September Novena App:Situations: Grief The Mother of Sorrows

Feast Day: September 15 Patron of: Grief Quote: “…And you yourself shall be pierced with a sword – so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.” Luke 2:34-35 Keywords: grief, solace, mourning When we are overwhelmed with grief, we turn to Mary, Mother of Jesus for help in our suffering. Throughout her […]

Novena App Patrons of Grandparents: Saints Ann and Joaquin

Feast Day: July 26 First Century B.C. 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 […]


Feast Day: December 12 Patron of: Motherly Comfort, Mexico, The Americas Quote: “Am I not your mother?”   Keywords: the Americas, compassion, love, forgiveness, mercy, motherly comfort, protection   Symbols: mandorla (body halo), roses, stars, crescent moon, angel   This image of Mary is the preeminent cultural icon of Mexico and the American Southwest, cherished […]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel feast July 16

“Receive my beloved son, this habit of thy order: this shall be to thee and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire. . . . It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.” Mount Carmel, in what is […]

Visions of Mary: Our Lady of La Salette

Patroness of France Feast: September 19 One of the most controversial of the Church-approved apparitions of Mary is her visit to La Salette in the French Alps. The seers who saw her were two poor shepherd children, half wild, unwanted by their parents and unschooled. They had little credibility with the people in their region and […]

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Lourdes, an ancient village in the valley of the Pyrenees mountains, is in the extreme southwest of France near the Spanish border. It is the site of the most famous series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary and the most visited pilgrimage shrine in Christendom. Credited with exuding a powerful healing energy, it is inundated […]

Mother of Sorrows

Mother of Sorrows Patron of: Grief When we are overwhelmed with grief, we turn to Mary, Mother of Jesus for help in our suffering. Throughout her life she endured much pain and sorrow and is fully able to empathize with anyone’s personal anguish. She endured the shame of being pregnant and unmarried, being poor, homelessness […]