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SAINTS OF JUNE

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June 1
St. Justin, Martyr (165).
He lived in Palestine. He was converted to the Catholic Faith by the reading of Holy Scripture. Seeing the heroic courage with which Catholics joyfully shed their blood for the Faith they believed, he too aspired to be a martyr. And, God granted him that grace.


June 2
Sts. Marcellinus and Peter (304).
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist (one of the minor orders), who both lived in Rome and labored there under the cruel Emperor Diocletian. They were martyred together. So great was the veneration of the Catholics for them that a basilica was built over their tomb in Rome. Their names are mentioned in the Roman Canon of the Mass. If “the law of praying is the law of believing,” we may know from this simple recognition how great and heroic these two martyrs were, and how much they should be remembered and invoked.

June 3
St. Charles Lwanga and Companions (1886-1887). These were 22 young men and boys, from 13 to 30 years old, who were mar­tyred for the Catholic Faith in Uganda in Africa after undergoing cruel torments. Four had not yet received the sacrament of Baptism at the time they were arrested, but Charles Lwanga baptized them shortly afterward. They were the first martyrs among the Africans and were canonized in 1964.

June 3
St. Clotilde (545)

St. Clotilde was a queen, the wife of King Clovis of the Franks. Her husband brought the French people as a nation into the Catholic Church in 496, when he was baptized at Rheims by St. Remigius. Her husband died in 511, and St. Clotilde was left a widow for 34 years. She lived the rest of her life as much a nun as she was a queen enduring great sufferings for the Catholic Faith. Her favor­ite patron saint in Heaven was St. Martin of Tours. She died not far from his tomb, at the age of 71.

June 4
St. Francis Caracciolo
(1608).
He was born of a royal family in the King­dom of Naples. As a little boy he started reciting the rosary daily. Very early in his life he contracted leprosy, and was miraculously cured of it. Francis spent every possible moment of his life in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. His thought was that it was for men that Our Lord came to us in the Eucharist, and while the angels throng Catholic churches to worship God there, men desert Him. While kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament his face was blazed with light, which everyone could see. His favorite devotion was visiting the Blessed Sacrament in unfrequented churches, where few people came. In 1588, St. Francis Caracciolo founded the Clerics Regular, whose main work was the per­petual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. He died when only 44-years-old, on the eve of Corpus Christi, at the same age as St. Francis of Assisi at his death. Francis Caracciolo’s last words were, “Let us go, let us go to Heaven!” When his body was opened after death, these words were found imprinted on his heart: “The zeal of Thy house hath eaten me up.”

June 5
St Boniface
(755).
Saint Boniface was born in England, in 680. His name in English was Winfrid, which in Latin is translated to Boniface, and means “he who does good.” He entered a Benedictine monastery at the age of five, and in 719, he was sent by Pope St. Gregory II to be the apostle of Germany. He reconverted that whole country to the Faith, and many of its neighboring countries as well. At 75, he set out with 52 companions to finish his work in the conversion of Friesland. St. Boni­face and all his companions were martyred there by the pagans. St. Boniface was killed while he was putting on his vestments to say Mass.

June 6
St. Norbert
(1134).
He was born near Cologne, in Germany, and was educated at the court of the emperor. After a somewhat worldly life, he was struck down one day by lightning while riding on a horse. He cried out to God, like St. Paul, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me do?” He heard a voice from Heaven saying to him, “Turn from evil unto good.” He was ordained a priest when he was 35, and later became a bishop. In a hidden and lonely valley named Premontre, he founded the Religious Order known as the Premonstratensians with 13 of his disciples. It is a branch of the Augustinian Order. His great devotion, and that of his monks, was to the Blessed Sacrament. St. Norbert is usually pictured with a monstrance in his hand, holding Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He converted great numbers to the Catholic Faith.

June 6
St. Philip the Deacon (First Century).
He was one of the Seven Deacons ordained by the Apostles, as we are told in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6. It was he who baptized the eunuch of Queen Candace, of Ethiopia, to let us know how much God values every soul of good will, no matter how socially low or useless he may be accord­ing to the standards of the world. St. Philip the Deacon was a great friend of St. Paul. He was the father of four daughters, virgins, all of whom are honored as saints, and all of whom were given by God the gift of prophecy. There are five great Philips among the saints: St. Philip the Apostle; St. Philip the Deacon; St. Philip Neri; St. Philip Benizi and St. Philip of Jesus, a Mexican who was martyred in Japan in 1597.

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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

NOVEMBER 1
ALL SAINTS' DAY
This feast day grew out of the love and devotion of God's people. 

NOVEMBER 2
ALL SOULS' DAY
This feast day is one of the most loving celebrations in all the Church's liturgy. 

NOVEMBER 3
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES
St. Martin was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579.

NOVEMBER 4
ST. CHARLES BORROMEO

St. Charles lived in the sixteenth century. He was the son of a rich Italian count.

NOVEMBER 5
ST. BERTILLA

St. Bertilla lived in the seventh century. The first biography of her life appeared in Latin in the year 800.

NOVEMBER 6
ST. THEOPHANE VENARD

St. Theophane, he holy French priest, dreamed of being a martyr even as a youngster.

NOVEMBER 7
ST. WILLIBRORD

St. Willibrord was born in England in 658.

NOVEMBER 8
ST. GODFREY

St. Godfrey lived in the twelfth century. He received his education from the monks of Mont-Saint-Quentin. Godfrey became a monk and a priest.

NOVEMBER 9
ST. THEODORE TIRO

St. Theodore lived in the third century.

NOVEMBER 10
ST. LEO THE GREAT

St. Leo, a Roman, lived in the fifth century. At the death of Pope Sixtus, he became pope.

NOVEMBER 11
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS

St. Martin, the soldier saint lived in the fourth century.

NOVEMBER 12
ST. JOSAPHAT

St. Josaphat was born in the Ukraine and baptized John in 1580.

NOVEMBER 13
ST. FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI

St. Frances was born on July 15, 1850. As a child growing up in Italy, she dreamed about being a missionary to China.

NOVEMBER 14
ST. LAWRENCE O'TOOLE

St. Lawrence was born in Ireland in 1128. He was the son of a chief.

NOVEMBER 15
ST. ALBERT THE GREAT

St. Albert lived in the thirteenth century. He was born in a castle on the Danube River in Swabia (southwest Germany).

NOVEMBER 16
ST. MARGARET OF SCOTLAND

St. Margaret was an English princess born in 1046.

NOVEMBER 16
ST. GERTRUDE

St. Gertrude entered a convent in Saxony when she was very young.

NOVEMBER 17
ST. ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY

St. Elizabeth, the daughter of the king of Hungary was born in 1207.

NOVEMBER 18
ST. ROSE PHILIPPINE DUCHESNE

St. Rose labored for Jesus in the United States. She was born into a wealthy French family in 1769.

NOVEMBER 19
ST. NERSES

St. Nerses lived in fourth-century Armenia. He was an official in the court of King Arshak.

NOVEMBER 20
ST. EDMUND

St. Edmund was an English king who lived in the ninth century.

NOVEMBER 21
PRESENTATION OF MARY

When she was only three years old, the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken to the Temple.

NOVEMBER 22
ST. CECILIA

St. Cecilia, the patroness of music lived in early times. What we know about her goes back to the fourth century.

NOVEMBER 23
ST. COLUMBAN

St. Columban, the most famous of the Irish missionary-monks, lived in the seventh century.

NOVEMBER 23
BLESSED MIGUEL AUGUSTIN PRO

Blessed Miguel Pro was born in Guadalupe, Mexico, in 1891. He was destined to become a martyr of the twentieth century.

NOVEMBER 24
ST. ANDREW DUNG-LAC AND COMPANIONS

Christian missionaries first brought the Catholic faith to Vietnam during the sixteenth century.

NOVEMBER 25
ST. CATHERINE LABOURE

St. Catherine was born Zoe Laboure in 1806. She was the daughter of a French farmer.

NOVEMBER 25
ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA

St. Catherine lived in early Christian times. She was the daughter of a wealthy pagan couple of Alexandria, Egypt.

NOVEMBER 26
ST. JOHN BERCHMANS

St. John, the Belgian saint once said, "If I do not become a saint when I am young, I shall never become one.

NOVEMBER 27
ST. JAMES INTERCISUS

St. James was a Persian who lived in the fifth century. He was a great favorite of King Yezdigerd I.

NOVEMBER 29
BLESSED FRANCIS ANTHONY OF LUCERA

Blessed Francis born in 1681, was nicknamed Johnny as a child. He was the son of an Italian farmer.

NOVEMBER 30
ST. ANDREW

St. Andrew, like his brother, Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist.

 
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