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Ordinary Time: October 15th

Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor

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

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Ordinary Time: October 14th

Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week of 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

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When He... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: October 12th

Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

St. Wilfrid, mentioned in the Roman Martyrology, was born in Northumbria and studied at Lindisfarne and Canterbury. Accompanying St. Benedict Biscop to Rome, he tarried for a whole year at Lyons with St. Delphinus, who tried to make him... More

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Ordinary Time: October 11th

Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of 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

Thursday of the Twenty-Seventh 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. Francis Borgia, a descendant of the notorious Alexander VI. He spent a part of his life in collecting titles and offices of... More

Ordinary Time: October 9th

Wednesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Denis, bishop and martyr and companions, martyrs; St. John Leonardi, priest; Bl. John Henry Newman (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

Ordinary Time: October 8th

Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh 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. Bridget of Sweden, widow. It is also the feast of Sts. Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus and Apuleius, Roman martyrs. In the... More

Ordinary Time: October 7th

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted to honor Mary for the Christian victory over the Turks at Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Pope St. Pius V and all Christians had prayed the Rosary for victory. The Rosary, or the Psalter of... More

Ordinary Time: October 6th

Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

"If one of you had a servant plowing or herding sheep and he came in from the fields, would you say to him, 'Come and sit down at table'? Would you not rather say, 'Prepare my supper. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: October 5th

Saturday of the Twenty-Six Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos; St. Faustina Kowalska, virgin

Born in Füssen, Germany in 1819, Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos entered the diocesan seminary, and, coming to know the charism of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, joined it and was sent to North America. Ordained a priest in 1844,... More

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