Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, triumphant leader of God’s armies against Satan. Patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, Vatican City, Germany, France, Ukraine and Guardian of the Catholic Church.
Feast of St. Wenceslaus, martyr, Duke of Bohemia, “Good King Wenceslaus” of the Christmas carol. Patron of Bohemia, Prague, Czech Republic
Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, The Apostle of Charity, founder, the Vincentians. Patron of charities, hospitals, prisoners, volunteers, lost articles, spiritual help, Saint Vincent de Paul Societies and Vincentian Service Corps volunteers.
Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, twin martyrs under the Diocletianic persecution. Patrons of surgeons, physicians, dentists, barbers, pharmacists, veterinarians, orphanages, protectors of children, day-care centers, confectioners, against hernia and against the plague.
Feast of St. Gerard Sagredo (Gerard of Csanád),the first Bishop of Csanád in the Kingdom of Hungary, martyred with St. Bystrik and Buldus. Taught St. Emeric of Hungary. Patron of Hungary. Died 1046.
Feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Capuchin friar, Italian priest, stigmatist, mystic. Patron of Civil defense volunteers, adolescents, stress relief, January blues, Italy, Malta and Pietrelcina, Italy.
Feast of St. Matthew, former tax collector, son of Alpheus, one of the twelve Apostles, one of the four Evangelists, author of the first Gospel. Patron of Bankers.
Feast of St. Eustachius (Eustace), Martyr and soldier saint. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. Patron of difficult situations, fire prevention, firefighters, hunters, hunting, huntsmen, Madrid, torture victims and trappers.
Feast of St. Januarius (San Gennaro), Bishop of Benevento martyred during the Diocletanic persecution. Patron of blood banks, Naples, Italy and volcanic eruptions.
Feast of Joseph of Cupertino, Italian Franciscan friar and mystic. Patron of aviation, astronauts, mental handicaps, students, examinations and the City of Osimo, Italy.