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 July are: 

 

July 3 - Saint Thomas, apostle

July 11 - Saint Benedict, abbot

July 14 - Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin 

July 14 - Saint Bonaventure, bishop and doctor of the Church

July 22 - Saint Mary Magdalene

July 25 - Saint James, apostle

July 29 - Saint Martha

July 31 - Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest

 

All you holy men and women, pray for us!