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Sep
18
Fri
Rosh Hashana begins at sunset (Jewish).
Sep 18 all-day
Sep
25
Fri
Native American Day.
Sep 25 all-day
Sep
27
Sun
Yom Kippur begins at sunset (Jewish).
Sep 27 all-day
Oct
4
Sun
St. Francis Assisi, Patron of Italy.
Oct 4 all-day

A portrait of Saint Francis by Philip Fruytiers

Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni di Pietro di BernardoneItalianFrancesco d’AssisiLatinFranciscus Assisiensis; 1181 or 1182 – 3 October 1226), venerated as Saint Francis of Assisi, also known in his ministry as Francesco, was an Italian Catholic friardeaconphilosophermystic, and preacher. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in Christianity.

Pope Gregory IX canonized Francis on 16 July 1228. Along with Saint Catherine of Siena, he was designated patron saint of Italy. He later became associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment, and it became customary for churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on or near his feast day of 4 October. In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades. By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the Order.

Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs. Francis is also known for his love of the Eucharist. In 1223, Francis arranged for the first Christmas live nativity scene. According to Christian tradition, in 1224 he received the stigmata during the apparition of Seraphic angels in a religious ecstasy, which would make him the second person in Christian tradition after St. Paul (Galatians 6:17) to bear the wounds of Christ’s Passion. He died during the evening hours of 3 October 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 142 (141). – Wikipedia

Oct
9
Fri
Leif Erikson Day.
Oct 9 all-day
Oct
12
Mon
Columbus Day.
Oct 12 all-day
Oct
31
Sat
Halloween, cross quarter day.
Oct 31 all-day
Nov
1
Sun
All Saints’ Day.
Nov 1 all-day
Nov
2
Mon
All Souls’ Day.
Nov 2 all-day
Nov
11
Wed
Veterans’ Day.
Nov 11 all-day