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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

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Ordinary Time: October 17th

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr

St. Ignatius is one of the great bishops of the early Church. He was the successor of St. Peter as Bishop of Antioch. He was condemned to death by wild beasts during the Emperor Trajan's persecution. On his way to Rome, he wrote seven... More

Ordinary Time: October 16th

Wednesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Hedwig, religious; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin; St. Marguerite d'Youville (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

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

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