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Advent: December 8th

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the solemn dogma defined by Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1854. As Our Lady Immaculately Conceived is the patroness of the United States of America, this is a holy day of... More

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Advent: December 7th

Memorial of St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor

St. Ambrose (340-397) was born at Treves in Gaul, a territory which embraced modern France, Britain, Spain, and part of Africa. He studied in Rome and later became governor of Liguria and Aemelia with residence at Milan. While supervising... More

Advent: December 6th

Optional Memorial of St. Nicholas, bishop

St. Nicholas was born in Lycia, Asia Minor, and died as Bishop of Myra in 352. He performed many miracles and exercised a special power over flames. The first miracle attributed to Nicholas after he became a bishop was the safety of a... More

Advent: December 5th

Monday of the Second Week of Advent

St. Sabbas is pictured as an abbot with an apple. He was once tempted to eat an apple outside of the prescribed mealtime, whereupon he vowed never to eat apples again. The Martyrology says: "At Mutala in Cappadocia the holy abbot Sabbas;... More

Advent: December 4th

Second Sunday of Advent

“As the journey of Advent continues, as we prepare to celebrate the nativity of Christ, John the Baptist's call to conversion sounds out in our communities. It is a pressing invitation to open our hearts and to welcome the Son of God Who... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Advent: December 3rd

Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, priest

St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) was born in the castle of Xavier in Navarre, Spain. In 1525 he went to Paris where he met St. Ignatius Loyola and with whom he received Holy Orders in Venice in 1537. In 1540 he was sent to evangelize India.... More

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Advent: December 2nd

Friday of the First Week of Advent

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Bibiana who was martyred at Rome under Julian the Apostate in 363. More

Advent: December 1st

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

And God seeing that the wickedness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times, It repented him that he had made man on the earth. And being touched inwardly with sorrow of heart,... More

Advent: November 30th

Feast of St. Andrew, apostle

St. Andrew was a native of Bethsaida in Galilee, a fisherman by trade, and a former disciple of John the Baptist. He was the one who introduced his brother Peter to Jesus, saying, "We have found the Messiah." Overshadowed henceforth by... More

Advent: November 29th

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Saturninus, martyr. The Acts of Marcellus say he was condemned as a frail old man to carry sand for the construction of the... More

Advent: November 28th

Monday of the First Week of Advent

"That day, the branch of the Lord shall be beauty and glory, and the fruit of the earth shall be the pride and adornment of Israel's survivors (Isaiah 4:2)." God might have created Adam and Eve into a purely natural order in which... More