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A List of Saints for KidsSaints Listed by MonthSolemnity of Mary Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory Nazianzen
Saint Elizabeth Ann SetonSaint John NeumannSaint Simeon the StyliteSaint Gertrude of DelftSaint Raymond of Penyafort
Aelred of RievaulxSaint HilarySaint Felix of NolaSaint Paul the HermitSaint Anthony
Saint Margaret of HungarySaint SebastianSaints Fabian and SebastianSaint AgnesSaint Vincent
Saint Ildefonsus of ToledoSaint Francis de SalesSaint Henry SusoSaint TitusSaint Angela Merici
Saint Thomas AquinasSaint John BoscoSaint BrigidSaint BlaseSt. Rabanus Maurus
Saint AgathaSaint Paul Miki and CompanionsSaint Josephine BSaint Jerome EmilianiSaint Miguel Febres Cordero
Saint ScholasticaOur Lady of Lourdes Saint Benedict of AnianeSaint Catherine dei Ricci Saint Valentine
Saints Cyril and MethodiusSaint Claude la ColombiereSeven Founders of the Order of ServitesBlesseds Fransisco and Jacinta Marto Saint Peter Damian
Chair of PeterSaint PolycarpSaint Ethelbert  Saint Alexander Saint Gabriel Francis Possenti
Saint Angela of Foligno Saint John Cassian Saint Katharine DrexelSaint CasimirSaint Colette
Saint Perpetua and Saint FelicitySaint John of GodSaint Frances of RomeSaint Dominic SavioSaint Frances of Rome
The Forty Martyrs of SebasteSaint Eulogius of CordobaSaint FinaSaint Louise de Marillac
Saint PatrickSaint Cyril of JerusalemSaint JosephSaint Martin of BragaSaint Nicholas of Flue
Saint Turibius of MongrovejoÓscar Arnulfo RomeroAnnunciation of the LordSaint BraulioSaint John Climacus
Saint Francis of PaolaSaint Isidore of SevilleSaint Vincent FerrerSaint John Baptist de la SalleSaint Julie Billiart
Dietrich BonhoefferSaint StanislausSaint Martin IDamien the Leper Saint Bernadette Soubirous
Saint AnselmSaint Theodore of Sykeon Saint GeorgeSaint Fidelis of SigmaringenSaint Mark
Saint AldobrandescaSaint Gianna Beretta MollaSaint Catherine of SienaSaint Pius VSaint Joseph the Worker
Saint AthanasiusSaints Philip and JamesLady Julian of Norwich Saint-Damien-may10.jpgSaints Nereus and Achilleus
Saints Nereus and AchilleusSaint John the SilentSaint MatthiasSaint Isidore the Farmer Saint Paschal Baylon
Saint John ISaint AlcuinSaint Bernardino of Siena Saint Constantine Saint Rita of Cascia
John Baptist de RossiSaint Vincent of LérinsSaint Bede the VenerableSaint Gregory VIISaint Philip Neri
Saint Augustine of CanterburySaint Bernard of MontjouxSaint Joan of ArcSaint JustinSaints Marcellinus and Peter
Saint Charles Lwanga and CompanionsSaint BonifaceSaint PhilipVenerable Matt TalbotSaint Anne Mary Taigi
Saint EphremSaint BarnabasSaint Anthony of PaduaSaint Lutgarde of AywièresSaint Romuald
Saint AlbanSaint Aloysius GonzagaSaint Thomas MoreSaint Paulinus of NolaSaints John Fisher and Thomas More
Saint Joseph CafassoThe Birth of John the BaptistSaint Prosper of AquitaineSaint Cyril of AlexandriaSaint Irenaeus
Saint Peter and Saint PaulVenerable Pierre ToussaintFirst Martyrs of the Church of RomeBlessed Junípero SerraSaint Thomas
Pier-Giorgio FrassatiSaint Elizabeth of PortugalSaint Anthony ZaccariaSaint Maria GorettiBlessed Peter To Rot
Saint Veronica GiulianiSaint BenedictSaint HenryKateri TekakwithaSaint Camillus of Lellis
Saint BonaventureOur Lady of Mount CarmelSaint MacrinaSaint Lawrence of BrindisiSaint Mary Magdalene
Saint Bridget of SwedenSaint JamesSaint Joachim and Saint AnnBlessed Rudolf AquavivaSaint Martha
Saint Peter ChrysologusSaint Ignatius of LoyolaSt. Alphonsus LiguoriSaint Peter Peter Faber (Favre)          Saint Eusebius of Vercelli
Saint John VianneyDedication of Saint Mary MajorFeast of the Transfiguration  Saint Sixtus II and CompanionsSaint Cajetan
Saint DominicSaint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Saint LawrenceSaint ClareSaint Jane Frances de Chantal
Saints Pontian and HippolytusFather KolbeAssumption of Mary Saint Stephen of Hungary  Saint John Eudes
Saint Bernard of ClairvauxSaint Pius XSaint Rose of LimaSaint Joseph of CalasanzSaint Louis, King of France
Saint Joan Antide-Thouret   Saint MonicaSaint AugustineSaint Gregory the GreatBlessed Teresa of Calcutta
Birth of Mary Saint Peter Claver Saint John ChrysostomTriumph of the Cross Saint Catherine of Genoa
Saints Cornelius and CyprianSaint Robert BellarmineSaint JanuariusSaints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and CompanionsSaint Matthew
Saint Padre Pio of PietrelcinaSaints Cosmas and DamianSaint Vincent de PaulSaint Wenceslaus
Saint Michael the ArchangelSaint JeromeSaint Thérèse of LisieuxGuardian Angels Blessed Mother Therese Guerin
Francis of Assisi Saint Faustina Kowalska Saint BrunoBlessed Marie-Rose DurocherOur Lady of the Rosary
Saint Pelagia the Penitent  Saint DenisSaint Francis BorgiaBlessed John XXIIISaint Wilfrid
Saint Callistus ITeresa of AvilaSaint HedwigSaint Ignatius of AntiochSaint Luke
Saints Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf, and CompanionsSaint Paul of the CrossSaint HilarionSaint John of Capistrano  Saint Anthony Mary Claret
Saints Simon and Jude All Saints DayAll Souls DaySaint Martín de PorresSt. Charles Borromeo
Saint BertillaSaint Théophane VénardSaint WillibrordSaint Elizabeth of the TrinityDedication of St. John Lateran
Saint Leo the GreatSaint Martin of ToursSaint JosaphatSt. Frances Xavier CabriniSaint Raphael Kalinowski
Saint Margaret of ScotlandSaint Elizabeth of HungarySaint Odo of ClunySaint Mechtild of MagdeburgPresentation of Mary
Saint CeciliaSaint Clement ISaint ColumbanBlessed Miguel Agustín ProSaint Flora
Saint Catherine of AlexandriaSaint Leonard of Port MauriceSaint Gregory of SinaiSaint Catherine LabouréSaint Andrew
Saint Edmund CampionSaint John RuysbroeckSaint Francis XavierSaint John of DamascusSaint Sabas
The Life and Legends of St. NicholasSaint NicholasSaint AmbroseFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionSaint Juan Diego
Saint Eulalia of MéridaSaint Damasus IOur Lady of GuadalupeSaint LucySaint John of the Cross
Saint Mary of the AngelsSaint OlympiasSaint FlannanSaint Peter CanisiusSaint John of Kanty
Saint Marguerite dYouvilleSaint Jacopone da TodiSaint Stephen Saint JohnSaint Thomas Becket
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Saint Cecelia
Feast Day November 22

For centuries St. Cecelia has remained one of the church’s most beloved saints. Parents give their daughters her lovely name, which means “lily of heaven.” However, all we know about Cecelia comes from a fifth-century legend that has no historical evidence to support it. Except that two young men featured in the story, Valerian and Tiburtius, were known to have been martyred in the third century and buried in the catacombs. However, no catacomb grave or contemporary writer validates the fascinating tale of St. Cecelia.

However, the story still charms and inspires us. Cecelia, a patrician maiden, dedicated her virginity to Christ, but her father betrothed her to Valerian, a young pagan. Forced into marriage, Cecelia determined to keep her commitment. According to the legend:

As the wedding day approached, she fasted for two or three days. On her nuptial day she wore a hair shirt next to her flesh, concealed by her gown of cloth of gold. She sang in her heart to God alone, saying, “O Lord, let my heart and my body be undefiled.” That night, when with her spouse she sought the secret silences of the bridal chamber, she spoke to him as follows: “O sweetest and most loving youth, there is a secret that I may confess to you, if only you will swear to guard it faithfully.” Then Valerian swore that no necessity would make him betray it in any way. Then she said: “I have for my lover an angel of God, who guards my body with exceeding zeal! If he sees you but lightly touch me for sordid love, he will smite you, and you will lose the fair flower of your youth. But if he knows that you love me with a pure love, he will love you as he loves me, and will show you his glory!”

Then Valerian, guided by the will of God, said: “If you will have me believe you, show me the angel! If I find that he is really an angel, I shall do as you ask me!”

We might wonder if bad breath from fasting and the stink of the hair shirt might not have been enough to protect Cecelia from Valerian’s touch. However, the youth followed Cecelia’s directions and sought baptism from Pope Urban I. Upon his return Valerian saw Cecelia’s angel, who crowned both of them with floral wreaths. Then Valerian’s brother, Tiburtius, was also converted. The two new Christians were soon beheaded for burying the bodies of those who had been martyred.

Cecelia herself was condemned for refusing to worship the gods. An attempt to suffocate her in her own bathroom failed. So a soldier was ordered to behead her, but he bungled the job. Cecelia lay dying for three days, during which she bequeathed her property to the church.

The Cecelia legend may be purely fictitious, but this fiction conveys truths that stimulate our faith. St. Cecelia testifies to the supernatural realities that penetrate our lives and invite us to live for God alone no matter what it costs.


Voices of the Saints

Excerpted from Voices of the Saints, by Bert Ghezzi


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Thank you for this site! I love it. it is great for children. I also love Blessed Teresa, hopefully soon St. Teresa of Calcutta!! I pray!
I have just found this site and I feel as if I was lost in a huge garden full of different and beautiful flowers. Thank you Loyola Press and thank you God for giving me this wonderful gift.
I always wish to know the lives of our saints. I feel so blessed that I have found this site today. Thank you God and thank you Loyola Press.

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