Saint Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Bibiana

December 2 Today is the feast day of Saint Bibiana.  Ora pro nobis. Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 In the fourth century, there lived at Rome a virgin celebrated among the Christians for her beauty and her modesty, named Bibiana. Flavian, her father, was, in the reign of the godless Emperor Julian, dispossessed of all … Read more

Saint Edmund Campion, Priest. Martyr

Edmund Campion

December 1 Today is the feast day of Saint Edmund Campion.  Ora pro nobis. Edmund Campion was the son and namesake of a Catholic bookseller, and was born in London, 25 Jan 1540.  When Mary Tudor entered London in state as queen, he was the schoolboy chosen to give the Latin salutatory to her majesty. Sir … Read more

Saint Eligius, Bishop

Saint Eligius

December 1 Today is the feast day of Saint Eligius.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Eligius (Eligiusm) was born near Limoges in the late sixth century.  He was in his childhood so skilled in manual arts, that his father decided to place him as an apprentice under a silversmith of Limoges. In a few years he had … Read more

Saint Andrew, Apostle, Martyr

Saint Andrew

November 30 Today is the feast day of Saint Andrew.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Andrew, brother of Saint Peter and at first a disciple of Saint John the Baptist, was among the early followers of Christ. According to tradition, Andrew preached extensively throughout Greece and Asia Minor. He was martyred on an X-shaped cross in … Read more

Our Lady of Beauraing

Our Lady of Beauraing

November 29 Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Beauraing. Our Lady of Beauraing, Immaculate Virgin, bring to Jesus, your Son, all the intentions that we entrust to you today. Mother of the Golden Heart, reflection of the Father’s tenderness, look upon the men and women of our time with love and fill … Read more

Saint Saturninus, Bishop and Martyr

Saint Saturninus

November 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Saturninus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Saturninus was a contemporary and a disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ; he came to Palestine from Greece, attracted by the reputation of Saint John the Baptist. He then followed our Saviour, heard His teaching, and was a witness to many … Read more

Saint James of the Marches, Confessor

James Of the Marches

November 28 Today is the feast day of Saint James of the Marches.  Ora pro nobis. Saint James of the Marches (Giacomo della Marca, 1391-1476), Franciscan friar, missionary, preacher, and opponent of heresy. The life of Saint James is remarkable for his commitment to defense of Church doctrine, his tireless preaching and conversions of sinners, … Read more

Saint Catherine Laboure, Virgin

Catherine Laboure

November 28 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine Laboure.  Ora pro nobis. The sound of the evening Angelus bells floated across the fields and vineyards of Burgundy. It was the second day of the month of May in the year of Our Lord 1806. In the little village of Fain-les-Moutiers a child of … Read more

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877  A New ecclesiastical year! A new year of graces! The festivals of the Church are a spiritual tree, which yearly decks itself with new fruits, by the fresh commemoration of past great events and mysteries; a commemoration, which God blesses with special graces for every … Read more

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Miraculous Medal

November 27 Today is the feast day of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The night of July 13, 1830, 14 Rue de Bac in Paris. It was almost midnight; Sister Catherine Labouré was asleep. She was only a novice of a few months’ standing. Almost every day of her … Read more