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Ordinary Time: October 23rd

Friday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. John of Capistrano, priest

John was a native of Capistrano, in Italy. He became a Franciscan and was one of the great organizers of the struggle against the Mohammedans in the 15th century, when they threatened to overrun the whole of Europe. Mohammed II had taken... More

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Ordinary Time: October 22nd

Thursday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. John Paul II

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has approved the insertion of the optional memorial of St. John Paul II in the proper calendar of the dioceses of the United States for today. Karol Jozef Wojtyla was born in 1920 in... More

Ordinary Time: October 21st

Wednesday of the Twenty-Ninth 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. Hilarion, who was born of pagan parents near Gaza in Palestine toward the close of the third century. He studied at... More

Ordinary Time: October 20th

Tuesday of the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Paul of the Cross, priest

St. Paul of the Cross devoted himself to the service of the poor and the sick. He is best known for his apostolic zeal and his great penances. He founded the congregation of the Passionists. According to the 1962 Missal of St. John... More

Ordinary Time: October 19th

Memorial of Sts. Isaac Jogues and John de Brebeuf, priests and martyrs and companions, martyrs; Bl. Jerzy Popieluszko

Today in the dioceses of the United States the Church celebrates the optional memorial of Sts. Issac Jogues and John de Brébeuf (priests and martyrs) and their companions (martyrs). They were Jesuit missionaries who died as martyrs in... More

Ordinary Time: October 18th

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Notwithstanding the malicious intention the Pharisees had in putting this question to our Lord, they did us all a good turn by getting His answer. That answer is forceful and final. It lays down a norm which solves for all time the... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

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

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Ordinary Time: October 16th

Friday 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

Wednesday 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

Tuesday of the Twenty-Eight Week of Ordinary Time

St. Edward (1003-1066), called the Confessor, was the grandson of St. Edward, king and martyr, and became king of England at the age of forty-seven. As king he was noted for his gentleness, humility, detachment and angelic purity. He... More