St. Maria Goretti

About St. Maria Goretti

Feast Day: July 6

St. Maria Goretti is an Italian martyr who died at the age of 11 in 1902.

Maria’s parents were very poor farmers. Her father died of malaria when she was nine years old. Even thought the family, which included her six brothers and sisters, struggled to make ends meet, they trusted in God.

One day, a young man named Alessandro made sexual advances to her. When she resisted him and screamed, he stabbed her fourteen times. At the hospital, before she died, she forgave the young man and said she hoped to see him in heaven.

The the young assailant was caught and went to prison. At first Alessandro was coldly unrepentant. But then he had a dream in which Maria gave him lilies. When he took them, his hands burned. He repented of his evil crime and asked her mother to forgive him. Maria’s mother forgave the young man because Maria herself had forgiven him on her deathbed.

When she was canonized by Pope Piux XII, Alessandro was present. He became a lay brother of the Capuchin friars.

Patron Saint

She is the patron saint of victims of rape and crime, teenage girls, and modern youth.

Daily Mass Readings for St. Maria Goretti

The readings may be taken from below, the readings for the day, the Common of Virgins, or the Common of Martyrs.

  • First Reading1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20: “For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.”
  • Responsorial Psalm Psalm 31: “Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”
  • Gospel John 12:24-26: “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.”

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He loves, He hopes, He waits. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep us waiting an instant.

St. Maria Goretti

Read More about Her Life

Learn what St. Pope John Paul II said about this young saint.

Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation Gifts


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