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Ordinary Time: September 23rd

Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Padre Pio was born in 1887 in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina. He joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of sixteen and was ordained a priest seven years later. For fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotundo he was a... More

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Ordinary Time: September 22nd

Wednesday of the Twenty-Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Today is the beginning of the Fall or September Ember Days. See Contemporary Observation of Ember Days for more information.... More

Ordinary Time: September 21st

Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

At the time that Jesus summoned him to follow Him, Matthew was a publican, that is, a tax-collector for the Romans. His profession was hateful to the Jews because it reminded them of their subjection; the publican, also, was regarded by... More

Ordinary Time: September 20th

Memorial of Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Priest, and Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

During the 17th century the Christian faith was brought to Korea through the zeal of lay persons. From the very beginning these Christians suffered terrible persecutions and many suffered martyrdom during the 19th century. Today's feast... More

Ordinary Time: September 19th

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all." And he took... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: September 18th

Saturday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in 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

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Ordinary Time: September 17th

Friday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time; Optional Memorials of St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church; Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

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 Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs; St. Ninian, Bishop (Scotland, Feast)

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

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady has its roots in Sacred Scripture and in Christian piety, which always associates the Blessed Mother with her suffering Son. Today's feast was introduced by the Servites in order to intensify... More

Ordinary Time: September 14th

Feast 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

Ordinary Time: September 13th

Memorial of St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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