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Prayers for Father’s Day

Fathers' Day Prayers

Most gracious Heavenly Father, We thank you for our earthly fathers, those to whom you have entrusted the responsibility to provide loving protection of their families and guidance of their children. We thank you, also, for our priests and bishops, whose spiritual fatherhood is so vital to the faith of your people. May our earthly fathers imitate the manly courage …

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Margaret Ward, Martyr of England

Today in England,  Catholics are free to practice their faith. But after the Reformation, this was not the case. Saint Margaret Ward is one of the heroic women saints who helped to sustain the Catholic Faith in England.  As a  martyr, she is honored by all who share the Faith for which they suffered. Saint Margaret Ward is a London …

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The Queenship of Mary

O God, who made the Mother of your Son to be our Mother and our Queen,graciously grant that, sustained by her intercession, we may attain in the heavenly Kingdom the glory promised to your children. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever Pius XII established this feast …

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Novena Before the Glorious Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

The Assumption Novena has two versions; both are efficacious. The Solemnity of the Assumption of the  Blessed Virgin Mary is August 15, and is a Holy Day of Obligation You can begin the Novena today, and pray these prayers daily for nine days ‘See the beauty of the daughter of Jerusalem, who ascended to heaven like the rising sun at …

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The Magnificent Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord became widespread in the West in the eleventh century and was introduced into the Roman calendar in 1457 to commemorate Christendom's victory over Islam in Belgrade in 1456. In the battle, Muslim Turks were routed and the Islamic advance into Europe was halted; thus Pope Callixtus III elevated the Transfiguration to a …

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St. Peter Julian Eymard, Founder of the Society of the Blessed Sacrament

Founder of the Society of the Blessed Sacrament, and of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, born at La Mure d'Isère, Diocese of Grenoble, France, February 4, 1811. From early childhood he gave evidence of great holiness and most tender devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. In 1829, he entered the novitiate of the Oblates of Mary, but illness compelled him …

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The Dormition Fast and the Eastern Catholic Churches: It Starts Today!

Did you know that Catholics of the non-Latin Rites, as well as the Orthodox Church, fast for two weeks prior to the Feast of the Assumption? It's called the Dormition Fast, it's similar to Great Lent, and it begins today!              Why is there a Fast? What are the Rules? The Eastern churches (both Catholic …

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The Magnificent Feast of Saints Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Mother

Joachim (whose name means Yahweh prepares), was the father of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the traditional name of the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tradition grounded on very old testimonies, very early hailed Saints Joachim and Anne as the father and mother of the Mother of God. O Lord, God of our …

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Star of the East: Saint Sharbel Makhluf, the Lebanese monk

Saint Sharbel was a Lebanese monk, born in a small mountain village and ordained in 1858. Devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he spent the last twenty-three years of his life as a hermit. Despite temptations to wealth and comfort, Sharbel taught the value of poverty, self-sacrifice, and prayer by the way he lived. Pope John Paul II often said …

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