December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This day is often misunderstood - it celebrates the Immaculate Conception of Mary. She was conceived (and born) without the stain of original sin! Many schools inArchdiocese of Boston honor this day: Immaculate Conception School, Newburyport , Immaculate Conception School in Revere, Immaculate Conception School - Marlborough MA , Immaculate Conception School in Lowell, and Our Lady's Academy in Waltham! To learn more about the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, visit https://www.franciscanmedia.org/solemnity-of-the-immaculate-conception/.
December 3 is the Feast Day of St. Francis Xavier. St. Francis is one of the founders of the Jesuits, and Malden Catholic, Xaverian Brothers High School, St. Francis Xavier School in Weymouth, and Lowell Catholic all celebrate this saint. St. Francis, who was born in present-day Spain, spent a significant time of his ministry traveling to far lands to teach the faith. In addition to living in European countries, he also lived in Mozambique, India, Borneo, China, Japan and other countries. To learn more, visithttps://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=423
November 4 is the Feast Day of St. Charles Borromeo. St. Charles School in Woburn honors this saint. St. Charles truly lived Jesus' exhortation to "...go and sell what you own and give the money to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me." St. Charles allotted most of his income to charity, forbade himself all luxury, and imposed severe penances upon himself. He sacrificed wealth, high honors, esteem, and influence to become poor. To learn more, visit http://ow.ly/7oPw50jyRyc (from which this information is excerpted).
November 1 is All Saints' Day, which is a special day for The Saints Academy in Beverly. During this Holy Day of Obligation, we are called to remember all who were holy. All Souls' Day, which is tomorrow, is specially set aside to offer prayers & Mass for the souls of the faithful departed in Purgatory. (Of course we are supposed to pray for them every day, but it's nice to have a special day!)
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October 28 is the Feast Day of St. Jude the Apostle. St. Jude School in Waltham honors this saint! St. Jude was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, and at the Last Supper, he asked Jesus why he would not manifest himself to the whole world after his resurrection. St. Jude is known as "The Saint for the Hopeless and the Despaired." Two saints, St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Bernard, had visions from God asking them to accept St. Jude as "The Patron Saint of the Impossible." It’s important to make the distinction that Saint Jude is not the same person as Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane. To learn more, visit http://www.saintjudetheapostle.org/St--Jude-the-Apostle#RCABSchools
October 22 is the Feast Day of St. John Paul II! St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester celebrates this newly canonized saint.
In 1987, while speaking to young people in Los Angeles, then Pope John Paul II said, "How does one explain the ways of God? Yet, I know that, at a certain point in my life, I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: 'Come, follow me!' There was a clear sense that what I heard in my heart was no human voice, nor was it just an idea of my own. Christ was calling me to serve him as a priest. And you can probably tell that I am deeply grateful to God for my vocation to the priesthood."
What is God calling you to do?
To learn more visit https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=6996
October 15 is the Feast Day of St. Teresa of Avila. St. Theresa School in West Roxbury honors this Saint! St. Teresa commented extensively on the difficulty of prayer. It didn't come easy for her! However, later in life, she said, "Prayer is an act of love, words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love."
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October 11 is the Feast Day of Saint John XXIII. St. John XXIII, who died in June 1963, convened the Second Vatican Council, and his feast day is the opening day of Vatican II! St. John XXIII was known as "The Good Pope." He saved many Jewish people during WWII, and also worked to foster and strengthen ties during his papacy. To learn more about this modern pope, visit http://ow.ly/Hrwa50jkCzA. Pope John XXIII High School in Everett honors this saint! #RCABSchools
October 4 is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi! St. Francis is the patron saint of Animals, Merchants & Ecology, and several schools honor this saint: St. Francis of Assisi in Braintree, Blessed Sacrament in Walpole, St. Mary of the Hills in Milton, Mount Alvernia Academy in Chestnut Hill and Mount Alvernia High School in Newton!
St. Francis lived an interesting life - after a secular start, he devoted his life to loving God and others. His faith in God was profound and complete - St. Francis renounced all his possessions and lived as a beggar, preaching the love of God and converting others with the peacefulness of his faith.
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October 3 is the Feast Day of Saint Mother Théodore Guérin. This saint had GRIT! At a young age Saint Theodore became the head of the household after her mother had been stricken by grief after the tragic deaths of Saint Theodore's brothers and father. At the age of 25, Saint Theodore was permitted by her mother to enter religious life. Shortly after she became a Sister, she became the head of a roughand tumble school that was reeling from the French Revolution. After that, Saint Theodore moved to America...to a crowded house in the middle of the woods. She and her fellow sisters opened a school within the year of her arrival. Learn more about this incredible saint here!
Cheverus School in Malden and Saint Rose School in Chelsea honor this saint!