Saint Valentine 269 a.d.

Feast Day: February 14 Patron of: beekeepers, engaged couples, greeting card manufacturers, happy marriages, love, lovers, young people Invoked against: epilepsy, fainting, plague Symbols: birds, martyr’s palms, rose, sun, sword His feast day is embedded in Western civilization. His name has become synonymous with a certain type of romantic card, yet few realize that Valentine […]

Saint Jude Thaddeus, First Century

“When all else fails, when we are in the most difficult of situations, we turn to Saint Jude, “Helper of the Helpless” and Saint of the Impossible.” Patron of: Impossible Causes One of the original 12 apostles, Jude is depicted with the flame of knowledge received from the Holy Spirit at the Pentecost burning above […]

 St. Francis of Assisi 1182 – 1226

“Lord make me an instrument of they peace, where there is hatred let me sow love.” Patron of: animals, ecology, grace, green technology, light, love, merchants, nature, peace, pets, tapestry workers, harmony, dying alone Type: Mystic Love for God and everything in creation so consumed St. Francis of Assisi, that he was able to commune […]

SAINT RAYMOND NONNATUS: PATRON OF NEWBORNS

1204-1240 Feast Day: August 31 Patron of: Newborns Keywords: midwives, obstetricians, expectant mothers, women in labor, falsely accused, secrets, fever Quote: “For many hours you did not die in the womb of your dead mother and you were successfully delivered from her side to be the joy of the world.” Symbols: monstrance, palms with three […]

SAINT MONICA: PATRON OF WAYWARD CHILDREN

331 – 387 Feast Day: August 28 Patron of: Wayward Children Quote: “Nothing is far from God.” Keywords: abuse victims, adultery victims, alcoholics, housewives, married women, mothers, patience, wayward children Symbols: tears, girdle Though she was greatly hurt and disappointed by her firstborn son, St. Monica never gave up the idea that he would change […]

SAINTS ANN AND JOACHIM, PATRON SAINTS OF GRANDPARENTS

First Century B.C. Feast Day: July 26 Patron of : Grandparents Keywords: child rearing, childless people, fathers, family crisis, infertility, mothers, pregnancy Quote: “O blessed couple, all the world is indebted to you, for it is by your means that it can offer to its Creator the most excellent gift possible, her who is worthy […]

Saint Joan of Arc

Feast Day: May 30 Patron of: France, Orleans, Rouen, captives, opposition of Church authorities, radio workers, rape victims, shepherds, wireless telegraph workers, women in the military Invoked for: strength in the face of opposition Invoked against: fires in woodpiles Symbols: armor, standard, sword Saint Joan of Arc (or Jeanne d’Arc ) is both a secular […]

Saint Rita of Cascia: Impossible Causes, May 22

1386-1457 Patron of: Impossible Causes Quote: “…In patience and fortitude you are a model of all the states in life.” Keywords: Impossible, Desperation, bad marriages, spousal abuse, widows, bodily ills, loneliness, smallpox, sterility Symbols: roses, thorns, bees, wounded head An abused wife, a mother who’s children died, a widow of a murdered husband, and finally, […]

January Novena App, Occupations: St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron of Students

1225-1274 Doctor of the Church Feast Day: January 28 Patron of: Students Quote: “There must be must be a first mover existing above all – and this we call God.” Keywords: students, education, universities, schools, Catholic schools, thunderstorms, lightning, sudden death, booksellers, theologians, pencil makers, chastity, learning Historians regard St. Thomas Aquinas as one of […]

January Novena App, Situations: Financial Distress The Infant of Prague

Feast Day: January 14 Patron of: Financial Distress Keywords: abundance, children, desperation, emergencies, epidemics, family life, financial distress, trust Quote: “The more you honor me the more I shall bless you.” Symbols: raised right hand, globe, crown Surrendering oneself to this doll-like image of Christ as a child requires one to cast off the world […]