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 May (the month of Mary) are: 


May 2 - Saint Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the Church 

May 3 - Saints Philip and James, apostles

May 21 - The Ascension of the Lord

May 26 - Saint Philip Neri, priest

May 28 - Pentecost Sunday

May 29 - The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

May 31 - The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


All you holy men and women, pray for us!