Francisco and Jacinta Marto: Sibling Saints

By Monique Sammut | February 20, 2018

An Ordinary Boy Francisco Marto was born on June 11, 1908.  He was the sixth of seventh children.  Francisco was kind, gentle, mischievous, courageous; a lover of nature, animals, and having fun.  He was also a peacemaker who liked to sit by himself and think.  Francisco played a reed pipe and Jacinta and Lucia would … Continue reading “Francisco and Jacinta Marto: Sibling Saints”

Sister Lucia: Child of Fatima; Servant of God

By Monique Sammut | February 19, 2018

Young Lucia Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children in 1917.  The eldest of these children was Lucia, the cousin, friend, and mentor of Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto.  Lucia was born on March 28, 1907, the youngest of seven children.  When she was 6 years old, she received her First Communion.  By … Continue reading “Sister Lucia: Child of Fatima; Servant of God”

The Season of Lent: Preparing Our Hearts

By Monique Sammut | February 14, 2018

Lent, Once Again Advent and Christmas are easy seasons to fall in love with, especially for children.  After all, with Christmas there are presents involved!  But what about Lent?  Lent is just giving up everything you like!  It’s that dreadful time of year that is so dismal and sad.  Or is it? That’s what it … Continue reading “The Season of Lent: Preparing Our Hearts”

Saint Valentine: Love One Another

By Monique Sammut | February 13, 2018

The Saint Behind the Day We all know about Valentine’s Day, but the saint behind the day is more obscure, partly because very little is actually known about Saint Valentine.  Pope Gelasius I, who made February 14 Valentine’s feast day, rightly said: “[Saint Valentine is one of those] whose names are justly reverenced among men, … Continue reading “Saint Valentine: Love One Another”

Our Lady of Lourdes: The Immaculate Conception

By Monique Sammut | February 11, 2018

The Apparitions On February 11, 1858, Our Lady of Lourdes appeared to Saint Bernadette 18 times at the Grotto of Massabielle.  The visions took place three years after Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. After the first apparition, Bernadette’s mother commanded her to stay away from the grotto.  However, on February … Continue reading “Our Lady of Lourdes: The Immaculate Conception”

Saint Josephine Bakhita: From Slave to Saint

By Monique Sammut | February 8, 2018

A Rough Start Saint Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan, Africa around1869.  Her early childhood was a happy one.  However, when she was seven, she was kidnapped by slave traders!  From then on she was called Bakhita, meaning “lucky.”  She was sold many times during the next twelve years.  Some of her masters were nice … Continue reading “Saint Josephine Bakhita: From Slave to Saint”

Saint Blaise: Saint of the Wild Beasts

By Monique Sammut | February 3, 2018

A Life Lived Well The Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Blaise on February 3.  There is very little known about him, but according to legend he was a good and hard-working bishop.  It is thought that he was a doctor who took care of his people not only spiritually but physically.  The earliest mention … Continue reading “Saint Blaise: Saint of the Wild Beasts”

The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

By Monique Sammut | February 2, 2018

Christmas and Candlemas The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus (also known as the Feast of the Purification of Mary or Candlemas) is celebrated on February 2.  In the Old Rite, this day marked the official end of the Christmas Season.  While many Churches and people take down Christmas decorations around the Epiphany, some choose … Continue reading “The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple”

Saint John Bosco: Father, Teacher, Friend

By Monique Sammut | January 30, 2018

In the Beginning Saint John Bosco was born on August 16, 1815 into a poor family.  He was the youngest of three boys.  Mr. Bosco died when John was two and he was raised by his mother, Margaret. John spent most of his time in Church, growing food, and raising sheep with his family.  Even … Continue reading “Saint John Bosco: Father, Teacher, Friend”

Saint Francis de Sales: The Gentleman Saint

By Monique Sammut | January 24, 2018

In a Nutshell Saint Francis de Sales was born on August 21, 1567.  As a young man, Francis was sent to study in Paris.  While there, he consecrated himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary and made a vow of chastity.  After Paris, Francis went on to study law in Padua.  Once he finished his studies, … Continue reading “Saint Francis de Sales: The Gentleman Saint”