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Saint of the Day: Emily de Rodat

September 19th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Emily de Rodat

Feast Day: September 19

Described by one French contemporary as “a saint, but a headstrong saint,” Emily was brought up by her grandmother.

St. Emily de Rodat (CNS)

From the age of 17 she practiced charitable works and entered three different convents but did not stay in any of them.

With support from Abbe Marty, in 1815 she opened a free school to teach poor children at Villefranche-de-Rouergue; the Congregation of the Holy Family and 38 additional foundations grew from this first one.

Mother Emily, outwardly dour and intensely prayerful, led her congregation for 30 years.

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Saint of the Day: Catherine of Genoa

September 15th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Catherine of Genoa

Feast Day: September 15

Caterina Fieschi wanted to be a nun like her older sister, but instead was married at 16 to Giuliano Adorno.

Their arranged union was not happy for Caterina; her husband had a child with his mistress and

St. Catherine of Genoa (CNS)

wasted much of their fortune.

But in 1473 Caterina had a vision of Christ carrying his cross which changed her life.

Thereafter, she devoted her life to prayer and caring for the poor in the slums of Genoa, Italy.

Giuliano also changed, becoming a Franciscan tertiary.

They both worked at the largest charity hospital in Europe, with Caterina advancing from volunteer to director.

She also wrote about mysticism and was canonized in 1737.

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Saint of the Week: Joseph of Copertino

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St. Joseph of Copertino

Feast Day: September 18

Because this Italian Franciscan was seen to levitate and move through the air, usually toward a

“S. Giuseppe da Copertino si eleva in volo alla vista della Basilica di Loreto”, by Ludovico Mazzanti (Wikimedia Commons)

tabernacle or statue of Mary, he is a patron saint of airline pilots, crews and passengers, as well as astronauts and test-takers.

A poor, unschooled peasant from Copertino, Joseph entered a friary in 1620.

He was dismissed for failing to complete even simple tasks, but joined another friary through family connections. There he learned to read his missal and breviary, and he approached exams by praying hard.

He was ordained in 1628.

The “flights,” which he could not control, prompted investigations by two Inquisitions; Joseph was exonerated, but could not celebrate Mass publicly or participate in public functions.

He was canonized in 1767.

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Feast of the Day: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14

Emperor Constantine erected a basilica on the Jerusalem site where Jesus had died and risen; it was

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem (Wikimedia Commons)

dedicated Sept. 13, 335.

Over time, a custom developed: On the day after the anniversary of the dedication, a relic of the wood of the true cross was brought out for veneration.

This feast evolved from that custom, first in the Eastern church and later in the Western church.

It is also called the feast of the Triumph of the Cross:

Through Christ’s action, a symbol of humiliation and defeat was turned into a symbol of liberation and triumph.

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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.

(CNS)

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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