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Ordinary Time: August 12th

Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Jane Frances de Chantal, religious (USA)

St. Jane was a married woman and a mother of seven children from Dijon, France. Her husband was killed in a hunting accident. In 1604, upon being deeply moved by the preaching of Francis de Sales, Jane asked him to become her spiritual... More

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Ordinary Time: August 11th

Memorial of St. Clare, virgin

St. Clare of Assisi was the first woman to practice the life of entire poverty as taught by St. Francis. Placed by him at the head of a few companions in the small convent of San Damiano, she governed her community for forty-two years... More

Ordinary Time: August 10th

Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr

Lawrence was chief among the seven deacons who served the Roman Church during the mid-third century. The young cleric held a position of great trust, caring for the goods of the Church and distributing its alms among the poor. He was... More

Ordinary Time: August 9th

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. "It is a ghost," they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, "Take... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: August 8th

Memorial of St. Dominic, priest

At the end of the twelfth century the Church in France was ravaged by the Albigensian heresy, a doctrine which was not only entirely unchristian but which, in addition, constituted a social evil. Effective measures were required to be... More

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Ordinary Time: August 7th

Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of Sts. Sixtus II, pope and martyr and companions, martyrs and Optional Memorial of St. Cajetan, priest

With the future Pope Paul IV, St. Cajetan founded the first congregation of Clerks Regular, a new form of institute which corresponded with the needs of the time. Trust in God was its principal rule; its members were forbidden to ask for... More

Ordinary Time: August 6th

Feast of the Transfiguration

This feast became widespread in the West in the 11th century and was introduced into the Roman calendar in 1457 to commemorate the victory over Islam in Belgrade. Before that, the Transfiguration of the Lord was celebrated in the Syrian,... More

Ordinary Time: August 5th

Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of the Dedication of St. Mary Major

We celebrate today the dedication of one of the four most illustrious churches of Rome. While each diocese and parish keeps its own dedication anniversary, the Church universal commemorates the consecration of the four great Roman... More

Ordinary Time: August 4th

Memorial of St. John Vianney, priest; Blessed Frédéric Janssoone OFM (Canada)

St. John Baptist Mary Vianney (1786-1859) was born in Dardilly and died in Ars, France. Although his talents were limited and his education meager, he was ordained a priest in 1815. After three years at Ecully, he was appointed parish... More

Ordinary Time: August 3rd

Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Historically today is the feast of the Finding of the Body of St. Stephen, the first martyr. His body was discovered in 415 just outside Jerusalem. It was translated to Constantinople in 439 by the Empress Eudoxia, but part of the remains... More

Ordinary Time: August 2nd

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

But they said to him, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have here." Then he said, "Bring them here to me," and He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He said... More

Sunday: a day of rest.