All Saints Parade 2018

Andrew

Hello, my name is Saint Valentine of Rome. I was born 226AD in Italy. My feast day is celebrated on February 14th every year. I am knows at the patron saint of love and marriage. I became famous because I allowed couples to get married even though the Roman Emperor said not to. Today, people celebrate my feast day by telling each other how much they love them.

 

Austin

Hello, my name is Saint Augustine of Hippo.  I was born in Algeria on November 13th, 354 AD. I am a theologian and philosopher, and I am considered one of the most influential thinkers in the ancient western church.  One of my most famous writings was the “Confessions of Saint Augustine”.  My feast day is August 28th.  I am the patron saint of brewers, printers, and theologians.  Because of my life’s work, Pope Boniface VIII (8th) declared me to be one of the four “Great Doctors of the Church”.  The symbol that represents me is a heart with flames coming out of the top and arrows going through it in an x shape because I had a heart on fire for God's word.

 

Brett

My name is St. Patrick. I was born in Scotland in the year 387. I am the primary patron saint of Ireland and am known as the “Apostle of Ireland”. I taught the Irish about the Holy Trinity by showing the people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant that represented the teachings of three persons in one God. My Feast Day is on March 17, the believed day of my death.

 

Catalina

St. Christopher was born Reprobus and his birth date is unknown. He was always taller and stronger than his friends were and was always willing to help. It is not for sure but there are rumors that he was born in Canaan. He is remembered as the Saint that helped Christ get across the river. Later that night Christ baptized Reprobus and gave him the Christian name of Christopher. The image that represents St. Christopher is a man carrying a child across a river. St. Christopher’s dies in 251 AD and his feast day is July 25th and he is known as the patron saint of travelers.

 

Chase

I am Saint John the Apostle. I was born over 2,000 years ago in year 6 in the year of our lord. I was born in the city of Bethsaida, which is east of the Jordan River. I am the patron saint of love, loyalty, friendship, and authors. My feast day is celebrated on December 27th two days after Jesus’ birthday. I am often represented by images of eagles and scrolls, which show how highly my writings were regarded. I am also represented by a chalice, which shows people that Jesus asked me to drink from his cup at the Last Supper.

 

Dexter

I am St. John Neumann – the patron saint of Catholic education. I was born on March 28th, 1811 in what is known today as Czech Republic. At the age of 24, I left for America to be ordained a priest. Because I spoke six different languages, I worked with many immigrants. In 1852, I was named the 4th Bishop of Philadelphia. I was the first bishop in the country to organize a catholic school system. In fact, I built over 100 schools and churches. In 1860, I passed away at the age of 48.  My feast day is January 5th. My remains rest at the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann in Philadelphia.

 

Grace

I am Mary the mother of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. It is not certain where I was born but it is thought maybe in Jerusalem around 20 BC and I grew up in Nazareth. My parents are Saint Anne and Saint Joachim. I said “Yes!” to God and became the Mother of Jesus. I served God’s will by raising God’s son.  I was a very important part of Jesus’ first miracle at the Wedding at Cana. There are many feast days about my life including The Solemnity of Mary on January 1st to celebrate my Motherhood. And the Assumption on August 15th to celebrate my body and soul being brought to Heaven. My birthday is celebrated September 8th. I am the patron saint of all people and the patron saint of the United States of America. There are many symbols that represent me including a Monogram “M” or “BVM” for Blessed Virgin Mary and a Lily for my purity.  The Rosary is a group of prayers in honor of me, and it is about life of my son, Jesus Christ. There is so much more to learn about me, I encourage everyone to learn more about me and my part in the Catholic Church.

 

 

Jayden

My name is Saint Juan Diego. I was born in 1474. Being a native to Mexico, I became the first Roman Catholic indigenous saint from the Americas. I had several visions of the Virgin Mary. I remain one of the most popular and important Saints in Mexico. My most famous image is wearing a white coat filled with flower with an image of the Virgin Mary. I died on May 30, 1548. My feast day is on December 9th.

 

Joseph

Hello - my name is St. Joseph. I am married to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and I am also the foster father to Jesus, Our Lord and Savior. I was born in Bethlehem to Heli and Jacob. I have two brothers Clopas and Benjamin. My family comes from the royal line of King David. I am a carpenter I build stone buildings and roads. An angel told me in a dream that my wife was pregnant with the Savior of the World. I do not have one spoken word in the bible. I died in Nazareth. Two feast days are celebrated in my honor, one on March 19th, and another on May 1st.

 

Kathleen

Bonjour! I bid you a fine hello! I am St. Joan of Arc. I was born on January 6, 1412 in the city of Domremy, in the Kingdom of France. I am just 19 years old, but I am a fierce protector of my kingdom. I protect my people from danger. I am a skilled horse woman, negotiator and strategic battle expert. I have led and won many wars in an effort to bring peace to my kingdom.

Symbols that represent me are armor, the sword and my flag, which is also called my “battle standard.” Did you know that I chose my flag design to include Jesus, the Virgin Mary and two angels? I much prefer to carry this flag over any weapons. My Feast Day is May 30th. I am a Patron Saint of martyrs, prisoners, military personnel, soldiers and the Women’s Army Corps. I inspire people to stand up and fight for what is right and good. As I always say: “Put on your armor of peace. Go forward bravely. Fear nothing. Trust in God and all will be well.” Au revoir!

 

Laney

My name is Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini and I was born on July 15, 1850 in Lombardy, Italy. Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a missionary and go to China but first I became a teacher and then a nun and I was known as Mother Cabrini. Pope Leo the 13th said I had to go “Not to the East, but the West” and help Italian immigrants so I took a boat with 6 other sisters and got to New York on March 31, 1889. Within 35 years, I started 67 orphanages, schools and hospitals all over the United States and other countries. I performed 2 miracles in my life, I brought sight back to a blind boy and I cured a dying person from my church. In 1909 I became a US citizen and I am the 1st American to become a Saint. My feast day is November 13th and I am the Patron Saint of Immigrants.

Madelyn

I am St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. I was born on December 12, 1779 in France. My feast day is May 25th which is the same day that I died in 1865. I founded the Society of the Sacred Heart to make known the love of God revealed in the Heart of Christ through the education of young women. I am the patron saint of school girls. I am seen looking up to the heavens or at a crucifix. I am holding a cross and a bible.

Madison

My name is Saint Thomas Aquinas.  I was born in the year 1225 in modern day Lazio, Italy.  My feast day is on January 28.  I am a priest and a doctor of the Church.  I am the patron Saint of all universities and of students.  Some symbols that represent me are a dove, an ox, and the sun.

 

Maximilian

My name is Saint Maximillian Kolbe.  I was born January 7, 1894 in Poland.  My mom named me Raymund.  When I was 12, I had a vision of the Virgin Mary.  She appeared holding two crowns, one white and one red.  The white was for purity, the red was for martyrdom.  She offered for me to choose one that I chose both! In 1910, I was given the name, Maximilian in my novitiate into the Franciscans. I was ordained a priest in 1918. I was ordained a priest in 1918. I died on August 14, taking the place of a man who was going to be executed by the German Nazis.  I am the patron saint of families, the pro-life movement, and drug addicts. I am often seen in my prisoner uniform while holding the white and red crown I am often seen in my prison or uniform.  White and red crowns are symbol of my purity and martyrdom.

 

Natalie

I am St. Catherine of Siena. I was born in Siena Italy on Mary 25, 1347. I am the 25th child my mother had. My mother was 40 years old when I was born. My father was a cloth dyer. I always saw my father as a representation of Jesus, my mother as Our Holy mother and my brothers as the apostles which helped me to serve my family with pure kindness and love. I joined the Third Order of St. Dominic, where I learned more about my religion and the sisters taught me how to read. When I was twenty one I had a vision. I was told to re-enter public life and to help the poor and sick. I visited hospitals and homes where the poor and sick were found. I quickly attracted followers who helped me on my mission. I created a monastery for women in 1377 outside of Siena. I wrote over four hundred letters and prayers. I am known as the doctor of the churches. When I was 33 years old I got really sick because of my habit of extreme fasting. I died on April 29, 1380. I am the patron saint of fire prevention. My symbol is a crown of thorns to show my sufferings. I carry lilies as a symbol of my purity of body, soul, and life’s purpose. My feast day is April 29th.

 

Nicholas

Good morning to all of you, my name is Nicholas of Bari, but you may all know me as St. Nicholas. I was born a LONG time ago in 270 AD, approximately 240 years after Jesus’ death in the city of Patara. This is located along the southern coast of Turkey. I dedicated my life to serving God and used my whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. As a young man I became the bishop of Myra and helped those in need. Many pray for my intercession as I am the patron saint of children, prisoners, and other wrongly condemned along with sailors. I am most recognized by my miter, or tall bishop’s hat and my crozier or bishop’s staff. I pray that you will continue to celebrate my devout life on my feast day of December 6th.

 

Nicolas

My name is Saint Francis of Assisi.  I am the patron saint of animals and ecology.  My feast day is on October 4th.  Some symbols that represent me are birds, animals, a winged crucifix with five rays, and a bag of gold.  I was born in 1182 in Assisi, Italy as Giovanni Francesco Bernardone.  I was a rich man but gave it all up to live a life of poverty and teach people about the life of Jesus Christ.  I am best known for starting the Franciscan Order and my love and respect for animals. I was also the first man to receive stigmata and I made the first nativity set. To finish, I want you to remember “For it is in giving that we receive”.

 

Sebastian

I am happy to introduce to you St. Martin De Porres. He was born in Lima, Peru on December 9, 1579. St. Martin De Porres was raised by his mother. He was a patron saint of the poor, people seeking racial harmony, barbers, public health, and mixed race. His feast day is November 3rd. Symbols that are a part of him are a broom, a dog, and a mouse eating from the same bowl. The animals eating together means peace and love. The broom represents growing up poor and a servant. He also wore a long rosary and carried a crucifix. At the age of 24, he took his religious vows and at the age of 34, he received his religious habit of a lay brother until his death.

 

Sofia

My name is Mother Teresa. My full name is Agnes Gonyhe Bojaxhiu. I was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia. My feast day is on September 5. At the early age of 12 I knew that I wanted to commit myself to the religious life and I left home to become a nun. On a train ride one day, I was called by God to leave my convent to live and work with the poor. And that is where I spent the rest of my life, living and serving poor people in India, just as God told me to do so.

 

Trevor

Hi, I am Saint George. I am a soldier and a Martyr. I was born to a wealthy Christian family in 280 AD. When I was 17, I joined the Roman army and soon became known for my bravery. I served under Pagan Emperor but never forgot my Christian faith. I protested against Rome’s persecution of Christians that’s why I was beheaded and died around April 23, 303. I am identified with England and English ideals of honor, bravery, and gallantry, but I am not an English at all. I was born in Turkey. My feast day is on April 23rd the day I was beheaded. My feast day is also the England’s National Day. I am the Patron Saint of England, Scouts, Armies, and Farmers.