First Sunday in Lent

Today is the First Sunday in Lent. Lent (the word “Lent” comes from the Old English “lencten,” meaning “springtime) lasts from Ash Wednesday to the Vespers of Holy Saturday — forty days + six Sundays which don’t count as “Lent” liturgically. The Latin name for Lent, Quadragesima, means forty and refers to the forty days … Read more

Saint Casimir, Confessor

March 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Casimir. Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877   The Church presents for our imitation an illustrious example of virtue and sanctity in St. Casimir. He was of royal blood, born in the year 1458 at Cracow, the capital of Poland. His father was … Read more

Saint Cunegundes, Virgin, Empress

March 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Cunegundes, Ora pro nobis. St. Cunegundes, virgin, was Empress of the Holy Roman Empire. Saint Cunegundes was the daughter of Sigefried, the first Count of Luxemburg, and Hadeswige, his pious wife. From her cradle her virtuous parents instilled into their daughter the most tender sentiments of … Read more

Meet the Catholic Homeschooling Divas

Homeschooling Before It Was Cool Styled by Monica Gordon &  Rosemary Bajanov     Hair & Makeup by Cathy Ohannessian Who are these glamorous ladies? Definitely not a case of ‘all looks and no brains’. Dorothy Gill, 55, has a BS in Biology and Mary Jo Harrison, 60, has a degree in Philosophy. Both women have four … Read more

Saint Chad, Bishop

March 2 Today is the feast day of Saint Chad. Ora pro nobis. Saint Chad (Ceadda) was one of four brothers who were monks and priests.  Chad was trained in the Celtic tradition by St Aidan of Lindisfarne. He ministered in many places to the Anglo-Saxon Church and eventually set up the episcopal see of … Read more

Saint Agnes of Bohemia, Abbess

March 2 Today is the feast day of Saint Agnes.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Agnes (Saint Agnes of Prague) was born at Prague in the year 1200; died probably in 1281. She was the daughter of Ottocar, King of Bohemia and Constance of Hungary, a relative of St. Elizabeth.  At an early age she was … Read more

Saint Albinus, Bishop

March 1 Today is the feast day of Saint Albinus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Albinus was of an ancient and noble family in Brittany, and from his childhood was fervent in every exercise of piety.  Saint Fortunatus recorded his life and his acts while he lived, making his story one of the better documented accounts … Read more

Saint David of Wales, Abbot and Bishop

March 1 Today is the feast day of Saint David.  Ora pro nobis. Saint David (Dewi Sant) is the the only Welsh saint to be canonized by the Church. While little is factually known about his life, Saint David has been the patron saint of Wales since the 12th century. More than fifty Welsh churches are … Read more

Holy Face of Jesus

TUESDAY IN QUINQUAGESIMA Today is the feast day of the Holy Face of Jesus. By Donna Sue Berry First published in Oremus Press February 2017, reprinted with kind permission Jesus appeared to Blessed Mother Maria Pierina de Micheli on November 21, 1938. She was a sister of the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception, Rome, Italy, and … Read more

Saints Romanus and Lupicinus, Abbotts

February 28 Today is the feast day of Saints Romanus and Lupicinus.  Orate pro nobis. Saint Romanus, born in the late fourth century, left his relatives and spent some time in the monastery of Ainay at Lyons, near a large church at the conflux of the Saône and Rhone. The faithful had built it in … Read more