The Saints 

Click on a Saint to quickly scroll down and learn more about them & their lives...                                                               

 Saint Rocco  Saint Nicholas Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saint Valentine
 Joan of Arc  Our Lady of Guadalupe  Saint Michael  Saint Patrick
 Saint Christopher      

  
 SAINT ROCCO




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Hello.  Thanks for coming to our website to find out more about me. All dog lovers might want to take notice of all the fun activities that take place on my feast day, August 16th every year in Bolivia, South America. Since I am the patron saint of dogs, the” birthday of all dogs" is celebrated throughout Bolivia on my feast day. Dogs are decorated with colorful ribbons and given special birthday treats on this country-wide, dogs' birthday. So if you can't remember the birthday of your dog, you can always celebrate it on my feast day, August 16th!  I'm sure that your dog will enjoy the colorful ribbon and a treat.  God bless you.
 
 - St. Rocco



INTERESTING SAINT ROCCO FACTS

St. Rocco's street procession is featured in the movie, The Godfather Part II.

According to the book written by Montague Summer,” The Vampire In Europe”, to ward off vampires, you are instructed to pray to St. Rocco.

In many parishes around the world that are named after St. Rocco, small loaves of bread are distributed called 'The Bread of St. Rocco" on his feast day, August 16th.When St. Rocco was near death from the plague, a dog came to his rescue with a small loaf of Italian bread clenched in its teeth-just enough nourishment to bring St. Rocco back on the road to recovery. Those who receive "The Bread of St. Rocco" are told that they must share it with another and cannot eat it alone.

  

 SAINT NICK


           


 
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Greetings from heaven.  Thanks for coming by our site to find out more about me. You might get a kick out of finding out how I make my appearance in some places around the world for my feast day of December 6th.For instance, in Holland, I arrive at the port of Amsterdam in a steam ship. I come dressed in traditional bishop's robes as I ride off the ship on a beautiful white horse. My first stop is Parliament where I address my colleagues in verse and they resound in rhyme! It’s really a good time and a great way to start the holy Christmas season. I am looking forward to meeting you when you get to heaven, so keep doing all those good things you're doing for the folks in your life and for the poor until it's your time to join us here at home.  God bless you. 

 
- St. Nick

INTERESTING SAINT NICK FACTS

Every Sunday at Mass, Roman Catholics proclaim their faith by praying The Nicene Creed. St. Nick was at the First Church Council at Nicaea in the year 325A.D. and was one of the authors of that creed.

Our modern day, Santa Claus originates in the gift giving stories of St. Nick, Bishop of Myra, 3rd century, A.D.. In many countries, some form of St. Nick delivers gifts at Christmas but not in Syria. In Syria, the gifts are delivered by the smallest camel in the caravan of The Magi.


   
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL



             

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Hi.  Thanks for coming to our website to find out more about me. My Name "Mary" comes from the ancient Hebrew word "Mara”, sometimes spelled "Marah". "Mara" has its roots in the word "myrrh". Myrrh is a precious and bitter ointment used to anoint the bodies of the dead. Mara was also the name of the place where the Israelites rested after they passed safely through the Red Sea in their flight from Egypt. So my name is both a fragrance and a place name. You may recall that when The Magi came from the East to visit the baby Jesus, they brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gift of gold signifies that Jesus is King of all creation. Frankincense points to Jesus as the priest of the New Covenant. Myrrh speaks of His death on the cross as Savior of the world.  So, my name means “the bitter” as well as "shelter"," resting place”, and” safe haven”. Come to me when your life is bitter and you will find a safe haven in my heart.  May my son Jesus continue to bless you.


 - Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel


INTERESTING OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL FACTS


Mount Carmel is located in Palestine and is also known as The Mountain of Elias The Prophet. The word "Carmel" means "garden". So Our Lady of Mt. Carmel can also be called, Our Lady of The Garden.

The sweet aroma in early Spring gardens comes from the Lilly of the valley flower. Legend has it that when the tears of Mary, the mother of Jesus fell to the ground at the foot of His cross on Good Friday, the lilies of the valley appeared for the first time. The flowers were the first sign that God would turn the sadness of death into the joy of the resurrection of Jesus.


   

JOAN OF ARC


  
           

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Bon Jour.  My name in French is Jeanne d'Arc.  I watch over my beloved France along with the other patron saints of our dear country....  St. Denis, St. Martin of Tours, St. Louis IX, and St. Theresa of Lisieux.  Although I was born a peasant girl, I became a woman warrior saint and so I am also claimed as a patron of the woman in the armed forces.  My name, Joan, comes from the Hebrew, "John", and it translates...."God is gracious”.  On July 17th, 1429, Charles VII was crowned King of France in Reims Cathedral.  I was given a place of honor at the coronation and later was named to the nobility in his court.  These honors were given to me because I dared to listen to the voices from heaven.  Perhaps the voices from heaven that you hear will be the cry of the poor and lonely.  Answer them and you too will be doing saintly things with your life.  

- Joan Of Arc

INTERESTING JOAN OF ARC FACTS

Joan of Arc stuck to her story that she saw visions and heard voices from Heaven.  The people of her village made fun of her and said she was talking to fairies.  She claimed to be talking directly with St. Michael the Archangel, St. Catherine and St. Margaret Mary

In 15 months, the maid of Orleans (as she was called at the time) changed the course of European history

Burned at the stake as a witch, she is now a celebrated woman warrior saint in Heaven

Because Joan of Arc endured ridicule for hearing voices, she is also the patron of believers who are considered 'overly religious' or suffering from a mental illness

Joan of Arc is often portrayed in art on a horse riding into battle

There is a Joan of Arc Chapel on the grounds of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

   


OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE



           
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May the peace of my son Jesus be with you.  In Spanish, I am known as Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and sometimes also as Virgen de Guadalupe.  I appeared to Saint Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City.  I am also greatly revered and loved by the people of the Philippine Islands.  Sometimes I am viewed as the "Woman of the Apocalypse from the New Testament Book of Revelation, chapter 12, verse 1.  It reads: "arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head, a crown of 12 stars.  "I am the symbol of the Mexican nation since Mexico's war of independence.  Rebel armies marched behind flags depicting my image revealed on St. Juan Diego's tilma.  I am sometimes called the "first mestiza" or "the first Mexican", bringing together different cultures, religions and peoples.  God Bless you.

 - Our Lady Of Guadalupe


INTERESTING OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE FACTS

Mysterious images can be seen in the eyes of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Her eyes appear to be made up of countless thousands of small images of men, women and children!

There is no scientific explanation as for why St. Juan Diego's tilma still has the beautiful and brilliant colors as it had when Our Lady of Guadalupe gave it to him 478 years ago.

The hill on which Mary appeared in Mexico was also sacred to the ancient Aztecs.

18-20 million pilgrims visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico every year, making it Christianity's most visited shrine in the world!

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe can be seen everywhere.  The peoples of the Americas have embraced her as their mother and so her image can be seen in gas stations, restaurants, gardens, homes, and etched in glass on the back windows of pick-up trucks.

She is seen as the sign and symbol representing the everyday mixing of the present world with the spirit world.

  

SAINT MICHAEL 


           


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May Almighty God's strength and power be with you!  I am Michael and my name means... "Who is like God?"  So you can see that my name is a question and a challenge to all believers...  calling you to be like God in your time and place on earth.  I am an angel warrior crushing the head of Satan… Who dares to tempt God's children with evil and sin?  I usually appear fully armed with helmet, sword and shield.  My sword is powerful and double-edged representing the two edged sword of the word of God cutting through the power of hell and death and destroying death forever.  I am at your side to protect you from all harm and to lead you home to Heaven.

 - Saint Michael



INTERESTING SAINT MICHAEL FACTS

One of the most popular tattoos is the St. Michael the Archangel tattoo and it is usually found on a muscular man's biceps and sometimes takes up a man's entire back!

Many soldiers and police officers wear St. Michael medals around their necks.

Pope Leo XIII in the year 1884 had a vision of the battle waged between Michael and Lucifer.  The vision is the origin of The Prayer to St. Michael prayed daily by Catholics around the world...  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host-by the Divine Power of God-cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.

The original prayer from Pope Leo was 594 words long!

In the Rite of Exorcism, St. Michael is invoked to lead the battle to drive out any evil spirits that might be present.


  

SAINT VALENTINE



           

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Greetings!  Thank you for coming to our site to find out more about me.  My name is Valentine which comes from the Latin word, valens.  Valens means worthy, important and special.  On my feast day, February 14th, men, women, friends, and relatives send cards, candy and flowers to the special people in their lives.  My feast day replaces an ancient festival in honor of the Roman pagan goddess, Februata.  That festival consisted of all the men getting drunk and forcing the women to write their names on stone tablets and then place the tablets in a huge stone jar. Then the drunk men would each get a chance to draw out of the jar a woman's name.  The woman was then forced to marry the man who drew her name!  Christians transformed this degrading treatment of women into a day which celebrates women with cards, candy and flowers.  God Bless!

 - St. Valentine


INTERESTING SAINT VALENTINE FACTS

Valentine cards and gifts really started to become popular during The Renaissance in the 14th century and remains a day that is celebrated all over the world with the exchange of cards, candy, flowers and gifts.

It is estimated that today just about one billion cards are sent out each year around Valentine's Day!

There is an old legend that says a marriage will last if the man and woman are engaged on Valentine's Day.

If a woman wants to see who she will marry, she should gather a few bay leaves, place them in a small red cotton bag and put the bag under her pillow on Valentine's Day.  When she's ready to go to sleep, she must recite this verse 3 times  "Good Valentine, be kind to me, in dreams let me my true love see."  She will dream of the man that she will marry!

  
SAINT PATRICK



           

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Blessings!  Thanks for coming to our website to find out more about me.  My name is Patrick which comes from the Latin word, "patrician."  You see Roman society was divided into plebeians (commoners) and patricians (aristocrats).  So my name means "noble".  My name can mean that I am part of a higher social class or it can mean that I have a spirit that is generous, honorable, or full of courage-thus a noble spirit.  Wherever you are on the social ladder, rich or poor, you too are called to have a noble spirit and do great things with your life.  Shakespeare (yes, there are books in Heaven) once said of himself  "What poor an instrument may do a noble deed." 

I leave you with an Irish toast…  “May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live."

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St. Patrick


INTERESTING SAINT PATRICK FACTS

Many cities around the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day with parades, wearing of the green, and drinking beer, whiskey or wine.

Before drinking, there is often the call for an Irish Blessing or toast… “May the roof above you never fall in, and those gathered beneath it never fall out.  May your home be too small to hold all your friends.  May the good Lord take a liking to you, but not too soon!  There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea.  But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be!”

A TOAST - a custom born from St. Patrick's country of  Ireland...  The custom of proposing a toast goes back to the early brewing days of ales and beers.  A piece of toasted bread was put into the glass to soak up the bitter tastes left in the brew.  So once the glass was empty, all that was left was a piece of toast!  Thus the start of the custom of everyone lifting their glasses for a "toast." 

 

 
SAINT CHRISTOPHER

           



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Hello. As you might have heard, my official feast day was removed from the yearly calendar in the Official Roman Catholic Rite, but I remain highly celebrated in the calendar of The Orthodox Churches. Some Catholics jokingly refer to me as one of the "laid off" saints and although I'm off their calendar, my medals still adorn their cars and trucks. There are even special St. Christopher metals for baseball players. Sure like many of the saints, legends and history merge but I assure you, even in Heaven, my feet get cold when I remember how cold the river was during the many safe passages I gave to the weary traveler. I died a martyr’s death in the 3rd century reign of Decius and I am happy now in Heaven watching over your safe travels. See you in Heaven when your life's journey on earth is finished. Watch your step!

 - St. Christopher

INTERESTING SAINT CHRISTOPHER FACTS
 
St. Christopher is the Patron Saint of surfers because he carried people through stormy river waters, surfers pray to him for safe riding of the waves. The St. Christopher metals are on miniature surfer boards.

St. Christopher statues are often found on bridges in Europe and Latin America.

St. Kitts Island located 46 miles west of Antigua in the Lesser Antilles is named after St. Christopher.

Saint Christopher is one of "The Fourteen Holy Helper" Saints who are called on for help for anything from protection from lightning to safe childbirth!