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Ordinary Time: July 28th

Friday of the Sixteenth 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 Sts. Nazarius and Celsus, first century martyrs, whose bodies were found by St. Ambrose in 395. It is also the feast of Sts.... More

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Ordinary Time: July 27th

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Pantaleon, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, was a physician, who practiced without payment, and who was martyred under Diocletian. His cultus is primarily connected with Bithynia, where Emperor Justinian rebuilt his church at... More

Ordinary Time: July 26th

Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary

It was in the home of Joachim and Ann where the Virgin Mary received her training to be the Mother of God. Thus, devotion to Ann and Joachim is an extension of the affection Christians have always professed toward our Blessed Mother. We,... More

Ordinary Time: July 25th

Feast of St. James, apostle

St. James, known as the Greater, in order to distinguish him from the other Apostle St. James, our Lord's cousin, was St. John's brother. With Peter and John he was one of the witnesses of the Transfiguration, as later he was also of the... More

Ordinary Time: July 24th

Optional Memorial of St. Sharbel (Charbel) Makhloof, priest

St. Sharbel was a Lebanese monk, born in a small mountain village and ordained in 1858. Devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he spent the last twenty-three years of his life as a hermit. Despite temptations to wealth and comfort, Saint... More

Ordinary Time: July 23rd

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

"Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: July 22nd

Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene wasted the great beauty that God had given her in a life of sin, but one day she saw Christ and was touched by grace. On the day of our Lord's crucifixion, she stood with the Mother of Jesus at the foot of the cross. At... More

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Ordinary Time: July 21st

Optional Memorial of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest and doctor

St. Lawrence, the first Capuchin Franciscan to be honored as a Doctor, was born in 1559 at Brindisi, a town located on the Adriatic coast of the heel of Italy. Educated from his youth by the Conventual Franciscan Friars, he acquired great... More

Ordinary Time: July 20th

Optional Memorial of St. Apollinaris, bishop and martyr

Early accounts report that Saint Apollinaris was ordained Bishop by Saint Peter himself and sent as a missionary bishop to Ravenna during the reign of the emperor Claudius. Renowned for his powers to heal in the name of Christ, he was... More

Ordinary Time: July 19th

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Historically today is the feast of the holy abbot Arsenius. Before he left the world and retired into the desert, he led an innocent and saintly life at the court of Theodosius the Great, who had entrusted him with the care of the... More

Ordinary Time: July 18th

Optional Memorial of St. Camillus de Lellis (USA)

St. Camillus, entirely without means of existence and from his early youth suffering from an incurable wound in his foot, experienced the horrors of the Roman hospitals in the sixteenth century in which the nursing and other staff were... More