feast days

The Feast of St. Stephen, the First Martyr

December 26, 2011

May the Peace and Joy of Christmas be with you this Holiday and throughout the New Year. Take 40% off all of our in-stock Advent and Christmas items for the next three days! Also, take free standard shipping with the coupon "freeshipStephen" today only on all US orders.   December 26th is the feast of […]

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The Feast of St. Patrick

March 17, 2009

I came to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure the taunts of unbelievers, putting up with reproaches about my earthly pilgrimage, suffering many persecutions, even bondage, and losing my birthright of freedom for the benefit of others. If I am worthy, I am ready also to give up my life, without hesitation […]

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St. Valentine's Day

February 14, 2009

The romantic nature of February 14 seems to have been attached to the date long after it was recognized as the feast day of St. Valentine. Still, several centuries before pre-printed, mass-produced greeting cards existed, men and women sent notes, tokens, and cards to their loves on St. Valentine‚Äôs Day. The tradition certainly was in […]

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Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11, 2009

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, one of my favorite feast days and my favorite Marian apparition. 151 years ago, in 1858, Mary first appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, a sickly and uneducated young girl from a poor family. Mary would subsequently return to Bernadette in the grotto at Lourdes seventeen more times, […]

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Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

January 28, 2009

"Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace." - St. Thomas Aquinas January 28 is the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, widely considered the greatest theologian and philosopher of the Catholic Church. His works systematized the Truth of the Catholic Church […]

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The Conversion of St. Paul

January 25, 2009

Today, January 25th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles. Though not one of the Twelve Apostles, Paul converted after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and he preached the Gospel and wrote many letters that are part of the New Testament of the Bible. There are […]

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Feast of St. Francis de Sales

January 24, 2009

Today, January 24, the Church remembers Saint Francis de Sales, bishop, confessor, and Doctor of the Church. Francis, commonly known as the 'Gentleman Saint' or the 'Gentle Christ of Geneva,' spent many years preaching and defending the Faith, and guiding Protestants back to the True Faith. Early Life and Education Francis was born in the […]

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St. Anthony the Great, Founder of Monasticism

January 17, 2009

On January 17, the Church remembers Saint Anthony the Great, the founder of Christian monasticism. Early Life of St. Anthony Most of what is known about St. Anthony, who was born around 251 AD, is found in the document "Life of Anthony," written by Athanasius of Alexandria in the year 360. The biographical information as […]

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Have a Blessed Epiphany!

January 6, 2009

Epiphany is the Christian feast that celebrates the Incarnation and in particular the revelation to mankind that God took on human form. It is curious then that in the West we typically associate January 6th with the three wise men. It is true that these men from the East represent man's discovery of the Messiah, […]

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The Twelfth Day of Christmas - Feast of St. John Neumann

January 5, 2009

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 […]

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