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Ordinary Time: November 16th

Optional Memorials of St. Margaret of Scotland; St. Gertrude, virgin

St. Margaret (c. 1045-1093) was the great-niece of St. Edward the Confessor. She was a Saxon princess, raised in Hungary in exile. Returning to England, she had to flee once again after the Battle of Hastings, to the court of Malcolm, the... More

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Ordinary Time: November 15th

Optional Memorial of St. Albert the Great, bishop, confessor and doctor

Today the Church celebrates the optional memorial of St. Albert the Great, son of a German nobleman, who was studying at Padua when the Master General of the Dominicans, Jordan of Saxony, succeeded in attracting him to that Order. He was... More

Ordinary Time: November 14th

Wednesday of the Thirty-Second 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. Josephat, a Catholic of the Ruthenian rite. He was an apostle of the return of the Orthodox schismatics to the Church of... More

Ordinary Time: November 13th

Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin (USA)

Today the dioceses in the United States celebrate the memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin, born in Lombardy, Italy, one of thirteen children. She came to America as a missionary, founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred... More

Ordinary Time: November 12th

Memorial of St. Josaphat, bishop and martyr

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Josaphat, a Catholic of the Ruthenian rite. Born in the then Polish region of Lithuania of Orthodox parents, he became a Catholic and a Ukrainian Basilian monk. Chosen bishop, he worked... More

Ordinary Time: November 11th

Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: November 10th

Memorial of St. Leo the Great, pope and doctor

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Leo the Great, pope and doctor, during whose pontificate the Council of Chalcedon (451) defined that Christ is one divine person with two natures, divine and human. It was a confirmation of... More

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Ordinary Time: November 9th

Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, the oldest and highest ranking of the four major basilicas in Rome. The Basilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral of the diocese of Rome, the... More

Ordinary Time: November 8th

Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time; Bl. John Duns Scotus, priest

Newly beatified in 1993 by St. John Paul II, the Franciscans and other particular calendars may celebrate the optional memorial of Blessed John Duns Scotus, a Scottish Franciscan priest and theologian who died in 1308. He was the founder... More

Ordinary Time: November 7th

Wednesday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time

The month of November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory. Is it not sad but true that the living so soon forget the dead? We forget when we live, we are forgotten when we die. "Lay my body anywhere," pleaded the dying St. Monica with... More

Ordinary Time: November 6th

Tuesday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Historically today is the feast of St. Leonard of Limoges, a hermit-abbot who was a convert of St. Remigius. He was a French courtier offered a bishopric, but became a recluse at Micy, France. He then lived at Limoges, France, and he was... More