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Saint of the Day: Joseph of Arimathea

August 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized 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: Junipero Serra

August 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized 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 island of Majorca.

Saint Junipero Serra (CNS)

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: Tarsicius

August 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized 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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Saint of the Day: Joseph Calasanz

August 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Joseph Calasanz

Feast Day: August 25

This Spaniard studied law at the University of Lerida and was ordained a priest in 1583, despite his

St. Joseph Calasanz (CNS)

father’s hope that he would be a soldier.

He became vicar general of a Spanish diocese, but in 1592 left for Rome, where he joined the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and worked with neglected children.

In 1597 he established the first free school in Rome with three other priests. This work led him to found the Clerks Regular of the Religious (or Pious) Schools, known as Piarists.

He overcame internal and external opposition and served as superior general of the order.

He was canonized in 1767, and in 1948 Pope Pius XII named him the patron saint of Christian schools. He is also a patron of students.

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Bishop to new deacons: ‘I thank you for your ‘Yes’

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Eight permanent deacons to serve in parishes

 

The following is the text of Bishop Malooly’s homily at the Aug. 19 Ordination Mass of eight new permanent deacons for the Diocese of Wilmington.

 

Let me begin with a short homily on today’s readings and then rely on the church’s long and challenging exhortation for guidance prior to the ordination itself.

God has chosen you for this task and ministry of the diaconate. I am grateful for your “Yes.” I also wanted to commend your families. You would not be here without the example of faith that comes from one generation to another or also the shared faith of you who are married couples. For all those who have sacrificed, including yourselves, that you may serve as a deacon in the church. I am very grateful. Thank you Larry and Lauren, David and Julie, Darrell and Beth, John and Kathleen, Chris, Joe and Barbara, Jose and Olga, and Sean and Amber. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 27, 2017

August 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Catholic News Service

 

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A Readings

            1) Is 22:19-23

            Psalm 138: 1-3, 6, 8

            2) Rom 11:33-36

            Gospel: Mt 16:13-20

 

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Surveys and opinion polls are part of everyday life. And while we may or may not agree with their results, one thing is certain — when a survey or poll is taken, people have diverse and even contradictory views about the same issue, event or public figure.

A survey of sorts unfolds in today’s Gospel, but with a difference. For the one conducting the survey is Jesus himself who asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Read more »

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Saint of the Week: Monica

August 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Saint 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 (Wikimedia Commons)

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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Bishop Murry says racism demands church’s attention

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WASHINGTON — By creating a committee to deal with racism, the country’s Catholic bishops are standing up for the American value of equality and for a Gospel that refutes the hatred and violence the country witnessed Aug. 11 and 12 during white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., said the bishop who will lead the effort. Read more »

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Saint of the Day: Bartholomew

August 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Bartholomew

Feast Day: August 24

Though Bartholomew is listed among the Twelve Apostles in the synoptic Gospels, little more is known about him.

“St. Bartholomew” by Pierre Le Gros the Younger, in the nave of the Basilica of St. John Lateran (Wikimedia Commons)

Some scholars identify him as the apostle Nathanael, whom Jesus famously described in John 1:47: “Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him.”

According to popular tradition, Bartholomew evangelized in Lycaonia, India and Armenia, where he reportedly was flayed alive.

This image of his martyrdom was a subject of Renaissance artists. He is a figure of humble faith and commitment.

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Saint of the Day: Pius X

August 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Saint Pius X

Feast Day: August 21

Known as the “pope of the Eucharist,” Pius X was born Joseph Melchior Sarto in northern Italy.

St. Pius X (Wikimedia Commons)

After being ordained for the Treviso Diocese in 1858, he served in small parishes before being named diocesan chancellor and spiritual director of the seminary.

Pope Leo XIII named him bishop of Mantua in 1884 and a cardinal and patriarch of Venice in 1893.

He was elected pope in 1903.

During his pontificate, he lowered the age for receiving first Communion, encouraged daily Communion and daily Bible reading and promoted biblical study.

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