If you know your Catholic feasts, memorials, and solemnities, you have been waiting for this week with great anticipation. There are times throughout the year we have great feasts back to back, but I am not sure there is a week like the one from September 29 to October 7. It is one of the best times in the liturgical cycle that brings our attention to powerhouse saints and ends with the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Let’s look at what this week brings to our faith life as Catholics.
September 29 – The Feast of the Archangels
September 30 – Saint Jerome
Known as the “Father of Biblical Science,” St. Jerome is famous for translating the Sacred Scriptures from Hebrew and Greek to the Latin Vulgate. He is one of the great Early Church Fathers. To read about him, I encourage you to read my article here.
October 1 – Saint Therese of Lisieux
Famously known as the “Little Flower” and for her “Little Way,” St. Therese is loved by many Catholics. In our household, we have a devotion to St. Therese. She is my saint crush and my wife’s patron saint. Read my article here to learn about the youngest Doctor of the Church.
October 2 – The Guardian Angels
The guardian angels are not the plump and baby-like angels that Hallmark Cards and Gifts sells in their stores. The Guardian Angels are strong protectors. Every person has one that follows us from our conception into death. To learn about the Guardian Angels, read my article titled, Wings, Bells, and Hollywood Films: What is the truth about the Angels?
October 3 – Saint Mother Theodore Guerin
She is the foundress of Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and the patroness of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana. To learn more about this saint canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006, head over to Catholic Online.
October 4 – Saint Francis of Assisi
Let’s be honest – if you don’t know who Saint Francis of Assisi is, your residence might be a cave on the Forest Moon of Endor. There are non-Catholics, heck, there are non-Christians who have of St. Francis of Assisi. Often misinterpreted as a hippie of the Middle Ages, St. Francis is a strong rebuilder of the Catholic Church and endured the pains of Christ on the cross through the stigmata. Crazy to say, I’ve never written an article about him, but I did write a post in 2016 on the Marian Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi.
October 5 – Saint Faustina Kowalska
I have written on many saints over the years, but sad to say, Saint Faustina Kowalska is not one of them…yet. The Divine Mercy movement began with her Diary, which explains her visions of Our Lord Jesus Christ. To learn about this great saint of Mercy, click here.
October 6 – Saint Bruno
Although I have never written about the life of Saint Bruno, I gathered information and wrote a short blog post in 2013 focusing on the writings of Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Both Popes wrote and spoke about Saint Bruno at different times within their papacies. Saint Bruno is famous for being the founder of the Carthusians, an order that followed the rule of Saint Benedict. To learn more Saint Bruno and the Carthusians, I encourage you to read my post here.
October 7 – Our Lady of the Rosary
The Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary is so important that I have written on it over 20 times since May 2012. The memorial of Our Lady of Rosary starts with the great naval battle at Lepanto, where the Christians defeated the Turks on October 7, 1571. After the successful campaign led by Don Juan of Austria, Pope St. Pius V established the feast on October. He titled the day – Our Lady of Victory. To read about Our Lady of the Rosary, read my post here.
Our Lady of the Rosary…Pray for Us
All Holy Men and Women…Pray for Us
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