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  • St. Maria Goretti
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; St. Maria Goretti
    The feast day of St. Maria Goretti is celebrated on July 6. She was the third of six children; having two sisters and three brothers. She died a martyr after an attempted rape and being stabbed to death. St. Maria Goretti is the patron saint of...
  • St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; St. Anthony Zaccaria
    The feast day of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria is celebrated on July 5. He is known for beginning the devotion of Eucharistic adoration and founding the religious order of the Society of Clerics.St. Anthony was born in Cremona, Italy in 1502 into a...
  • St. Elizabeth of Portugal
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; St. Elizabeth of Purtugal
    The feast day of St. Elizabeth of Portugal is celebrated on July 4. She was a Spanish princess who was named after her great aunt St. Elizabeth of Hungary. At the age of twelve, she married King Denis of Portugal who was 26 years old. She was a...
  • Doubting Thomas
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; St. Thomas the Apostle
    The feast day of St. Thomas the Apostle is celebrated on July 3. Thomas was also called Didymus which means twin. St. Thomas is the patron saint of India and architects.Thomas the Apostle was known for questioning things. He was not afraid to ask...
  • St. Bernadino Realino
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; St. Bernadino
    The feast day of St. Bernadino Realino is celebrated on July 2. He was born to a noble family of Capri, Italy in 1530. He studied medicine and law at the University of Bologna. He received his doctorate in 1563. After attending a retreat giving by...
  • Bl. Juniipero Serra
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; Bl. Junipero Serra
    The feast day of Bl. Junipero Serra is celebrated on July 1. He was born Miguel Jose Serra on the Island of Mallorca, Sain in 1713. At a young age Miguel joined the Order of St. Francis of Assisi taking the name Junipero which was the name of St....
  • Roman Martyrs
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; The First Martyrs
    The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome are honored on June 30. The feast day has been celebrated beginning in 1969.More than half of Rome was destroyed by fire in July of 64. The unpopular Emperor Nero was blamed for the fire but he accused the...
  • Get Set for Vacation Bible School
    Get Set for Vacation Bible School
    It's nearly July, and with Chicago in the peak of the summer season, many families opt for vacations or summer camp at this time. For Christians -- and especially Catholics -- there's a unique twist to this: you can send your kids to...
  • St. Peter and St. Paul
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; St. Peter and St. Paul
    The Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. Paul and St. Peter on June 29. Both saints were martyred for their faith during the persecution of Nero. St. Peter was crucified upside down by his own request. He did not consider himself worthy...
  • St. Irenaeus of Lyons
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; St. Irenaeus
    The feast of St. Irenaeus of Lyons is celebrated on June 28. He is considered a martyr and Church Father. St. Irenaeus was born around 125 in Asia Minor. He was raised in a Christian family, becoming a student of St. Polycarp of Smyrna.St....
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; Our Lady of Perpetual Help
    The feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27. Many people believe the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was originally painted by St. Luke. It is presently in the Church of St. Alphonsus under the care of the Order of...
  • St. Josemaria Escirva
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; St. Josemaria Escriva
    St. Josemaria Escriva was born in Barbastro, Spain on Jan. 9, 1902. He was the second of six children and attended Catholic schools. At an early age he learned the meaning of suffering when three of his younger sisters died.After reflectin on...
  • gay marriage
    The Catholic bishops react on marriage (and are wrong)
    Today, in a rare Saturday essay, Michael Sean Winters of National Catholic Reporter, discusses yesterday's marriage equality decision, including the response by the bishops (which I will address, even though I am not sure if I care what they...
  • St. Eurosia
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; St. Eurosia
    St. Eurosia was a French martyr. She was born in Bayonne, France into a noble family. Betrothed against her will to a Moore, she escaped through the mountains and hid in a cave. Eurosia was pursued and captured. Her captures dragged her out of the...
  • St. John the Baptist in art
    Prayers, quips and quotes by saintly people; St. John the Baptist
    The Nativity of St. John the Baptist is celebrated on June 24.John the Baptist is the last prophet proclaiming the coming of the Lord. We actually meet John when Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John. Elizabeth was filled...
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