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Ordinary Time: January 17th

Memorial of St. Anthony, abbot

In both calendars the Church commemorates the abbot from the 3rd century. St. Anthony, the father of monks, retired to the desert at about the age of eighteen in order to live in perfect solitude. He laid the foundations of community... More

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Ordinary Time: January 16th

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." (And)... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: January 15th

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time; Our Lady of Prompt Succor; Black Christ of Esquipulas (Guatemala)

It was from St. Jerome (+ 420) that the west learned of the life of St. Paul the Hermit; the book, which he devoted to the life of the first Christian hermit, charmed and instructed generations of the faithful and formed the inspiration... More

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Ordinary Time: January 14th

Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

According to the previous liturgical calendar (1962), today is the feast of St. Hilary, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church. In the current calendar, his feast is celebrated a day earlier, on More

Ordinary Time: January 13th

Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor; Memorial of St. Kentigern, bishop (Scotland)

St. Hilary of Poitiers (310-367) was one of the great champions of the Catholic belief in the divinity of Christ. By his preaching, his treatise on the Trinity, his part in the Councils, his daring opposition to the Emperor Constantius,... More

Ordinary Time: January 12th

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Today the Church in Canada celebrates the memorial of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, renowned for her work, her spirituality and her impact on society and the Church in North America. In 1982 Pope John Paul II canonized her making her the... More

Ordinary Time: January 11th

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

According to the previous liturgical calendar (1962), today is the commemoration of Pope St. Hyginus. During the four years of his pontificate (138-142), he had to oppose the heresy of Valentinus who at this period came to propagate his... More

Ordinary Time: January 10th

Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

The Roman Martyrology includes today St. William of Bourges, Cistercian bishop who distinguished himself by his austerities, concern for the poor, the defense of the rights of the Church against the French crown, and his success... More

Christmas: January 9th

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord. This brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Church recalls Our Lord's second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan.... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Christmas: January 8th

Saturday after Epiphany

The Magi are called "saints" for the first time in the writings of Archbishop Hildebert of Tours (1133). In the twelfth century their veneration spread over all of Europe. The authorities of the Church did not prohibit this cult, and... More

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Christmas: January 7th

Friday after Epiphany; Optional Memorial of St. Raymond of Penafort, priest; St. Andre Bessette, religious (Can)

Born in Barcelona, Spain, St. Raymond of Penafort was the third Superior-General of the Domincan Order. He is famous for his work in the freeing of slaves. He wrote five books of Decretals which are now a valuable part of the... More