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Friday, December 20, 2013
2014 Patron Saint for the Year Devotion
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UPDATE: RESULTS ARE IN.  SCROLL DOWN TO SEE!

UPDATE 2: Thank you to the 214 people who participated in this devotion.  As of now the drawings for 2014 have closed.  Thank you again and I'll be in contact with you in December 2014 regarding the 2015 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion

I am very pleased to again be a facilitator for the Patron Saint of the Year Devotion.  I have been part of this annual tradition since 2006 and have helped coordinate devotions for hundreds of families.  It is my pleasure to now be part of the 2014 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion.

You can read about the past devotions at the following posts:
Again, I would like to take a few minutes to explain the devotion, which has its roots in St. Faustina.

When will the saints be drawn?  This year I will start the drawing of saints on the Octave Day of Christmas after the 10 AM Solemn High Mass and the recitation of both the Veni Creator Spiritus and the Litany of Saints.  Saints will be emailed starting that afternoon and thereafter.


What is the Saint for the Year Devotion? Here is my post on this from years past to clarify the matter. This is from the person that draws all of the saints. I don't draw the saints. I will merely pass on your name or screenname to her so that she will draw a saint for you. Also, I will pass on the name of any of your family or friends that would like to participate. This isn't superstition. St. Faustina did the same thing!

Last year hundreds of people received saints to be their special patron, and there were miraculous connections. It was truly amazing. We pray that this year the Holy Ghost will again work so that all participants receive a saint that they will be able to pray to for aid throughout the entire year:
Saint for the Year

I want to tell you about the practice of picking a saint at random to be your “holy protector” for the year. Actually, the saint is the one who chooses us though. The tradition of letting a saint “pick you,” is not a new one. St. Faustina wrote about it in her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul. The excerpt is below.

“There is a custom among us of drawing by lot, on New Year's Day, special Patrons for ourselves for the whole year. In the morning during meditation, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn't read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: ‘I am your patron. Read.’ I looked at once at the inscription and read, ‘Patron for the Year 1935 - the Most Blessed Eucharist.’ My heart leapt with joy, and I slipped quietly away from the sisters and went for a short visit before the Blessed Sacrament, where I poured out my heart. But Jesus sweetly admonished me that I should be at that moment together with the sisters. I went immediately in obedience to the rule.”Excerpt from Divine Mercy in My Soul, the Diary of St. Faustina"

I have a container full of names ... I will be glad to pick out the name for you and send you the name if you prefer. I am so excited by my saint(s) ... I already picked mine. Well, I should say that they picked me ... I have Saints Marcus and Marcellianus ... they are twin brothers who were sent to prison before their death. St. Sebastian visited them continually in prison and helped keep their faith alive. They are buried near St. Felix and are specifically honored in Spain.

OK now ... here are a couple of immediate ironies in regard to these saints ... I have a SPECIAL place in my heart for twins! As a child, I LOVED reading the story about St. Sebastian. I had a children's book of saints and I think I wore out the pages on St. Sebastian! Felix is my grandfather's name! Silvia, our exchange student, is from Spain! I am so excited to have these two saints to walk through 2006 with me! I'm looking forward as to where and how they will intercede for me.
Please pass this message on through your blogs and/or email distribution lists, letting all of the Catholic blogsphere have the chance to participate. I only ask that you give me your email address so that I may contact you when your saint is drawn. Usually within one to two days I can email you about your saint.

So, please either make sure your email address is in your profile or please leave it below in the comment box when you ask to participate. If you wish to remain anonymous, please leave your initials instead of your name.  And, if you would prefer to email me directly and not write your email address in the comment box, please send an email entitled "Saint for the Year 2013" to acatholiclife [at] gmail.com

So, comment below and pass this message on throughout the entire Catholic Blogsphere!

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Results:



Name Saint
Susanne M. St. Maria Goretti
Amelia G St. Hyacinth feastday 9/11
Alma R St. Thomas Aquinas feastday 3/7
Evangeline St. Gertrude Comensoli
Antoniette St. Romanus feastday 8/9
Andy M St. Perpetuus feastday 4/8
Michael St. Catherine feastday 11/25
Matthew St. Hilary feastday 1/14
Max St. Nazarius feastday 7/28
Cory L St. Guilia Salzano
Diane K St. Bertha feastday 7/4
Kathy L St. Marius feastday 1/19
Elizabeth C St. Eligius feastday 12/1
Elynne W The Guardian Angels
Cathleen St. Ephrem the Syrian
Edmund St. Theodulus feastday of 5/3
Carla St. Augustine of Canterbury
Anna St. Elizabeth feastday of 7/8
Larry St. Lupicinus feastday of 2/28
Betty St. Ladislas feastday of 6/27
Perry St. Caius feastday of 4/22
Fran T St. Fabian feastday 1/20
GentleHeart64 St. Didacus feastday 11/3
Kathy G St. Mary of the Cross
Karleen St. Hyacinth feastday 8/17
Guy C. St. Cajetan feastday 8/7
Terry St. Tarasius feastday 2/25
John St. Bede feastday 4/10
Joseph St. Agnes
Heidi M St. Plutarch feastday 6/28
ABG St. Romanus feastday 8/9
JL St. John Francis Regis
Anna B St. John Leonard feastday 10/9
Bill St. Ambrose
Julie St. Ladislas feastday of 6/27
Scott  St. Hyacinth feastday 8/17
Blake St. Ludger feastday 3/26
Jonathan A 40 Martyrs of Sebaste 
James A St. Eventius feastday 5/3
Ron A St. Thomas of Canterbury
Jessa St. Abraham feastday 3/16
Jessa's sister M. Seven Holy Brothers feastday 7/10
Jessa's  sister L. St. Camillus of Leilis feastday 7/18
Jessa's  future husband St. Theodore Guerin
Jessa's  dad and mom St. Barbara feastday 12/4
Joe St. Philogonius feastday 12/20
Monica St. John Baptist de Rossi
Laura St. Jerome
Amy St. Marcellinus feastday 6/2
Judy St. Jerome
Joan St. Frances Cabrini
Anonymous St. Alphonsus Liguori
Kathy R St. Hospitius feastday 5/21
Lisa E St. Martin de Porres
Lisa B St. Theodore Guerin
Michael Y St. Paternus feastday 4/15
Mariah St. Julia feastday 5/22
Monica M. St. John Gualbert feastday 7/12
Cynthia V St. Medard feastday 6/8
N Alan Anderson St. Paul the Apostle
Rosalinda L St. Methodius feastday 7/7
Lujan St. Albert the Great
Enrico St. Helena feastday 8/18
Joy St. Perpetuus feastday 4/8
Pancreatius St. Edward feastday 10/13
Filip St. Rufina feastday 7/10
Anna St. Luigi Guanella
Serv St. Anthony Claret feastday 10/23
Va Family St. Ludger feastday 3/26
Vi Family St. Crescentia feastday 6/15
Leissue Claim St. Hyacinth feastday 8/17
Leissue Home St. Filippo Smaldone
Leissue Doc St. Joseph Calasanctius feastday 8/27
Ramzi St. Barbatus feastday 2/19
Pam Seven Holy Brothers feastday 7/10
Noah St. Willibrord feastday 11/7
Noella Our Lady under the title "Our Lady of the Rosary"
Kate St. Crescentia feastday 6/15
Paul W St. Perpetuus feastday 4/8
Unknown St. Marcellinus feastday 6/2
Cathy T St. Barachisius feastday 3/29
Ray St. Josaphat feastday 11/14
Rosie St. Caspar
Cristian St. Alpohnsa of the Immaculate Conception
Nicolaus St. Bede feastday 4/10
Elena St. Quintin feastday 10/31
Pablo St. Tarasius feastday 2/25
Ruth Seven Holy Servite Founders
Dan & Kristin S. St. John Leonard feastday 10/9
Sandy St. Anthony of the Desert
Brandon St. George Preca
Rachel St. Paul of the Cross
Sue St. Bernardo Tolomei
Rebecca St. Joseph the Foster Father of Jesus Christ
Clare St. Peter of Alacantara feastday 10/19
Mark St. Rafael Guizar Valencia
Jess St. Bernard feastday of 8/20
Lucy L St. Frumentius feastday 10/27
Lucy E St. Andrew the Apostle
Sonya B St. Melchior
Susan St. Chrysenthus feastday 10/25
Madalena Our Lady under the title "Our Lady of the Rosary"
A. Dawn M. Anderson St. Julius feastday 4/12
Lois F St. Albinus feastday 3/1
Gemma D St. Paul the Apostle
Barry M. St. Frei Galvao
Susan M. St. Perpetuus feastday 4/8
Erin M.  St. Mary of the Cross
Alex M. St. Philogonius feastday 12/20
Elly M. St. Edward feastday 10/13
Anna M. St. Francis Xavier feastday 12/3
Evelyn M.  St. John the Apostle
Tim W St. Catherine Laboure feastday 11/28
Steve St. Bernardine of Siena feastday of 5/20
Toni St. Ethelreda feastday of 6/2
Stephanie St. Soter feastday of 4/22
Christine St. Mary feastday of 3/16
Butch St. Arcangelo Tadini
Ken St. Paul the 1st Hermit
John St. Elizabeth feastday of 7/8
Lenore St. Barnabas feastday 6/11
Baby #1 St. Matthias 
Dan St. John Joseph of the Cross feastday 3/5
Baby #2 St. Bernard feastday of 8/20
Christopher St. Hilary feastday 1/14
Craig V St. Edward feastday 10/13
Vangie M. St. Louis IX
Lisa St. Anthony Zaccaria feastday 7/5
Franciscus Carmelo The Guardian Angels
Sequoia S St. Gregory Barbarigo
Aimee St. Damien Joseph de Veuster
Jay St. Thomas Apostle
Cameron St. Ludger feastday 3/26
Liam St. Albert the Great
Callie O. The Holy Innocents
Anonymous St. Ethelreda feastday of 6/2
Anonymous' son Patrick St. Teresa feastday 10/15
Lisa St. Felix of Valois
Bill St. Cornelius feastday 9/16
Christopher St. Abachum feastday 1/19
Sarah St. Eusebius feastday 8/14
John St. Quintin feastday 10/31
Monica St. Dominic feastday 8/4
Caroline St. Leocadia feastday 12/9
Bekki St. Andrew Avellino feastday 11/10
Cindy St. Marcellus feastday 1/6
Lila St. Basil the Great
Dustin St. Boniface
Hailey St. Damien Joseph de Veuster
Janet G St. Andrew the Apostle
Seppy P St. Felicitas feastday 3/6
Pete R St. Eligius feastday 12/1
fwkoes St. John of Avila
Lucy D St. Victor feastday 7/12
Roger St. Eusebius feastday 12/16
Demi St. Frances Cabrini
Renee M St. Anthony Zaccaria feastday 7/5
Chistine M St. Bridget feastday 10/8
Catherine St. Mary dei Pazzi feastday 5/29
Tony M St. Martha feastday 1/19
Michelle St. Polycarp
Rick St. Donatian feastday 5/24
Sean St. Benjamin feastday 3/31
Derek St. Marie Eugenie of Jesus Milleret
Dorothy St. Hyacinth feastday 9/11
Mark L St. James feastday 7/25
Pete S St. Donatian feastday 5/24
Jon H St. Cyril feastday 7/7
Cynthia H. St. Martha feastday 1/19
John R.  St. Anthony of the Desert
Lisa S. St. Melchior
Nanette St. Caspar
Dalleys St. Victorian feastday 1/12
Christina B Seven Holy Brothers feastday 7/10
John M. R.  St. Rafael Guizar Valencia
Judi S. St. Euphrasia feastday 3/13
Sharon K St. Callistus feastday 10/14
Michael C 40 Martyrs of Sebaste 
Heather St. Peter feastday 6/29
M Porter St. James feastday 7/25
Debbie St. Vincent feastday 1/22
Joe The Guardian Angels
Thomas St. Margaret feastday 6/10
David St. Cyril feastday 7/7
Stephanie St. Camillus of Leilis feastday 7/18
abjeschke089 St. Stanislaus feastday 5/7
Cheryl St. Marcellinus feastday 4/20
Jacob St. Cyril of Alexandria
Alicia St. Silverius feastday 6/20
Alicia's Mom St. Porphyrius feastday 2/26
Barb St. Veronica of Milan feastday 1/13
Jim St. Acacius feastday 5/8
Nathalie C St. Evodius feastday 5/6
Gorraiz Family St. Abachum feastday 1/19
Pamela M St. Stanislaw Soltys
Danielle R St. Jerome
Please-eaileron St. Theodore Guerin
Denise G St. Camillus of Leilis feastday 7/18
Kathy S St. Simon feastday 10/28
Michael V St. Anthony Zaccaria feastday 7/5
Liz St. Eleuthenus feastday 9/6
Ayden St. Anne feastday 7/26
Sean. Jr St. Veronica of Milan feastday 1/13
Barbara St. Daria feastday 10/25
Daryl St. Fabian feastday 1/20
Jeanie St. Eventius feastday 5/3
Lawrence St. Peter of Alacantara feastday 10/19
Erika St. Barbara feastday 12/4
Jared S St. Januarius
Mark St. Veronica feastday 7/12
Kay St. Edward feastday 10/13
Ross St. Gregory feastday 1/4
Carol St. Marcellinus feastday 4/20
Lawrence St. Marcellus feastday 10/30

If you are not familiar your saint, I encourage you to research online and even pick up a copy of Father Hugo Hoever's "Live of the Saints," from which I read daily.  While the book does not include saints canonized in recent years, it is something that I am highly recommending.  You may find information on your saint on my page dedicated to the saints: http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com/2005/09/saints.html and here is a prayer to honor any saint: http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com/2006/01/prayer-to-venerate-any-saint.html

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