Saint Rita of Cascia

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 7, 2019
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This 14th-century saint endured a great deal of violence and sadness in her life, including physical abuse and the death of her spouse and her twin sons. She expressed interest in a living religious vocation from early on, but was discouraged by her parents who thought that marriage would ensure her security. After the deaths […]

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Saint Damien of Molokai

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 30, 2019
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Saint Damien of Molokai was born Joseph de Veuster in a small town in Belgium. After years of working on his family’s farm, he began to study for the priesthood. He took the name of Damien after a fourth-century physician and martyr. While he was still in the seminary, he volunteered for missionary work. His […]

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Saint Isidore the Farmer (1070–1130)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 30, 2019
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Two saints who lived in different times and came from different backgrounds share the name Isidore. One, Saint Isidore of Seville, lived around 560–636 and was a bishop credited with having such a vast store of knowledge that today he is considered the patron saint of computers and the internet. But there’s another Isidore, usually […]

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Divine Mercy Sunday

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 16, 2019
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Pope John Paul II wrote and spoke extensively about God’s divine mercy. His devotion to divine mercy began when he was growing up in Poland during World War II. He saw Jewish friends rounded up and sent to concentration camps where they were eventually killed. He clearly knew the need for God’s mercy and for […]

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Saint Philip, the Apostle (1st Century)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 16, 2019
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Saint Philip was born in Bethsaida in Galilee, the hometown of Peter and Andrew. A disciple of John the Baptist, Philip was a quiet and humble man. He may have been with John the Baptist when John called Jesus “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus called […]

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Saint of the Internet: Isidore of Seville

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 26, 2019
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Saint Isidore of Seville was born in Cartagena, Spain. He had an older brother, Leander, a younger brother, Fulgentius, as well as a sister, Florentina. Leander was quite a bit older than Isidore, so when Isidore went to school, his brother was one of his teachers. Leander was also the Archbishop of Seville. Read more […]

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A Pair of March Saints: Frances of Rome, John of God

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 26, 2019
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  Things were clearly different in the 15th century. At just 11 years old, Frances of Rome announced that she was committing her life to God as a religious sister. Her family resisted, so Frances dutifully married at 13. But, along with her sister-in-law, Frances still found a way to live a life committed to […]

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World Day of the Sick

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 5, 2019
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Ask a child to share a prayer of petition and it’s likely that they will pray for a friend, relative, or pet who is sick. Each year on February 11, the Church remembers in a special way those people suffering from illness and disease. On the World Day of the Sick, Catholics are encouraged to […]

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Winter Patron Saints

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 29, 2019
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On February 3, Catholics celebrate the Feast of Saint Blaise, patron of those suffering from throat ailments. Who is the patron of people with earaches or those with other illnesses? Who is the patron saint of butchers, lawyers, workers, or students? Quiz your children on these Winter Patron Saints or send this activity home as […]

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The Presentation of the Lord

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 22, 2019
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On Saturday, February 2, the Gospel Reading (Luke 2:22–40) describes Jesus’ presentation in the Temple of Jerusalem as a fulfillment of Jewish law. It marked the end of Mary’s 40-day confinement after giving birth and the Jewish tradition of the redemption of a firstborn son. Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple so that […]

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