Year of Saints

September - St. Vincent
Feast Day - 27th September
Patron Saint of Charity
 

Noble Saint Vincent de Paul,
beloved servant of the poor,
may we follow your example and do good works
among those whom society has abandoned,
enslaved or forgotten.
Pray for us to our beloved God
that we may commit ourselves selflessly
to doing the same charitable acts
that you did all your life. Amen.

July - St. Christopher
Feast Day - 25th July
Patron Saint of Travel
 
Dear Saint Christopher,
Protect me today in all my travels
along the road's way.
Give your warning sign if danger is near
so that I may stop while the path is clear.
Carry me safely to my destined place,
like you carried Christ in your close embrace.
Amen.
JUNE - St. Peter & St. Paul
Feast Day - 29th June
Patron Saints of The Eternal City
 
Oh God,
You made a weak man, Simon, into your strong leader, Peter.
You made the fighter, Saul, into the missionary, Paul.
You can make us into the people who live truly for you and in you.
We ask you to do this through Jesus your Son.
Amen. 
MAY - St. Joan of Arc
Feast Day - 30th May
Patron Saint of Soldiers

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day-by-day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

April - St. Bernadette
Feast Day - 16th April
Patron Saint of the sick
St. Bernadette, lay your hands upon the sick in the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ so they may know the healing power of his love. 

Amen.
March - St. Patrick
Feast Day: 17th March
Patron Saint of Ireland
 
FEBRUARY - St. Valentine
Feast Day: 14th February
Patron Saint of Happy Marriages
O My God,
I love you above all things,
with my whole heart and soul,
because you are all-good and worthy of all love.
I love my neighbour as myself for the love of you.
I forgive all who have injured me,
and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
Amen.
JANUARY - St. Sebastian
Feast Day: 20th January
Patron Saint of Athletes

Commander at the Roman Emperor's court, you chose to be also a soldier of Christ and dared to spread faith in the King of Kings, for which you were condemned to die.

Your body, however, proved athletically strong and the executing arrows extremely weak. So another means to kill you was chosen and you gave your life to the Lord.

May athletes be always as strong in their faith as their Patron Saint so clearly has been.

Amen