“We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are attaining their purification, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion the merciful love of God and His saints is ever listening to our prayers.”– Saint Paul VI (Credo of the People of God, 30)
All Saints Day
Feast Day: November 1
A great way to celebrate All Saints Day (along with going to mass, it is a Holy Day of Obligation after all) is to ask a Saint to accompany you and intercede on your behalf throughout this upcoming year. You can make you own list of Saints and pick one out of a hat, or you can use a random Saint Generator like this one. Then throughout the year, try to learn about this Saint and ask for their intercession.
Feast Day: November 3
Patronages: Hunters, Dogs, Archers
Lord, you spoke to St. Hubert and converted him to You during a stag hunt. You changed him into a hunter of souls, yet you continued to use his skills as a hunter to open minds to your Gospel. I ask that you make me into a hunter of souls above all other hunting activities. May I look for the opportunities to speak of You and Your salvation. Let the hunting camp itself be a place that uplifts the soul. May my time alone be an opportunity to pray and listen to You. May all the actions of the rest of my life be a constant hunt for You, for the opportunities you give me to evangelize, and to target the souls most in need of Your love.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Feast Day: November 13
Patronages: Immigrants, Hospital Administrators, Impossible Causes
Mother Cabrini wanted to be a missionary in China, but at the urging of Pope Leo XIII, instead immigrated to the United States to serve Italian immigrants. She founded many hospitals, schools, and orphanages and is the first U.S. citizen to become a canonized Saint!
Blessed Miguel Pro
Feast Day: November 23
Fr. Miguel Pro was a priest during turbulent times in Mexico. The Mexican government at the time was vehemently opposed to Catholicism and targeted those who openly practiced the faith, so Fr. Pro had to be secretive in order to continue to serve persecuted Catholics. He would dress up as a beggar to be able to go to baptize a child or bless a marriage, a police officer to sneak into jails to bring Communion to Catholics who were imprisoned, and a businessman in nicer neighborhoods to receive donations for the poor. Only two years after his ordination, Fr. Pro was convicted for a crime he didn’t commit without the benefit of legal process and was sentenced to death. Prior to being executed, he forgave his executioners, prayed, and shouted, “Vivo Cristo Rey!” or “Long Live Christ the King!”