Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.

– St. Isidore of Seville

Quiz on St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney

1. What was happening in France when St. John was growing up?

a. Catholicism was the official religion of France

c. France was at war with England

c. The French Revolution

d. The Black Plague

2. Why did St. John leave seminary the first time?

a. He got sick

b. He wasn’t smart enough to complete his studies

c. He didn’t want to be a priest anymore

d. His family needed him on the farm

3. How many people lived in Ars?

a. 96,000

b. 230

c. 600,000

d. 520

4. When was St. John named the patron of parish priests?

a. 2013

b. 1964

c. 1859

d. 1929

Bonus: What is another name people call St. John Vianney?

a. The Cure of Ars

b. The Saint of Ars

St. Polycarp By Michael Burghers [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

c. The little priest

d. France’s littlest son


Prayer to St. Polycarp


God of all creation, you gave your bishop Polycarp the privilege of being counted among the saints who gave their lives in faithful witness to the gospel. May his prayers give us the courage to share with him the cup of suffering and to rise to eternal glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen


When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open His. We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the other to receive.

– St. John Vianney

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