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JUNE

June 1—St. Justin, Martyr
Read a classic Catholic book in honor of an early Catholic writer.
http://www.catholictreasury.info/library.php

June 2—Corpus Christi
Spend a few minutes after Mass praying before the crucifix.
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June 3—St. Charles Lwanda and companions
13 Protestants died with St. Charles in Uganda. Remember all Christian martyrs today.
http://www.visituganda.com/

June 4—Bl. Maria Karlowska
Maria was the youngest of 11 children. Celebrate your extended family today.
http://voices.yahoo.com/5-fun-games-icebreakers-large-family-reunion-3079727.html

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Alternative
Aesop's Birthday
Read his fables for their timeless moral values.
http://www.aesopfables.com/

June 5—World Environment Day
Recycle one thing from each room in the house.
http://www.unep.org/wed/

June 6—D-Day
Thank a veteran for his or her service to the cause of freedom.
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/d-day

June 7—Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Indulge for dessert…maybe even with chocolate syrup on top!
http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/ice_cream.htm

June 8—Belmont Stakes Horse Race
Look for horses (real or otherwise) as you run errands today
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/horse/

June 9—St. Columba
In honor of the patron of bookbinders, make your own family history book.
http://www.blurb.com/

June 10—Ballpoint Pen Day
Collect all the pens that don’t work and throw them out. Buy new ones!
http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa101697.htm

June 11—Corn on the Cob Day
Buy corn from a farmer’s market.
Learn about corn: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/veggies/corn.cfm

June 12—Anne Frank’s Birthday
Read an excerpt from her diary.
http://www.annefrank.org/

June 13—St. Anthony of Padua
Tony. Tony. Turn around. Something’s lost and must be found.
http://listverse.com/2011/09/05/10-fascinating-stories-of-lost-and-found/

June 14—Blood Donors Day
Donate blood to your local Red Cross.
http://www.redcross.org/support/blood-donation

June 15—St. Germaine Cousin
Pray to the patron of abused children for an end to child abuse.
http://www.preventchildabuse.org/

Alternative
Worldwide Giving Day
Have each member of the family give something to someone else—even it’s just a smile.
http://www.svdpusa.org/

June 16—Fathers’ Day
Learn about famous fathers in the Bible.
http://christianity.about.com/od/peopleofthebible/tp/Fathers-In-The-Bible.htm

June 17—Eat Your Vegetables Day
Serve a vegetarian dinner—or maybe just a vegetable everyone likes.
http://www.101cookbooks.com/vegan_recipes/

June 18—International Picnic Day
Eat dinner at a park (or in your own backyard).
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20366899,00.html

June 19—St. Juliana Falconieri
Take a meal to someone who is chronically ill in honor of the patron of the sick.
http://bibleapps.com/matthew/25-36.htm

June 20—American Eagle Day
Watch bald eagles in real time on a webcam.
 http://birdcam.xcelenergy.com/eagle.html

June 21—First Day of Summer
Go barefoot and feel the earth beneath your soles.
http://www.runbare.com/barefoot-benefits

June 22—St. Thomas More
Visit your state Supreme Court in honor of this saintly lawyer.
http://www.50states.com/cap.htm#.Ua52JpzEURc

June 23—Pink Flamingo Lawn Ornament Day
Put a silly lawn ornament in your yard—just for the day.
http://www.lawn-greetings.com/pink-flamingo-day

June 24—St. John the Baptist
Read the story of his death in Mark 6:14-39.
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-sites-places/biblical-archaeology-sites/machaerus-beyond-the-beheading-of-john-the-baptist/

June 25—Mosquito Awareness Day
Mosquito-born illnesses kill more people each year than snakes. Make sure to wear repellant when outside.
http://npic.orst.edu/pest/mosquito/diseases.html

June 26--St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer
What work is God calling your family to do in this Year of Faith?
http://www.osv.com/OSV4MeNav/YearofFaith/tabid/8631/Default.aspx

Alternative
National Toothbrush Day
Get new toothbrushes for everyone in the family.
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/toothbrushes.htm

June 27—Our Lady of Perpetual Help
This  icon is one of the oldest in the world. Pray the Memorare for Mary’s aid.
http://www.olphshrine.com/story.shtml

June 28—St. Irenaeus
The saint said, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive; and to be alive consists in beholding God.” Read more at:
http://www.gnosis.org/library/advh1.htm

June 29—HIV Testing Day
Remember all who suffer from AIDS today.
http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/basics/

June 30—Log Cabin Day
If you can’t visit a log cabin, buy Log Cabin syrup and serve pancakes for dinner.
http://www.logcabinsyrups.com/

JULY

July 1—Blessed Junipero Serra
Take a real or virtual tour of the California missions founded by this Franciscan saint.
http://missiontour.org/index.htm

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July 2—World UFO Day
Read what the Vatican has to say about extraterrestrial life:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/14/world/europe/14iht-vat.4.12885393.html?_r=0

July 3—St. Phocas the Gardener
Plant something today, even if it’s just a single seed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeZSf_zf8Us

July 4—Independence Day
Support our freedoms, especially religious freedom.
Learn more: OSV's Religious Liberty pamphlet

July 5—Chicken Wing Day
Buffalo wings anyone? 
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-buffalo-wings/

July 6—St. Maria Goretti
Talk to your children about Blessed Pope John Paul’s Theology of the Body.
http://www.osv.com/tabid/7621/itemid/7045/In-Focus-A-guide-to-theology-of-the-body-resource.aspx

July 7—Tell the Truth Day
Is there some secret you’ve been hiding? Go to confession and receive forgiveness.
Forgiveness prayer: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=2254

July 8—St. Prisca
Along with her husband, Prisca was a tentmaker and friend of St. Paul. Sleep in a tent in their memory.
http://koa.com/tent-sites/

July 9—Ramadan
The Muslim time of fasting begins today. Pray for peace, especially in the Middle East.
http://islam.about.com/od/ramadan/f/ramadanintro.htm

Alternative
Summer Theater
On this day in 1800, Mount Vernon Gardens became the site of the first summer theater in U.S. Attend a play or concert—outdoors preferably.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U-rBZREQMw

July 10—Hot Dog Night
No better excuse to break out the grill and all the fixin’s.
Hot dog song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wePMYM4av6Q

July 11—St. Benedict of Nursia
St. Benedict is the patron of speleologists (cave explorers). Learn more about caves:
https://www.classzone.com/books/earth_science/terc/content/visualizations/es1405/es1405page01.cfm?chapter_no=visualization

July 12—Chick-fil-A's Cow Appreciation Day
Dress like a cow and get a free sandwich. Learn more at:
http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Cows/Appreciation-Day

July 13—National French Fry Day
Try making fries from different colored potatoes—like red or blue.
http://www.food.com/recipe/blue-potato-oven-fries-312647

July 14—St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Kateri’s first anniversary as a saint. Watch her canonization last fall.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6yXcBYum3s

July 15—Gummi Worm Day
The world’s biggest gummi worm weights three pounds!
http://www.vat19.com/dvds/worlds-largest-gummy-worm.cfm

July 16—St. Valentine
Not THE Valentine, he was a German bishop. Make “I Love You” cards for the family anyway.
http://spoonful.com/valentines-day/valentines-day-cards

July 17—Yellow Pig Day
Discover why this day is special for mathematicians (and put a yellow pig on the table.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Samir/Yellow_Pigs_Day

July 18—St. Theneva
To honor one of the patrons of Scotland, listen to some bagpipe music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBKBI7DOLHA

July 19— St. Macrina the Younger
Three of her brothers are saints as well: Basil, Gregory and Peter. Pray for your siblings today.
 http://ephesians.wordpress.com/2007/05/27/a-prayer-for-siblings-saturday-june-2-2007/

July 20—St. Sabinus
An early Syrian martyr. Remember the persecuted Christians in Syria today. http://www.persecution.org/category/countries/middle-east/syria/

July 21—St. Lawrence of Brindisi
Need help learning a language? St. Lawrence spoke Latin, Hebrew, Greek, German, Bohemian, Spanish, and French.
http://www.mapsofworld.com/world-language-map.htm

July 22—St. Mary Magdalene
Mary was one of Jesus’ closest friends. Who are some of your closest friends?
http://bestfriends.org/

July 23—St. Bridget
Concerned about keeping your kids Catholic? St. Bridget had a few who left the church, so ask for her intercession.
http://www.catholicscomehome.org/

July 24—Tell a Joke Day
Share a laugh with a good, clean joke.
http://www.cleanjoke.com/

July 25—St. James
St. James and his brother John were called “sons of thunder” by Jesus. Learn more about thunder and watch a storm if possible.
http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

July 26—Ball Game
On this day in 1952, Mickey Mantle hit his first grand-slammer. Watch a ballgame as a family.
www.mlb.com/mlb/schedule

July 27—National Dance Day
Put on some music and get out there and mix it up!
http://www.learntodance.com/

July 28—Milk Chocolate Day
Who doesn’t like chocolate? Serve a milk chocolate cake for dessert.
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-milk-chocolate-cake-s,0,5181170.story

July 29—St. Martha
Clean one room or closet in memory of the patron of homemakers. And then have a refreshing ice tea or lemonade.
http://www.howtocleananything.com/

July 30—Father-in-law’s Day
Let your father in law (and grandfather) know he is loved with a Mass said for his intentions.
http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0812.html

July 31—St. Ignatius Loyola
St. Ignatius founded the Jesuits. Say a prayer for our Jesuit pope and all Jesuits.
www.jesuit.org

AUGUST

August 1—Respect for Parents Day
Talk about what it means to be respectful and to “honor your mother and father.”
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a4.htm

August 2—Beer Day
Did you know beer dates back at least 9000 years? Serve root beer to the little ones, but have a brew yourself if you are over 21.
http://tinyurl.com/mzkqo6c

August 3—Watermelon Day
Serve ice-cold watermelon as a mid-afternoon treat.
http://www.watermelon.org/

August 4—St. John Vianney
St. John is best known for being a confessor. Make an appointment to go to confession this week.
http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments/penance/examinations-of-conscience.cfm

August 5—Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica
It was the first church Pope Francis visited after his election. Take a tour here:
http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/sm_maggiore/vr_tour/index-en.html

August 6—Hiroshima
Pray that nuclear weapons are never again used in war.
http://history1900s.about.com/od/worldwarii/a/hiroshima.htm
 
August 7—Purple Heart Day
Does anyone in your family have a Purple Heart? Learn more about this prestigious honor:
http://www.purpleheart.org/

August 8—St. Dominic
Did you know that the Pope wears a white cassock because Pope St. Pius V was a Dominican who continued to wear his white habit while pope?
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12130a.htm

August 9—Kool-Aid Day
This sweet drink has been a summer favorite for more than 80 years. http://www.koolaid.com/

August 10—S’Mores Day
Chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows…what’s not to love? If you have a fire pit, make a batch tonight.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/smores/

August 11—St. Clare
Clare is the patron saint of television. Learn why here:
http://www.catholic-saints.info/patron-saints/saint-clare.htm

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.
http://visitmolokai.com/

August 13—Southpaw Day
Lefthanders of the world unite! Today is your day.
http://www.lefthandedchildren.org/

August 14—St. Maximilian Kolbe
He died in a Nazi concentration camp, taking the place of another condemned prisoner.
Watch his story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rXx0UTQ5SA

August 15—Assumption
One of Pope Francis’ favorite Marian devotion is to Mary, Undoer of Knots. Learn more about it: http://www.maryundoerofknots.com/history.htm

August 16—Anniversary of the First Official Army Parachute Jump
Dogs have been parachuting with the military since WWII. Read about these K9 heroes.
 http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/parachuting-dogs/

August 17—Thrift Shop Day
Let everyone in the family have a few dollars to go “treasure hunting” at your local thrift. See who can get the best bargain.
http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/history/articles/top-10-treasure-hunting-hot-spots

August 18—St. Jane de Chantal
Saints are often friends with other saints. One of St. Jane’s friends was St. Francis de Sales. Read about other saintly friends.
http://fatherdoyle.com/2012/01/13/

August 19—Cupcake Day
Cupcakes have become an art form. Check out some of the fancier ones and then make an ordinary batch just to eat.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjtTCS1zwPo

August 20—St. Bernard of Clairvaux
St. Bernard had a great dedication to Mary. Ask him…and Mary…to come to your aid when in need.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bernard

August 21—Pope St. Pius X
Pope Pius encouraged frequent communion especially by children. Remember First Communion days in your family.
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04170b.htm

August 22—Queenship of Mary
Put a bouquet of flowers in front of a statue or image of Mary and pray the rosary in her honor.
www.catholictradition.org

August 23— St. Rose of Lima
Make paper roses to remember this saint who loved to garden.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt51rh324k4

August 24—Bat Night
A single bat can capture 500 to 1,000 mosquitoes an hour! Build a bat house to attract them.
http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Gardening-Tips/Build-a-Bat-House.aspx

August 25—St. Louis of France
St. Louis was also the King of France. Pray for our leaders today.
http://www.prayforleaders.org/jfame.htm

August 26—National Dog Day
Have a furry friend? Make him a special summer treat.
http://www.marthastewart.com/904143/our-tastiest-homemade-dog-treats

August 27—St. Monica
Monica probably was a Berber from what is now Morocco. Both she and her son Augustine are great saints of the early church.
http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Berber.html

August 28—St. Augustine
The son of St. Monica, his Confessions remain one of the most famous writings of the early church.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/augconf.htm

August 29—School Shopping Day
Your family may already be back in school, but if you still need school supplies, shop for them today.
http://www.school-supply-list.com

August 30—Toasted Marshmallow Day
Making your own marshmallows isn’t difficult. And they are much better for you!
www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-marshmallows-recipe/index.html

August 31—Joseph of Arimathea
Joseph buried Jesus. Some people think the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus.
Learn about this unique artifact at: http://www.shroud.com/