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Ordinary Time: October 19th

Memorial of Sts. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs (USA); Optional Memorial of Bl. George (Jerzy) Popieluszko (Poland)

Today the dioceses of the United States celebrate the Memorial of Sts. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues (priests) and their companions. They were Jesuit missionaries who died as martyrs in North America where they preached the Gospel.... More

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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

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

And James and John, the sons of Zeb'edee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit,... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: October 16th

Saturday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Hedwig, Religious; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin; St. Marguerite d'Youville, Religious (Memorial, 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

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Ordinary Time: October 15th

Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

St. Teresa (1515-1582) was born in Avila and died in Alba, Spain. When only a child of seven, she ran away from home in the hope of being martyred by the Moors; in this way, she said she could come to see God. At the age of eighteen she... More

Ordinary Time: October 14th

Thursday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time; 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

Ordinary Time: October 13th

Wednesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

According to the previous liturgical calendar (1962), today is the feast of 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... More

Ordinary Time: October 12th

Tuesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time; Bl. Carlo Acutis

Bl. Carlo Acutis, a Catholic Italian teenager who died in 2006, was beatified on October 10, 2021, in Assisi. Acutis, a gamer and computer programmer who loved soccer and the Eucharist, has been the subject of interest around the world.... More

Ordinary Time: October 11th

Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. John XXIII, Pope

Today is the feast of St. John XXIII, pope from 1958-1963, best known for convening the Second Vatican Council. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 3, 2000. His feast is assigned to the day on which the first session of... More

Ordinary Time: October 10th

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: October 9th

Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Denis, Bishop and Companions, Martyrs; St. John Leonardi, Priest; Feast of St. John Henry Newman, Priest (Eng/Wales)

St. John Leonardi (1543-1609), a zealous Italian apostle, founded the congregation of the Mother of God, whose priest-members traveled throughout Tuscany urging the people to a stronger interest in their religion. Fr. John Leonardi longed... More

It's the weekend! Catch up on the news and commentary from the week, or check out this selection from our Resources library for your weekend reading.