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Our Lady of Help

Our Lady of HelpAlso known as

  • Our Lady of Succor

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Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under this title began in Palermo, Sicily in the 14th century, and has since spread throughout the Augustinians. It began when Father Nicola Bruno, who suffered from severe and long-term pains in his side, prayed to Our Lady for healing while meditating on a painting of Mary in which she used a stick or club to chase away the dragon and protect the infant Jesus; the artist was making refence to passages in Genesis and Revelations that referred to the eternal enmity between The Woman and the serpent. That night, Father Nicola received a vision of Mary and was healed. The painting received the title “Our Lady of Help”, and the devotion began. Since 1804 the celebration has had its own liturgy.

Readings

Now the snake was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’?”

The woman answered the snake: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; it is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, or else you will die.'”

But the snake said to the woman: “You certainly will not die! God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil.”

The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

The LORD God then asked the woman: What is this you have done?

The woman answered, “The snake tricked me, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the snake: Because you have done this, cursed are you among all the animals, tame or wild; On your belly you shall crawl, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; They will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel.

Genesis 1-6,13-15


A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.

Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth.

She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days.

Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser* of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time.”

When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half-year. The serpent, however, spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after the woman to sweep her away with the current. But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the dragon spewed out of its mouth. Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus.

– Revelation 12:1-17

MLA Citation

  • “Our Lady of Help“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 May 2016. Web. 25 May 2016. <>

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of FatimaAlso known as

  • Lady of the Rosary (she called herself that when Lucia asked her name)

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Commemorates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three children in Fatima, Portugal on the 13th of each month from May to October in 1917. Our Lady appeared to Lucia, age 9, Blessed Francisco Marto, age 8, and Blessed Jacinta Marto, age 6, while they were tending sheep; they described her as “a woman all in white, more brilliant than the sun”, and her message was to do reparation for sins that offend God, and to pray constantly for the conversion of sinners. She asked for devotion to the Holy Trinity, and for praying the Rosary daily for world peace. Word spread, and by the final apparition on 13 October, 70,000 people showed up to witness the Lady and the sign that she had promised; they witnessed the sun make three circles and zigzag around in the sky.

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MLA Citation

  • “Our Lady of Fatima“. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 May 2016. Web. 25 May 2016. <>

Apparition of the Holy Cross over Jerusalem

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Commemorates the appearance on 7 May 351, Pentecost that year, of a luminous image of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. It stretched from Mount Golgotha to the Mount of Olives (about two miles / three kilometers), was brighter than the sun, lasted several hours, and was seen by the entire city. It led to many conversions, and was reported in a letter attribued to Saint Cyril of Jerusalem.

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Apparition of the Holy Cross over Jerusalem“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 May 2016. Web. 25 May 2016. <>

Day of Missionary Martyrs

Also known as

  • Day of Prayer and Fasting in Memory of Missionary Martyrs

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An initiative of the Youth Missionary Movement of the Italian Pontifical Mission Societies, this day of fasting and prayer began in 1993 as a way to remember how many in the world shed their blood for the Gospel.

Profiled Missinonary Martyrs

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Day of Missionary Martyrs“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 March 2016. Web. 25 May 2016. <>

World Day of the Sick

Pope Saint John Paul II and Our Lady of LourdesMemorial

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A feast instituted on 13 May 1992 by Pope John Paul II to be “a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering”. The date of the feast, 11 February was chosen to coincide with that of Our Lady of Lourdes as there have been so many healings reported at the shrine and through Our Lady‘s intercession. Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on this feast day in 2013, citing his declining health as his reason.

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MLA Citation

  • “World Day of the Sick“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 February 2016. Web. 25 May 2016. <>

All Saints of the Diocese of Evry

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A regional memorial of all the saints and beati of the calendar who have a connection to the Diocese of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes, France.

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MLA Citation

  • “All Saints of the Diocese of Evry“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 November 2015. Web. 25 May 2016. <>

Our Lady of Good Guard

statue of Our Lady of Good Guard, date and artist unknown; Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Garde de Longpont-sur-Orge, France; photographed on 11 August 2013 by P.poschadel; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageAlso known as

  • Notre-Dame-de-Bonne-Garde

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MLA Citation

  • “Our Lady of Good Guard“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 November 2015. Web. 25 May 2016. <>

Lord of Miracles

detail of the Mural Señor de los Milagros de Nazarenas, Lima, Peru; photographed on 24 November 2006 by Miguel Chong; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageAlso known as

  • Señor de los Milagros de Nazarenas

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A mid-17th-century painting of the Crucifixion that is venerated in Lima, Peru, and its celebration involves one of the largest processions in the world. It was painted by an unnamed African taken to Peru as a slave from what is now Angola, shows Christ on the cross with the Father and Holy Spirit above, the Blessed Virgin Mary to the right, Saint Mary Magdalene to the left. The name originated on 13 November 1655 when everything around it was destroyed in an earthquake that left the painting standing and undamaged.

MLA Citation

  • “Lord of Miracles“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 April 2016. Web. 25 May 2016. <>

Our Lady of Laus

statues depicting the apparition of Notre-Dame du Laus to Benoite Rencurel; date and artist unknown; photographed on 24 August 2009 by moi-même; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageAlso known as

  • Our Lady Refuge of Sinners

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  • first Monday of Pentecost

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A series of apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the the shepherdess visionary Benoîte Rencurel that began in 1664. Mary‘s message was a call to repentence, and she asked for the construction of a church and house for priests as a foundation for a site of pilgrims to seek greater conversion especially through the sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sanctuaire that developed now draws 120,000 pilgrims a year. Many healings, spiritual and physical, have been reported.

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344 year ago, Our Lady chose to address a simple shepherdess to open the way of penitence and conversion, to invite pilgrims to reconcile themselves with the world and with God. I recognize the supernatural origin of the apparitions and the events and words experienced and narrated by Benedicta Rencurel. I encourage all of the faithful to come and pray and seek spiritual renewal at this shrine. Nobody is obliged to believe in apparitions, even in those officially recognized, but if they help us in our faith and our daily lives, why should we reject them? Bishop Jean-Michel de Falco

Queen of Laus, kind and loving Mother, hear our pious pleas. Your son always hears your prayers, and you always hear your children. O pure Virgin, ceaselessly watch over our hearts from heaven. Let no dirt tarnish the heavenly whiteness. Be our support in virtue, all-powerful Virgin, and guide our feeble steps. If we fall, Compassionate Mother, kindly embrace us in your arms. Give us shelter under your wings when the storms burst with fury, spare us from cruel agony, and may the sinner repent with true remorse. Leave us not at our last hour, but let us sleep in peace at your maternal breast. And once awakening, drawing back the veil, we will see you in the splendor of heaven. Our Lady of Laus, Refuge of sinners, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen.

MLA Citation

  • “Our Lady of Laus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 October 2015. Web. 25 May 2016. <>

Our Lady of Coromoto

replica of the image of the Virgin of Coromoto; date and artist unknown; parish church of Guatire, Estado Miranda. Venezuela; photographed on 15 December 2011 by RASECZENITRAM; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageAlso known as

  • Nuestra Señora de Coromoto
  • Virgin of Coromoto
  • Virgen de Coromoto

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Commemorates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Coromoto, leader of the indigenous people in the forests near Guanare, Venezuela. Our Lady told the chief and his wife to go to the Catholic missionaries in the city, learn the faith, and receive Baptism; Coromoto shot an arrow at her, she vanished, and left behind a piece of paper with her portrait. The entire tribe, except for Coromoto himself, converted to Christianity; he was afraid of losing his standing in the tribe. Tradition says that he fled from the Baptism ceremony into the forest where he was bitten by a poisonous snake; this could be allegorical.

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MLA Citation

  • “Our Lady of Coromoto“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 September 2015. Web. 25 May 2016. <>