Cecilia, Andrew and the November feast days

By Ted King
The Sooner Catholic

Here are some of the feast days in November:

All Saints and All Souls
Nov. 1 was All Saints Day for those in heaven known to us as well as those unknown to us and who do not have public recognition in the Church, followed by All Souls Day, Nov. 2, also known as The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, those souls undergoing the cleansing of Purgatory. “It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from sins” (2 Mac 12:46).

Saint Martin of Tours
Nov. 11 is the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours. He was born in modern day Hungary. While a young Roman soldier, he met a man who was trembling because of the cold. He gave the man half his cloak, and that night while Martin was sleeping, he saw Jesus dressed in the half of the cloak he had given the man. And Jesus said, “Martin has covered me with this garment.” Soon thereafter Martin was baptized. He became a conscientious objector, which landed him in prison for a time. He later became a monk at Tours and a great evangelist for the faith. He became Bishop of Tours in 371.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
Nov. 13 is the feast day of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), who was born in the Lombard region of Italy, the youngest of 13 children. She became a sister and founded an order for the education of girls and the care of orphans, The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Pope Leo XIII asked her to go to America to support Italian immigrants there. She arrived in New York in 1889, and from then until she died in Chicago in 1917 she established throughout North America, South America and Europe more than 50 foundations consisting of free schools, orphanages, hospitals and other establishments. She was a naturalized American citizen and the first American citizen canonized a saint. She is a patron saint of immigrants and hospital administrators.

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
Nov. 17 is the feast day of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231). Born in modern day Bratislava, Slovakia, she was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary. She was married at 13 or 14 to a duke, Louis IV; they had four children. She was inspired by Francis of Assisi and devoted herself to charitable endeavors. Her husband supported those efforts. She is the patroness of the Third Order of Franciscans. 

Saint Cecilia
Nov. 22 is the feast day of Saint Cecilia, a Roman virgin and martyr who was beheaded for the faith. She is the patron saint of musicians.

Saint Andrew Dung-Lac
Nov. 24 is the feast day of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac (1785 -1839) and Companions. Saint Andrew came from a poor family in Vietnam. Although they were pagans, his parents allowed him to be instructed in the faith. His ministry brought persecution on him and other Christians in Vietnam. He and his companions were martyred in 1839.

Saint Andrew the Apostle
Nov. 30 is the feast day of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Peter's brother. In the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, Jesus is reported to be walking by the Sea of Galilee and saying to Andrew and Peter who were fishing there, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Mt 4:19; Mk 1:17). When he was going to be martyred by the Romans, he requested that he be crucified in a different manner from Christ's because he was unworthy to be crucified in the same way.

Ted King is a freelance writer for the Sooner Catholic.