What is St. Valentine’s Day ? • Every February we celebrate Valentine's Day by giving flowers, sweets and cards to those we love. We do this in honour of Saint Valentine. You may be wondering, "Who is St. Valentine"? Time to brush up on your Valentine's history!
Rome • Valentine was a priest who lived in third century Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. He decided that single men made better soldiers than those who were married. He outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger army.
Valentine's actions • Valentine, decided this decree just wasn't fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine's actions he had him put to death.
The Carmelties. • The remains of St Valentine are in Whitefriar Street, in Dublin, in the Carmelite church. Fr John Spratt ,a Carmelite visited Rome in 1835, and was so good at preaching that Pope Gregory XVI decided to make his Church a gift of St Valentine's body, then in a cemetery in Rome.
In Dublin • The remains of Valentine were brought to Whitefriar Street Church in 1836, and since that date have been venerated there, especially around the time of the Saint's Feast Day, February 14th.