Christian joy is neither a passing emotion nor an optimistic worldview but a sign of holiness that bears witness to God’s love, even in the direst circumstances, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.
In celebration of All Saint’s Day, Nov. 1, here is a starter in getting to know some of the lesser-known saints who, like all members of the Communion of Saints, have important stories worth preserving and sharing in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond.
Saint Philomena, the patron saint of youth and babies, died on Aug. 10, 304, at the age of 13. She was canonized in 1837 and her feast day is Aug.11. An interesting fact is that she died on a Friday at 3 p.m. just like when Jesus did on Good Friday.