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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. 7 February 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. 7 February 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. 7 February 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. 26 October 2015. Web. 7 February 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. 7 February 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. 7 February 2016. <>

Beata Vergine Maria della Vita

Also known as

  • Our Lady of Life

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Celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary as patroness of the Our Lady of Life Hospital in Bologna, Italy, and as depicted in a painting in a sanctuary dedicated to her c.1375 in the hospital.

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MLA Citation

  • “Beata Vergine Maria della Vita“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 August 2015. Web. 7 February 2016. <>

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

painting of 'The Heart of Mary' by Leopold Kupelwierser, 19th century; Saint Anthony side chapel of the Church of Saint Peter, Vienna, Austria; photographed on 22 September 2013 by Diana Ringo; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageMemorial

  • Saturday after the Solemnity of Sacred Heart of Jesus (assigned in 1969 by Pope Paul VI)
  • formerly 19 October by the Sulpicians as part of the feast of the Inner Life of Mary
  • formerly 8 February by the Eudists as the feast of the Heart of Mary
  • formerly 22 August by Pope Pius XII in 1944

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A celebration of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The devotion is symbolized by the physical heart of Mary, but actually involves meditation and attempts to live Mary’s example of love, virtues, sentiments, and interior life.

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MLA Citation

  • “Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 July 2015. Web. 7 February 2016. <>

Our Lady of Lourdes

detail of a stained glass window depicting the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Bernadette Soubirous; date and artist unknown; church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens, Bourdeilles, Dordogne, France; photographed on 17 December 2009 by Père Igor; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageMemorial

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The memorial commemorates the eighteen (18) apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Bernadette Soubiroux that occurred between 11 February and 16 July of 1858 near the town of Lourdes in the Hautes-Pyrenees region of France. Though there would be other people with her, only Saint Bernadette could see the Lady.

During the 9th appearance, on 25 February, the Lady told Bernadette to drink from a spring that suddenly appeared in the grotto where the apparitions occurred. During the 12th appearance, on 1 March, a visitor washed her arm in water from the spring, and some nerve damage in it was immediately cured. There is a tradition of miraculous cures at the grotto, or received by those who drink or are bathed in its waters. Bernadette later said that the water had no special properties, but it helped focus the faithful who received the cures through faith and prayer.

During the 13th appearance, on 2 March, the Lady told Bernadette to tell local priests that they should build a chapel at the grotto, and have processions to be made to it; the priests were understandably skeptical, but due to the numbers of pilgrims coming to the area, construction of several churches was started within a few years.

During the 16th appearance, on 25 March, the Lady identified herself as “the Immaculate Conception“.

Due to the number of people gathering at the site, and making treks to the area, on 8 June 1858, the mayor of Lourdes barricaded the grotto and stationed guards to prevent public access; visitors were fined for kneeling near the grotto or talking about it, and Bernadette saw the last appearance of the Lady from outside the barricade. The grotto was re-opened to the public in October 1858 by order of Emperor Louis Napoleon III, and the pilgrims have not stopped coming since.

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MLA Citation

  • “Our Lady of Lourdes“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 February 2016. Web. 7 February 2016. <>

Trinity Sunday

detail of an alcove painting of the Holy Trinity; date and artist unknown; wayside shrine at Migoriach, Viktring, Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria; photographed on 28 March 2009 by Johann Jaritz; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageArticle

The first Sunday after Pentecost, instituted to honor the Most Holy Trinity. The early Church did not honor the Trinity by a special Office or day. When the Arian heresy was at its height, an Office with canticle, responses, a Preface, and hymns was composed by the Fathers, and recited on Sundays. Bishop Stephen of Liege, 903920, wrote an Office of the Holy Trinity which was recited in some places on the Sunday after Pentecost, in others on the Sunday preceding Advent. Saint Thomas Becket, consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury on the Sunday following Pentecost, obtained for England the privilege of honoring the Holy Trinity on that day, and Pope John XXII (13161334) made this practise universal. A Plenary Indulgence is gained by those who receive the Holy Eucharist on this day. The Gospel of the Mass is the charge of Christ to His Apostles to teach all nations “baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” It is the last day in the United States for the observance of what is known as the Easter duty, so called because it is of obligation for all Catholics to confess and partake of Holy Comnlunion once a year, usually between the first Sunday of Lent and Trinity Sunday.

MLA Citation

  • “Trinity Sunday”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 May 2015. Web. 7 February 2016. <>