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Can you share a name with your confirmation patron saint?

My son was asking me this question and I'm actually not sure of the answer so I figured I'd ask here for him. In all the years I've taught confirmation nobody's tried using their same name, but if you'...
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Why does your confirmation patron saint have to be the same sex as yourself? [closed]

I was putting together a confirmation class for this week and was a little surprised to learn that your confirmation saint has to be the same sex as yourself. At least that's what the religious hippie ...
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How do Catholics choose which saints to pray to?

How do Catholics decide which saints to pray to? I am somewhat familiar with the concept of patron saints; my understanding is that Catholics are encouraged to pray to particular saints based on their ...
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Patronage of Saint Thomas the Apostle?

Is Saint Doubting Thomas the Patron Saint of any of the following: Rational Theology Science Skepticism (religious [atheism] and others) Deus Magnus Est
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The process for getting a patron saint today [duplicate]

For some time now I have been trying to get a patron saint for railroad workers, but I have had little success with various dioceses. I think my next step should be getting co-signatures, but how many ...
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How did Saint Anthony come to be the patron Saint of finding lost objects?

I’m not sure how many traditions see him this way but I know it is the case for Roman Catholics, especially Irish ones.
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Can a Patron Saint formally declared as such by a pope be replaced?

In the post Can Patron Saints be "dethroned"? there seems to be some confusion between a patron saint having become no longer a patron saint, and a patron saint being "decanonized"....
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If a cathedral has to move in a diocese, is it normal to rename the parish?

Pending Vatican approval, my diocese is moving the Cathedral to a neighboring parish. The Cathedral Parish was St. Raphael, the new Parish is St. Bernards. Now, nothing against St. Bernard, but he's ...
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When/who declared the Immaculate Conception the patroness of 🇺🇸?

When and who declared the Immaculate Conception the patroness of the United States of America?
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What is the spiritual significance of a patron saint?

What is the spiritual or heavenly significance of saint having a patronage or being patron saint with regards to something like a place, person or profession? Is it just a recognition of the fact that ...
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If Catholicism rejects freemasonry, why are there patron saints of Freemasons?

According to the Catholic Church, a practicing and faithful Catholic cannot practice freemasonry. So why on earth are St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelists the Patron saints of Freemasons? ...
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What are the criteria for a saint becoming the Patron saint of something in the Catholic Church?

I’m quite curious - there are saints for almost every profession and/or hobby. Sometimes, these saints seemingly have no connection to the profession or hobby at all, like St. Isidore of Seville, who ...
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Does the Catholic Church teach a specific way to pray to the saints?

When I pray to the saints, does the Church have a specific teaching on how I should do it? Word choice, syntax, ect? Do I pray to Patron saints for specific things related to their patronage?
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What is the connection between St. Michael and people who work in grocery stores?

When examining the wikipedia page on St. Michael it says: Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police officers, and military personnel. Mariners, military, ...
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What are the steps and permissions required to add more "patronages" to saints?

I understand well enough the steps to go through to become a Catholic saint. And my understanding is that saints are "patron saints" of certain aspects of life and those patronages get assigned after ...
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What is the biblical basis for the assignment of patron saints?

Within Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy specifically (there may be more) there are many patron saints. Is there any biblical basis that exists for the assignment of a patron saint?
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Is there a Patron Saint against the coronavirus?

Does the Catholic Church have a “Patron Saint against the pandemic caused by the coronavirus”?
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Patron saint of professional excellence? Professional excellence and holiness?

Are there saints that were excellent at performing their duties as professionals? Of course, there can be legends that Saint Joseph was perfect master, but there is no evidence of his dedication, ...
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Is a Saint Joseph the patron of men named Osip?

In the name day tradition children are named after a patron saint according to their birthdays. A boy born in Russia on or near the feast day of some Saint Joseph might thus be named Iosif. Osip is ...
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How did Isidore of Seville become the patron saint of the Internet and computer programmers?

According to Wikipedia, Isidore of Seville (not to be confused with Isidore the Laborer) is the patron saint of the Internet and computer programmers. Unfortunately, the current revision doesn't ...
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How does the Catholic Church choose the patron saint of a parish church?

I’m Catholic, and have been since birth. I attend parish of St. Francis in Bakersfield, California. I have noticed recently, that all Catholic Churches, for the most part are named after a Saint, i.e....
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Can Patron Saints be "dethroned"?

For instance lets say there's a patron saint of infants, but that a recently canonized saint is clearly superior to the previous one when it comes to infants. Is it not then warrented to make the ...
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Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers?

Why is Mary Magdalene the patron saint of hairdressers and when was the first time she was assigned this role? From Wikipedia: Patronage Apothecaries; Kawit, Cavite; Atrani, Italy; Casamicciola Terme,...
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How can a particular trade of modern times get a patron saint?

In days of yore, tradesman and guilds had patron saints. These days patrons seem to only be attributed to profession in vague ways via papal declaration (i.e. St. John Vianney is the Patron of all ...
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