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Advent: December 4th

Friday of the First Week of Advent; Optional Memorial of St. John Damascene, priest and doctor

St. John Damascene was a learned theologian who carefully gathered together and transmitted to us the teaching of the Greek Fathers, and is thus one of the most trustworthy witnesses to oriental tradition. He also wrote many liturgical... More

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Advent: December 3rd

Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, priest

St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) was born in the castle of Xavier in Navarre, Spain. In 1525 he went to Paris where he met St. Ignatius Loyola and with whom he received Holy Orders in Venice in 1537. In 1540 he was sent to evangelize India.... More

Advent: December 2nd

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Bibiana who was martyred at Rome under Julian the Apostate in 363. More

Advent: December 1st

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent; Bl. Charles de Foucauld

Today is the feast of Blessed Charles Eugène de Foucauld, a French Catholic religious and priest, who lived among the Tuareg in the Sahara in Algeria. He was assassinated in 1916 outside the door of the fort he built for the protection of... More

Advent: November 30th

Feast of St. Andrew, apostle

St. Andrew was a native of Bethsaida in Galilee, a fisherman by trade, and a former disciple of John the Baptist. He was the one who introduced his brother Peter to Jesus, saying, "We have found the Messiah." Overshadowed henceforth by... More

Advent: November 29th

First Sunday of Advent

For Catholics, the new Liturgical Year commences with the first Sunday of Advent. In this new liturgical year, the Church not only wishes to indicate the beginning of a period, but the beginning of a renewed commitment to the faith by all... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: November 28th

Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Traditionally today is the feast of St. Catherine Laboure. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her, a member of the Daughters of Charity, three times in 1830 and commissioned her to have made the Miraculous Medal and to spread devotion to... More

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Ordinary Time: November 27th

Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Traditionally, in some places, the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is celebrated today. It is the day that Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure and showed her the images of the medal she wished to have made. Also,... More

Ordinary Time: November 26th

Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time; Thanksgiving Day

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Sylvester. He was the son of a lawyer and had also studied law before becoming a canon in his native town of Osimo. He was... More

Ordinary Time: November 25th

Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin and martyr

From time immemorial St. Catherine had been venerated at the monastery on Mount Sinai when, in the fifteenth century, the monks discovered her body. Legend has made of her a young Christian of Alexandria who rejected the advances of the... More

Ordinary Time: November 24th

Memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and martyr, and Companions, martyrs

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and martyr, and companions, martyrs. St. Andrew was one of 117 people who were martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862. The last of the martyrs were 17 laypersons,... More