Ordinary Time: June 18th
Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Other Commemorations: Sts. Mark & Marcellianus, martyrs (RM); St. Gregory Barbarigo, Bishop and Confessor (RM)
Gospel Verse, 2 Cor 8:9:
Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
The virtues of gratitude, confidence and love, stimulated and motivated by the Holy Eucharist, are especially necessary in the modern world. Today gratitude has become a forgotten virtue; confidence in God has been replaced by arrogant self-reliance; love for God and for mankind has been driven from the hearts of many by a spirit of pagan selfishness.Catholics must strive to revive these virtues and shall have the special help of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. If we cultivate a deep and persevering devotion to Him who dwells among us under the humble appearances of bread and wine, particularly if we receive Holy Communion frequently and fervently, we cannot but make progress in the spirit of gratitude, in unwavering confidence in God's assistance, and in ardent love both for God and for our fellowmen.Today the Roman Martyrology commemorates St. Gregory Barbarigo (1625-1697), canonized by Pope St. John XXIII in 1960. He was the Bishop of Bergamo and of Padua. St. Gregory was noted as a distinguished churchman and leading citizen whose charities were on a princely scale. He worked for unity of the Latin and Orthodox Churches.It is also the commemoration of the martyrs, Sts. Mark and Marcellianus, twin brothers, and early Christian martyrs during the persecutions of Maximian Herculeus.
Sts. Mark & Marcellianus
Saint Marcus and Saint Marcellianus were twin brothers of an illustrious family in Rome, who had been converted to the Faith in their youth and were honorably married.
- View the painting by Paolo Veronese of Sts Mark and Marcellinus Being Led to Martyrdom.
- Find out more about the Catacombs and Basilica where Mark and Marcellian were laid.
St. Gregory Barbarigo
St. Gregory was born on September 16, 1625, and he died in 1697. His family lived in Venice and were held in high repute by the people there. He was the fourth son. He excelled in his studies at an early age and became interested in diplomacy and statesmanship. He knew Contarine, the Venetian ambassador, and went with him on at least one ambassadorial mission.
- "In Italy it was above all the merit of St. Gregory Barbarigo, at the end of the 17th century to have labored indefatigably for the reorganization of the seminaries of Bergamo and Padua according to the norms laid down by the Council of Trent, keeping in mind all the time the spiritual and cultural needs of his time" —Pope St. Paul VI, Summi Dei Verbum. Read this entire Apostolic Letter on the Occasion of the Fourth Centenary of the Establishment of Seminaries by the Council of Trent.
- Read more about St. Gregory here and learn more about the Ambrosian Rite which is celebrated in a number of the parishes in the Diocese of Bergamo.