Lord Himself. …

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October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi is the most “popular” saint in the Church, if any can or should be called such. The religious order(s) he founded went on to become the largest in the history of the Church. St. Francis' impact on the Church, and on the world, has been enormous. Beyond all the over-sentimentalization of this truly holy man, the garden statues, …

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The Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux is October 1st

Therese of Lisieux

If we think of the great missionary Saints, many names will probably come to mind: Francis Xavier, Isaac Jogues, perhaps Mother Teresa, and certainly St. Paul. One of the ironies of our Faith, however, is that if we look for the patroness of missionaries, we will find a Saint who spent her entire adult life in a convent in France: St. Therese of Lisieux, the …

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