Tag: St. Joachim

Do You Know The Dollar Is Named After Mary’s Father St. Joachim? 

Do You Know The Dollar Is Named After Mary’s Father St. Joachim? 

Greenbacks, bucks, moola, dough, bacon. All are slang terms for something we use so often in our everyday lives that we’ve become complacent, and the thought has probably never crossed our minds how more than twenty nations across the world have come to call their currency “the dollar”. Most don’t know the origin of the name dollar actually comes from the father of Mary, and Christ’s maternal grandfather, Saint Joachim.

Understanding how the dollar is named after Saint Joachim requires the context of the economic situation of late 15th century Europe. Almost all currency in Europe was heavily devalued, both from continuous wars across the continent and the one-sided trade of precious metals to the Far East in return for spices and silk. This meant European currency was quite poor, with very little precious metal content.

Enter the town of Joachimsthal in the Kingdom of Bohemia, modern-day Czech Republic, named after Saint Joachim. At a time when most of Europe was lacking in precious metals, rich silver mines were discovered in the town. Hieronymus Schlick was the Bohemian count of the town that directed the formal minting of new coins using the silver from the mines. These coins featured Saint Joachim on one side and a lion on the other and were first minted in 1518.

Example of a minted Joachimsthaler from 1525.


William Lyman Fawcett tells in his 1879 book Gold and Debt; an American Handbook of Finance these newly minted coins were

“of uniform weight and fineness and because traders of the time were in want of some international standard, these coins soon became in good repute all over Europe under the names of Schlicken thalers or Joachim’s thalers” – William Lyman Fawcett

Eventually, the name Joachimsthaler was gradually shortened to the German taler, and from there the daler. By the middle of the 16th century, the English language had adopted the German word into its vocabulary as “the dollar”: a term to describe various forms of coinage across Europe, with its roots in the name of Saint Joachim.

Citizens of Europe over 400 years ago knew the value one Joachimsthaler had because of its uniformity and precious metal content. Today, people think a meager dollar has little value, however this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just one dollar has the ability to make an impact and difference through a donation to various Church mission projects through MISSIO from the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Launched by Pope Francis himself, MISSIO is a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform that allows you to directly help provide aid and assistance to the poorest areas around the world with the most need.

With MISSIO you can directly support (with only one dollar, or more!) the works of Catholic missionaries in the poorest and most desperate areas of the world. Just some of the giving opportunities on MISSIO include helping to protect girls living on the streets of rural Indiasupport an Intensive Care Unit in a rural Kenyan hospital, or send general support for the Pope’s missions around the world.

Choose one of these missions of Pope Francis knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly there. Share about it on social media so others can support the projects also.

MISSIO is powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies, the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas missions since 1822, providing for a global network of people who are making a difference for communities in need around the globe.

Start a new year right – putting just one dollar to work with MISSIO!



​Mass Readings For Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary July 26th 2017

​Mass Readings For Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary July 26th 2017

Reading 1

EX 16:1-5, 9-15

The children of Israel set out from Elim, 

and came into the desert of Sin,

which is between Elim and Sinai,

on the fifteenth day of the second month

after their departure from the land of Egypt.

Here in the desert the whole assembly of the children of Israel

grumbled against Moses and Aaron.

The children of Israel said to them,

“Would that we had died at the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt,

as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!

But you had to lead us into this desert

to make the whole community die of famine!”

Then the LORD said to Moses,

“I will now rain down bread from heaven for you.

Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;

thus will I test them,

to see whether they follow my instructions or not.

On the sixth day, however, when they prepare what they bring in,

let it be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Tell the whole congregation 

of the children of Israel:

Present yourselves before the LORD,

for he has heard your grumbling.”

When Aaron announced this to the whole assembly of the children of Israel,

they turned toward the desert, and lo,

the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud!

The LORD spoke to Moses and said,

“I have heard the grumbling of the children of Israel.

Tell them: In the evening twilight you shall eat flesh,

and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread,

so that you may know that I, the LORD, am your God.”

In the evening quail came up and covered the camp.

In the morning a dew lay all about the camp,

and when the dew evaporated, there on the surface of the desert

were fine flakes like hoarfrost on the ground.

On seeing it, the children of Israel asked one another, “What is this?”

for they did not know what it was.

But Moses told them,

“This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat.”

Responsorial Psalm

PS 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28

R. (24b) The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

They tempted God in their hearts

by demanding the food they craved.

Yes, they spoke against God, saying,

“Can God spread a table in the desert?”

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Yet he commanded the skies above

and the doors of heaven he opened;

He rained manna upon them for food

and gave them heavenly bread. 

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Man ate the bread of angels,

food he sent them in abundance.

He stirred up the east wind in the heavens,

and by his power brought on the south wind.

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

And he rained meat upon them like dust,

and, like the sand of the sea, winged fowl,

Which fell in the midst of their camp

round about their tents. 

R. The Lord gave them bread from heaven.


R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;

All who come to him will live for ever.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


MT 13:1-9

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.

Such large crowds gathered around him

that he got into a boat and sat down,

and the whole crowd stood along the shore.

And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:

“A sower went out to sow.

And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,

and birds came and ate it up.

Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.

It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,

and when the sun rose it was scorched,

and it withered for lack of roots.

Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.

But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,

a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.

Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Novena To St. Anne For A Good Life Partner

Novena To St. Anne For A Good Life Partner

Saints Joachim & Anne. Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Catholic Tradition holds that the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary are Saints Joachim and Anne. Feast day July 26th.

Novena to Saint Anne for a good life partner is said to be an efficacious novena praying for the intercession of the Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Usually this novena would begin July 7th that is 9 days before the feast but the novena can also be prayed at anytime.

Devotion to St. Anne began early in the history of the Catholic Church. As she was favored by God to become the mother of the holy Virgin Mary, she is often invoked as the Patron of mothers as well as for relationships, among other things.

Novena Prayers to St. Anne

Recite the prayer for the proper day.

St. Anne Novena, Day One

Great Saint Anne, engrave indelibly on my heart and in my mind the words that have reclaimed and sanctified so many sinners:

“What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world if he lose his own soul?” May this be the principal fruit of these prayers by which I will strive to honor you during this novena.

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