A Modest Take on the Feast of Saint Bernadette

As a girl growing up, my Catholic faith was a deep and defining part of my life. Although I attended public school, most of my classmates also attended the Saturday Catechism classes as I did. We made our First Communion together. Looking at our group photo outside Saint Paul’s Church and our class picture that same year, nearly all of the faces were the same.

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A Simple Feast for a Scholarly Saint

Today is the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Years ago, we belonged to a parish that had the tradition of handing out small loaves of dark bread at the end of Mass in honor of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Tucked inside the wrappings were quotes from Saint Thomas Aquinas. I miss that tradition.

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Third Sunday of Advent and Saint Lucia

Today is the Third Sunday of Advent. Unlike the two Purple Sundays before it, tonight we will light the Pink Candle. Our hearts are filled with Joy as we are drawn ever closer to Christmas. Today is also the Feast Day of Saint Lucia.

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Second Sunday of Advent and Saint Nicholas

Today two very special Christmas Season Days happily fall on the same day. December 6th is the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas. Today also happens to be a Sunday in the Advent Season.

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A Simple Feast for a Little Known Saint

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Bibiana. Not many know of this Virgin Martyr of the early church. She is the patron saint of Single Laywomen and Torture Victims. When you learn of her life and death, those make sense. She was single, and was tortured to death for her faith. Saint Bibiana is also the patron saint of Epilepsy, Hangovers, Headaches, Insanity and Mental Illness. Those are connections that escape me.

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Blessed Be This Day

Today is All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day (thus explaining why October 31 is Halloween – or All Hallows’ Eve). In Western Christianity, this Holy Day is celebrated by the Catholic Church as well as a number of Protestant Churches. November 1 is also the day before All Souls’ Day, more closely associated with Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholics and Byzantine Lutheran churches. Roman Catholics observed both.

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Feast of the Little Rose

It’s been a little while since we’ve talked faith. With all this pandemic and social unrest and fear-driven distractions, faith should be in the forefront. For many of us on a personal level, faith has been center stage even if we haven’t been vocal about sharing it.

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A Feast for Saint Mary Magdalene

Today is the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene. Hers is a relatively new Feast Day to the Catholic Calendar. On June 3, 2016, the Holy see raised the liturgical rank of the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene to a Feast Day. Mary Magdalene is considered to be the Apostle to the Apostles.

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Something Different for Saint Patty’s Day

This year, with all the public gatherings canceled, it looks like tomorrow’s Saint Patrick’s Day is going to be a somber time. Interesting since for most of Ireland, it’s a religious holiday. Families attend Mass, and then spend quality time together. They aren’t dying their rivers green or having giant balloons of Leprechauns floating above their city streets. So I guess the rest of the world will be taking Emerald Isle approach to Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Beef Daube for Saint Bernadette

Saint Bernadette is unusual in that she has two feast days. The first is today, February 18th. This is the day her Lady promised to make her happy, not in this life, but in the next. This is the day recognized in France to be her feast day. The second is April 16th. It was the day she died, the day the Catholic Church tells us she went to heaven. Saint Bernadette was only 35 years old.

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A Humble Man’s Feast

Today is the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Saint Thomas, a Doctor of the Church, was a Dominican Friar, Priest, philosopher and theologian. He is considered one of the greatest theologians of all time.

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Feast Day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was born on August 28, 1774 to wealth and social prominence in New York City. She was the first person born in what would become the United States of America to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Today, 199 years since her death, is the Feast Day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

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Saint Lucia’s Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights and Saint Lucia’s Feast Day marks the beginning of the Christmas Season in some countries, especially Sweden, Norway and the Swedish-speaking areas of Finland. The day honors Saint Lucia (Saint Lucy); one of the earliest Christian Martyrs.

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Friday’s Feast of Saint Nicholas

December isn’t just about the traditional Christmas Holidays with big family meals and lots of presents. As a Catholic, we also celebrate one of my favorite Feast Days in early December, the Feast of Saint Nicholas. Most people today forget that jolly old Saint Nick is more than just a childhood story. Once upon a time, not long after the birth of the Christian faith, a man named Nicholas became the Bishop of Myra. He is the stuff of legends.

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