February 14: Sts. CYRIL AND METHODIUS, Patron Saints of Europe .

February 14: Sts. CYRIL AND METHODIUS, Patron Saints of Europe (preceded by Ash Wednesday on 2018) Dear brethren in Christ, though preceded by Ash Wednesday, tomorrow is also the feast of the Patron Saints of Europe, Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Let us ask God through the intercession of our saints to pray for Europe and…

Jan. 20. ST. FABIAN, POPE AND MARTYR.

Jan. 20. ST. FABIAN, POPE AND MARTYR St. Fabian (d.250) was elected Pope in 236. He promoted the consolidation and development of the Church. He divided Rome into seven diaconates for the purpose of extending aid to the poor. The papacy acquired such prestige during this time that he incurred the ire of Emperor Decius….

Dec. 14: ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS, Priest and Doctor of the Church

  Dec. 14: ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS, Priest and Doctor of the Church Born in Hontoveros, Spain, St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), after a number of years as a Carmelite, was persuaded by St. Teresa of Jesus to lead the reform of his Order. He suffered many tribulations. He was a renowned mystic…

Dec. 13: ST. LUCY, Virgin and Martyr. Patron saint of the blind.

Dec. 13 ST. LUCY, Virgin and Martyr St. Lucy is one of seven women, aside from the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. St. Lucy (283–304) was a wealthy young Christian martyr well known for her works of charity who, after consecrating herself to God, refused to marry her…

Dec. 11: ST. DAMASUS I, POPE

Dec. 11: ST. DAMASUS I, POPE St. Damasus I (305-384) was probably near the city of Idanha-a-Velha (in Lusitania, Hispania), in what is present-day Portugal, then part of the Western Roman Empire. Damasus defended with vigor the Catholic Faith in a time of dire and varied perils. In two Roman synods (368 and 369) he…

Dec. 7: ST. AMBROSE, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Dec. 7 ST. AMBROSE, Bishop and Doctor of the Church While living in Milan, serving the imperial government, St. Ambrose (340-397) was baptized and elected bishop of the city by popular acclaim. He distinguished himself by his apostolic zeal, service to the poor, and effective care of all the faithful. He defended the doctrine of…