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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

OCTOBER 1
ST. THERESA OF THE CHILD JESUS
St. Theresa, often called the Little Flower, was born in Normandy, France, in 1873. 

OCTOBER 3
ST. GERARD OF BROGNE
St. Gerard was born at the end of the ninth century in France. 

OCTOBER 4
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
St. Francis was born around 1181. As a young man in his Italian hometown of Assisi.

OCTOBER 6
ST. BRUNO

St. Bruno was born around 1030. This founder of the Carthusian order of monks .

OCTOBER 6
BLESSED MARIE ROSE DUROCHER

Blessed Eulalie Durocher was born in 1811 in Quebec, Canada.

OCTOBER 7
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

It was St. Dominic in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries who encouraged everyone to say the Rosary.

OCTOBER 8
ST. SIMEON

St. Simeon lived in the first century. In Luke's Gospel, chapter two.

OCTOBER 9
ST. DENIS AND COMPANIONS

St. Denis is very popular in France. In fact, he is considered the patron saint of France.

OCTOBER 9
ST. JOHN LEONARDI

St. JOhn was born in 1541and became a pharmacist in Lucca, Italy.

OCTOBER 10
ELEVEN MARTYRS OF ALMERIA, SPAIN

The Spanish civil war began in 1936. It has been described as a struggle between atheism and belief in God.

OCTOBER 11
ST. KENNETH

St. Kenneth who is sometimes called St. Canice or Kenny, lived in the sixth century.

OCTOBER 12
ST. FELIX AND ST. CYPRIAN

Sts. Felix and Cyprian were African bishops who lived in the fifth century.

OCTOBER 13
ST. EDWARD

King St. Edward was one of the best loved of all the English kings.

OCTOBER 14
ST. CALLISTUS I

St. Callisturi, the great pope and martyr, lived in the first part of the third century.

OCTOBER 15
ST. TERESA OF AVILA

St. Teresa was born in Avila, Spain, on March 28, 1515.

OCTOBER 16
ST. MARGARET MARY

St. Margaret Mary lived in the seventeenth century. She is the famous French nun to whom Jesus showed his Sacred Heart.

OCTOBER 17
ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH

St. Ignatius of Antioch has been well-known since earliest times.

OCTOBER 18
ST. LUKE

St. Luke is generally believed to be a gentile doctor.

OCTOBER 19
ST. ISAAC JOGUES, ST. JOHN DE BREBEUF AND COMPANIONS--THE NORTH AMERICAN MARTYRS

Over three hundred years ago, six Jesuit priests and two holy laymen, all from France, died as martyrs here in North America.

OCTOBER 20
ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS

Paul Danei of Ovada, Italy, was born into a family of merchants in 1694

OCTOBER 21
ST. HILARION

St. Hilarion lived in the fourth century.

OCTOBER 22
BLESSED TIMOTHY GIACCARDO

Joseph Giaccardo was born on June 13, 1896, in Narzole, Italy.

OCTOBER 23
ST. JOHN CAPISTRANO

St. John Capistrano was born in Italy in 1386.

OCTOBER 24
ST. ANTHONY CLARET

St. Anthony was born in Spain in 1807.

OCTOBER 25
BLESSED RICHARD GWYN

Blessed Richard was a Welshman who lived in the sixteenth century.

OCTOBER 26
ST. EVARISTUS

St. Evaristus lived in the second century.

OCTOBER 27
BLESSED CONTARDO FERRINI

Blessed Contardo was born in 1859. His father was a teacher of mathematics and physics.

OCTOBER 28
ST. SIMON AND ST. JUDE

These two apostles of Jesus are honored on the same day.

OCTOBER 29
ST. NARCISSUS

St. Narcissus lived in the second and early part of the third centuries.

OCTOBER 30
ST. ALPHONSUS RODRIGUEZ

St. Alphonsus, the Spanish saint, was born in 1553.

OCTOBER 31
ST. FOILLAN

St. Foillan was an Irish monk who lived in the seventh century.

 
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