Catholic Saints Books for January

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Ready to celebrate the Holy Days and feast days coming up in January? This list of books, arranged in calendar order, will help you to be prepared to live the liturgical year at home with your family!

Catholic saints books

The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – January 1st

Before you stay out too late on New Year’s Eve, don’t forget that January 1st is a Holy Day. We celebrate Our Lady on the first day of the year as the Holy Mother of God.

Add these books to your stash, or request them from your local library.


Mondays With Mary by Meredith Henning
Mother of God Coloring Book
Mary: Mother of Jesus
You can find a study guide in Catholic Mosaic.
Take it to the Queen: A Tale of Hope
Saints and Angels


St Basil – January 2nd
St Basil the Great is one of the Doctors of the Church, and patron saint of hospital administrators.

Saints: Lives and Illuminations
Picture Book of Saints


Most Holy Name of Jesus – January 3rd
We celebrate the Most Holy Name of Jesus today. Spend some time with your children explaining the importance of treating Jesus’ name with the utmost honor and respect.

Holy Name of Jesus Coloring Book
The Saving Name of God the Son


St. Genevieve – January 3rd
Patroness of Paris, St Genevieve’s symbol is a load of bread – a reminder of how generous she was to the poor.

Saints: Lives and Illuminations
Once Upon a Time Saints
Saints for Girls
The Golden Legend of Young Saints


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – January 4th

A convert to the Catholic faith, Mother Seton established the first free Catholic school in America. She’s a saint I turn to frequently for help in my homeschool.

Around the Year Once Upon a Time Saints
Lives of the Saints: An Illustrated History for Children
More Saints: Lives and Illuminations
An Alphabet of Catholic Saints
Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity
A Story of Mother Elizabeth Seton
Kat Finds a Friend: A St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Story


St. John Neumann – January 5th

This Redemptorist priest could speak six languages, and played a vital role in the advancement of American Catholic education. As bishop, he was the first to organize a diocesan Catholic school system.

Around the Year Once Upon a Time Saints
Lives of the Saints: An Illustrated History for Children

Thomas finds a Treasure: A St. John Neumann Story


Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas (up until Epiphany)

Don’t take down your Christmas tree! As Catholics, we celebrate the season of Christmas, right up through the feast of Epiphany.

The Twelve Days of Christmas (Jan Brett)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Laurel Long)
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Gennady Spirin)
The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Christmas Carol (A Little Golden Book)
The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Story Behind a Favorite Christmas Song
Twelve Days of Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book
The Thirteen Days of Christmas
The Little Match Girl (study guide in Catholic Mosaic)


St Andre Bessette – January 6th
This saint had a giant devotion to St Joseph, along with a quiet determination in spite of physical obstacles. He is the patron saint of family caregivers in Canada.

St Andre Bessette: Miracle in Montreal


The Epiphany – January 6th

The Epiphany is one of my very favorite feast days of the year. Contemplating the Wise Men’s journey and defiance of King Herod is exciting, and it coincides so well with the beginning of a new year. We bless our homes and have King Cake Cupcakes for dessert, discussing what sort of treasures we can bring to Jesus ourselves.

Most US parishes will celebrate the feast of the Epiphany on the first Sunday after January 1st

Small Camel Follows the Star
The Third Gift
We Three Kings
The Last Straw (study guide in Catholic Mosaic)

These Epiphany activities will keep your children busy all weekend – don’t miss them!


St. Felix of Nola – January 14th

St Felix of Nola was the son of a Roman soldier and an assistant to Bishop St Maximus of Nola. He was imprisoned during the Christian persecutions and was rescued by an angel. He spent the rest of his life in hiding, working tirelessly to aid the poor.

Saint Felix and the Spider


St. Paul – The First Hermit – January 15th
Paul of Thebes, commonly known as Paul, the First Hermit or Paul the Anchorite is regarded as the first Christian hermit.

The Book of Saints & Heroes


St. Anthony of Egypt – January 17th

St Anthony the Abbot (St Anthony of Egypt), was an Egyptian hermit who was sought out by wise men from as far away as Greece for guidance.

Saints: Lives and Illuminations
The Book of Saints & Heroes


St. Sebastian – January 20th

St Sebastian was a captain in the Praetorian Guard. He was sentenced to death by bow and arrow for being a Christian. His persecutors left him for dead. He healed, but was martyred by the emperor. He is known as the patron of athletes.

Saints and Angels
Lives of the Saints: An Illustrated History for Children
An Alphabet of Saints

Saints and Angels: Popular Stories of Familiar SaintsSaints for Girls: A First Book for Little Catholic GirlsGolden Legend of Young Saints

St. Agnes – January 21st
St. Agnes is widely known as the patron saint of young girls.

Saints and Angels
Saints for Girls
Saint Agnes
The Golden Legend of Young Saints


Our Lady of Altagracia – January 21st

A Gift of Gracias: The Legend of Altagracia


Betrothal of Mary to Saint Joseph – January 23rd
Mondays With Mary


St. Francis de Sales – January 24th
St Francis de Sales brought spiritual direction to the laypeople living ordinary lives in the world.His most famous book, Introduction to the Devout Life, was written for these ordinary people in 1608. He is the patron saint of writers and journalists.

Lives of the Saints: An Illustrated History for Children
More Saints: Lives and Illuminations


Conversion of St. Paul – January 25th

St. Paul,a Roman citizen and a Pharisee, was originally known as Saul. He even presided over the persecutions of the early Christians and was present at the martyrdom of St. Stephen.

However, Saul experienced a powerful vision that caused him to convert to Christianity while on the road to Damascus. He was duly baptized and took the name Paul.

Lives and Legends of Saints
Saints and Angels
The Great Hero: St. Paul the Apostle
Adventures of St. Paul
St. Paul The Apostle
The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles for Children
Golden Legend of Young Saints


St. Paula – January 26th
After St Paula’s husband died, she became St Jerome’s closest confidante and assistant, taking care of him and helping him in his biblical work. She is the patroness of widows.

Saints: Lives and Illuminations


St. Angela Merici – January 27th
Although it was never a religious order in her lifetime, Angela’s Company of Saint Ursula, or the Ursulines, was the first group of women religious to work outside the cloister and the first teaching order of women.

More Saints: Lives and Illuminations


St. Thomas Aquinas – January 28th
St Thomas Aquinas surpassed all of his fellow students in learning and virtue. He studied under St Albert the Great, began teaching at age 22, and at age 31 received his doctorate. He is a Doctor of the Church as well as the patron of universities and students.

Around the Year Once Upon a Time Saints
Saints and Angels
Lives of the Saints: An Illustrated History for Children
More Saints: Lives and Illuminations
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas and the Preaching Beggars
The Quiet Light: A Novel about St. Thomas Aquinas


St John Bosco – January 31st
Saint John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, was an Italian Roman Catholic priest, educator and writer of the 19th century. While working in Turin, where the population suffered many of the effects of industrialization and urbanization, he dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth.

A Story of John Bosco
St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco and Saint Dominic Savio
St. John Bosco Mission to Love DVD

What are your favorite Catholic saints books that you read in January?


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