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Celebrating the Birth of John the Baptist

Celebrating the Birth of John the Baptist

On June 24, the Church celebrates the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. His birth is one of only three that are celebrated in our Church calendar. The other births we remember are Jesus’ (12/25) and Mary’s (9/8). John’s role in preparing the way for Jesus is considered so important that his birthday is a solemnity—the highest level of feast day—in our Church Year. The children learn about John the Baptist from Sunday Gospels during Advent and when the Baptism of Our Lord is celebrated on a Sunday in early January.

Families may use these ideas to celebrate this feast day at home:

Find out about some other summer saints here.

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