Archive for the ‘Feasts and Holy Days’ Category

Bartholomew, one of the Twelve in the synoptic lists of the Apostles, is traditionally identified with Nathanael of John’s Gospel.  He is believed to have preached the Gospel in India and greater Armenia.  Saint Pantaenus testified that Bartholomew had brought a copy of Saint Mathew’s Gospel to the people of this vast region.  Bartholomew is […]


The feast of the Transfiguration of Christ celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). After revealing to His disciples that He would be put to death in Jerusalem (Matthew 16:21), Christ, along with Ss. Peter, James, and John, went up the mountain. There, St. […]


From an ancient tradition, going back even to the second century, the parents of the Virgin Mary are known by the names of Joachim and Anne.  Devotion to Saint Anne is found in the sixth century in the East, and by the tenth century  it was widespread in the West.  Saint Joachim was likewise honoured, […]


Tradition in the West links Mary Magdalene with the unnamed woman, a “sinner”, a prostitute, who wets the feet of Jesus with her tears and dries them with her hair (cf. Lk 7:36-50).  By the time of the Resurrection, she has become a passionate follower of Jesus.  She stands by the open tomb after the […]


Why does the Church celebrate the birthday of John the Baptist?  Because “John surpasses all the prophets, of whom he is the last” (CCC 523) He “goes before (the Lord) in the spirit and power of Elijah” (CCC696).  John the Baptist “is the Lord’s immediate precursor or forerunner, sent to prepare his way”, who inaugurates […]


The term “Sacred Heart of Jesus” denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being, and his person…Devotion to the Sacred Heart  is a wonderful historical expression of the Church’s piety for Christ …it calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ […]


St Columba

09Jun15

Patron of Derry, floods, bookbinders, poets, Ireland, Scotland 521 – 597 St. Columba 521-597, Born probaly in Donegal Ireland of royal descent he studied at Moville under St. Finnian then in Leinster at the monastery of Clonard under another St. Finnian. He was ordained before he was twenty-five and spent the next fifteen years preaching […]


St Boniface

05Jun15

Highly educated, Boniface left behind a promising ecclesial career in England to proclaim the Gospel to the Northern Germans.  His preaching was so successful that he was forced to write to the people of his homeland begging for books, vestments and money to support “those who are of one blood and bone with you”  He […]


Written by Dennis Carr <!–4/5/11, Catholic Issues–>“When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at […]


O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred […]