Celtic Saints of the day 10th November

St. Aedh MacBricc of Meath  at Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae then from Celtic and Old English Saints Died 589. The Lives of Aedh are full of miraculous events of healing, bilocation, and other marvels. The son of Breece of the Hy Neill, Aedh worked on his father's farm. His conversion occurred when he was dissuaded by [...]

Feast of Dedication of St. John Lateran

Monday, November 9, 2015 | Feast Day: Monday, November 9, 2015 Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, but they are wrong. St. John Lateran is the pope’s church, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome where the Bishop of Rome presides. The first basilica on the site was built in [...]

Celtic Saint of the day 9th November

St. Benen of Ireland, Bishop of Armagh, Saint Patrick's chanter (Benignus) Died c. 468. Son of the Meath chieftain Sechnan (Sessenen or Sesgne), Benen grew up in the district around Duleek. He and his family were converted in his childhood and baptized by Saint Patrick. The story is told that Benen worshipped Patrick as a [...]

Saint of the Day 8th November

Blessed John Duns Scotus Lived: (c. 1266-1308) | Feast Day: Sunday, November 8, 2015 A humble man, John Duns Scotus has been one of the most influential Franciscans through the centuries. Born at Duns in the county of Berwick, Scotland, John was descended from a wealthy farming family. In later years he was identified as [...]

Saint of the Day Thursday, November 5, 2015

Venerable Solanus Casey Lived: (1870-1957) | Feast Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Barney Casey became one of Detroit’s best-known priests even though he was not allowed to preach formally or to hear confessions! Barney came from a large family in Oak Grove, Wisconsin. At the age of 21, and after he had worked as a [...]

All Souls

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed Lived: | Feast Day: Monday, November 2, 2015 The Church has encouraged prayer for the dead from the earliest times as an act of Christian charity. "If we had no care for the dead," Augustine noted, "we would not be in the habit of praying for them." Yet pre-Christian [...]

All Saints and the Celts

History In the British Isles, it is known that churches were already celebrating All Saints on 1st November at the beginning of the 8th century to coincide or replace the Celtic festival of Samhain.1 James Frazer suggests that 1st November was chosen because it was the date of the Celtic festival of the dead (Samhain) [...]