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Monday, December 22, 2014
2015 Patron Saint for the Year Devotion
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UPDATE: RESULTS ARE IN.  SCROLL DOWN.  I RECEIVED ST. PADRE PIO, WHO I HAVE BECOME MORE DEVOTED TO IN RECENT MONTHS (MY FATHER IS VERY DEVOTED TO HIM).  JUST LAST MONTH I VENERATED THE BANDAGES THAT COVERED HIS STIGMATA ON HIS HAND.

UPDATE (1/3/15): DRAWINGS WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAYS IN JANUARY.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTINUE TO ENTER NAMES UNTIL THE END OF JANUARY. 

UPDATE (1/11/15): TODAY'S DRAWING IS COMPLETE AND THE LIST OF RESULTS IS UPDATED BELOW.  THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION.  LET US PRAY FOR A HOLY YEAR, A YEAR TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PATRON SAINT FOR A YEAR.  LET US IMITATE THEIR VIRTUES AND STRIVE FOR A LIFE MOST PLEASING TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. 

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 2015 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 for the next few days.




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 2015" 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
Janine D St. Thomas the Apostle
James B St. John of God
Michelle B St. Louis-Marie de Montfort
Craig J St. Matthias the Apostle
Andrew J St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Christopher J St. Petroc
Suzanne T St. Florentius of Carracedo
Mike T St. Orontius of Lecce
Cormac T Blessed Patrick O'Lougham
Nolan T St. Maximus of Padua
Tim W Our Lady of the Rosary
Gemma D St. Colman
Lucy D St. Gregory of Tours
Julie St. Sanctius of Vienne
Bill St. Walter of Pontoise
Scott St. Jerome
Blake St. Francis Xavier
Josemaria Paulo Jeromino Blessed Chiara Badano
James St. John of Parma
Sandy St. Cornelia the Martyr
Brandon St. Servatus of Tongres
Rachel St. Pantagathus of Vienne
Joey St. Louis IX
Nicole Saint Nathy
Nathaniel St. Timothy
Ava St. Magnus of Fossombrone
Eden Our Lady of Carmel of the Maipu
Jacob St. Andrew the Apostle
Xander St. Ceollach
Genevieve St. Thomas the Apostle
Torres Family St. Willibald
Cathleen St. Irenaeus
Christine M St. Catherine of Alexandria
Evangeline A St. Conon, Bishop of the Isle of Man
Susan M Saint Alena
Lois F. Blessed Crescencio Garcia Pobo
Kathy G St. Anthony
Elynne K St. Pius X
Lisa St Stephn the First Martyr
Troylyn St Andeolus of Smyrna
Tim Blessed Marguerite Robin
TJ The Martyrs of Hayle
Samantha Blessed Pedro Martret y Molet
Jordan St. Quintus the Thaumaturge
Andy M St. Ezekiel Moreno y Diaz
Ignacio G St. Crescentianus
Anne Marie St Gordian
Theresa St. Germana
John Blessed Thomas Guengoro
Joseph St. Claudian of Perga
Katie St. Potamiaena the Elder
Michael Brown, OP St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi
Matthew St. Paul the Apostle
Max St. Chrysanthus
Lisa St. Daniel the Prophet
Bill Blessed Dominik Trcka
Christopher St. Projectus
Sarah St. Nicholas of Myra
John St. Flavian of Autun
Monica Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores-Alonso
Caroline Venerable Anne Cathermine Emmerich
Lucy Espinoza St. Kevoca of Kyle
Mike Viele Martyrs of Constantinople, Feast 7/8
Kathy R St. Rhipsime
Cory L St. Adelbert
Liese E St. Helladius
Franciscus C St. Gregory of Nyssa
Paul Walasek St. Fugatius the Missionary
Fran T Blessed James Thompson
ntitan22 St. Cosmas
spx1313 St. Evasius of Asti
Alley St. Quadratus of Herbipolis
Stephen L St. Hugh of Novara
Judi St. Isaac the Presbyter
Natalie St. Marcellus I
Gloria I Blessed Bezela of Goda
Glen St. Dogmael of Wales
Christina Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau
Mara St. Agathangelus
Michael Blessed Alfred of Hildesheim
Reagan Blessed Filip Geryluk
Karina St. Therese of Lisieux
Juliana St. Candida
Thomas St. Maurice
Elena St. William of Ebelholt
Gregory St. Eithne
Matthew St. Julio Alvarez Mendoza
Kara Saint Timon
CAT C St. Theodulus the Lector
Heather St. Sindeulphus
Dalriata13 St. Apollinaris of Ravenna
Mark L Blessed Basil Hopko
Lila St. Gisogon
Dustin St. Vaast of Arras
Cindy St. Jan Sarkander
Tracy St. Cosmas
Teshia St. Teresa Margaret Redi
Christian St. Fabiola of Rome
Jagear St. Caldeoldus of Vienne
Ashley St. Pius X
Sandy St. Berthold of Parma
Sam St. Hitto of Saint-Gall
Nate St. Catherine of Genoa
Indigo St. Caius, 2nd Century Martyr
Nevaeh Blessed Jose Vega Riano
Livia Blessed Odo of Beauvais
Dawn St. Cloud
Ruth St. Moloc of Mortlach
Rachel St. Acius of Amiens
Ralph St. Rusticus of Narbonne
Maggie St. Jerome
John Saint Poemus of Membressa
Steve Infant Jesus of Prague
Toni St. Edward the King
Ken St. Colette
Tayler Blessed James of Voragine
John Saint Guido Maria Conforti
Lenore Blessed Josefa Naval Girbes
Claire St. Sebastian of Aparicio
Dan St. Leontius
Nikki St. Maruontus
Sebastian St Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena
Chris St. John the Baptist
Christine St. Abban of New Ross
Butch St. Salvius of Amiens
Stephanie St. Joseph the Foster Father of Jesus
Jean M St. Wistremundus of Cordoba
Anna St. Eusebius of Laodicea
Pat M St. Benedicta of Rome
Hailey St. Ouen of Rouen
Donna St. Martin of Tours
Fli K St. Rufino
Barry M. St. Crispin
Susan M. St. Alexis Falconieri
Erin M. St. Gracilian
Alex M. St. Rheticus of Autun
Elly M. St. Kiaran
Anna M. St. Simeon, Bishop and Martyr
Evelyn M. St. Theodosius of Antioch
Katie W St. Chrysanthus
df_seals St. Gotteschalk
Lara P St. Abraham, the Father of Isaac
Heather T St. Hippolytus
Jonathan A St. Rigobert of Rheims
Jeffrey Kirkland St. Stephen the First Martyr
Jess St. George
Jess' future husband St. Damien of Molokai
Jess' Mom Blessed Herman the Cripple
Jess' Dad St. Isidore of Alexandria
N. St. Faustinus
M. St. Clotsindis of Marchiennes
A. St. Hyginus, the Pope
L. St. Romana of Capua
jmr1979  St. Nazarius of Rome
KT Blessed Alexander Briant
Serv St. Patroclus of Troyes
Van Family St. Martin of Tours
Vich Family St. Brynoth I
Mac Family St. John XXIII
Juras Family St. Andrew the Apostle
Anna Blessed Haberilla
Enrico Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Maria Blessed Andre de Soveral
Filip St. Ava of Denain
Beata St. Austrebertha of Pavilly
Apostolate Saint Honoratus of Arles
Spor St. Cadroe 
Doc St. Narcissus of Gerona
Joe Blessed Sebastian Maggi
Monica St. Apollonia
Laura Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Amy St. John of God
Janet G St. Joseph the Foster Father of Jesus
mewliu St. Forannan
Cheryl Blessed Pope Benedict XI
Jacob St. Vulpian of Tyre
Josie Naiser and Monique Barrios Naiser  St. Ioannes Pak Hu-jae
Ramona Andrea D. Blessed Margaret of Savoy
Holly M. Barrios-D. Blessed Guillaume-Nicolas-Louis Leclerq
John, Holly and Ramona D. St. Vitus
Tony, Elizabeth and Ruaidhri D. St. Crispina
Angela Grace D. Our Lady, Assumed into Heaven
Michelle S Blessed André Duliou
Michelle's husband St. Eadsin of Canterbury
Michelle's best friend St. Meneve
Liam O St. Gosbert of Osnabruck
Alma R St. Leudadd of Bardsey
John R St. Plato
Amelia  Blessed Augustine Novello
Fiona St. Noel Chabanel
Isabella St. Juliana of Nicomedia
Dylan St. Frumentius
Francesco St. Agatha
Samantha St. Fiace
Anthony St. Facundinus of Taino
Hannah St. Rosius of Campania
Zoe St. Pretextatus
Mary Ann A St. Giusta de Sardegna
Edmondm1 St. Ennodius
DanielleR Blessed Aaron of Cracow
M Family St. Restitutus of Rome
Father St. Gundenis of Carthage
Joan F St. Rhipsime
Kathy St. Amantius
Mary Venerable Sister Henriette Aymer De La Chevalerie
Ann St. John the Baptist
Stephanie St. Anastasius
GB Blessed Andrew the Catechist
Robin St. Nonno of Porto Romano
Debbie St. Macra of Rheims
Joe St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Thomas Blessed William Andleby
David St. Maturus the Novice
Stephanie St. Agilaeus
dsmccarroll St. Illadan of Rathlihen
Laura St. Joan of Valois
Valerie V St. Fabiola of Rome
Katie V St. John of Bridlington

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.

Here is a prayer to honor any saint: http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com/2006/01/prayer-to-venerate-any-saint.html

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