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Saint of the Day June 14: St. Methodius of Constantinople

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St. Methodius I of Constantinople

Feast Day: June 14

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St. Methodius (CNS)

This patriarch of Constantinople, born in Sicily, is venerated in the East for opposing Iconoclasm, a movement to destroy all holy images and the veneration of saints. Methodius went to Constantinople, now Istanbul, to obtain a post at court, but instead entered one monastery, built another on the Aegean island of Chios, and was called to Constantinople by the patriarch. Because he fought Iconoclasm, he was imprisoned twice, once for seven years and once with a broken jaw. Finally, in 842, Empress Theodora banned the Iconoclasts and installed Methodius as patriarch. During his short reign, Methodius convened a synod affirming the lawfulness of venerating religious images.

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Saint of the Day June 13: St. Anthony of Padua

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St. Anthony of Padua

Feast Day: June 13

This doctor of the church was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and joined the Augustinians at age 15. In 1220 he entered the

St. Anthony of Padua, (CNS)

St. Anthony of Padua, (CNS)

Franciscans to become an African missionary and was sent to Morocco. However, poor health forced his return to Europe and a storm at sea deposited him in Sicily. He traveled to Assisi, where his gift for preaching was recognized and put to use in Italy and France. St. Francis appointed him the order’s first “lector in theology”; he also was the superior of several communities. Many believers seek his intercession when something is lost.

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Saint of the Day June 12: Blessed Jolenta

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Blessed Jolenta of Poland

Feast Day: June 12
The daughter of King Bela IV of Hungary and granddaughter of the emperor of Constantinople, this medieval princess was

Illustration of Blessed Jolanta (Yolanda) of Poland

Illustration of Blessed Jolanta (Yolanda) of Poland (CNS)

raised by her elder sister, St. Kunigunde, queen of Poland. Their family tree included other saints: Hedwig, Elizabeth of Hungary and Margaret of Hungary. Jolenta married a Polish duke whose charitable works earned him the popular name “Boleslaus the Pious.” After his death in 1279 and the marriage of two daughters, Jolenta, Kunigunde, also now widowed, and Jolenta’s youngest daughter entered a Poor Clares convent. Jolenta later became abbess of a convent she had founded with her husband. Also known as Helen of Poland and Yolanda of Poland, Jolenta was beatified in 1827.

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Saint of the Day June 11: St. Barnabas

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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

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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

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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

June 2nd, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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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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