Catholic Feast Days
Feast Days of the Catholic Church throughout the liturgical year.
MARCH 19: This novena prayer to St. Joseph can be prayed at any time of the year, but most traditionally beginning nine days (March 10th) before his feast day (March 19th). St. Joseph—as the chosen earthly father of God Incarnate, Jesus Christ—is, after the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the most powerful patron saints in heaven. He is the patron of many causes.
MARCH - St. Angela of the Cross Guerrero - One of 14 children in a poor family, Angela faced many struggles but managed to form her own order of contemplative sisters and committed her life to serving the poor and infirm. Feast day - March 2. Lord, help me to overlook my own challenges and to focus instead on serving the need of those around me.
MARCH - St. Katharine Drexel - Founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier University, and countless schools and missions for the underserved and minorities. Feast day - March 3. Lord, may I be as open and giving in life as St. Katharine, who devoted her life and all of her earthly resources to educating, caring for, and evangelizing the underserved in our society.
FEB 9: During a 3rd cent uprising against Christians, St. Apollonia was captured by angry mobs in Alexandria and beaten so severely that all her teeth were knocked out (some accounts say torturously extracted). After the crowds lit a fire and threatened to burn the virgin if she did not renounce her faith, St. Apollonia voluntarily hurled herself into the flames in an act of martyrdom.Given her dental torments, St. Apollonia is the patron saint of #dentists and those who suffer #toothaches.
DECEMBER - St. John the Apostle - Feast day: dec 27. He became the "beloved disciple" and the only one of the twelve who didn't forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion. He stood faithfully at the cross when the Savior made him the guardian of His Mother. He was, by order of Emperor Dometian, cast into a cauldron of boiling oil but came forth unhurt, was banished to the island of Pathmos for a year. He died at Ephesus about the year 100.
DEC 6- Saint Nicholas Patron Saint of Children, Brides, Grooms, and Travelers Christian Saint "Nick" lived in Greece, after Christ's birth. He became a priest, and later Bishop of early Catholic Church. Hanging stockings orig w/St. Nicholas. Legend goes he'd toss bags of gold coins into open windows of poor homes. When a bag fell into the stocking of a child, well...soon began the tradition of hanging stockings by the chimney "in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there."