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Catholics get chance to celebrate, think about Mary with new feast day

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Church doesn't often add new celebrations to its pretty full liturgical calendar, but this year's new feast day, Mary, Mother of the Church on May 21, has Catholics gearing up to mark the day or at least think a little more about Mary.

Students honor hometown favorite St. Rose Philippine Duchesne on her feast day


St. Rose Philippine Duchesne certainly experienced the trials of a new frontier when she arrived in St. Charles in 1818. Lack of housing, cold, harsh weather and a language barrier were some of the challenges she and her fellow Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart faced as they set out to teach children.

Nearly 200 years later, Catholics living where St. Rose Philippine got her start celebrated the saint's feast day on Nov. 18.

St. Luke, Evangelist

St. Luke, Evangelist

Early historians said this author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles was born to a pagan family in Antioch (Turkey) and converted to Christianity. According to Paul's letters and Acts, he was a doctor and Paul's companion during his later journeys and imprisonment in Rome. Luke's New Testament writings in Greek were for gentiles, extending to them the salvation promised to Israel. He is the patron of physicians and surgeons and, because of a legend that he painted a Marian icon, of painters. 

Feast Day: Oct. 18

Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

St Ignatius

This Syrian-born martyr, who gave himself the nickname "God-bearer" because of his certainty of God's presence within him and who may have been a disciple of St. John the Evangelist, became bishop of Antioch about 69. Eventually he was arrested and sent to Rome, where his strong desire for martyrdom was fulfilled when he was thrown to the lions in the Colosseum. In seven letters written to Christians in Asia Minor and Rome, he stressed the need to heal church conflicts, the authority of local bishops and the Eucharist as a source of unity.

Feast Day: Oct. 17

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church filled with song, music on Dec. 12 feast

Las Mañanitas a la Virgen de Guadalupe were celebrated at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Ferguson. The celebration began at midnight on Dec. 12 with prayer, adoration, the Rosary and song. Cousins Ashley Rosas, 3, and Christopher Salas, 2, wore traditional costumes for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org

At about 4:30 a.m. Dec. 12, just a few hearty souls in the St. Louis area were stirring.

Groggily, they turned on coffee pots, let out dogs or switched on local TV news, whatever to start preparing for the day's activities. Most others remained cozy under warm blankets, snoozing and dreaming in their final hours of sleep.

But the crowd at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church definitely was awake, wide awake -- no mistaking that. In fact, even though many had been at it for more than four-and-a-half hours, they were just getting started.

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