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JAN. 26: ST. PAULA

(347-406) Paula was born into the family, the gens Cornelia, who had produced more eminent statesmen than any other in Rome’s history. She married a senator, Toxotius, from whom she had five children: four girls and a boy. Until she was 32 years old, she lived in privilege and luxury. Upon the death of her […]

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JAN. 25: THE FEAST OF ST. PAUL’S CONVERSION

St. Paul first appears on the biblical scene as Saul in the Acts of the Apostles. He was raised in the Jewish faith as a Pharisee trained in the strict observance of God’s Law. Believing they had broken away from that Law, Saul openly persecuted Christians. As the first Christian martyr Stephen was being stoned […]

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JAN. 24: ST. FRANCIS DE SALES

(1567-1622) Francis was born to an ancient noble family of Boisy, in Savoy on Aug. 21, 1567 in Thorens-Glières, France. He was privileged to attend the best French schools, then later went to study law at the University of Padua. There he discovered a definite interest in theology. He graduated with honors, returned to France […]

PARISH NEWS

‘A Parent’s Prayer:’ Words of wisdom for adults, children to contemplate

I have a vision. It is of all of us standing before the Lord on judgment day. And the Lord will say: “I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink, naked and you clothed me, homeless and you sheltered me, imprisoned and you visited me.” Puzzled, we will respond: “When, […]

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JAN. 23: ST. MARIANNE COPE

(1838-1918) Today’s saint will be familiar to members of St. Mary of Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament Parish as she can trace part of her origin story to our city and the neighboring parish of St. Joseph / St. Patrick. She also founded one of our hospitals. Her story begins, however, in Germany. Marianne was […]

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JAN. 22: ST. VINCENT OF ZARAGOZA

(Died 304 AD) Vincent was ordained deacon by his friend St. Valerius of Zaragoza in Spain. The Roman emperor had published his edicts against the clergy in 303, and the following year against the laity. Vincent and his bishop were imprisoned in Valencia. Hunger and torture failed to break them. In fact, they seemed to thrive […]

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JAN. 21: ST. AGNES

(291-304) St Agnes is among the seven women listed, together with the Blessed Virgin, embedded in the Roman Catholic Cannon of the earliest saints and martyrs. She was only 12 years old when she was led to the altar of Minerva in Rome and commanded to obey the persecuting laws of Diocletian by offering incense. […]

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JAN. 20: ST. SEBASTIAN

(256-288) St. Sebastian was a 3rd century Christian saint and a martyr. He was educated in Milan then joined the Roman Army in order to help the suffering Christians. For his incredible service to the army, Sebastian was promoted to serve in the Praetorian Guard, the elite unit of the Imperial Roman Army whose members […]

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JAN. 19: ST. FABIAN

(Died 250 AD) In the year 236, Fabian, a layman, came to Rome, perhaps out of curiosity, to witness the choosing of a new Pope. Suddenly during the discussion, a dove descended from the ceiling. The story, according to Eusebius, says the dove “settled on (Fabian’s) head as clear imitation of the descent of the […]

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JAN. 18: ST. CHARLES OF SEZZE

(1613- 1670) Born in Sezze, southeast of Rome, Charles was inspired by the lives of Salvator Horta and Paschal Baylon to become a Franciscan in 1635. He was determined to become a lay brother with a great desire to be poor and to beg alms for his love. He served as cook, porter, sacristan, gardener […]