Flashcards › Saints, Blesseds, and Feast Days - First Trimester

Feast of the Transfiguration August 6th - The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament in which Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant upon a mountain. Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr August 10th - Saint Lawrence was a deacon of the Church of Rome; he was martyred during one of the major persecutions. St. Rose of Lima, Virgin August 23rd - Born to Spanish immigrants to the New World. A beautiful girl and devoted daughter, she was so devoted to her vow of chastity that she used pepper and lye to ruin her complexion so she would not be attractive. Lived and meditated in a garden, raising vegetables and making embroidered items to sell to support her family and help the other poor. Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle August 24th - One of the Twelves Apostles. Probably a close friend of Saint Philip; Bartholomew's name is always mentioned in the Gospels in connection with Philip, and it was Philip who brought Bartholomew to Jesus. Feast of Triumph of the Cross September 14th - According to legends that spread widely throughout Western Europe, the True Cross was discovered in 326 by Saint Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, during a pilgrimage she made to Jerusalem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was then built at the site of the discovery, by order of Helena and Constantine. The church was dedicated nine years later, with a portion of the cross placed inside it. Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle September 21st - Son of Alphaeus, he lived at Capenaum on Lake Genesareth. He was a Roman tax collector, a position equated with collaboration with the enemy by those from whom he collected taxes. Jesus' contemporaries were surprised to see the Christ with a traitor, but Jesus explained that he had come not to call the just, but sinners. Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels September 29th - Angels; messengers from God appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are named. Each of these archangels performs a different mission in Scripture: Michael protects; Gabriel announces; Raphael guides. Memorial of St. Jerome, Priest September 30th - Saint Jerome was born around the year 340. He studied in Rome and was baptized there. He then went to the East and was ordained a priest. He returned to Rome where he translated the Scriptures into Latin. St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor October 1st - Born to a pious middle-class French family of tradesmen. Her mother died when she was only four. Cured from an illness at age eight when a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled at her. She wanted to enter the Carmelites at age 14 and was allowed to enter young. She is famous for her little way of love. St. Marguerite D'Youville, SG October 16th - Saint Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701. She married, buried four of her six children, and was widowed by 1730. She dedicated her life to the care of the most destitute. She found the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, the "Grey Nuns." She died in 1737 and today her community of sisters perform multiple works of charity throughout the world. Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist October 18th - Born to pagan Greek parents, and possibly a slave. One of the earliest converts to Christianity. Physician, studying in Antioch and Tarsus. Probably travelled as a ship's doctor; many charitable societies of physicians are named for him. Memorial of Saints Isaac Jogues and John de Brebeuf, Priests and Martyrs, and Companions October 19th - Isaac Jogues and his companions were the first martyrs of the North American continent officially recognized by the Church. These Jesuits went to work among the Huron Indians in the New World, and in 1636 he and his companions, under the leadership of John de Brebuf, arrived in Quebec. They were captured and martyred by the Huron Indians after converting some. Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles October 28th - Simon is shown on all four lists of Apostles. He is called the AZealot, A after a sect of Jewish nationalists, who thought that the Messianic Promise meant that the Jews would be free and independent of the foreign domination of Rome. The apostle named Jude in Luke and Acts, and Thaddeus in Mark and Matthew, was a fisherman by trade. He was the brother of James, the Apostle. Jude traveled to Mesopotamia to preach and Simon went to Egypt. Eventually, they worked together. Solemnity of All Saints November 1st - This feast first honored martyrs. Later, when Christians were free to worship according to their conscience, the Church acknowledged other paths to sanctity. All Souls Day November 2nd - Commemorates all the faithful departed Catherine McCauley, RSM November 11th - Catherine McCauley spent most of her adult life helping the poor in Dublin, Ireland. She founded the Order of the Sisters of Mercy in 1831. She died November 11, 1841. The RSM stands for the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Jeanne Fontbonne, SSJ November 22nd - Jeanne Fontbonne was born in France on March 3, 1759. AShe became a Sister of St. Joseph (SSJ) and served as superior of her community until she was imprisoned at the outbreak of the French Revolution. She later restored her order, sent a mission to the United States, and eventually saw the establishment of two-hundred new communities. Sojourner Truth November 26th - Sojourner Truth was born into slavery ca. 1790. She was freed under state law in 1827. Named Isabella, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth after a religious experience, and became an abolitionist and a spokesperson for women's rights. She died in 1883. Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle November 30th - The first Apostle. Fisherman by trade. Brother of Simon Peter. Follower of John the Baptist. Andrew went through life leading people to Jesus, both before and after the Crucifixion. Solemnity of the Assumption August 15th - Pope Pius XII, on November 1, 1950, infallibly defined what Catholics always believed: Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven. Our Lady of Knock August 21st - This apparition of Our Lady occurred on August 21, 1879 in Knock, Ireland. The vision lastedfor two hours and fourteen people witnessed it. They saw figures representing Our Lady, St. Joseph and a bishop. Beside the figures was an altar on which stood a cross and a lamb. Memorial of the Queenship of Mary August 22nd - The feast is a follow-up to the Assumption and is now celebrated on the octave day of that feast. Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God. Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrow September 15th - Mary stood fearlessly at the cross while others fled. Mary looked on her Son's wounds with pity, but saw in them the salvation of the world. As Jesus hung on the cross, Mary did not fear to be killed but offered herself to her persecutors. Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary October 7th - Pope St. Pius V established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto;a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Our Lady of Divine Providence November 19th - On November 19, 1969 Pope Paul VI declared Our Lady Mother of Divine Providence principal Patroness of the island of Puerto Rico, since November 19 was the date that the island was discovered. The image of Our Lady that is so special to the people of Puerto Rico shows the Divine Child sleeping peacefully in the Virgin Mary's arms. Memorial of the Presentation of Mary November 21st - Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was three years old. This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary September 8th - This is the day the Church celebrates the birthday of Mary, the Blessed Mother. First Trimester

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