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Mary, Queen of Saints, pray for us.

Mary Queen of SaintsSince the angels and saints have a closer connection to God, we pray to them to intercede for us through their prayers. We should also pray for other people, interceding on their behalf.
The communion of saints refers to us all belonging to one family (Family of God) and that we need to love, help and pray for each other (whether we are in heaven, purgatory or on earth).
We honour the saints by reserving a day on the calendar and calling it their Feast Day (the day they were admitted into heaven). There are many saints so one day in the calendar may be the feast day for more than one saint. Mary is the most venerated of saints and we should pray to her every day. In Canon Francis Ripley's book This Is The Faith, he states that “no grace descends to men except through the hands, that is the intercession of Mary.”
Patron saints are those Saints that have some type of connection to the individual(s). They are able to intercede on behalf of mankind in specific circumstances. St. Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of Animals and Ecology so an animal protection or nature group might choose St. Francis as their patron saint. Many Christians are named after a particular saint. When the feast comes up in the calendar of that saint - it is said to be that person's "name day".
It is on the day of the (saints') death and birth into Heaven.
The ranking of feast days: Solemnity - highest rank of celebration Feast Memorials - There are Obligatory Memorials and Optional Memorials Feria - ordinary weekday; latin for "free day"
Steps to sainthood:
Servant of God - A deceased Roman Catholic under consideration.
Venerable - a title given by the Catholic Church to holy men and women of "heroic virtue" who have not been beatified or canonized. Prayer cards and other materials may be printed to encourage the faithful to pray for a miracle wrought by his or her intercession as a sign of God's will that the person be canonized.
Beatification - in order to beatify an individual (give the title of blessed), there had to be one posthumous miracle associated with them. A martyr or someone who has died for the faith need not have a miracle attributed to them. In order for a Blessed to become a Saint, they need to have a second miracle attributed to them.
Canonization - after the second miracle is investigated by the Church and the Devil's Advocate, and found to be genuine, the person is canonized (officially declared a saint).
Both blessed and saint are in heaven and intercede for us before God.
We belong to the Communion of Saints:
Those who make up the Communion of Saints have traditionally been designated by three terms:
(1) The Church Militant: THE FAITHFUL ON EARTH struggling and doing battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil;
(2) The Church Penitent (or Suffering): THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY;
(3) The Church Triumphant: THE HOLY SAINTS IN HEAVEN.

The Roman Catholic Church does not create saints but only recognizes them.

January 1: Octave of Christmas, Mary, Mother of God - Solemnity January 2: Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors - Memorial January 3: The Most Holy Name of Jesus - Optional Memorial January 4: Feria January 5: Feria January 6: Epiphany January 7: Saint Raymond of Peñafort, priest - Optional Memorial January 8: Feria January 9: Feria January 10: Feria January 11: Feria January 12: Feria January 13: Saint Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial January 14: Feria January 15: Feria January 16: Feria January 17: Saint Anthony of Egypt, abbot - Memorial January 18: Feria January 19: Feria January 20: Saint Fabian, pope and martyr; or Saint Sebastian, martyr - Optional Memorial January 21: Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr - Memorial January 22: Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr - Optional Memorial January 23: Feria January 24: Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor - Memorial January 25: The Conversion of Saint Paul, apostle - Feast January 26: Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops - Memorial January 27: Saint Angela Merici, virgin - Optional Memorial January 28: Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor - Memorial January 29: Feria January 30: Feria January 31: Saint John Bosco, priest - Memorial

February 1: Feria February 2: Presentation of the Lord - Feast February 3: Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr or Saint Ansgar, bishop - Optional Memorial February 4: Feria February 5: Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr - Memorial February 6: Saints Paul Miki and companions, martyrs - Memorial February 7: Feria February 8: Saint Jerome Emiliani, priest; or Saint Josephine Bakhita, virgin - Optional Memorial February 9: Feria February 10: Saint Scholastica, virgin - Memorial February 11: Our Lady of Lourdes - Optional Memorial February 12: Feria February 13: Feria February 14: Saints Cyril, monk, and Methodius, bishop - Memorial February 15: Feria February 16: Feria February 17: Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order - Optional Memorial February 18: Feria February 19: Feria February 20: Feria February 21: Saint Peter Damian, bishop - Optional Memorial February 22: Chair of Saint Peter, apostle - Feast February 23: Saint Polycarp, bishop and martyr - Memorial February 24: Feria February 25: Feria February 26: Feria February 27: Feria February 28: Feria February 29, occurring only in leap year:

March 1: Feria March 2: Feria March 3: Feria March 4: Saint Casimir - Optional Memorial March 5: Feria March 6: Feria March 7: Saints Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs - Memorial March 8: Saint John of God, religious - Optional Memorial March 9: Saint Frances of Rome, religious - Optional Memorial March 10: Feria March 11: Feria March 12: Feria March 13: Feria March 14: Feria March 15: Feria March 16: Feria March 17: Saint Patrick, bishop - Optional Memorial March 18: Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial March 19: Saint Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity March 20: Feria March 21: Feria March 22: Feria March 23: Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, bishop - Optional Memorial March 24: Feria March 25: Annunciation of the Lord - Solemnity March 26: Feria March 27: Feria March 28: Feria March 29: Feria March 30: Feria March 31: Feria

April 1: Feria April 2: Saint Francis of Paola, hermit - Optional Memorial April 3: Feria April 4: Saint Isidore, bishop - Optional Memorial April 5: Saint Vincent Ferrer, priest - Optional Memorial April 6: Feria April 7: Saint John Baptist de la Salle, priest - Memorial April 8: Feria April 9: Feria April 10: Feria April 11: Saint Stanislaus, bishop and martyr - Memorial April 12: Feria April 13: Saint Martin I, pope and martyr - Optional Memorial April 14: Feria April 15: Feria April 16: Feria April 17: Feria April 18: Feria April 19: Feria April 20: Feria April 21: Saint Anselm of Canterbury, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial April 22: Feria April 23: Saint George, martyr or Saint Adalbert, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial April 24: Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr - Optional Memorial April 25: Saint Mark the Evangelist - Feast April 26: Feria April 27: Feria April 28: Saint Peter Chanel, priest and martyr or Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, priest - Optional Memorial April 29: Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor - Memorial April 30: Saint Pius V, pope - Optional Memorial

May 1: Saint Joseph the Worker - Optional Memorial May 2: Saint Athanasius, bishop and doctor - Memorial May 3: Saints Philip and James, Apostles - Feast May 4: Feria May 5: Feria May 6: Feria May 7: Feria May 8: Feria May 9: Feria May 10: Feria May 11: Feria May 12: Saints Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs or Saint Pancras, martyr - Optional Memorial May 13: Our Lady of Fatima - Optional Memorial May 14: Saint Matthias the Apostle - Feast May 15: Feria May 16: Feria May 17: Feria May 18: Saint John I, pope and martyr - Optional Memorial May 19: Feria May 20: Saint Bernardine of Siena, priest - Optional Memorial May 21: Saint Christopher Magallanes and companions, martyrs - Optional Memorial May 22: Saint Julia of Corsica May 23: Feria May 24: Feria May 25: Saint Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor; or Saint Gregory VII, pope or Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin - Optional Memorial May 26: Saint Philip Neri, priest - Memorial May 27: Saint Augustine (Austin) of Canterbury, bishop - Optional Memorial May 28: Feria May 29: Feria May 30: Feria May 31: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Feast

June 1: Saint Justin Martyr - Memorial June 2: Saints Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs - Optional Memorial June 3: Saints Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs - Memorial June 4: Feria June 5: Saint Boniface, bishop and martyr - Memorial June 6: Saint Norbert, bishop - Optional Memorial June 7: Feria June 8: Feria June 9: Saint Ephrem, deacon and doctor - Optional Memorial June 10: Feria June 11: Saint Barnabas the Apostle - Memorial June 12: Feria June 13: Saint Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor - Memorial June 14: Feria June 15: Feria June 16: Feria June 17: Feria June 18: Feria June 19: Saint Romuald, abbot - Optional Memorial June 20: Feria June 21: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, religious - Memorial June 22: Saint Paulinus of Nola, bishop or Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, martyrs - Optional Memorial June 23: Feria June 24: Birth of Saint John the Baptist - Solemnity June 25: Feria June 26: Feria June 27: Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial June 28: Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr - Memorial June 29: Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles - Solemnity June 30: First Martyrs of the Church of Rome - Optional Memorial

July 1: Feria July 2: Feria July 3: Saint Thomas the Apostle - Feast July 4: Saint Elizabeth of Portugal - Optional Memorial July 5: Saint Anthony Zaccaria, priest - Optional Memorial July 6: Saint Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr - Optional Memorial July 7: Feria July 8: Feria July 9: Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and companions, martyrs - Optional Memorial July 10: Feria July 11: Saint Benedict, abbot - Memorial July 12: Feria July 13: Saint Henry - Optional Memorial July 14: Saint Camillus de Lellis, priest - Optional Memorial July 15: Saint Bonaventure, bishop and doctor - Memorial July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Optional Memorial July 17: Feria July 18: Feria July 19: Feria July 20: Saint Apollinaris - Optional Memorial July 21: Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial July 22: Saint Mary Magdalene - Memorial July 23: Saint Birgitta, religious- Optional Memorial July 24: Saint Sharbel Makhluf, hermit - Optional Memorial July 25: Saint James the Greater, apostle - Feast July 26: Saints Joachim and Anne - Memorial July 27: Feria July 28: Feria July 29: Saint Martha - Memorial July 30: Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial July 31: Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest - Memorial

August 1: Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, bishop and doctor - Memorial August 2: Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop or Saint Peter Julian Eymard, priest - Optional Memorial August 3: Feria August 4: Saint Jean Vianney (the Curé of Ars), priest - Memorial August 5: Dedication of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore - Optional Memorial August 6: Transfiguration of the Lord - Feast August 7: Saint Sixtus II and companions, martyrs or Saint Cajetan, priest - Optional Memorial August 8: Saint Dominic, priest - Memorial August 9: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), virgin and martyr - Optional Memorial August 10: Saint Lawrence - Feast August 11: Saint Clare, virgin - Memorial August 12: Saint Jane Frances de Chantal - Optional Memorial August 13: Saints Pontian, pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs - Optional Memorial August 14: Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr - Memorial August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity August 16: Saint Stephen of Hungary - Optional Memorial August 17: Feria August 18: Feria August 19: Saint John Eudes, priest - Optional Memorial August 20: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and doctor - Memorial August 21: Saint Pius X, pope - Memorial August 22: Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary - Memorial August 23: Saint Rose of Lima, virgin - Optional Memorial August 24: Saint Bartholomew the Apostle - Feast August 25: Saint Louis or Saint Joseph of Calasanz, priest - Optional Memorial August 26: Feria August 27: Saint Monica - Memorial August 28: Saint Augustine of Hippo, bishop and doctor - Memorial August 29: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, martyr - Memorial August 30: Feria August 31: Feria

September 1: Feria September 2: Feria September 3: Saint Gregory the Great, pope and doctor - Memorial September 4: Feria September 5: Feria September 6: Feria September 7: Feria September 8: Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Feast September 9: Saint Peter Claver, priest - Optional Memorial September 10: Feria September 11: Feria September 12: Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Optional Memorial September 13: Saint John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor - Memorial September 14: Triumph of the Holy Cross - Feast September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows - Memorial September 16: Saints Cornelius, pope, and Cyprian, bishop, martyrs - Memorial September 17: Saint Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial September 18: Feria September 19: Saint Januarius, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial September 20: Saint Andrew Kim Taegon, priest, and Paul Chong Hasang and companions, martyrs - Memorial September 21: Saint Matthew the Evangelist, Apostle, Evangelist - Feast September 22: Feria September 23: Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), priest - Memorial September 24: Feria September 25: Feria September 26: Saints Cosmas and Damian, martyrs - Optional Memorial September 27: Saint Vincent de Paul, priest - Memorial September 28: Saint Wenceslaus, martyr or Saints Lawrence Ruiz and companions, martyrs - Optional Memorial September 29: Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels - Feast September 30: Saint Jerome, priest and doctor - Memorial

October 1: Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor - Memorial October 2: Guardian Angels - Memorial October 3: Feria October 4: Saint Francis of Assisi- Memorial October 5: Feria October 6: Saint Bruno, priest - Optional Memorial October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary - Memorial October 8: Feria October 9: Saint Denis and companions, martyrs or Saint John Leonardi, priest - Optional Memorial October 10: Feria October 11: Feria October 12: Feria October 13: Feria October 14: Saint Callistus I, pope and martyr - Optional Memorial October 15: Saint Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor - Memorial October 16: Saint Hedwig, religious or Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin - Optional Memorial October 17: Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr - Memorial October 18: Saint Luke the Evangelist - Feast October 19: Saints Jean de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, priests and companions, Martyrs or Saint Paul of the Cross, priest - Optional Memorial October 20: Feria October 21: Feria October 22: Feria October 23: Saint John of Capestrano, priest - Optional Memorial October 24: Saint Anthony Mary Claret, bishop - Optional Memorial October 25: Feria October 26: Feria October 27: Feria October 28: Saint Simon and Saint Jude, apostles - Feast October 29: Feria October 30: Feria October 31: Feria

November 1: All Saints - Solemnity November 2: All Souls - ranked with solemnities November 3: Saint Martin de Porres, religious - Optional Memorial November 4: Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop - Memorial November 5: Feria November 6: Feria November 7: Feria November 8: Feria November 9: Dedication of the Lateran basilica - Feast November 10: Saint Leo the Great, pope and doctor - Memorial November 11: Saint Martin of Tours, bishop - Memorial November 12: Saint Josaphat, bishop and martyr - Memorial November 13: Feria November 14: Feria November 15: Saint Albert the Great, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial November 16: Saint Margaret of Scotland or Saint Gertrude the Great, virgin - Optional Memorial November 17: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, religious - Memorial November 18: Dedication of the basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles - Optional Memorial November 19: Feria November 20: Feria November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Memorial November 22: Saint Cecilia - Memorial November 23: Saint Clement I, pope and martyr or Saint Columban, religious - Optional Memorial November 24: Saint Andre Dung Lac and his companions, martyrs - Memorial November 25: Saint Catherine of Alexandria - Optional Memorial November 26: Feria November 27: Feria November 28: Feria November 29: Feria November 30: Saint Andrew the Apostle - Feast

December 1: Feria December 2: Feria December 3: Saint Francis Xavier, priest - Memorial December 4: Saint John Damascene, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial December 5: Feria December 6: Saint Nicholas, bishop - Optional Memorial December 7: Saint Ambrose, bishop and doctor - Memorial December 8: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity December 9: Saint Juan Diego - Optional Memorial December 10: Feria December 11: Saint Damasus I, pope - Optional Memorial December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe - Optional Memorial December 13: Saint Lucy of Syracuse, virgin and martyr - Memorial December 14: Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor - Memorial December 15: Feria December 16: Feria December 17: Feria December 18: Feria December 19: Feria December 20: Feria December 21: Saint Peter Canisius, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial December 22: Feria December 23: Saint John of Kanty, priest - Optional Memorial December 24: Feria December 25: Nativity of the Lord - Solemnity December 26: Saint Stephen, the first martyr - Feast December 27: Saint John the Apostle and evangelist - Feast December 28: Holy Innocents, martyrs - Feast December 29: Saint Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial December 30: Feria (Sixth Day with the Octave of Christmas) December 31: Saint Sylvester I, pope – Optional Memorial

Did you know? That in the early days of the Church, when our religion flourished, people like Saint Patrick and others, were people of action, not talk. Learn from Saint Patrick and how he and others, assimilated Christianity into the culture to let it take hold.

Fun fact: 40:
In the time of Noah, it rained for 40 days;
Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days;
Jews wandered in the desert for 40 years;
God's message for Jonah to proclaim to the Ninevites, "40 days more and Nineveh shall be overthrown";
Mary presents Jesus in the temple, 40 days after He was born, in obedience with the law of purification (even though she was not subject to that law);
Jesus was tested in the desert for 40 days;
Jesus appeared to many for 40 days after His Resurrection until His Ascension into Heaven;
Lent is 40 days. - Saint of the Day | Franciscan Media - Saints

Just like the Bible is Catholic, Saints are Catholic as well. Jesus Christ (God the Son) started the Catholic Church. God started the Catholic Church.