Saints are persons who commit to modeling themselves on Jesus, taking on Jesus’ mind and heart in all that they say and do. In each community certain persons stand out as models of Christian living. Upon their death, the community believes them to be in heaven, united with God forever. The Christian community honors their lives as living witnessed to Christ by celebrating the day of their birth into heaven (dies natalis) as a feast day, passing on their life story and memory to future generations. Mary, Jesus’ mother, has numerous feast days devoted to her throughout the year. Catholic Christianity affirms the belief in the Communion of Saints. We believe that those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith are still connected to us. They pray for us on earth as we pray for them in heaven. Our liturgical calendar is built around liturgical seasons and the celebration of saints’ feast days.