Sunday, January 3, 2016
2016 Patron Saint for the Year Devotion

UPDATE (JANUARY 24TH): Thank you for all who participated in the 2016 Patron Saint for the Year Devotion.  This devotion is now closed.  Please join me in praying for a blessed year, the increase of conversions, the increase of charity among men, and the reign of the Catholic Faith in as many hearts, minds, and homes as possible.  Lord have mercy!

UPDATE (JANUARY 10 AT 11:15 AM CDT): This list has been updated with all names drawn to date.  I wish all of you a blessed and prayerful new year.

UPDATE (JANUARY 5th AT 4:30 PM CDT): Any additional requests after the last drawing will be entered into the drawing that will take place on Sunday the 10th.  God bless

UPDATE (JANUARY 3RD AT 5:30 PM CDT): Results are in!  See below!

UPDATE (JANUARY 1ST 3:30 PM CDT): I have been delayed in finding the appropriate amount of time to start the drawing as the drawing is done during the Litany of Saints and the Rosary.  I intend to complete the drawing later this evening or tomorrow.  Results will be emailed and posted as soon as they are available.

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 2016 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion.

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You can read about the past devotions at the following posts:
Again, I would like to take a few minutes to explain the devotion.

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 after the recitation of both the Veni Creator Spiritus and the Litany of Saints.  Drawings will occur as the Litany of Saints are again recited.

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 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.  Do not add the same request more than once.  If you comment is posted below, it will count.

Note: If you emailed me directly your request, DO NOT leave it here in the comments box.  Do not duplicate entries.

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


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Name Saint
Diane S St. Vincent of Saragossa
Josemaria Martin St. Peter Celestine
Kathy Green St. Dogmael of Wales
Theresa (Terry) St. Meneve
John St. Joseph of Leonissa
Joe St. Cosmas
Katie St. Vincent de Paul
Joe St. Nonno of Porto Romano
Monica St. Augustine of Canterbury
Laura St. William of Pontoise
Amy St. Ascelina
Katie St. Joan of Arc
Mackenzie St. Emilien of Nantes
John St. Cosmas
Mike  St. Augustin Schoeffler
Paul Our Lady of Divine Grace
Lucy Espinoza St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Mike Viele St. Ascelina
Alma R St. Marguerite Bourgeois
John R St. Colman
Jenny E St. Charles Lwanga
Lois F St. James the Greater
Honey St. Rhipsime
Honey's future husband St. Colette of Corbie
Honey's Dad St. Agilaeus
Honey's Mom St. Patroclus of Troyes
Nhing St. Richardis
A.T. St. Cosmas
M.T. Blessed Herman the Cripple
Max St. Ioannes Pak Hu-Jae
L. St. Robert Bellarmine
Liese E. St. Canus Natus
Ryan St. Charles Lwanga
Jeremy St. Juan Diego
Debbie St. Poemus of Membressa
Kathy R St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Natalie S St. Joseph of Leonissa
Jaquie S St. Germana
Judi S St. Patroclus of Troyes
Danielle Rohlena Blessed John Dominic
Heidi Maly St. Martin of Tours
Holly Barrios Blessed Mark of Modena
Ramona DiNardo St. Floribert of Liege
the John DiNardo family St. Emilie de Rodat
Susan Maly St. Elzear of Sabran
Maly Family St. Aymard of Cluny
ABG St. Gaugericus
VBG Blessed Josefa Naval Girbes
AMG St. Theodore Guerin
JLG St. Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary
JsL St. Wistremundus of Cordoba
JJL St. Benedicta of Rome
Michael Blessed John Dominic
Matthew St. Quintus the Thaumaturge
Max Pope St. Anacletus
Kevin St. Auspicius of Toul
Jen Pope St. Fabian
Joyce St. Emilie de Rodat
Bruce St. Ascelina
Alley St. Agatha
Steve St. Bridget of Sweden
Molly St. Benedicta of Rome
Ben St. Ioannes Pak Hu-Jae
Robyn St. Poemus of Membressa
Cate Blessed Mark of Modena
Nikolas St. Leo the Great
Caitlind St. Charles of St. Andrew
Chris Blessed Mannes
Evangeline St. Vulpian of Tyre
Janine D St. Elzear of Sabran
Kyle Blessed Stephana
L. (Laura) St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Cheryl Blessed Anthony della Chiesa
Jacob Blessed Nicholas
Lynn K Blessed Margaret of Savoy
Lynn K future husband St. Agathangelus
Lucy Drury St. Acius of Amiens
Catherine Z St. Brigid of Ireland
Tim W Blessed Mannes
Sandy M St. John of God
Brandon Blessed Maria Bartholomew
Rachel St. Hitto of Saint-Gall
James B. St. Colette of Corbie
Michelle B. St. Germana
Craig J. St. Vincent of Digne
Andrew J. Pope St. Pius V
Christopher J. St. Ormond
Frank B. St. Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena
Joseph (Df_Seals) St. Juliana of Nicomedia
Cindy St. Tironensian Order
Lila St. Simeon-Francois Berneux
Dustin St. Aventinus of Tours
Hailey St. Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena
Sandra S St. Bede the Venerable
Mary Ann St. Romana of Capua
Harry St. Maria Goretti
Lisa  St. Gundenis of Carthage
Isabella St. Anthony Zaccaria
Spx1313 St. Odo of Cluny
Elizabeth K Blessed Isnard
Julie St. Martina
Bill Blessed Anthony della Chiesa
Scott  St. Gracilian
Blake St. Martha
Robert J St. Juliana of Nicomedia
Andy M St. Andrew
Cathleen (etlew) Blessed Margaret of Savoy
jmr1979 Blessed Peter of Castello
Avery family Blessed Innocent V
Evangeline A St. Prosper of Aquitaine
Lisa B. Our Lady of Carmel of the Maipu
Christine M St. Gotteschalk
Tracy  St. Sebastian of Aparicio
Teshia St. Romuald
Christian St. Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena
Jagear Blessed Julia Rodzinska
Ashley St. Charles of St. Andrew
Liù M Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Madel Mercado St. Peter Fourier
Sergio Mercado III St. Stephen of Mar Saba
JMJ (Joseph) Blessed Alexander Briant
Ray St. Pierre Dumoulin-Borie
Rosie St. Louise de Marillac
Cristian St. Catherine of Genoa
Nicholaus St. Auspicius of Toul
Elena Blessed Columba Marmion
Pablo St. Noel Chabanel
Joe S. St. John the Apostle
David K St. Peter Celestine
Glen St. Ceollach
Christina St. Quadratus of Herbipolis
Mara St. Rose of Lima
Michael St. Laurent-Joseph-Marius Imbert
Reagan St. Edward the Confessor
Karina St. Noel Chabanel
Juliana Blessed Terence
Thomas St. Clare
Elena St. Pierre-Henri Dorie
Gregory St. Magloire
Matthew St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Kara St. Martin of Tours
danjc1109 St. Maedeleine Sophie Barat
Tino T. Blessed Anthony Neyrot
Joanna Blessed Isnard
Dolores Blessed James Salomonio
Katryna St. Fiace
Christopher  Blessed Julia Rodzinska
Paige  Blessed Bezela of Goda
Sydney  St. Irenaeus of Lyons
Isaac  St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Elijah  St. Stephen the First Martyr
Samuel  St. Kiaran
Philip St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Gemma D St. Hugh of Noara
Anne D St. Gosbert of Osnabruck
Michelle R St. Isabelle of France
Michelle's Husband St. Paschal Baylon
Peter St. Simeon, Bishop and Martyr
Andrew St. Restitutus of Rome
Max St. Boniface
Jeffrey St. Gracilian
Michael St. Paschal Baylon
Francis Blessed James of Bevagna
Nicholas St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Mason St. Honoratus of Arles
David Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Maryann S St. George
Anna B Blessed Margaret of Savoy
Emily M St. Jean-Louis Bonnard
Madalena Blessed Hyacinthe Cormier
Barry Pope St. Martin I
Susan St. Laurent-Joseph-Marius Imbert
Anthony St. Paschal Baylon
Marie St. Marguerite Bourgeois
Sentina St. Alena
Theodore Blessed Jane of Portugal
Erin St. Elizabeth Rose
Alex St. Goneri of Brittany
Elly Blessed Anthony Neyrot
Anna St. Louis de Montfort
Evelyn St. Paschal Baylon
Patricia St. Elizabeth Rose
Monica Blessed John Dominic
Michael p St. Cosmas
Robert St. Acius of Amiens
Mercedes St. Nicholas of Myra
Julio Blessed Imelda
Jeannie St. John the Apostle
Ben St. Teresa of Avila
Felicity Blessed Alvarez
Sarah St. Leudwinus
Tina Z St. Martin of Tours
Sioban St. Maruontus
Katie Blessed Mark of Modena
Henry St. Baldwin of Rieti
Laurie K. Blessed Haberilla
Daniel K. St. Gregory of Nyssa
Roger E. St. Leudwinus
Paul John V. Blessed Gonsalvo
Demetria E. Blessed Alvarez
Valerie V. St. Paternus of Auch
Katherine V. St. Vulpian of Tyre
Olindo V. St. Peter of Tarentaise
Catherine Ss Cosmas and Damian
Gloria Illies St. Dominic de Guzman
Catherine St. Agilaeus
Emmanuel Blessed Peter Sanz (and companions)
Therese Blessed Giles of Assisi
Clarisse St. Faustinus
Lucille St. Filippo Smaldone
Bernadette St. Jerome
Mark A St. Noel Chabanel
Paul W. St. Leudwinus
Debbie Seven Founders of the Order of Servites
Joe St. Judoc
Thomas St. Wenceslaus
David St. Frances of Rome
Stephanie Blessed Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas
Debbie Cooper St. Theodosius of Antioch
Butch W. St. Joan of Valois
Kyle W. St. Crescentianus
Amanda M. Blessed Herman the Cripple
Ryan W. St. Martin of Tours
McKenzie W. Blessed Augustine Novello
Jan B St. Hugh of Noara
Janet k Blessed Gonsalvo of Amarante
Fatimite13 St. Andrew Fournet
Denise Griffiths St. Stephen of Hungary

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 often.  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:

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