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Ordinary Time: September 19th

Thursday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Januarius, bishop & martyr

Little is known about St. Januarius. He was Bishop of Benevento in Campania. He died near Naples, about the year 305, martyred under the persecution of Emperor Diocletian. Around the year 400 the relics of St. Januarius were moved to... More

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Ordinary Time: September 18th

Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663) was born at Cupertino, Italy, and died in Osimo. He was of lowly origin and had little formal education. In his youth he was employed as an apprentice to a shoemaker. He joined the Conventual... More

Ordinary Time: September 17th

Tuesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor

St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) was born in Montepulciano, Italy, and died in Rome. The son of noble parents, he entered the Society of Jesus, finishing his theological studies at Louvain, Belgium. His services to the Church were... More

Ordinary Time: September 16th

Memorial of Sts. Cornelius, pope and martyr and Cyprian, bishop and martyr

Today the Church commemorates two friends in the service of Christ and his Church. Cornelius, a Roman, was the twenty-first Pope during the reign of the Emperor Gallus and Volusian. He had to oppose Novatian, the first anti-pope, who... More

Ordinary Time: September 15th

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son." But his father ordered his servants, "Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: September 14th

Memorial of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

This feast was observed in Rome before the end of the seventh century. It commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross, which had been placed on Mt. Calvary by St. Helena and preserved in Jerusalem, but then had fallen into the hands of... More

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Ordinary Time: September 13th

Memorial of St. John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor

St. John Chrysostom, born in Antioch about 347 A.D., was a great genius. His powerful eloquence earned him the surname of Chrysostom, or golden mouthed. With St. Athanasius, St. Gregory Nazianzen and St. Basil, he forms the group of the... More

Ordinary Time: September 12th

Thursday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On this day dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary let us repeat that wonderful prayer of Saint Bernard, responding to Pope Benedict XVI's invitation to “invite everyone to become a trusting child before Mary, even as the Son of God did.... More

Ordinary Time: September 11th

Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time

According to tradition Sts. Protus and Hyacinth were Romans by birth, brothers and servants in the house of St. Basilla. They were burned alive around 257, during the persecution of Valerian and Gallian. St. Hyacinth is unique among Roman... More

Ordinary Time: September 10th

Tuesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time

St. Nicholas of Tolentino, a native of Sant' Angelo, in the diocese of Fermo, was born about the year 1245. As a young man, but already endowed with a canon's stall, he was one day greatly affected by a sermon preached by a Hermit of St.... More

Ordinary Time: September 9th

Memorial of St. Peter Claver, priest

Peter Claver was born of a distinguished family in Catalonia, Spain. He became a Jesuit in 1604, and left for Colombia in 1610, dedicating himself to the service of black slaves. For thirty-three years he ministered to slaves, caring for... More