July • August
July 1—Second Half of the Year Day
Remember those New Year’s Resolutions? Today is a great day to dust them off and start again.
July 2—St. Bernardino Realino
Math not your strong suit? Ask St. Bernadino, an auditor, to help with balancing checkbooks, math problems and the like.
July 3—St. Maelmuire O' Gorman
St. Maelmuire was an Irish poet. Read some William Butler Yeats' famous poems.
July 4—Independence Day
Read the Declaration of Independence aloud.
July 5—Visit a Park Day
City, state or national, there is a park somewhere near you. Visit the closest one.
July 6—St. Maria Goretti
Go online and look at one of only two photographs of this young saint.
July 7—Father Daughter Walk Day
Dads and daughters, take a walk together, even if it’s just around the block. (Mothers and son, you can do the same!)
July 8—Our Lady of Kazan
Ask Mary, as patroness of Kazan, Russia, to bring peace and stability to the Ukraine and surrounding areas of Russia.
July 9—St. James Lacop
St. James left the Church, but eventually returned. Ask his intercession for family members who have fallen away from the faith.
July 10—Teddy Bears’ Picnic day
Celebrate with a tea party—inside or out.
July 11—St. Benedict of Nursia
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July 12— St. Veronica
Pious tradition says that she wiped Jesus’ face with her veil, leaving his face imprinted on it. Learn more the famous image of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin.
July 13—Image of Our Lady of Chartres
Make a virtual tour of the Cathedral here:
July 14—St. Kateri Tekakwitha
She is the first Native American or First Nation saint. Read more about her at:
July 15—National Pet Fire Safety Day
If you have pets, put a notice by your door to alert firefighters.
July 16—Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Pray for all Carmelites today.
July 17—Yellow Pig Day
What does the number 17 have to do with yellow pigs?
July 18—St. Marina
One of the thousands of holy men and women whose biographies have been lost to time, but whose holiness remains a witness. Offer a prayer of thanks for all those who have gone before us in faith.
July 19—Nelson Mandela Day
Read the life story of one of the great freedom fighters of our time.
July 20—St. Barhadbesciabas
Say his name out loud just because it’s fun to say!
July 21—Our Lady of Verdun
Remember those who died in war, especially World War I.
July 22—St. Mary Magdalene
Jesus healed Mary of “seven demons.” What “demons” are in your life that you need to be removed?
July 23—St. Bridget of Sweden
Did you know that the only remaining Brigittine monks live in the US? And that they sell chocolate truffles?
July 24—Tell an Old Joke Day
Share a laugh with some jokes that have been around for years.
July 25—St. James
Tradition holds that his relics are located at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Read about the famous pilgrimage route that is still in use today.
July 26— Sts. Joachim and Anne
Believed to be the parents of Mary—and grandparents of Jesus. Call your grandparents today or say a prayer if they are deceased.
July 27—Aunts’ Day
Rather you are an aunt or have an aunt you love, today’s the day to express your love.
Today is the last day of the Muslim month of fasting of Ramadan. Learn more about other religions’ holy days and give thanks for your own Catholic feast days.
July 29—St. Martha
Serve foods that St. Martha might have prepared for Jesus. Find recipes at:
July 30—Paperback book day
Donate your used paperback books to a local hospital waiting room.
July 31—St. Ignatius Loyola
St. Ignatius founded the Jesuits. Say a prayer for our Jesuit pope and all Jesuits.
August 1—St. Alphonsus Liguori
Need help from an attorney? St. Alphonsus was both a civil and canon lawyer.
August 2— St. Peter Julian Eymard
St. Peter had a special devotion to the Eucharist. Make a visit to an Adoration Chapel this month.
August 3—National Doll Day
Dolls as toys go back 4000 or more years. Learn the history of dolls here:
August 4—St. John Vianney
St. John spent his life as a parish priest. Take time to talk with your parish priest after Mass this week.
August 5—Our Lady of the Snows
The shrine is one of the largest outdoor shrines in North America. Check it out online if you can’t make a for-real visit.
Remember all the victims of war and pray that nuclear weapons be permanently banned.
August 7—St. Cajetan
St. Cajetan was both a lawyer and a banker. Teach your children how to make a budget.
August 8— St. Dominic
Some of the greatest saints of the church were Dominicans, including St. Thomas Aquinas. Learn more about the Order:
August 9— St. Edith Stein
Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Teach your children about the five million non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust
August 10— Paul Bunyan Day
Share tales of American folklore with Paul and Babe, the Blue Ox.
August 11—St. Clare
Clare was the first follower of Francis of Assisi. Pray for all Poor Clares.
August 12—Hawaii Annexation Day
In 1898 Hawaii was formally annexed to the US. Two saints come from the Islands: Mother Marianne Cope and Father Damien who both served the lepers on Molokai.
August 13—International Left-hand Day
If you are right-handed, try doing everything with your left hand today. What is the most difficult?
August 14—St. Maximilian Kolbe
This brave saint died at Auschwitz, taking the place of a condemned prisoner.
Learn more about him at:
Today is a Holy Day of Obligation. Attend Mass as a family.
August 16—World Honey Bee Day
Did you know that honey is the only food that will never spoil? 32,000 year old honey can safely be consumed!
August 17—St. Joan of the Cross
Before she entered religious life, St. Joan was a very successful business woman. Ask for her help with your business!
August 18—St. Jane de Chantal
Jane had difficulty with her teenaged son. Ask her to help protect your teens from harm.
August 19—Aviation Day
Can you believe airplanes have been around for 101 years? Read the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
August 20—St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Unfortunately St. Bernard dogs aren’t named after this St. Bernard, even though one of his symbols is a white dog!
August 21—Poets’ Day
Read a classic poem aloud today.
August 22—Queenship of Mary
One of Pope Francis’ favorite devotions is Mary, Undoer of Knots. Ask Mary to help undo the knots in your life.
August 23— St. Rose of Lima
Rose was a talented embroiderer. Learn the basics of this traditional craft.
August 24—Vesuvius Day
On this day in 79 AD, Mt. Vesuvius buried Pompeii in ash. Take a virtual tour of the ruins.
August 25—St. Louis of France
St. Louis was also the King of France. Pray for our leaders today.
August 26 —National Dog Day
Learn why we call the sultry days of summer “Dog Days.”
August 27—St. Monica
Monica never ceased to pray for her son Augustine. Now they share back-to-back saint days.
August 28— St. Augustine
The son of St. Monica, his writings still influence us today.
August 29—More herbs Day
Buy a sample of fresh herbs and use them in your cooking. Pick at least one that is new to you.
August 30—Bacon Day
Ummm….bacon. Play the Oracle of Bacon game.
August 31—Joseph of Arimathea
Joseph buried Jesus in his own tomb. Visit The Virtual Garden Tomb to see what it might have looked like.