St. Patrick’s Feast Day Has Been Hijacked–Don’t Give Away the Parade, Too!


TODAY IS ST. PATRICK'S DAY, and in New York City, there's going to be some kind of a parade or something.I'm kidding.  Everybody knows that America's largest, oldest and most famous St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place on March 17 in New York City.  Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day--or so they say!--and for 253 years, New Yorkers have been celebrating the feast of the Catholic saint by marching a mile and a half down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.  This year, an estimated 150,000 mar … [Read more...]

Saint Homobonus, Patron of Businesspeople and Tailors. His Name Means “Good Guy”

"Omobono lianori". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

Have you ever heard of Saint Homobonus? Omobono  Tucenghi (also called "Homobonus") was a 12th century tailor from the town of Cremona, on the bank of the Po River in northern Italy.  He inherited a large estate from his father, a successful tailor and merchant; but he was humble and generous.  He believed that God had permitted him to be successful in business, in order that he might donate a large proportion of his income to help the poor. Homobonus was devout, and he attended Mass and re … [Read more...]

Four 19th Century Nuns, Representing Three Nations and Four Unique Charisms, to Become Saints

They came from France, from Italy and from Palestine.  They founded new religious orders; and their orders worked with the elderly and small children, operated a monastery, established missions in many lands, and operated 50 Catholic colleges, providing an education to 35,000 new students per year. On Saturday, February 14, at the close of the Consistory, Pope Francis announced that he will elevate four holy women to sainthood in May.  The new soon-to-be-saints are: Marie-Alphonsine Danil Gh … [Read more...]