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Ordinary Time: October 23rd

Optional Memorial of St. John of Capistrano, priest

John was a native of Capistrano, in Italy. He became a Franciscan and was one of the great organizers of the struggle against the Mohammedans in the 15th century, when they threatened to overrun the whole of Europe. Mohammed II had taken... More

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Ordinary Time: October 22nd

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Notwithstanding the malicious intention the Pharisees had in putting this question to our Lord, they did us all a good turn by getting His answer. That answer is forceful and final. It lays down a norm which solves for all time the... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: October 21st

Saturday of the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Hilarion, who was born of pagan parents near Gaza in Palestine toward the close of the third century. He studied at... More

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Ordinary Time: October 20th

Optional Memorial of St. Paul of the Cross, priest

St. Paul of the Cross devoted himself to the service of the poor and the sick. He is best known for his apostolic zeal and his great penances. He founded the congregation of the Passionists. According to the 1962 Missal of St. John... More

Ordinary Time: October 19th

Memorial of Sts. Isaac Jogues and John de Brebeuf, priests and martyrs and companions, martyrs

Today in the dioceses of the United States the Church celebrates the optional memorial of Sts. Issac Jogues and John de Brébeuf (priests and martyrs) and their companions (martyrs). They were Jesuit missionaries who died as martyrs in... More

Ordinary Time: October 18th

Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist

St. Luke, the inspired author of the third Gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles, was a native of Antioch in Syria and a physician, and one of the early converts from paganism. He accompanied St. Paul on a considerable part of his... More

Ordinary Time: October 17th

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

St. Ignatius is one of the great bishops of the early Church. He was the successor of St. Peter as Bishop of Antioch. He was condemned to death by wild beasts during the Emperor Trajan's persecution. On his way to Rome, he wrote seven... More

Ordinary Time: October 16th

Optional Memorial of St. Hedwig, religious; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin; St. Marguerite d'Youville (Canada)

Hedwig (1174-1243), the aunt of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, was married at an early age to Henry, Duke of Silesia. After their six children had been born, they both strove to advance in sanctity and to enrich Silesia and Poland with... More

Ordinary Time: October 15th

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The king said to him, "My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?" But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, "Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: October 14th

Optional Memorial of St. Callistus I, pope and martyr

A Christian slave of Rome, Callistus was ordained deacon by Pope St. Zephyrinus, whom he succeeded as pope in the year 217. As deacon he was guardian of the Christian cemetery on the Appian Way which is still known by his name. While he... More

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Ordinary Time: October 13th

Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

St. Edward (1003-1066), called the Confessor, was the grandson of St. Edward, king and martyr, and became king of England at the age of forty-seven. As king he was noted for his gentleness, humility, detachment and angelic purity. He... More