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Saint of the Day: John Chrysostom

September 13th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint John Chrysostom

Feast Day: September 13

One of four Greek doctors of the church and an eloquent preacher (chrysostomos means “golden

The Pardon of Saint John Chrysostom by Mattia Preti (Wikimedia Commons)

tongue”), John was born in Antioch.

After some years as a mountain ascetic, he joined the clergy in Antioch in 381 and became a noted biblical commentator.

Elected patriarch of Constantinople in 398, John was outspoken.

His broad reforms drew fire from secular elites and the patriarch of Alexandria.

He was deposed by gathering of bishops in 403 and exiled by the emperor.

He died during a forced move in exile.

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Saint of the Day: Guy of Anderlicht

September 12th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Guy of Anderlicht

Feast Day: September 12

In the late 10th century. Guy was born to a very poor family in a rural area near Brussels.

He embraced his poverty with faith. And he generously shared the little he had with others.

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Guy was homeless for a while. Then a parish priest — struck with his simple, devout life — made him a sacristan at his church.

Thinking he might gain more money to share with the poor, Guy invested much of his sparse livelihood in a business scheme which soon failed.

To repent of his unwise behavior, he made a seven-year pilgrimage on foot, first to Rome, then to Jerusalem.

Sick and exhausted from his journey, Guy returned to Anderlicht in Belgium where he died in 1012.

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Saint of the Day: John Gabriel Perboyre

September 11th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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John Gabriel Perboyre

Feast Day: September 11

A Frenchman drawn to the missions, John Gabriel in 1818 joined the Congregation of the Mission, whose

John Gabriel Perboyre (CNS)

members are called Lazarists or Vincentians.

Ordained in 1826, he was assigned to seminary formation work in France.

In 1835, he finally was sent to Macao, to learn Chinese, then to Hunan.

For two years, he rescued abandoned children and taught them Christianity.

In 1839 in Hupeh, persecution forced missionaries into hiding; John Gabriel was turned in by a recent convert.

Paraded before bureaucrats and mandarins, he would not betray other missionaries or trample the cross.

He was tortured at least 20 times before being strangled on a cross a year after his arrest.

This martyr was canonized in 1996.

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Saint of the Day: Nicholas of Tolentino

September 10th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Nicholas of Tolentino

Feast Day: September 10

Born in Italy and named for St. Nicholas of Bari, the saint to whom his childless parents had prayed, Nicholas

‘The Miracle of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino’ by Alonso López de Herrera (Wikimedia Commons)

made his Augustinian vows while still a teen.

An early job was distributing food to the poor at the friary gate.

At his ordination in 1269, he already was reputed to be a healer and miracle-worker.

About 1274, after several assignments, he was sent to Tolentino, where he spent the rest of his life.

A successful street preacher, he often spent entire days hearing confessions.

Nicholas truly befriended the poor and sick.

During his sainthood process, the Vatican accepted about 30 miracles attributed to his intercession.

He is the patron of poor souls and mariners.

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Saint of the Day: Frederic Ozanam

September 9th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Blessed Frederic Ozanam

Feast Day: September 9

At Frederic’s 1997 beatification in Paris, Pope John Paul II called him a model for Catholic laypeople.

Frédéric Ozanam by Ernest Falconnet – Paris, 21. July 1834 (CNS)

Though he earned a doctorate in law and his father hoped he would become a judge, Frederic turned to literature and charity for his life’s work.

He taught literature at the Sorbonne, was happily married and had a daughter.

Beginning in 1831 he was part of a group of young Catholic intellectuals who discussed literature, history and society, while also visiting the poor and sick at home.

They became the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which is still active worldwide.

Frederic joined the Third Order of St. Francis shortly before his death at age 40.

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Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast Day: September 8

The details of Mary’s birth are unknown.

Her parents, not mentioned in the Bible, are called Joachim and Anne in the apocryphal Gospel of James.

The Our Lady Queen of Peace statue on the grounds of Holy Spirit Church in New Castle. (Dialog file)

This book claims that Joachim went into the desert to lament their childlessness and learned in a vision or dream that he and Anne would have a daughter.

Ancient traditions put Mary’s birth in Nazareth or Jerusalem.

The feast of her birth originated in the East; in the seventh century, Pope St. Sergius I ordered that it and three other Marian feasts, the Annunciation, Purification and Assumption, be celebrated in Rome.

This feast is another sign of God’s faithfulness to old and new covenant promises that were fully realized in Mary’s son, Jesus Christ.

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Saint of the Day: Regina

September 7th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Regina

Feast Day: September 7

Almost nothing is known for fact of this virgin and martyr. The Roman Martyrology says only that she died for

Statue of the Saint Regina from the church with the same name in Drensteinfurt, Germany. (Wikimedia Commons)

her faith.

According to legend, she was the daughter of a pagan man, and her mother died in childbirth. She was cared for by a woman who introduced her to Christianity.

After discovering this, her father rejected his child but later attempted to have her marry a local prefect.

When she refused, she was imprisoned and tortured.

The night before she was killed, Regina was consoled by a vision that told her that her suffering would soon end.

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Saint of the Day: Bertrand

September 6th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Blessed Bertrand of Garrigues

Feast Day: September 6

As a young priest, Bertrand was one of the first men to join St. Dominic’s Order of Preachers.


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He shared the saint’s vision and ideals and often accompanied him on his missionary journeys.

In 1216 Dominic sent Bertrand to found a house in Paris three years later, when the saint traveled there, to his surprise he was greeted by 30 young disciples that Bertrand had recruited into the Order.

Around this time Dominic commissioned Bertrand to establish a house in Bologna.

And in 1221 he became the provincial of the order in Provence.

He spent the last nine years of his life preaching in southern France.

Blessed Bertrand died in 1230.

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Saint of the Day: Teresa of Calcutta

September 5th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Feast Day: Sept. 5

Born in Macedonia, Mother Teresa helped India’s destitute for more than 50 years and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta is seen during a visit to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1989. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

In answering a call to serve “the poorest of the poor,” she became known as “the saint of the gutters.”

The former Loreto sister founded the Missionaries of Charity, which now has more than 4,500 nuns worldwide, and co-founded the Missionary Brothers of Charity.

Since 1952 her Nirmal Hriday (Pure Heart) Home for the Dying has cared for thousands of people abandoned on Calcutta’s streets.

Mother Teresa died in 1997 at the age of  87. She was beatified in 2003 and canonized in 2016 by Pope Francis.

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Saint of the Day: Boniface I

September 4th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Boniface I

Feast Day: September 4

A priest and son of a priest, this humble Roman who became pope undertook several trips to Constantinople for Pope Innocent I during 401-417.

When Pope Zosimus died in 418, some Roman deacons and priests elected Archdeacon

St. Boniface I (Wikimedia Commons)

Eulalius as pope.

Other Roman clergy and laity simultaneously elected the now elderly Boniface.

When each was told to leave Rome pending the decision of a synod, Boniface obeyed but Eulalius did not, earning himself banishment and the papacy for Boniface.

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