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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.


(CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

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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Saints of the Day: The Martyrs of September

September 2nd, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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The Martyrs of September

Feast Days: Sept. 2 & 3

Detail from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. (Thinkstock)

These 191 martyrs of the French Revolution died in four locations in Paris Sept. 2 and 3, 1792.

Most were members of the clergy.

A 1790 document of the Constituent Assembly declared French clerics to be public servants and required them to swear an oath of allegiance.

Those who took the oath were called “assermentes”; those who would not were “refractaires” or “insermentes.”

Pressure steadily increased for people to take the oath; it finally erupted in the carnage of September 1792, when 1,400 in all were killed by gangs and thugs.

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Saint of the Day: Joseph of Arimathea

August 31st, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Joseph of Arimathea

Feast Day: August 31

In all four Gospels, Joseph was the brave Jew who asked Pilate for Jesus’ crucified body and buried

Joseph of Arimathea a detail from “Lamentation over the Dead Christ” by Pietro Perugino. (Wikimedia Commons)

him.

Mark calls him “a distinguished member” of the Sanhedrin, while Luke notes that he “had not consented” to the council’s plan.

In Matthew he is “a rich man,” and John says he is a secret disciple of Jesus “for fear of the Jews.”

He shares his feast with Nicodemus, another Jew who went to Jesus secretly.

From medieval times Joseph was associated with Holy Grail legends.

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Saint of the Day: Jeanne Jugan

August 30th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Jeanne Jugan

Feast Day: August 30

Born in Brittany, in France, Jeanne was four when her fisherman father died.

Blessed Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, is seen in this image provided by her order. (CNS photo/courtesy of the Little Sisters of the Poor)

Her mother supported six children as a farm laborer.

Jeanne became a kitchen maid at 16, and her mistress took her on visits to the sick and poor.

She joined a third order at 25, working in a hospital for six years, then returned to domestic service.

Soon, however, she began devoting herself entirely to care of the poor, especially widows, living in community with two other women.

Though she established the Little Sisters of the Poor in 1842, she was not recognized as the order’s founder until 1893.

Canonized in 2009, she is considered a patron of the elderly.

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Saint of the Day: Junipero Serra

August 28th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Saint Junipero Serra

Feast Day: August 28

A Spanish missionary who is buried in California, Miguel Jose Serra was born on the Mediterranean

Saint Junipero Serra (CNS)

island of Majorca.

He entered the Franciscans in 1730, taking the name Junipero to honor an original companion of St. Francis of Assisi.

He taught after being ordained, but in 1749 volunteered for mission work among the Indians of Mexico and Texas.

In 1767, the Franciscans under Father Serra took charge of the missions in Baja California, and in 1769 he accompanied a military expedition into Alta (upper) California, where he founded nine of the 21 missions stretching from San Diego to Sonoma.

Beatified in 1988 and canonized in 2015, he is the inspiration for Serra International, which encourages and affirms vocations.

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Saint of the Day: Saint Monica

August 27th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Monica

Feast Day: August 27

This North African laywoman married Patricius; St. Augustine of Hippo was their eldest child.

“Augustine of Hippo and his mother Monica of Hippo” by Ary Scheffer

She tried to bring him up a Christian but also was ambitious for his worldly success.

He scorned Christianity and had a son with his mistress.

In 383 Monica followed Augustine to Italy, where she was a follower of St. Ambrose.

Three years later, Augustine was baptized. But Monica fell ill and died before their return to Africa.

Years before, a bishop had famously counseled her: “It is not possible that the son of so many tears should be lost.”

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Saint of the Day: Tarsicius

August 26th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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St. Tarsicius

Feast Day: August 26

Tarsicius was likely an acolyte, a deacon or even a layman in Rome during the time of Emperor

St. Tarsicius (CNS)

Valerian’s persecution.

He was martyred while taking the Eucharist to Christian prisoners, beaten to death with sticks and stones by a mob of pagans on the Appian Way when he would not surrender the Communion he was carrying.

One tradition claims he was buried in the cemetery of St. Callistus.

Pope St. Damasus I suggested an early cult by describing his martyrdom in a fourth-century poem.

His legend was further embellished in the 19th-century novel “Fabiola.”

Tarsicius is the patron saint of first communicants, altar servers and the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament.

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