The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We proclaim and define it to be a dogma revealed by God that the immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever virgin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven.
Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus, 1950
Despite not being formally defined until 1950, belief in the Assumption of Mary dates back far earlier, as evidenced by the inclusion of the Assumption amongst the windows of St. Brendan's.
In the Eastern Christian tradition, the corresponding belief is referred to as the "Dormition", or "falling asleep".
St. John the Baptist
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
The modern form of the Sacred Heart devotion is the result of the work of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a 17th Century nun and visionary. An earlier awareness of the devotion is evident in the works of St. Gertrude the Great (13th Century).
The husband of Mary, and foster-father of Jesus, St. Joseph makes a brief appearance with the Gospel narratives. This brevity, however, should not be mistaken for a lack of importance. Pope John Paul II described him as Redemptoris Custos, the "Guardian of the Redeemer", and Pope Pius IX declared him "Guardian of the Universal Church".
According to tradition, Joseph died in the arms of Mary and Jesus, making him the model of a pious believer who receives grace at the moment of death.