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Saint of the Day: Regina

September 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized 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 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Bertrand of Garrigues

Feast Day: September 6


(CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

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

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: Boniface I

September 1st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized 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 1st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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The Martyrs of September

Feast Days: Sept. 2 & 3

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

Detail from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris (Thinkstock)

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: Giles

September 1st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Saint Giles

Feast Day: September 1

Stories of this saint made him a well-loved figure in the Middle Ages.

Closeup of work titled “Saint Giles and the Hind”, oil on oak, National Gallery. (Wikimedia Commons)

Saint-Gilles in southern France, where he built a monastery, was a popular place of pilgrimage.

Legend says Giles was Athenian by birth, generous with his family’s wealth, cured a sick beggar by giving him his cloak, and lived as a hermit.

After his death he was celebrated for many miracles and named patron of the lame, beggars and blacksmiths.

He is one of the 14 Holy Helpers, saints known for response to prayers of petition, especially for the sick.

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Saint of the Day: Giles

August 31st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Giles

Feast Day: Sept. 1

Stories of this saint made him a well-loved figure in the Middle Ages.

Closeup of work titled “Saint Giles and the Hind”, oil on oak, National Gallery. (Wikimedia Commons)

Saint-Gilles in southern France, where he built a monastery, was a popular place of pilgrimage.

Legend says Giles was Athenian by birth, generous with his family’s wealth, cured a sick beggar by giving him his cloak, and lived as a hermit.

After his death he was celebrated for many miracles and named patron of the lame, beggars and blacksmiths.

He is one of the 14 Holy Helpers, saints known for response to prayers of petition, especially for the sick.

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Help storm victims: Bishop Malooly calls for generosity in special collection

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Bishop Malooly has asked all Catholic parishes in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore to take up a special collection this weekend, Sept. 2 and 3, to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.

A worker helps an elderly woman from a rescue boat as it evacuates people from the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Harvey Aug. 30 in Houston. (CNS/Carlo Allegri, Reuters)

If parishes are not able to take up the collection this weekend, the bishop has asked that the collection take place the following weekend, Sept. 9 and 10.

All donations will go to assist Catholic Charities USA and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in their efforts to help survivors of this historic storm and the resulting flooding.

“The people of the Diocese [of Wilmington] are exceedingly generous,” said Bishop Malooly. “The Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore donated funds totaling more than $1 million to help those in need in the wake of 2004’s Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. We expect the same level of outpouring for our brothers and sisters who are now suffering in Texas.”

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president, has called for prayers and solidarity with those impacted by the hurricane and tropical storm.

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 3, 2017

August 31st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A Readings

            1) Jeremiah 20:7-9

            Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9

            2) Romans 12:1-2

            Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27

 

Jesus lets Peter have it

 

“Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly. … Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, ‘God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you'” (Mt 16:21-22).

It has often been pointed out that Peter’s response to Jesus is self-contradictory. He calls Jesus “Lord” but tells him what to do. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: Teresa of Calcutta

August 31st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized 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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Pope offers early Rosh Hashanah greetings to world’s Jewish communities

August 31st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis praised the increasingly friendly and fruitful relations between the Catholic Church and Jewish leaders as he also wished the world’s Jewish communities a happy Rosh Hashanah a few weeks early. Read more »

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