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Saint of the Day June 11: St. Barnabas

June 11th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Barnabas

Feast Day: June 11
The story of this early missionary, a Cypriot Jew called Joseph, is told in the Acts of the Apostles. He was named Barnabas

St. Barnabas (CNS)

St. Barnabas (CNS)

(son of encouragement) by the Twelve Apostles when he sold property and gave them the money (4:36-37). He introduced the convert Paul to the apostles (9:27), was officially sent by the Jerusalem church to Antioch (11:22-26), was set apart with Paul by the Spirit for a mission to Cyprus (13:2), attended the Council of Jerusalem (15:12), and returned to Cyprus with Mark (15:36-41). By tradition, he was martyred there.

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Saint of the Day June 9: St. Columba

June 9th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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St. Columba

Feast Day: June 9

This abbot, one of Scotland’s patron saints, was born in Ireland. Also educated and ordained in Ireland, he spent 15

St. Columba (CNS)

St. Columba (CNS)

years preaching and founding monasteries, including Derry, Durrow and Kells. But his clashes with King Diarmaid over a psalter copy and the rights of sanctuary resulted in a clan feud and battle in which 3,000 men died. Choosing exile as his penance, Columba left for Scotland with 12 kinsmen about 561 to found the island monastery of Iona. He evangelized the Picts and converted their king. Iona monks went on mission all over Europe and its monastic rule was the standard until the Rule of St. Benedict. Columba, also called Colmcille (for Columba and cell), had enormous influence over Western monasticism.

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 11, 2017

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9
Psalm: Daniel 3:52-56
2) 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Gospel: John 3:16-18
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Saint of the Day June 6: St. Norbert

June 6th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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St. Norbert

Feast Day: June 6
Born to a noble Rhineland family, Norbert led a courtier’s life until age 35, when his spiritual conversion was triggered by a violent

St. Norbert (Wikimedia Commons US/PD)

St. Norbert (Wikimedia Commons US/PD)

thunderstorm. After ordination, he became an itinerant preacher and gave his worldly goods to the poor. With Hugh of Fosse he started a community of canons regular in northern France that became the Premonstratensian Canons. In 1126 Norbert was chosen archbishop of Magdeburg (Germany), where he faced opposition and risked his own safety to recover church property.

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Saint of the Day June 5: St. Boniface

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Saint Boniface

Feast Day: June 5
Boniface, the apostle of Germany, started out as an English monk, a popular teacher, preacher and writer who was ordained at 30. He

St. Boniface (CNS)

St. Boniface (CNS)

compiled a Latin grammar and wrote many biblical instructions. But he felt called to missionary work, and in 716 landed in Friesland, now in the Netherlands. After a brief stay, he traveled to Rome, where he received a broad commission to evangelize central Germany. By 722, he had become bishop of Germany, where he organized the church and secured its ties to Rome. Later, as archbishop of Mainz and papal legate, he was asked to reform the Frankish church. The patron saint of Germany was martyred in Friesland, the missionary territory he revisited in retirement.

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Saint of the Day June 3: St. Clotilde

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St. Clotilde

St. Clotilde (CNS)

St. Clotilde (CNS)

Feast Day: June 3

The Catholic Clotilda persuaded her pagan husband, King Clovis of the Franks, to allow their children to be baptized and eventually witnessed his baptism in 496 in Reims, France. But her 34-year widowhood was marked by family fights over power. Clotilda took charge of the three sons of Clodomir, her son killed in 524 by a cousin bent on revenge. Another son, the ambitious Childebert, killed the two older grandsons in her care. The third grandson, called Cloud or Clodoald, gave up his claim to the Frankish throne and became a monk. Clotilda left Paris, devoting her final years to charitable works in Tours.

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Saint of the Day June 2: St. Marcellinus and Peter

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St. Marcellinus and Peter

Feast Day: June 2
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist in Rome’s Christian community. They were arrested and imprisoned during a persecution by 0602.20150501-cns-saint-21cEmperor Diocletian. In prison, they converted many people, including their jailer and his family. They were condemned to death and beheaded, supposedly in secret, in a nearby wood. But their executioner disclosed the deaths after his conversion. Pope St. Damasus I wrote an epitaph for their tomb, over which Emperor Constantine later built a church in which he buried his mother. This pope also reported that he learned the details of their martyrdom from the executioner himself. Marcellinus and Peter are among the saints named in the Roman Canon of the Mass.

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Saint of the Day June 1: St. Justin the Martyr

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St. Justin the Martyr

Feast Day: June 1

Born to Greek parents in Samaria, Justin received a classical Greek education but became a Christian around 135. He saw Christianity as the fulfillment of Plato’s highest aspirations. After teaching Christian philosophy at Ephesus, he went to Rome, where he engaged in public debates, opened a school of Christian philosophy and wrote major works in apologetics and philosophy. About 165, during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Justin was scourged and beheaded with six other Christians after he refused to sacrifice to idols.

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Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

May 31st, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Visitation (CNS)

The Visitation (CNS)

May 31
This feast commemorates the three-month visit of Mary with her elderly cousin Elizabeth during Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus and Elizabeth’s with John the Baptist. The story appears in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel. It recounts Elizabeth’s Spirit-filled greeting, acknowledging Mary as “the mother of my Lord,” and Mary’s beautiful response, the Magnificat, which begins, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” Introduced by the Franciscans in 1263, the feast became universal in the 16th century. The cousins’ visit has been depicted by many artists over the centuries. An especially tender “Visitation,” painted by Mariotto Albertinelli and considered his masterpiece, is on display at the Uffizi in Florence, Italy.

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Saint of the Day May 29: St. Ursula Ledochowska

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St. Ursula Ledochowska

Feast Day: May 29

Born into a distinguished Polish family in Austria, Julia Maria entered an Ursuline convent in Poland at age 21, taking the

St. Ursula (CNS)

St. Ursula (CNS)

name Maria Ursula of Jesus. She taught in a girls’ school for 20 years, and in 1907 went to St. Petersburg to supervise a new school. Expelled from Russia at the beginning of World War I, she spent the war in Sweden and returned to Poland in 1920. In 1923, she founded the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, known as Grey Ursulines. As the order expanded, the Vatican asked her to live in Rome, where she died. Grey Ursulines now minister in 12 countries. Ursula was canonized in 2003; her older sister, Blessed Maria Theresa Ledochowska, is also a foundress.

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