Friday, December 20, 2019
2020 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion
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December 29th at 2:40 PM: The drawing is complete and the results are below. Merry Christmas! May all of the saints intercede for us! For anyone looking for a prayer to your saint, you may always use the Prayer to Venerate Any Saint. I have been selected by St. Bede the Venerable. May he intercede for me this year in a special way.

January 2nd at 1:00 PM: For any additional requests, I will be performing another drawing on the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. So please feel free to continue to add names in the comments box below.

January 6th at 12:30 PM: Thank you for all who have wished to participate in this devotion. The final drawing has taken place and the results are below. Please use this year to get to know your saint. Pray to him/her. Make some true Catholic resolutions for yourself for this year. Ask your saint to intercede for you so you can conquer any of your sinful inclinations and grow in grace. Have the strength to do what you need to do the most in your spiritual life. Avoid bad company. Keep the Commandments. Pray the Rosary daily. Observe the First Fridays and First Saturdays. Ask your saint to help you.  


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 2020 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion.

If you find this devotion helpful and would like to support A Catholic Life in the next year, please submit a donation.  Your donation is especially important since I am not currently working professionally aside from my writing/speaking/catechesis work so the donation is quite helpful to me and to this blog. This devotion takes a significant amount of time to facilitate as I cut hundreds of saints' names on paper to draw them, and I pull them out after a prayer for each and every name submitted in the comments box.

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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 December 27th. Drawings will occur as the Litany of Saints are again recited.  That means results will likely be posted in the late afternoon (US Central Time) on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

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

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 screen name 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.

NoteDO NOT email me your entries. Emailed entries will not be accepted.  Leave all submissions here in the comments box to this blog post.

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

Results of the Drawing

Name Saint
Matthew Blessed Margaret Ebner
Anna St. Jerome
Maksim St. Anne
Eric Peters St. Francis de Sales
Fran T. St. Martha
Dorothy C Blessed James of Voragine
Cathleen W St. Clare
Harry T St. Richard of Vaucelles
Isabella T St. Salvius of Amiens
Diane St. John Bosco
K.J. Blessed Jane of Orvieto
Shannon  St. Berno of Cluny
Tina M. St. Austrebertha of Pavilly
Joe M. St. Anne
Rina M. Blessed Alponsus and Companions
John M. St. Kevoca of Kyle
Julie T. Pope St. Hyginus
Blake T. St. Gotteschalk
Bella T. St. Sebastian
Christine Mac Blessed James of Voragine
Robert Mac St. William of Aebelholt
Casey Mac St. Noel Chabanel
Colin Mac St. Emilie de Villeneuve
Grace M. St. Basil the Great
Ron Forrester St. Germana
Joan Forrester Pope St. Pius I
Ben Blessed Simon
Jeannie St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
Felicity St. Sebastian of Aparicio
Sarah Blessed Basil Hopko
Veronica St. Charles Garnier
Joseph St. Berno of Cluny
Augustine St. William of Breteuil
Mark Angelo St. Vaast of Arras
LPA St. Rigobert of Rheims
TKH St. Padre Pio
CG St. Cecilia
Joey V St. Marie of the Incarnation
Laura L St. Peter Damien
LD St. Augustin Schoeffler
BN St. Rafael Guizar Valencia
AD Blessed Aimo
TD St. Bede the Venerable
GS St. Pretextatus
MS St. Anselm of Canterbury
IS St. Leudwinus
MC St. Apollinaris of Ravenna
Kathy Rossi St. John Chrysostom
IreneK St. Goswin
Olindo V St. Leudadd of Bardsey
Valerie V St. Helladius
Katie V St. Paulinus of Trier
Tim W St. Justin Martyr
Max D St. Andrew
Jimmy D Blessed Albert of Bergamo
Jeffrey D St. Gordian
Michael D Blessed James Salomonio
Francis D Pope St. Hyginus
Nicholas D St. Stanislaus Kostka
Dominic D Pope St. Martin I
Xavier D St. Benildus Romancon
Johnny D St. Henry II
Peter D Blessed Maria
Andrew D Blessed Basil Hopko
Jacob D St. Peter Faber
Griffin C Blessed Sibyllina
Elijah C St. Filippo Smaldone
Isaac C St. Bruno
Douglas T St. Sindeulphus
Mallory H The Martyrs of Constantinope (Feast 7/8)
Landyn H St. Agathangelus
Savanna H St. Julio Alvarez Mendoza
Susan M St. Leontius
Rich M Blessed John of Salerno
Greg M St. Martin of Tours
Fred M St. Jeanne-Marie de Maille
Chad M Blessed Stephen Bellesini
Douglas Blessed Villana
Michelle St. Polycarp
Shaun Blessed Raymond of Capua
Cristina St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Stephanie St. Norbert
Gianna St. Catherine Laboure
Leilani G. St. Chrysanthus
Dominic St. Paul of the Cross
Bryan St. George
Zachary St. Philip Benizi
Steven St. Peter Fourier
Linda St. Joachim
Michael St. Faustinus
jmr1979 St. Ennodius
Nathan B  St. Aventinus of Tours
Dominic B St. John of Parma
Josemaria St. John of God
Tony St. Tironensian Order
Haydee St. Romana of Capua
Mike Blessed John Dominic
Cherie St. Gracilian
Rolly Blessed Bezela of Goda
Boy St. Gaugericus
Mary Ann St. Anthony Zaccaria
Kristine St. Marcellus I
Andy St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi
Jenna S Blessed Jose Vega Riano
Anna BG Blessed Pier Giorgio
JL G St. Andeolus of Smyrna
Jaime L St. Noel Chabanel
Auliya G St. Ambrose
Julio L St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Roman L St. Marcellus I
Janine D St. Floribert of Liege
Kyle D St. Francis Borgia
Nicole H Pope St. Pius I
James Hargett Blessed Josefa Navval Girbes
Joanna Hargett St. Hilary of Poiters
Arwen Hargett St. Louise de Marillac
Christian Hargett Blessed Anthony della Chiesa
Cindy St. Anastasius
Dustin St. Judoc
Hailey St. William of Breteuil
Lila Blessed Crescencio Graacia Pobo
Elizabeth B. St. Edward the Confessor
Mckenna R. St. Chrysanthus
Baby R. St. Joseph of Leonissa
Sonny R. Pope St. Sixtus I
Levi R. St. Lawrence
Jeanne R. Saint Honoratus of Arles
Richard R. St. Bernardine of Siena
Katie M. Blessed Julia Rodzinska
Jana M. St. Vaast of Arras
Kenneth M. St. Julian the Hospitaller
Ramona R. St. Stephen of Mar Saba
Arnold R. St. Cosmas
Earlene R. St. Florentius of Carracedo
Francesca R. Blessed Bartholomew of Vincenza
Ehvalina R. Blessed Henry
Hollie S. St. Joan Antidea Thouret
Andres S. Blessed Giles
Lorenzo S. Blessed Dominic Spadafora
Andrew C. St. Romana of Capua
Helen Margaret Blessed Basil Hopko
Kevin B St. Wistremundus of Cordoba
IJ Blessed Ann of the Angles
Ryan St. Edward the Confessor
Jeremy St. Isidore of Alexandria
Debbie Blessed Gonsalvo
Elaine St. Francis de Sales
Fred St. Florian of Lorch
Sandy St. Mary Magdalene
Brandon St. Matthew the Apostle
Sydnie St. Edwin of Northumbria
Rachel St. John of Capistrano
Kalab St. Sebastian
Dick St. Cosmas
Trey St. Stephen
Kierra St. Peter Canisius
Dave St. Francis de Sales
Austin St. Isaac Jogues
Autumn Our Lady of Guadalupe
Abbie St. Albert of Sicily
Caelin St. Margaret of Hungary
Taiyler St. Dymphna
Robert St. John Bosco
Robin St. Nicholas of Tolentino
Brandon St. Damien of Molokai
Ally St. Ivo of Kermartin
Jocelyn St. Vladimir I of Kiev
Kasen St. Tillo
Hadley St. John of Parma
Eric St. Helena
Tim St. Lutgardis
Sue Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro
Liam St. Mary Clopas
Lincoln St. Hedwig
Lilly St. Basil the Great
Leah St. Leonidas of Alexandria
Debbie St. Pius V
Joe St. Teresa Margaret Redi
Thomas St. Sebastian
David St. Dorothy of Montau
Stephanie  St. Barnabas
Matt W St. Braulio of Saragossa
Jennie W St. Joachim
Diego PL. St. Peter the Apostle
Kelly St. Angela Merici
Emily St. Damian
Kyla St. Ferdinand III of Castille
Jay St. Mary Clopas
Sue St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Suzanne St. Leonard of Port Maurice
Josh St. Andre Bessette
Joe St. Raymond Nonnatus
Jen St. Teresa of Avila
John St. Paul Miki
Missy St. Clotilde
Joan St. Thomas the Apostle
Matt Bl. Anne Marie Taigi
Mason C St. Catherine of Siena
Alex M. Bl. Marie Rose Durocher
Melody R. St. Damien of Molokai
Elizabeth Lisa B. St. Benedict
Marian E. St. Gabriel the Archangel
James A. B. Bl. Margaret of Castello

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Advent Ember Day Fast
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If you are in good health, please at least fast during these three days and pray additional prayers. Remember the words from the Gospel: "Unless you do penance, you shall likewise perish" (Luke 13:5).  Ember Days are days of fasting and partial abstinence.

Please click here for a special Ember Day Manual, including reflections for the Advent Ember Days.  It is free.

Ember Days this Advent: December 18, 20, and 21

From Angelus Press Daily Missal:
At the beginning of the four seasons of the Ecclesiastical Year, the Ember Days have been instituted by the Church to thank God for blessings obtained during the past year and to implore further graces for the new season. Their importance in the Church was formerly very great. They are fixed on the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: after the First Sunday of Lent for spring, after Pentecost Sunday for summer, after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (14th September) for autumn, and after the Third Sunday of Advent for winter. They are intended, too, to consecrate to God the various seasons in nature, and to prepare by penance those who are about to be ordained. Ordinations generally take place on the Ember Days. The faithful ought to pray on these days for good priests. The Ember Days were until c. 1960 fastdays of obligation.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The Top 3 Catholic Newspapers
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For those who still prefer to receive physical newspapers (in addition to or instead of online news articles), there are still a few good Catholic newspapers in circulation. There are plenty of great Catholic news sites online and plenty of false, modernist ones too unfortunately. The same is true for newspapers. Some Catholic newspapers are mainstream and refuse to address the hard issues of today so as not to offend anyone, and others blatantly advocate heresy. I prefer to keep the same Faith as the saints of past generations. That is after all what it means to adhere to the Catholic (i.e. universal) Religion.

Here are my top 3 Catholic newspapers along with information on how to subscribe to them.

1. Catholic Family News


Catholic Family News is a monthly publication to which John Vennari served as its chief editor until his death in 2017. Catholic Family News is a traditional Catholic publication with no affiliation with any particular order. The paper also includes devotional materials and articles on historic Roman Catholic teachings and persons. It has relevant Catholic news from a Tradition perspective. The paper maintains an anti-sedevecantist position and promotes the proper collegial consecration of Russia, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima. The paper's current editor is active at managing the paper's online social media presence. For instance, they regularly post and engage with questions on their Twitter account.

As of this writing, US subscriptions are $42/year with different rates for Canada or overseas delivery. Learn more and sign up.

2. Catholic



Catholic began life in 1982 as a lay publication for traditionalist Catholics, managed by Don Mclean of Melbourne, Australia. The Transalpine Redemptorists inherited the publication from Mr. Mclean when he retired in 2000. The paper is published 4 times a year and contains many devotional articles and stories about Catholic history and saints, as well as current news for those who love the traditional liturgy. The paper features beautiful and vibrant Catholic photos truly meant to inspire. Read the paper and share it with others. Your subscription helps support the monks and their monastery.

The paper is $10/issue. You may learn more and sign up via the Transalpine Redemptorist's website.

3. The Remnant


Founded in 1968, The Remnant is the oldest Traditionalist Catholic newspaper in the United States. The name The Remnant is a reference to the remnant of Isaiah and the belief that only a remnant of Catholics holding to the traditional teachings and practice of the Church remain after the sweeping changes unleashed by the Second Vatican Council. The paper is currently led by Michael Matt, whose online videos on the Faith are refreshing and inspiring. The Remnant is not affiliated with any particular traditionalist group.

The paper is available currently for $40/year for standard delivery. Other options exist. Click here to learn more and sign up.
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Saturday, December 7, 2019
Consecration to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception 
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O IMMACULATA, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, what­ever most pleases you.  If it pleases you, use all that I am and have with­out reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: "She will crush your head," and "You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world." Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indif­ferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O Sacred Virgin
R. Give me strength against your enemies.

Source: Written by St. Maximilian Kolbe
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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Mission Santa Barbara
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After having just celebrated the feastday of St. Barbara, I thought it appropriate to share a series of photos from my time in Santa Barbara, California back in 2014. Please excuse the poor quality of these images by today's standards. Back then I visited the Mission of St. Barbara in the city dedicated to her honor. These are some images of that church.






Prayer in Honor of St. Barbara, Virgin and Martyr, to Obtain a Good Death 

O Lord, Who selected St. Barbara for the consolation of the living and the dying, grant us by her intercession ever to live in thy divine love and to put all our confidence in the merits of the most sorrowful passion of Thy Son. May the death of Him never surprise us, but, comforted by the holy sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist and Extreme Unction, may we set forward without fear towards eternal glory. This we beseech thee by the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 

(Indulgence 100 days)

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
UPDATED DESIGN: NEW Latin Pronunciation Prayer Cards
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PrayLatin.com, the producer of beautiful prayer cards in English and in Latin, has just released an exciting new line of pronunciation prayer cards.


Check out their selection of Latin prayer cards featuring complete English phonetic renderings of the Latin words per the more romano (like the Romans) liturgical pronunciation as endorsed by Popes St. Pius X, Benedict XV, and Pius XI. Phonetic renderings were provided by Louis Tofari of Romanitas Press, whose products I've also reviewed before.

The pronunciation prayer cards are offered in both 10 and 50 packs for very affordable prices. Buy some and pass them out and distribute them. Let's get more Catholics praying in the Church's official language. Click here to browse their offerings.

I would personally suggest their variety pack which features 16 cards - 2 of each of the following prayers:
  • Signum Crucis (Sign of the Cross) & Gloria Patri (Glory Be)
  • Pater Noster (Our Father)
  • Ave Maria (Hail Mary)
  • Sancte Michael (St. Michael)
  • Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen)
  • Benedictio Mensae (Prayers Before and After Meals)
  • Actus Contritionis (Act of Contrition)
  • Credo (Apostles' Creed)
Check out the variety pack specifically by clicking here.
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