Category Archives: Holy Day / Feast Day

July: Month of Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus

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From the time of the Passion, when Christ poured out His blood for us all, the faithful have practiced devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. In the month of July, the Church honors the Precious Blood and encourages us in this devotion. The traditional feast day devoted to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ is July 1st. Continue reading


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Honoring the First Christian Martyrs of the Church at Rome

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Like the martyrdom of the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul (see previous post here), a great number of Christians perished at the hands of Nero during the terrible persecution that lasted from the years 64-68 A.D. This was the first major persecution of the newly founded Church at Rome. The holy men and women are also called the “Protomartyrs of Rome.” The historian Tacitus, in his said that a “great multitude” of Christians were put to death. Continue reading


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My “God Incident” with Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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The devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an important patroness in many cities and countries worldwide, such as Haiti and the Philippines. Latin America knows her too as Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, or, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor.

Many cathedrals, parishes, schools, hospitals, and non-governmental organizations carry her name. Continue reading


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St. Thomas More & St. John Fisher: Martyrs for Faith & Freedom

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Each year on June 22nd we celebrate the feast day of two notable Catholic saints and martyrs: Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher. It’s fitting that these two men have the same feast day, because they were both Englishmen martyred within two weeks of each other, for the same cause (religious freedom), on the same occasion (defending the sanctity of marriage and Papal authority against State usurpation), and at the hands of the same man (King Henry VIII). Continue reading


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What You Didn’t Know About the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Part 2

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Yesterday’s Sacred Heart blog post discussed the very rich and interesting history of the Sacred Heart devotion. This second installment will discuss its relationship to other Catholic devotions closely connected with it, namely the Divine Mercy, Eucharistic Adoration, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Continue reading


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What You Didn’t Know About the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Tomorrow is the feast day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of the most popular devotions of the Catholic faithful. Most of us are familiar with the story of Jesus appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to request a special devotion to his Sacred Heart, and how it was later instituted as a feast day for the universal Church. But there is so much more to the Sacred Heart devotion than is commonly known. Continue reading


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How to Plan a Sacred Heart of Jesus Enthronement Ceremony at Your Home

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus has become one of the most popular of Catholic devotions. Although this devotion arose in the Middle Ages, it’s popularity in modern times originated with a 17th century French nun and mystic, St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, to whom Jesus taught the secrets of his Sacred Heart.

While on a pilgrimage I visited the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Chapel of Apparitions in Paray-le-Monial, France, a charming and quiet town, where St. Marguerite-Marie Alacoque saw Jesus. This experience inspired me to bring the devotion to the Sacred Heart to my home. Continue reading


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Special Edition Friday Freebie: Sacred Heart of Jesus Framed Print

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In honor of this week’s Sacred Heart of Jesus feast day, we’re giving away this 17″ x 21″ Sacred Heart of Jesus framed canvas print by artist Adolpho Simeone, valued at $225, as a special edition Friday Freebie with an extended entry period.

Our hope is that our winner will use it to do an Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in their home.

To win, all you have to do is Enter our Friday Freebie giveaway between Monday, June 8th and 8am on Monday, June 15th to be placed in the drawing. You only have to enter your email once. We’ll choose the winner randomly on Monday, June 15th and notify the winner via email. Good luck! Continue reading


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The 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This great feast in the Church is always celebrated on the eighth day of the Feast of Corpus Christi, nineteen days after Pentecost Sunday. And it falls the day before the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Continue reading


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The Feast of the Ascension & the Holy Spirit Novena to Pentecost

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The Feast of the Ascension, also called Ascension Thursday, follows 40 days after Easter Sunday and is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Feast of the Ascension is probably treated in many places today as one of the ho-hum feast days, but historically it was a major feast (thus, its status as a holy day of obligation). In order to think of it and treat it with the same reverence as Christians of days past, it helps to reflect on it more deeply. Continue reading


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