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Saturday, December 23, 2017
2018 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion
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(Jan 14 - The devotion is now closed for the year.  Thank you for all who participated.  This devotion takes a lot of time to administer so I thank you in advance for your prayers, participation, and donations.  Please remember to invoke your patron saint often this year.  And remember to make truly Catholic resolutions)

(Jan 8 - 1:20 PM: Next Round of Results are in.  Table at the bottom of this post is updated)

(Jan 1st - 12:12 PM: RESULTS ARE IN. SCROLL DOWN).  You may still enter but upcoming drawings will only be occurring on Sundays for the next few weeks.

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 2018 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 morning's 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.  That means results will likely be posted in the early afternoon (US Central Time) on January 1st.

How do I enter?  Just add the names of everyone (you and your family) that you want included in the drawing in the comment box below.  DO NOT also email them to me.  Please leave all entries here in the comment box.

This year, saints will be posted here after the drawing is complete.


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.

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.  Anonymous requests without names or initials will NOT be part of the drawing.  Do not add the same request more than once.  If your comment is posted below, it will count.

Note: DO NOT email me your entries.  Leave all submissions here in the comments box.

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

Support

I handle the planning, marketing, and drawing for this devotion each year without any cost. Please take a minute and if you are a supporter of this devotion, please consider leaving us a free will donation. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps me continue working on this devotion and spreading it further and it helps keep A Catholic Life online.

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Results

I am pleased to announce the results of this year's drawing which took place after Mass, the chanting of the Veni Sanctae Spiritus, and during the Litany of the Saints.  It is my hope that you will pray to your special patron this year, remember them on their feastday, and invoke their intercession.   

As mentioned in my post on the devotion, this takes up considerable time for me each year so thank you for those who have (or will) donate a small donation (even $10.00) for all of the time involved.  It is appreciated!

I have previously posted the Prayer to Venerate Any Saint, which you may use for your saint listed below.

Please join me in praying the Litany of Saints and asking for a holy 2018 for all of us.  For my own listing of the saints, please click here to learn more about the saints.


Name Saint
Christine MacLeod St. Jean-Charles Cornay
Josemaria Lazaro Errazuriz-Forgione St. John Nepomucene Neumann
Paddy318 St. Frumentius
Tim W St. Torpes of Pisa
Peter D St. Patroclus of Troyes
Andrew D St. Anthony of Egypt
Max D St. Barnabas
James D St. Goneri of Brittany
Francis D St. Athanasius
Michael D Blessed Chiara Badano
Nicholas D St. Slyvester
Dominic D St. Orontius of Lecce
Nathan B St. Theodosius of Antioch
Mason C St. Magnus of Fossombrone
Griffin C St. Faustinus
Elijah C St. Maurice of Carnoet
Lisa B Blessed John of Vercelli
Alma R St. Basil the Great
John R St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi
Valerie V St. Paul the First Hermit
Olindo V St. Isaac the Presbyter
Katherine V St. Gertrude the Great
Marje J St. Alexis Falconieri
Ian J St. Baldwin of Rieti
Michelle C Blessed Simon
Michelle C's Husband St. Isabelle of France
Stephen L St. Dogmael of Wales
Theresa (Terry) St. Emilien of Nantes
John Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta
Joseph St. Adelelmus of Flanders
Katie Blessed Innocent V
Katharine O'Brien Blessed Josefa Naval Girbes
Laura P St. Philip the Apostle
Maverick C St. Bede the Venerable
Laura L St. Noel Chabanel
Julie T St. Joseph, the Foster Father of Jesus
William T St. William of Ebelholt
Scott T Pope St. Sixtus II
Blake T Pope St. Pius X
Ruth S St. Salvius of Amiens
Fran T St. Odo of Cluny
Cathleen St. Dominic of Silos
Cindy Blessed Guillaume-Nicolas-Louis Leclerq
Dustin Blessed Sebastian Maggi
Lila Blessed Peter of Castello
Hailey St. Andeolus of Smyrna
Jenna S St. Ambrose
Heidi M Blessed Gonsalvo
Harry Tucci Jr St. Rosius of Campania
Isabella Tucci St. Sebastian of Aparicio
Janine D St. Catherine of Genoa
K. St. Rose of Lima
Flikie St. Estelle
Ben (38) St. Frances Cabrini
Jannie (36) St. Isabelle of France
Felicity (7) Blessed Jane of Orvieto
Sarah (4) St. Titus
Veronica (7 mo) St. Dogmael of Wales
Anna B St. Ansgar
Lynn K St. Catherine of Genoa
Linda S St. Maurice
Edward Blessed Jane of Orvieto
Trinity Lynn St. Ezekiel Moreno y Dias
Trinity James St. Dominic Savio
Deisre St. Quintus the Thaumaturge
Nathan St. Jeanne de Lestonnac
Autumn Blessed Augustine Novello
Dacotah Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta
Jill St. Honoratus of Arles
Dana St. Augustin Schoeffler
Michael St. Julio Alvarez Mendoza
Madeline Pope St. Anicetus
Mary St. Maurice of Carnoet
Barry M Family St. Colette of Corbie
Samuel M St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi
Aleksandra G Blessed Gonsalvo
Julie R St. Cecilia
Carolyn Clark Blessed Aimo
Joseph Clark St. Lawrence
Kathryn Hoey Blessed Gonsalvo
Paige S Blessed Augustine Kazotic
Shirley S St. Cacius (2nd Century Martyr)
Joseph V St. Simon the Apostle
Joanne L St. Andrew the Catechist
Mary SPI St. Stanislaus Kostka
Samuel Our Lady of Fatima
Kelly St. Ambrose
Rileigh St. Polycarp
Diane L St. Albert of Montecorvino
Jennifer St. Anthony Zaccaria
Kilian Blessed Anthony Neyrot
Dominik St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Justus St. Julian the Hospitaller
Talitha St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland
Silas Blessed Anthony of Pavonio
Sioban Milne St. Conon, Bishop of the Isle of Man
Emily Milne St. Nonno of Porto Romano
Katie Milne St. John Vianney
Ian Milne St. Guirec
Lili V. Blessed Peter Higgins
Allen V. St. Severinus
Lucia V. St. Jeanne de Lestonnac
Colleen C. St. Stephen the First Martyr
Mary C St. Bernard of Thiron
Cathy Boyle St. Crispina
William St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Matthew St. William of Pontoise
Richard St. Jeanne de Lestonnac
Olindo St. Venant de Viviers
M.H St. Ioannes Pak Hu-jae
H.B Blessed James of Varazze
Madalena Blessed Marguerite Robin
Tracy I  St. Conon, Bishop of the Isle of Man
Teshia I  Blessed Margaret of Savoy
Christian I  St. Adelaide of Italy
Jagear I  St. Catherine Laboure
Kathy Wilcox St. Martin of Tours
DS St. Apollonius the Apologetic
KM St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
SL St. Ignatius of Loyola
CL St. Ezekiel Moreno y Dias
Jim St. Martin of Tours
Rebecca St. Leo the Great
John Blessed Benedict XI
Kathy Blessed Julia Rodzinska
Mary Blessed Josefa Naval Girbes
Adam Blessed Ann of the Angels
David Blessed Peter Ruffia
Mary Anne Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Jane Blessed Aaron of Cracow
Thomas St. Paternus of Auch
Daniel St. Hitto of Saint-Gall
Lucy St. Helladius
Peter St. Wenceslaus
Claire St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Lily Blessed Peter of Castello
Suzie St. Nazarius of Rome
Luke Blessed Margaret of Castello
Linda Hildreth St. John Vianney
Dorothy C St. John Eudes
Lucy Espinoza St. John Baptist de la Salle
Magdiel St. Jean-Charles Cornay
James B St. Martha
Michelle B St. Cecilia
Craig J Blessed William Andleby
Andrew J St. Adelin of Seez
Christopher J St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle
Frank B St. Guaugericus
Mark L St. Eusebius of Laodicea
Helen B St. Bridget of Sweden
jmr1979 St. Rose of Lima
Terry L Blessed John of Fiesole
Lisa L St. Vitus
Laura Vill St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle
Angelo Velas St. Martina
Maryann​ Sym.
Jeffrey D
St. Jeanne-Marie de Maille
St. Frederick of Liege

70 comments:

del_button December 23, 2017 at 10:01 PM
anonymous said...

Lisa B needs a patron saint for the year.

del_button December 23, 2017 at 10:20 PM
alma said...

Alma R.- I would like to participate in Saint of the yr.
John R. -I would like to participate in Saint of the yr.

del_button December 23, 2017 at 10:56 PM
Valerie Verrillo said...

Valerie V. I would like a Saint
Olindo V Would like a Saint
Katherine V Would like a Saint

del_button December 24, 2017 at 7:46 AM
Anonymous said...

Please draw a saint for me and another for my husband-Michelle C

del_button December 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Stephen Lowe said...

Stephen L....thank you.

del_button December 24, 2017 at 8:29 AM
Anonymous said...

Dear Matthew
Please draw a Saint for 2018 for
Theresa (Terry)
John
Joseph
Katie
thank you for this wonderful Devotion
and have a Blessed Christmas

del_button December 24, 2017 at 8:45 AM
Katharine O'Brien said...

Please could I be included in the draw?
Katharine

del_button December 24, 2017 at 10:19 AM
FWK said...

Laura P. - patron saint for 2018

del_button December 24, 2017 at 10:22 AM
Anonymous said...

Saint for Maverick C. Thank you.

del_button December 24, 2017 at 11:32 AM
L. said...

Laura L. would like a Saint to pick her for 2018, please, and may God bless you!

del_button December 24, 2017 at 12:25 PM
Anonymous said...

Julie T.
William T.
Scott T.
Blake T.
Ruth S.

del_button December 24, 2017 at 1:14 PM
Unknown said...

Fran T. would like a Saint to pick her for 2018, please, thank you, God bless you!

del_button December 24, 2017 at 1:45 PM
Anonymous said...

Please pick a saint for me! Cathleen
Thank you very much for doing this again!
Merry Christmas!

del_button December 24, 2017 at 3:09 PM
Tim W said...

I would like to have a saint chosen for me. And, as I have done the past few years, one for each of the altar boys I supervise: Peter D., Andrew D., Max D., James D., Jeffrey D., Francis D., Michael D., Nicholas D., Dominic D., Nathan B., Mason C., Griffin C., Elijah C. Thank you.

del_button December 24, 2017 at 3:11 PM
Cindy Blum said...

Please pick Saints for my family.
God bless you, Matthew.
Cindy
Dustin
Lila
Hailey

del_button December 24, 2017 at 9:01 PM
Anonymous said...

Jenna S would like a Saint. God bless.

del_button December 24, 2017 at 10:52 PM
Anonymous said...

Heidi M would like a Saint. Thanks and God bless.

del_button December 25, 2017 at 7:58 AM
Harry J Tucci Jr said...

Please pick one for myself as well as my daughter Isabella Tucci.

God Bless!!!

del_button December 25, 2017 at 7:59 AM
Harry J Tucci Jr said...

Please pick one for myself as well as my daughter Isabella Tucci.

God Bless!!!

del_button December 25, 2017 at 3:09 PM
JanineD said...

Please choose one for myself and one for K. Thanks so much!!

del_button December 25, 2017 at 6:57 PM
Jeannie Ewing said...

Ben, 38
Jeannie, 36
Felicity, 7
Sarah, 4
Veronica, 7 months

del_button December 25, 2017 at 11:56 PM
Anna B. said...

Pls choose one for me
Anna B

del_button December 26, 2017 at 9:35 AM
Anonymous said...

Lynn K. needs a patron saint for 2018. Thank you and God Bless!

del_button December 26, 2017 at 12:55 PM
Anonymous said...

Linda S - would like a saint please and one for my family.

del_button December 26, 2017 at 2:16 PM
mcgoo said...

Edward, TrinityLynn, TrinityJames, Deisre, Nathan, Autumn, Dacotah, Jill, Dana, Michael, Madeline st Cathereines Parish of Valley City and myself Mary

del_button December 26, 2017 at 2:34 PM
Susan said...

Please draw a saint for the Barry M family. Thank you and God bless!

del_button December 26, 2017 at 3:07 PM
Samuel M. said...

Samuel M.

del_button December 26, 2017 at 3:59 PM
Anonymous said...

A patron saint for Aleksandra G from Edinburgh please.
Thank you and God bless.

del_button December 26, 2017 at 5:20 PM
Julie R said...

Please choose one for me.
Julie

del_button December 26, 2017 at 5:23 PM
Anonymous said...

Please pick saints for Carolyn Clark, Joseph Clark and Kathryn Hoey. Thank you and God bless you!

del_button December 26, 2017 at 5:36 PM
juliapaigesmith said...

Paige S. would like a saint. Thank you!

del_button December 27, 2017 at 12:40 PM
Anonymous said...

Joseph V would like a 2018 Patron Saint. Thanks!

del_button December 27, 2017 at 1:53 PM
Joanne Lacey said...

I entered my name a few days ago, but I don't see it. It's JoAnne L.

Also a friend of mine sent hers but it's not posted either. It's Mary SPI. Thank you! I love this devotion!

del_button December 27, 2017 at 10:23 PM
Mythreegirls said...

Requesting Patron Saints For:
Samuel
Kelly
Rileigh

del_button December 28, 2017 at 1:43 AM
Diane Le said...

Diane L. Would like to participate in requesting for a patron saint for the year of 2018. Thank you

del_button December 28, 2017 at 4:10 AM
Unknown said...

Please draw a Saint for:
Jennifer
Kilian
Dominik
Justus
Talitha
Silas

del_button December 28, 2017 at 7:22 AM
Joanne said...

Joanne L. would like a patron saint of 2018

del_button December 29, 2017 at 12:42 AM
Anonymous said...

Catherine V. would like to request a saint. Also for
Lili V.
Allen V.
Lucia V.
Colleen C.
Mary C

del_button December 29, 2017 at 10:17 PM
Cathy Boyle said...

Cathy Boyle,would you pick a Saint for me,God Bless also my brother Jed and sister Judy

del_button December 30, 2017 at 10:16 AM
Valerie Verrillo said...

Please pick a Saint for my son's
William
Matthew
Richard
Olindo

del_button December 30, 2017 at 11:03 AM
Emily said...

Please select Patron Saints for:-
Sioban Milne
Ian Milne
Emily Milne
Katie Milne

Thank you Matthew , God bless

del_button December 30, 2017 at 2:13 PM
Anonymous said...

Please choose a saint for
M.H
H.B
Thank you very much !

del_button December 30, 2017 at 6:50 PM
MM said...

Madalena
Thank you, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

del_button January 1, 2018 at 12:10 AM
Unknown said...

I would like a saint please
Thank you Kathy Wilcox

del_button January 1, 2018 at 12:13 AM
Joanne Lacey said...

When will the saints be posted and where? This is confusing.

del_button January 1, 2018 at 2:50 AM
dscribing said...

Please draw for DS and KM plus SL & CL Thank you!

del_button January 1, 2018 at 12:18 PM
Matthew said...

Results are posted above

del_button January 1, 2018 at 1:52 PM
JoAnne said...

Who is St Andrew the Catechist? I googled it and found nothing. I belong to St Andrew the Apostle Church, so I asked my deacon, he said he has never heard of St Andrew the Catechist. Please let me know if it's the apostle or another. Thank you so much!!

del_button January 1, 2018 at 2:46 PM
Anonymous said...

Thank you for continuing this practice on our behalf. It means so much to my family! Please choose a saint for each member of our growing family:

Jim
Rebecca
John
Kathy
Mary
Adam
David
Mary Anne
Jane
Thomas
Daniel
Lucy
Peter
Claire
Lily
Suzie
Luke

del_button January 1, 2018 at 2:54 PM
Flikie said...

Thank you! F.

del_button January 1, 2018 at 3:14 PM
Matthew said...

There was a typo. St. Andrew the Catechist should read: St. Andrew the Apostle.

del_button January 1, 2018 at 8:01 PM
lady of the garden said...

i WOULD LOVE TO KNOW MY SPECIAL PATRON OF THE YEAR

del_button January 1, 2018 at 8:02 PM
JoAnne said...

Thank you, Matthew!

del_button January 1, 2018 at 8:18 PM
lady of the garden said...

i FORGOT TO TELL MY NAME IS LINDA HILDRETH AND I WANT TO KNOW MY SPECIAL SAINT OF THE YEAR THANK YOU

del_button January 1, 2018 at 9:51 PM
Dorothy C said...

I would be very grateful for a saint!
Dorothy C
Wishing you a blessed New year

del_button January 3, 2018 at 3:43 PM
Unknown said...

For Magdiel please

del_button January 3, 2018 at 4:20 PM
james blake said...

James B, Michelle B, Craig J, Andrew J, Christopher J, Frank B.

del_button January 4, 2018 at 7:38 AM
Tim W said...

I see the saints for the other people I requested, but not for me. Am I missing it some how?

del_button January 4, 2018 at 7:41 AM
Tim W said...

I also don’t find one for Jeffrey D.

del_button January 4, 2018 at 9:19 AM
Matthew said...

Tim, it seems your name didn't transfer. But yes you had a saint picked. It is St. Torpes of Pisa.

Jeffrey D will be added to the drawing this Sunday. God bless

del_button January 4, 2018 at 9:40 AM
Tim W said...

Thank you for the quick reply. I appreciate it. God bless

del_button January 5, 2018 at 7:55 AM
Mark L said...

Please pick a saint for me in the next draw. Thank you, Mark L.

del_button January 5, 2018 at 10:39 PM
Unknown said...

Please pick a saint for me, thank-you and God Bless. Helen B

del_button January 6, 2018 at 10:49 AM
Anonymous said...

Place me in the next drawing for a patron saint for 2018. Thanks!: jmr1979.

del_button January 6, 2018 at 5:45 PM
Anonymous said...

Please place us in the next drawing for a patron saint for 2018. Terry L. and Lisa L.
Thank you.

del_button January 7, 2018 at 2:05 PM
Tim W said...

Am I missing where the Saint for Jeffrey D is?

del_button January 7, 2018 at 3:01 PM
Tim W said...

Found it. Thank you!

del_button January 8, 2018 at 9:32 AM
Vinara said...

I tried to post before but I don't think it worked

Lucy D

Thank you!

del_button January 9, 2018 at 9:28 AM
Lucy Espinoza said...

I would like to participate in the saint of the year
Thanks Jonathan Pinto

del_button January 14, 2018 at 8:57 PM
Matthew said...

The devotion is now closed for the year. Thank you for all who participated. This devotion takes a lot of time to administer so I thank you in advance for your prayers, participation, and donations. Please remember to invoke your patron saint often this year. And remember to make truly Catholic resolutions)

You may donate here: http://paypal.me/MPlese

I must say that I've only received one donation yet. The lowest of any year so far.

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