Born:1181 or 1182
Died: October 3, 1226
Canonized: July 16, 122
Feast Day:October 4, 2014
Patron:Animals, Environment, Ecology

Francis of Assisi was one of seven children born in late 1181 or early 1182. His family was very wealthy and he dressed in very fancy clothes. He was walking through the streets and a beggar approached him, and Francis gave him everything he had. His father was not very happy with this, and scolded him.

Francis joined the military and spent some time in prison. It was during this time it is believed that he received his vocation to devote his life to the Lord.

After Francis was released from he began to preach repentance and the gospel of the Lord. He wore only rough clothing and walked about barefoot. Eleven men followed Francis and he founded the religious community we call the Franciscan order. He was never ordained a priest.

He believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. He called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters,” and even preached to the birds and supposedly persuaded a wolf to stop attacking some locals if they agreed to feed the wolf. In his “Canticle of the Creatures” (“Praises of Creatures” or “Canticle of the Sun”), he mentioned the “Brother Sun” and “Sister Moon,” the wind and water, and “Sister Death.” He referred to his chronic illnesses as his “sisters." His deep sense of brotherhood under God embraced others, and he declared that “he considered himself no friend of Christ if he did not cherish those for whom Christ died.”
Born: July 15, 1850
Died: December 22, 1917
Canonized: July 7, 1946
Patronage: Immigrants, Hospital Administrators
Feast Day: November 13th

Frances Cabrini was the youngest of eleven children born to her parents. Her parents were cherry tree farmers in Italy. She had very delicate health. Frances and six other women founded the religious order of Missionary Sisters of Sacred Heart of Jesus (M.S.C).

Initially, Frances wanted to do missionary work in China. However, the Pope convinced her to immigrate to the United States to help with the Italian immigrants. She established many orphanages and hospitals and housing developments in the United States.

Mother Cabrini died of complications from dysentery at age 67 in Columbus Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, on December 22, 1917, while preparing Christmas candy for the local children. By that time, she had founded 67 missionary institutions to serve the sick and poor and train additional Sisters to carry on the work.

Mother Cabrini became a naturalized American citizen in 1909.  

Feast of Saint Joseph: March 19

St Joseph was the Spouse of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. He is the Patron Saint of the Universal Church, unborn children, fathers and immigrants  His Feast Day of Saint Joseph: March 19.  Joseph was by birth of the royal family of David, although he was poor and lived as a humble carpenter. When Herod decreed that babies should be killed (massacre of the innocents) an angel told Joseph in a dream to flee with the Child and His Mother into Egypt.. After the death of King Herod the family returned to Nazareth in Israel.  He was present on the visit to Jerusalem when Jesus was 12.  None of the Gospels mentions Joseph as present at any event during Jesus' adult ministry, so it is believed that he died before Jesus was thirty.  In Christian art Joseph is normally associated with the colors black or green; this is similar to his wife's association with blue

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St. Anthony
The patron of Miracles, Lost Things and Missing Persons
◾Born in 1195: Lisbon, Portugal 
◾Memorial Day / Feast Day: June 30th
◾Date of Death: Saint Anthony of Padua died in 1231
◾Cause of Death: Natural causes

Saint Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of Lost Things and Missing Persons. A patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

The story and history of Anthony of Padua. Anthony came from a noble and wealthy family but he rejected wealth and status for the sake of Christ and he became a poor Franciscan. St. Anthony of Padua was famous for his deep religious fervour. He is said to have preached to the fishes in preference to some obstinate unbelievers upon whom he could not make any impression, which incident will generally be found illustrated in churches dedicated to his honour. It has always been usual among the citizens of Padua to speak of St. Anthony as ii Santo, the Saint, without adding any other name. This is because when he died the Franciscans were so fearful of the citizens laying claim to his body in order to bury it in their church, that they endeavoured to keep his death a secret; but we are told that the very children of the city, "being divinely instigated thereto, ran about the streets crying with a loud voice, Il Santo è morto! Il Santo è morto!" 
St. Joseph
Feast Day of Saint Anne: July 26

The story and history of Saint Anne. Saint Anne was the spouse of St. Joachim, and was chosen by God to be the mother of Mary, His own blessed Mother on earth. They were both of the royal house of David, and their lives were wholly occupied in prayer and good works. One thing only was wanting to their union - they were childless, and this was held as a bitter misfortune among the Jews. At length, when Anne was an aged woman, Mary was born, the fruit rather of grace than of nature, and the child more of God than of man. With the birth of Mary the aged Anne began a new life: she watched her every movement with reverent tenderness, and felt herself hourly sanctified by the presence of her immaculate child. But she had vowed her daughter to God, to God Mary had consecrated herself again, and to Him Anne gave her back. Mary was three years old when Anne and Joachim led her up the Temple steps, saw her pass by herself into the inner sanctuary, and then saw her no more. Thus was Anne left childless in her lone old age, and deprived of her purest earthly joy just when she needed it most. She humbly adored the Divine Will, and began again to watch and pray, till God called her to unending rest with the Father and the Spouse of Mary in the home of Mary's Child.
St. Anne
St. Peregrine
Feast Day of St. Peregrine: May 1

Born wealthy, he spent a worldly youth, and became involved in politics. Peregrine was initially strongly anti-Catholic. During a popular revolt, he struck the papal peace negotiator, Saint Philip Benizi, across the face. Saint Philip calmly turned the other cheek, prayed for the youth, and Peregine had a conversion.

He received a vision of Our Lady who told him to go to Siena, Italy, and there to join the Servites. After training and ordination, they assigned him to his home town. He lived and worked, as much as possible, in complete silence, in solitude, and without sitting down for 30 years in an attempt to do penance for his early life. When he did speak, he was known as a fervant preacher, excellent orator, and gentle confessor. Founded a Servite house at Forli, Italy.

A victim of a spreading cancer in his foot, Peregrine was scheduled for an amputation. He spent the night before the operation in prayer; he received a vision of Christ who touched the diseased area. The next morning, Peregrine found his cancer completely healed.  He is the Paron Saint of cancer patients.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap
Born: May 25, 1887
Died: September 23, 1968
Canonized: June 16, 2002
Feast Day: September 23
Patronage: Civil Defense, Volunteers, Adolescents

St. Padre Pio was born in Italy. His parents could not read or write, but they memorized the Scriptures and narrated Bible stories to their children. Padre Pio knew from an early age he wanted to dedicate his life to God. He had to receive tutoring so he would meet the academic requirements for joining the Capuchin Friars. He took the name of Fra (Friar) Pio, in honor of Pope St. Pius V, the patron saint of Pietrelcina, the town in which he was born  

Padre Pio’s health was always very fragile.

On 20 September 1918, while hearing confessions, Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata: bodily marks, pain, and bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata smelled of perfume or flowers, a phenomenon mentioned in stories of the lives of several saints and often referred to as the odor of sanctity. He had five rules for spiritual growth: weekly confession, daily Communion, spiritual reading, meditation, and examination of conscience.
St. Francis of Assisi  
St. Jude the Apostle
Born: 1st century AD Roman Empire
Died: 1st century AD Persia
Canonization: Pre-congregation
Feast: October 28
Patron: Saint of the Impossible

A Pre-congregational saint is a term for a saint whose beatification and/or canonization occurred before the institution of the modern investigations performed by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints (i.e. pre-11th century). It designates those who were canonized by local bishops, primates, or patriarchs, often as a result of a local custom, veneration or devotion.

St. Jude the Apostle was one of the twelve apostles. Sometimes he is referred to as Thaddeus or Jude Thaddeus. He was fluent in Greek and Aramaic. He spread the word of the risen Christ throughout the area, which included Syria, Judea, Libya and Mesopotamia. He was martyred because of he preached with great zeal. Sometimes he is pictured with an axe, which is how he was martyred. 

Assumption Church in Roselle Park, New Jersey has a novena to St. Jude the Apostle every Saturday immediately after the 8 am Mass