Celebrating the Saints and the Feasts of the Church

Most saints have specially designated feast days. On those days we remember these holy men and women in a special way. The tradition arose from the early Christian custom of commemorating each martyr annually on the date of his or her death, or birth into heaven, a date therefore referred to in Latin as the martyr's dies natalis ("day of birth"). The Church also celebrates special events or happenings in the history of the Church with solemnities, feasts, and memorials. The saint days and other celebrations in the month of October (the month of the Most Holy Rosary) are: 


October 1 - Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church

October 4 - Saint Francis of Assisi

October 7 - Our Lady of the Rosary

October 15 - Saint Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church

October 17 - Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

October 18 - Saint Luke, evangelist

October 19 - Saints John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, priests, and Companions, martyrs

October 28 - Saints Simon and Jude, apostles


All you holy men and women, pray for us!