Saints

ALL SAINTS DAY NOVEMBER 1st

Devotion to the Saints, those holy men and women, who have influenced the Church and the world, dates from the earliest ages of our Christian tradition and has been a source of inspiration and help for the People of God. The celebration of the Saints according to the Fathers of the Vatican II acts “as a source of devotion and nourishment for personal prayer”. The veneration of the Saints has been and will remain an important part of the life of the Church. In fact, the Constitution on the Church of Vatican II speaks at great length about the veneration of the Saints. It views them as examples of faith and helpers to Church unity:

“To look on the life of those who have faithfully followed Christ is to be inspired with a new reason for seeking the city which is to come. It is most fitting, therefore, that we love those friends and co-heirs of Jesus Christ who are also our brothers and sisters and outstanding benefactors, and that we give thanks to God for them and having recourse to their prayer, their aid and help in obtaining from God through His Son Jesus Christ, Our Lord, the benefits we need”.
Constitution On The Church #50

The Church of St. Thomas the Apostle honors a number of these holy men and women in the windows and statues in our Church. Those Saints honored in our Church building represent a wide range of times and life-styles; we honor laymen and women, religious, priests, bishops, wives, mothers, a contemplative nun and educators. In their own way these honored Saints reflect the diversity of the people who make up the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle.

St. Thomas the Apostle, July 3rd

Other Saints in stain glass windows and statues:

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, January 4th
St. Bernadette, February 11th
St. Patrick, March 17th
St. Joseph, March 19th
St. George, April 23rd
St. Mark the Evangelist, April 25th
St. Anthony of Padua, June 13th
St. Benedict, July 11th
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, July 14th
St. Mary Magdalene, July 22nd
St. Brigid, July 23rd
St. Anne, July 26th
St. Joachim, July 26th
St. Dominic, August 8th
St. John the Baptist, August 29th
St. Matthew the Evangelist, September 21st
St. Michael the Archangel, September 29th
St. Gabriel the Archangel, September 29th
St. Francis, October 4th
St. Luke the Evangelist, October 18th
St. Francis Xavier, December 3rd
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, December 22nd
St. John the Evangelist, December 27th