November 1999
Day Date Feast Comments
Monday 1 All Saints Day  
Tuesday 2 All Souls Day  
Wednesday 3 St. Martin of Porres. 
St. Winefride, Virgin and Martyr
Winefride, patron of North Wales, was beheaded by sword and was restored to life by the prayers of St. Beuno.
Thursday 4 St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop. 
SS. Vitalis & Agricola
Charles helped conclude the Council of Trent, made a cardinal at 23, created diocesan seminaries, died 1584
Friday 5  Ven. Solanus Casey
 
Saturday  St. Nicholas Tafelic & Companions
 
Sunday 7 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Didacus
 
Monday 8 SS. Chrysanthus and Darius, Martyrs. 
The Holy Four Crowned Martyrs.
Bl. John Duns Scotus
 
Tuesday 9 Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran. 
St. Theodore, Martyr
This basilica, the first to be publicly consecrated in 324 as The Basilica of St. Savior. In the 12th cent. it was dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It was destroyed and rebuilt in 1726.
Wednesday 10 St. Leo I, Pope and Doctor. 
St. Andrew Avellino, Confessor.
Leo the Great opposed the two main heresies before the Council of Chalcedon. He stopped Attila at the gates of Rome from attacking, died 461
Andrew was a lawyer from Naples who loved the truth, died 1608.
Thursday 11 St. Martin of Tours, Bishop. 
St. Mennas, Martyr
Martin was called the Apostle of Gaul, the first saint who was not a martyr, founded the monastery of Marmoutiers, loved the poor and a hermit's life, died 397.
Mennas was an Egyptian soldier, martyred 295
Friday 12 St. Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr  Josaphat was Archbishop of Vilna then Polotzk.
Saturday 13  St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin. 
St. Didacus, Religious. 
St. Stanislaus Kostka, Confessor
Stanislaus is a Polish jesuit saint who died 1568 
Sunday 14 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Gertrude, Virgin 
Gertrude entered a convent in Germany at 5, God appeared to her many times over a period of 8 years, died 1301 or 1334, she is the patroness of the West Indies.
Monday 15 St. Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor Albert became a Dominican, was a professor of Philosophy at Paris University, defended the Church against heresies, died 1280
Tuesday 16 St. Margaret of Scotland, Queen and Widow 
St. Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop
Margaret was the wife of Malcolm III of Scotland, was a mother to her people, and brought in health reforms. All her children ruled Scotland in turn with Christianity, the last was St. David. She is the patroness of Scotland.
Hugh remained a Carthusan monk in Chartreuse, Burgundy, until 40.  He accepted a plea from Henry II of England to build a monastery in England (part of Henry's penance for the murder of Thomas a Becket). He refused to move the poor people off the land to build the church until the king paid for their homes. He was made Bishop of Lincoln. He later refused to pay taxes to the king out of church funds.  He looked after the poor and defended the jews who were much oppressed then, and he loved animals. Died 1200.
Wednesday 17 St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious. 
St. Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop and Confessor. 
St. Hilda, Virgin
Elizabeth, daughter of the King of Hungary, was called the Mother of the Poor for her love of the poor and the lepers.
Gregory commanded a mountain to move to make way for a church, which it did. He died 270.
Hilda was first Abbess of Whitby, England.
Thursday 18 Dedication of the Basilicas of The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.  
Friday 19 St. Pontianus, Pope and Martyr
St. Agnes of Assisi
Pontianus was scourged to death in 235
Saturday 20  St. Felix of Valois, Confessor. 
St. Edmund, King and Martyr
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin. 
Felix, with St. John of Matha, founded the Order of the Most Holy Trinity for the ransom of captives.
Edmund, King of East Anglia, martyred by the Danes in 870.
Sunday 21 Christ the King
(The Last Sunday of Ordinary Time)
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
By tradition from two apocryphal gospels, Mary was presented in the Temple at the age of three, and lived there with other girls and holy women.
Monday 22  St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr. Cecilia converted her husband to Christianity by allowing him to see her guardian angel. She was martyred about 230, and is the patroness of musicians.
Tuesday 23 St. Clement I, Pope and Martyr. 
St. Columban, Abbot. 
Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro, Priest and Martyr. 
St. Felicitas, Martyr.
Felicitas saw her 7 sons martyred, then she was beheaded in 150.
Wednesday 24 SS. Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, Companions, Martyrs. 
St. Chrysogonus, Martyr
 
Thursday 25 St. Columban
Thanksgiving 
Friday 26 St. Sylvester, Abbot 
St. Peter of Alexandria, Bishop and Martyrs. 
St. John Berchmans, Confessor.
St. Catharine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr.
Sylvester founded to Order of Sylvestrines, a branch of the Benedictines, died 1267.
John is a Jesuit saint from Belgium, died 1621.
Catharine argued with the Emperor Maximilian and all the learned men, but instead of adopting the pagan faith, many of the advisers became Christians. She was scourged and tied to a wheel with swords, then beheaded in 310 - hence the Catharine Wheel.
Saturday 27   St. Frances Antonio Fasani
 
Sunday 28 First Sunday of Advent
St. James of the Marche
 
Monday 29 St. Saturninus, Martyr   
Tuesday 30 St. Andrew, Apostle, Martyr Andrew was first a disciple of John the Baptist, brother of Simon Peter. He preached in Palestine, Scythia, Epirus and Thrace. Martyred in Patras on an 'X' shaped cross. He is patron saint of Scotland.

THE NEW LITURGICAL YEAR
December 1999


Day Date Feast Comments
Wednesday 1 St. Edmund Campion & Companions, Martyrs
Bl. John of Vecelli
Edmund was recognized for his brilliance by Elizabeth I of England. He converted to Catholicism, became a Jesuit in Prague and returned to the English Mission.  Elizabeth had him martyred at Tyburn in 1581.
Thursday 2 Blessed Rafal Chylinski
St. Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr
 
Friday 3 St. Francis Xavier, Priest Francis was one of the first six to join Ignatius to form the Jesuits. He preached and performed miracles in Goa, the Indies and Japan. Died 1552. He is the patron of foreign missions.
Saturday St. John Damascene, Doctor. 
St. Barbara, Virgin and Martyr.
John of Damascus defended the veneration of images. Because his hand was miraculously re-attached to him, he wrote the praises of Mary for the rest of his life and died about 749.
Barbara  was a virgin in Nicodemia.  By legend she was shut up in a tower by her father until she died because she was baptised.
Sunday 5 Second Sunday of Advent
St. Sabas, Abbot
Sabas was an austere and virtuous monk in Palestine, organized monastic life there, died 532-533, possibly 531.
Monday 6 St. Nicholas, Bishop Nicholas the Great was bishop of Myra and assisted at the Council of Nicea. He had power over flames and was noted for his miracles and his charity to the poor and the wronged. He is patron of Russia, bakers and children. 'Santa Claus' comes from his name. He died about 342.  In some countries Christmas gifts are given on this day.
Tuesday 7 St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor Ambrose was born in Treves about 338. He became Governor of Milan. At the town's insisting he became the bishop of Milan within a week of becoming a Christian. He preached against heresies, humbled the Emperor and brought Augustine into the Church, introduced new liturgies and hymns, died 397. 
Wednesday 8 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary  
Thursday 9 Bl. Juan Diego An Indian maiden appeared to Juan in 1531 near Mexico City and asked him to build a church on the hill.  This was Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Ten years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico Our Lady brought compassion to the oppressed. Within 6 years, 9 million Aztecs were baptized.
Friday 10 St. Melchiades, Pope and Martyr.
Bl. Adolf Kolping
 Melchiades was a pope in the 4th century, died 314.
Saturday 11  St. Damasus I, Pope  Damasus condemned heresies at the second Constantinople Council, ordered Jerome to translate the bible. He ordered that the Gloria by sung at the end of all psalms. Died 384
Sunday 12 Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego outside of Mexico City in 1531 and she asked for a church to be built at that site in her honor. He was told by the local bishop to ask the Lady for a miraculous sign to prove her claim. The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather some flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill. It was winter and no flowers bloomed, but on the hilltop Diego found flowers of every sort, and the Virgin herself arranged them in his cloak. When Juan Diego opened the cloak before the archbishop on December 12, the flowers fell to the floor, and in their place was the Virgin of Guadalupe, miraculously imprinted on the fabric. Patroness of Mexico and of all the Americas.
Monday 13 St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr. Lucy gave all she had to the poor and then gave herself to Jesus, was martyred rather than lose her virginity in Syracuse 303. She is the patroness of gondoliers.
Tuesday 14 St. John of the Cross, Doctor John reformed the friars of Carmel with the help of St. Teresa, died 1591. 
Wednesday 15 Bl. Mary Frances Schervier  
Thursday 16 Bl. Honoratus Kozminski  
Friday 17 Lazarus  
Saturday 18  Bl. Anthony Grassi
St. Jane Francis de Chantal
 St. Jane now August 18
Sunday 19 Fourth Sunday of Advent
Bl. Pope Urban V
 
Monday 20 St. Dominic of Silos
 
Tuesday 21 St. Peter Canisio, Doctor Canisius was the eighth to join the Jesuits. He preached by use of the printed word and was an opponent of Martin Luther throughout Central Europe.
Wednesday 22 Blessed Jacopone da Todi  
Thursday 23 St. John de Kanty, Priest  
Friday 24    
Saturday 25  The Birth of Christ's Mass  "And He Became Man, And Dwelt Amongst Us"
Sunday 26 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
St. Stephen, First Martyr
Stephen was the first Deacon, and then the first martyr (Protomartyr), stoned to death while Saul (St. Paul) stood by.
Monday 27 St. John, Apostle and Evangelist. John, called 'the Beloved Disciple' and 'the Divine', stood by the cross of Jesus and took Mary to live with him as his mother. He was privileged to be with Jesus at most of His significant events. He governed the Church of Asia Minor from Ephesus. His sermon was "Brothers and sisters, love one another". He wrote a gospel, three epistles, and the Apocalypse is attributed to him. Condemned to die by being boiled in oil, God saved him. He was exiled to Patmos. He died in 100 or 101.
Tuesday 28 The Holy Innocents, Martyrs  All the male children under 2 years old killed in Bethlehem by Herod's orders, when Herod could not find the child Jesus.
Wednesday 29 St. Thomas á Becket, Bishop and Martyr Thomas was a friend of Henry II of England who made him Chancellor of England and then Archbishop of Canterbury.  When he became a cleric he stood for the separation of Church and State, and opposed the King's rule over the Church, who later had him martyred in his cathedral in 1170. (See the film 'Becket').
Thursday 30  St. Egwin
 
Friday 31 St. Sylvester I, Pope Sylvestre was Pope from 314 to 335. With Constantine he established the peace between the Church and the Empire. For the Millennium Eve, a plenary indulgence may be gained by reciting the Te Deum publicly.


The Great Jubilee Year 2000
January 2000
The Year of the Blessed Trinity
Date Day Feast Comments
1 Saturday Mary, The Mother of God This day was the feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord, which was eight days after His birth, the day on which He was named Jesus.
2 Sunday SS. Basil & Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops & Doctors. Basil and Gregory studied together in Athens. Gregory became Patriarch of Constantinople, died 389. Basil, known as The Great, determined that monastic life should help the community.  He founded the Basilians, and they, today, staff many churches around here. He died 379.
3 Monday The Most Holy Name of Jesus
 
4 Tuesday St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. 
 
5 Wednesday St., John Neumann, Bishop
 
6 Thursday Epiphany of Our Lord
St. Andre Bessette

7 Friday St. Raymond of Penyafort, Confessor Raymond, as a Dominican, was a great teacher and healer by miracles. He founded his own school and did not charge the students. He advised Pope Gregory IX and codified the church laws. He founded the order of Our Lady of Mercy, the Mercedarians. He is said to have walked on the sea from Majorca to Barcelona. He spent 35 years preparing for his death, and was named 'eminent minister of the sacrament of penanc'e, died 1275 at age 99.
8 Saturday Blessed Angela of Foligno  
9 Sunday Baptism of Our Lord
St. Adrian of Canterbury
 
10 Monday  St Gregory of Nyssa
 
11 Tuesday  Bl. William Carter
 
12 Wednesday  St. Marguerite Bourgeoys  
13 Thursday St. Hilary, Bishop & Doctor Hilary was bishop of Poitier, a great defender of the Church against Arianism, died 368
14 Friday    
15 Saturday St. Paul, The First Hermit. 
St. Maurus, Abbot.
St. Jerome records that Paul was orphaned at fifteen and went to live in the desert, praying and doing penance, until he died at age 112 in 342.
Maurus was trained by St. Benedict. Once he walked on water to save a drowning man. He went to Gaul to preach, founded the abbey at Glanfeuil and wrought many miracles, died 584
16 Sunday Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Marcellus, Pope and Martyr.
St. Berard and Companions

17 Monday St. Anthony of Egypt, Abbot. Anthony went to be a hermit in the desert, but as so many people came to him to hear about God that he instituted the monastic life of living in common, and was the first abbot. He died at age 105 in 356.
18 Tuesday St. Priscilla
St. Charles of Sezze
 
19 Wednesday St. Fabian, Pope & Martyr.   
20 Thursday St. Sebastian, Martyr.  
21 Friday St. Agnes, Virgin & Martyr  
22 Saturday St. Vincent, Deacon & Martyr  
23 Sunday Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Bl. Mother Marianne Cope
 
24 Monday St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor  
25 Tuesday Conversion of St. Paul  
26 Wednesday SS. Timothy & Titus. 
St. Paula
Titus, the well-beloved disciple of St. Paul, went with him on some of his missions, became bishop of Crete, died around 105. St. Paul wrote an Epistle to him.
27 Thursday St. Angela Merici, Virgin  
28 Friday St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor  Transferred from March 7
29 Saturday St. Marcella, Widow  
30 Sunday Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Hyacintha of Mariscotti
 
31 Monday St. John Bosco  
February 2000
Date Day Feast Comments
1 Tuesday St. Brigid, Virgin. 
St. Ansgar, Priest
Brigid was the first abbess of Kildare, Ireland, died 523.
Ansgar, Apostle of the North (Scanidinavia), devoted to the poor and sick, and an extraordinary preaher, died 865.
2 Wednesday The Presentation of Our Lord, and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary Candlemas, Blessing of Candles
3 Thursday St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr. 
St. Oscar, Bishop.
Blessing of Throats.
Blaise healed souls and bodies. After saving a child's life choking on a bone in his throat, he was proclaimed Auxiliary Saint and patron for sore throats, also patron of wool combers, beheaded in 316
4 Friday St. Andrew Corsini, Bishop
St. Joseph of Leonissa
Andrew led a dissolute life until he turned to Our Lady,  headed the Carmelite order, while bishop he healed the hatred between sects, died 1373.
5 Saturday St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr. 
St. Philip of Jesus, Protomartyr of Mexico
Agatha was very beautiful, but gave herself to God instead of to the Governor. For this she was tortured, but healed by St. Peter. She died after more torture in 251. Her veil was used to hold back the lava from Etna. Patroness of {alermo and Catania.
6 Sunday 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
SS. Paul Miki & Companions, Martyrs. 
St. Dorothy, Virgin and Martyr
The Japanese martyrs, Paul, John and James were the first Jesuits to shed their blood in Japan (1597).
7 Monday St. Romauld, Abbot and Founder
St. Colette, Foundress
Romauld always gave joy to those who met him. He founded a monastery after a vision (part of Benedictine Order), died at 120 in 1027.
8 Tuesday St. Josephine Bakhita, Sister
St. John of Matha, Confessor
Josephine, 1868-1947 Sudan.
After a vision when saying his first Mass, John established the Order of the Holy Trinity with St. Felix to ransom captives, died 1213.
9 Wednesday St. Jerome Emiliani,  Priest
Jerome is patron of orphans and abandoned children, died 1537, Italy
10 Thursday St. Scholastica, Virgin. Scholastica was the twin sister of St. Benedict, she founded the women's' order of Benedictines. God showed great love for their brotherly and sisterly love. They died within a few weeks of each other, and were buried in the monastery of Monte-Cassino in 543.
11 Friday Our Lady of Lourdes. 
St. Gregory II, Pope and Confessor
It was at Lourdes, France, that Our Lady appeared to St. Bernardette.
Gregory the Younger, sent St. Boniface to evangelize Germany, died 731.
12 Saturday St. Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr.  
13 Sunday 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Giles Mary of St. Joseph
 
14 Monday St. Valentine, Priest and Martyr
SS. Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop.
Cyril and Methodius were brothers who converted the Slavonic nations, Bulgarians, Moravians and Bohemians. It is said they introduced the Slav alphabet, and they translate the scriptures into Slav.Died 869 & 885.
15 Tuesday St. Claude la Colombière   
16 Wednesday St. Gilbert of Sempringham

17 Thursday The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites
 
18 Friday St. Simeon, Bishop and Martyr
Bl. John of Fiesole
Simeon was the son of Cleophas and Mary (relative of Our Lady), he was Bishop of Jerusalem after St. James the Less, died 106.
19 Saturday St. Conrad of Piacenza
 
20 Sunday 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Bl. Jacinta and Francisco Marto

21 Monday St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor.
 Peter was Bishop of Ostia and Cardinal, he combated the heresy of the Simonists, died 1072.
22 Tuesday The Chair of St. Peter at Antioch Peter resided at Antioch from 51-52
23 Wednesday St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr  
24 Thursday Bl. Luke Belludi  
25 Friday Bl. Sebastian of Aparicio 
St. Ethelbert, King and Confessor.
Ethelbert was King of Kent, converted by St. Augustine, he founded Canterbury Cathedral, died 616.
26 Saturday St. Porphyry of Gaza  
27 Sunday 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Gabriel joined the Passionists, was devoted to Our Lord's Passion and Our Lady's Sorrows, constantly practised self-denial, and performed many miracles, died 1862
28 Monday Blessed Daniel Brottier
St. Oswald, Bishop and Confessor.
St. Oswald's feast is celebrated on February 29 in a leap year
29 Tuesday  (see above)
 
March 2000
Date Day Feast Comments
1 Wednesday St. David, Bishop David was the son of a prince of South Wales, Bishop of Menervia, he established monasteries with disciplines of austerity and fervour, and he reformed the ancient British Church. He died in 544 and is the Patron Saint of Wales.
2 Thursday St. Agnes of Bohemia  
3 Friday Bl. Katharine Drexel  
4 Saturday St. Casimir, Confessor Casimir of Poland, continually meditated on the Passion of Jesus, was called "the father and defender of the poor and unfortunate", died 1483.
5 Sunday 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. John Joseph of the Cross
 
6 Monday

7 Tuesday SS. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs Roman martyrs in 203.
Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday / Pancake Tuesday
8 Wednesday Ash Wednesday
St. John of God, Confessor
After a vision when saying his first Mass, John established the Order of the Holy Trinity with St. Felix to ransom captives, died 1213.
9 Thursday St. Frances of Rome, Widow Frances, a noble Roman lady, was married at 11, and lived a life of simplicity, prayer, and care of the poor. She founded the House of the Oblates of the Congregation of Mount Olivet, she always saw her guardian angel, died 1440.
10 Friday St. Dominic Savio  
11 Saturday St. John Ogilvie  
12 Sunday First Sunday in Lent
Bl. Angela Salawa
 
13 Monday St. Leander of Seville  
14 Tuesday St. Maximilian  
15 Wednesday St. Louise de Marillac  
16 Thursday St. Clement Mary Hofbauer  
17 Friday St. Patrick, Bishop Patrick was sent to Ireland to converted the pagans, said to be done by getting rid of snakes, covered the land with churches, monasteries and schools, died 461, and is the Patron Saint of Ireland.
18 Saturday St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop Cyril was Bishop of Jerusalem, noted for his homilies in Lent. He preached on the divinity of the Holy Spirit, and the two natures of Jesus, especially against the Aryan heresy at the Council of Constantinople. Died 386.
19 Sunday Second Sunday in Lent
St. Joseph
Foster  father of our Savior, husband of Our Lady, Patron and Protector of the Universal Church, Patron of Fathers, Guardian of Families, Protector of Virgins, Patron of Workers, Patron of Carpenters, Guardian of the Sick and  Dying, Patron and Model of Interior and Contemplative Souls.
20 Monday St. Cuthbert, Bishop
St. Salvator of Horta
Cuthbert was Bishop of Lindisfarne, or Holy Isle, and was noted for his charity and miracles, died 687. His shrine at Durham was a great place of pilgrimage
21 Tuesday Blessed John of Parma  
22 Wednesday St. Nicholas Owen  
23 Thursday St. Turibius of Lima, Bishop  
24 Friday St. Catherine of Genoa  
25 Saturday Annunciation of The Lord This was called the feast of The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary, the day on which Jesus became a member of our human race, "and He was incarnate."
26 Sunday Third Sunday in Lent
Bl. Didacus of Cadiz
 
27 Monday Bl. Francis Faà di Bruno  
28 Tuesday St. Hesychius of Jerusalem  
29 Wednesday Bl. Ludovico of Casoria  
30 Thursday St. Peter Regalado  
31 Friday St. Stephen of Mar Saba  
April 2000
Date Day Feast Comments
1 Saturday St. Hugh of Grenoble  
2 Sunday Fourth Sunday in Lent
St. Francis of Paola, Hermit
Laetare Sunday
Francis became a hermit at the age of 13 and lived in the desert. So many followed him that he founded the Order of Minims. He was noted for humility, miracles and prophesies, died 1507.
3 Monday St. Benedict the African  
4 Tuesday Bl. Isidore, Bishop and Doctor Isidore was the most learned man of his century, he laid down the duties of a bishop.  As Bishop of Seville, he opposed the Aryan and other heresies, died 636.
5 Wednesday St. Vincent Ferrer Vincent entered the Order of Preachers in Spain. He traveled the whole of Europe preaching repentance of sin and had many miraculous conversions. Died 1419.
6 Thursday St. Crescentia Hoess  
7 Friday St. John Baptist de la Salle, Priest
John loved children and the poor, and founded the Brothers of Christian Schools to educate the poor. His life was one of humility, penance, prayer and obedience to he Divine Will and the Holy See. Died 1719 in France.
8 Saturday St. Julie Billiart  
9 Sunday Fifth Sunday in Lent
St. Casilda
 
10 Monday St. Magdalen of Canossa  
11 Tuesday St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr Stanislaus was Bishop of Cracow. He opposed the cruel and dissolute was of the King of Poland.  The king personally killed him for his opposition in 1079. He is patron of Poland.
12 Wednesday St. Teresa of Los Andes  
13 Thursday St. Martin I, Pope and Martyr Martin as Pope fought the heresies at the Lateran Council. For this he was kidnapped by the Emporer, tried and imprisoned for life. He died in exile in 655.
14 Friday Blessed Peter Gonzalez  
15 Saturday Blessed Caesar de Bus  
16 Sunday Palm Sunday
St. Bernadette Soubirous
Bernadette was born 1844 in Lourdes, France. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette at 14 years old on February 11, 1858, and then 17 more times in a cave above the River Gave. A spring welled up there and many miracles happened in the water. Now there is a basilica at the site where millions visit.  Bernadette retreated from the fame to a convent where she died of ill-health at age 35.
17 Monday St. Benedict Joseph Labre  
18 Tuesday Bl. James Oldo  
19 Wednesday Blessed Luchesio and Buonadonna  Spy Wednesday
20 Thursday Holy Thursday
also known as
Maundy Thursday
St. Conrad of Parzham
The Blessing of the Oils
The Washing of the Feet
The Last Supper
21 Friday Good Friday
St. Anselm, Bishop and Doctor
Anselm was abbott of Bec in France, then Archbishop of Canterbury. He fought William Rufus and Henry I for separation of Church and State. He wrote several authoritative books for theologians, died 1109.
22 Saturday Holy Saurday
St. Adalbert of Prague
 The Vigil of Easter
23 Sunday Easter Sunday
St. George, Martyr. 
St. Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr.
George, in the Roman army, told Diocletian that he was too cruel to the Christians.  He was tortured and beheaded in 303. The eastern Church consider him the Great Martyr.  He is Patron Saint of England, Patron of Armies and one of the 14 Auxiliary Saints.
24 Monday St. Appollonius, Martyr 
St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
As a magistrate, Fidelis was known as the Advocate of the Poor.  He became a Franciscan and was sent to the country of the Grisons where he was stabbed to death for fear of his influence in 1622.
25 Tuesday St. Mark, Evangelist Mark was one of the 72 disciples, and a disciple of St. Peter. He wrote his gospel under Peter's direction, and went to preach in Egypt where he was martyred.
26 Wednesday St. Cletus & Marcellinus, Popes and Martyrs
St. Pedro de San José Betancur
Cletus was the third pope until 91, and Marcellinus was martyred in 304
27 Thursday St. Peter Canisius, Confessor and Doctor
St. Louis Mary Grignon de Montfort
Peter is a Dutch Jesuit saint, known as the Apostle of Germany. He hammered the heretics of the day, founded several colleges and wrote the first catechism, died 1597
28 Friday St. Peter Chanel, Martyr 
 
29 Saturday St. Catherine of Sienna, Virgin and Doctor. 
Catherine was one of 23 children and entered the Domincan Third Order at 18. She spent 3 years in seclusion, prayer and austerity, she made prolonged fasts sustained only by Holy Communion for the love of Christ. She was a mystic, spiritual writer and advisor of the pope. She received the stigmata and died at age 33 in 1380.
30 Sunday Second Sunday of Easter
Divine Mercy Sunday
St. Pius V, Pope
Pius fought Islam and Protestantism by enforcing the decrees of the Council of Trent, founded seminaries, issued a new missal, catachism and breviary, and won by prayer a victory for the Christians at Lepanto. He instituted the Feast of Our Lady of Victories. He forsook the normal papal luxuries and fasted and prayed according to his Domincan Rule, died 1572.

May 2000

Day Date Feast Comments
Monday 1 St. Joseph the Worker This feast of St. Joseph was ordered to be held today to complement the Communists' May Day celebrations.
Tuesday 2 St. Althanasius, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor 
Athanasius was Bishop of Alexandria and fought the Aryan heresy at the Council of Nicea, died 373.
Wednesday 3 SS. Philip and James, Apostless 
SS. Alexander I, Pope, Eventius and Theodulus
Philip was from Bethsaida and was crucified at Phrigia. James the Lesser was from Cana, a cousin of Jesus, and possibly a brother of Jude.  Peter chose him as first Bishop of Jerusalem. For not denying Jesus, he was killed in the Temple. .
Alexander was pope under the Emperor Hadrian. He prescribed water to be mixed with wine at Mass. Martyred in 117 with the priests Eventius and Theodolus.
Thursday 4 The Blessed Martyrs of England.
Blessed Michael Giedroyc

In the 16th and 17th centuries, about 400 Englishmen suffered martyrdom for the supremacy of the Pope, the Unity of the Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Many are now Blessed, and some are Saints.

Friday 5 St. Hilary of Arles  
Saturday 6 St. John before the Latin Gate
SS. Marian and James
This could have been the feast of St. John's martyrdom, but he was saved miraculously from the boiling oil.
Sunday 7 Third Sunday of Easter
St. Rose Venerini

Monday 8 The Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel
St. Peter of Tarentaise
St. Michael, the Archangel, appeared in 525 and asked for a church to be built to honor God in memory of himself and all the angels. The place was celebrated for its miracles.
Tuesday 9 St. Catharine of Bologna
 
Wednesday 10 St., Antonius, Bishop and Confessor 
Bl.. John of Avila, Confessor
St. Damien of Molokai
Antonius was a Dominican and Bishop of Florence, died 1459.
Thursday 11 St. Ignatius of Laconi
St. Francis Jerome, Confessor
 
Friday 12 SS. Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla and Pancras, Martyrs  
Saturday 13 Our Lady of Fatima Our Lady appeared to three children at Cova de Iria, near Fatima Portugal, in 1917, asking them to pray the rosary for world peace, for sinners, and for Russia. Fatima is a very popular place of pilgrimage.
Sunday 14 Fourth Sunday of Easter
St. Matthias, Apostle. 
St. Boniface, Martyr,
Mothers Day
Matthias replaced Judas as an Apostle.
Boniface, of Tarsus, was cruelly tortured and martyred towards 275.
Monday 15 St. Isidore the Farmer. 

Isadore was an extraordinary ordinary, poor, farmer worker, who prayed all day as he worked, attended daily Mass, gave his food to those poorer then him, and was attended by angels in the fields.  He died in 1130 in Spain.
Tuesday 16 St. Margaret of Cortona
St. Ubaldus, Bishop and Confessor 
St. John Nepomucene, Martyr
 
Wednesday 17 St. Pascal Baylon, Confessor Pascal was a shepherd in Spain before he became a Franciscan brother. He loved the Blessed Sacrament and was proclaimed the 'Protector of All Eucharistic Congresses and Works, died 1592.
Thursday 18 St. John I, Pope and Martyr 
St. Venantius, Martyr
John governed the Church from 525 to 526. The Aryan  King, ravaging Italy, enticed him into jail where he died
Venantius at the age of 15 was tortured for his faith under the Emperor Decius and beheaded towards 250.
Friday 19 St. Theophilus of Corte
St. Celestine V, Pope. 
St. Prudentiana, Virgin
As a Benedictine hermit Celestine told the Cardinals to elect a pope, after there had been none for 27 months. They elected him at 72. After 5 months he could not stand the pressures of the affairs of state, so he resigned and returned to a hermit's cell. The next pope, Boniface, later had him imprisoned as a threat to him, and he died 5 months later in prison in 1296.
Saturday 20 St. Bernadine of Sienna, Confessor and Missionary 
St. Ethelbert, Kind and Martyr
Bernadine became a Franciscan and preached and performed miracles, died 1444.
Ethelbert was King of East Anglia, murdered by King Offa of the Mercians in 793
Sunday 21 St. Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions
St. Andrew Bobola, Martyr
 
Monday 22 Bl. John Baptist Machado and his Companions, Martyrs
St. Rita of Cascia
 
Tuesday 23 St. Felix of Cantalice
 
Wednesday 24 Our Lady Help of Christians 
Our Lady of the Way ("Della Strada")
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
This feast was ordered to celebrate the end of the exile of the pontiffs of Rome in 1815 because of the French Revolution.
Thursday 25 St. Bede, the Venerable, Confessor and Doctor 
St. Gregory VII, Pope and Confessor 
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin 
St. Urban I, Pope and Martyr
Bede was a Benedictine monk from 7 years old to his death in Northumbria.  He wrote of the history of the Christian church in England and how it united tribes and races. He translated part of the bible into English. He loved studying and teaching. Before he died in 735, he was known as "The Venerable".
Friday 26 St. Philip Neri, Confessor, Religious Founder 
St. Eleutherius, Pope and Martyr
Philip re-evangelized Rome, and founded the Oratorians.
Saturday 27 St. Augustine of Canterbury, Archbishop, Confessor and Missionary Augustine, a Benedictine, was sent to England with 40 monks by Pope Gregory. King Ethelbert received him at Canterbury where he built a monastery. He baptized 10,000 one Christmas Day. The 'Apostle of England' died in 604.
Sunday 28 Fifth Sunday of Easter
Bl. Margaret Pole, Martyr
St. Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes
 
Monday 29 St. Madeleine Sophie Barat  Memorial Day 
Tuesday 30 St. Joan of Arc 
St. Felix I, Pope and Martyr
St. Gregory VII, Pope
Joan, the "Maid of Orleans", was asked by the Archangel Gabrielle and other saints to save France from the English.. She beat the English army and installed the Dauphin as King of France. Later she was captured in battle, sold to the English and eventually burnt at the stake in France at the age of 17 in 1431.

Felix, as pope, commanded that Mass be said over the tombs of martyrs. He was martyred in 274.
Gregory stressed the separation of Church and State, and was exiled for it, died 1085.

Wednesday 31 The Visitation of Our Lady to Elizabeth. 
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces. 
St. Angela Merici, Virgin. 
St. Petronilla, Virgin.
Angela was born at Lake Garda, Italy, and loved justice and hated iniquity. She founded a society for the Christian education of youth, died 1540.
June 2000
Day Date Feast Comments
Thursday 1 The Ascension of Our Lord
St. Justin, Martyr
Justin opened the first school of Christian Philosophy in Rome. Martyred about 162-165
Friday 2 SS. Marcellinus, Peter and Erasmus, Bishop, Martyrs 
Bl.. Marianna of Jesus of Paredes y Flores, Virgin
The exorcist Peter , in jail under Diocletian, converted his jailer and his family. The priest, Marcellinus, who baptized them and Peter were tortured and beheaded.  Erasmus, a bishop in Syria, was tortured several times. Once his entrails were wound round a windlass, hence he is the patron saint of internal diseases
Saturday 3 Bl. John XXIII, Pope
 
Sunday 4 Celebration of The Ascension
St. Francis Caracciolo, Confessor
St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs
Francis determined during a severe illness to devote himself to God. A letter,  mistakenly delivered to him, mentioned  the founding of a new religious institute. Recognizing the sign from God, he  joined and became a founder of the Order of Minor Clerks Regular.  His life was steered by his love of penance, prayer and the Blessed Sacrament. Died 1608.
Monday 5 St. Boniface, Bishop, Missionary and Martyr. 
St. Norbet, Bishop, Confessor and Religious Founder
Boniface , of England, a Benedictine monk, was sent by Pope Gregory II to evangelize Germany.  Although very liberal in tolerance of local customs, he chopped down a tree dedicated to Thor, thus winning over thousands of converts.  He was later massacred with his followers in 754.
Norbet received a calling as he was struck by a crash of thunder. He received Holy Orders and preached to the Germans and Dutch, and defended the Eucharist against heresy. Died 1134
Tuesday 6  St. Norbert, Bishop and Confessor Norbert from Cologne was educated at the Emperor's court. In a hurricane he was thrown from his horse and heard God's voice. He took Holy Orders, founded an order, became Archbishop of Magdeburg, helped Pope Innocent II triumph over Anacletus, was a friend of St. Bernard, and defended the Eucharist against the heresy of Tanchelmus. Died 1134.
Wednesday 7    
Thursday 8 St. William of York  
Friday 9 St. Columba, Abbot. 
St. Ephrem, Deacon, Confessor and Doctor 
St. Primus and Felician, Martyrs
From Ireland, Columba, the Apostle of the Picts, evangelized Northern England and Scotland, founded the monastery of Iona on Lindisfarne, or Holy Island. Died 597.
Ephrem wrote poems and hymns to refute the heresies, and is known as the 'Harp of the Holy Ghost'. Died 375. He is the only Syrian to be canonized.
Primus and Felician were Romans and brothers. In their old age they were tortured for their faith, Felician was nailed hands and feet to a tree for three days, then had molten lead was poured into his mouth.  They were thrown to the lions but the lions lay down at their feet.  The were beheaded in 286.
Saturday 10 Blessed Joachima
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Sunday 11 Pentecost
St. Barnabas, Apostle.
 Barnabas presented Paul, after his conversion, to the Apostles, he travelled with Paul on his missions, and retired to Cyprus, where he was finally stoned to death.
Monday 12 St. John of San Facondo, Confessor 
SS. Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor and Nazarius, Martyrs
Bl. Jolenta (Yolanda) of Poland
John was a great peacemaker, first with his childhood friends, and then he preached to the Salamancans and ended the factions. He entered the Order of St. Augustine and loved the Holy Mass. Died 1471, Spain.
Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor and Nazarius were Roman soldiers of noble birth, they were condemned to death when they became Christians, but the lions would not eat them, so they were beheaded.
Tuesday 13 St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor Anthony, from Lisbon, was a great preacher and miracle worker. People turned away from crime and fighting by just listening to a sermon of his. He was known as 'Wonder Worker', 'Ark of the Testament' and 'Hammer of Heretics'. Because he found a lost book he is the patron of lost things. He died at Padua 1231 at age 31, was canonized the next year.
Wednesday 14 St. Albert Chmielowski  
Thursday 15 SS. Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia, Martyrs Vitus, also called Guy, became a Christian so his father handed him over to the judge. At that the farther became blind, and Vitus cured him. His tutor, Modestus and nurse, Crescentia, took him away, but his preaching made him well known. Vitus even cured Emperor Diocletian's son of a devil,  but he would not sacrifice to the gods, so the three of them were martyred 303.
Friday 16 St. John Francis Regis  
Saturday 17 St. Joseph Cafasso  
Sunday 18 Trinity Sunday
SS. Mark and Marcellianus, Martyrs.
Ven. Matt Talbot
Mark and Marcellianus were brothers and were hanged by the feet for a day and a night before being shot by arrows in 286.
Monday 19 St. Romauld, Abbot 
St. Juliana Falconieri, Virgin 
SS. Gervase and Protase, Martyrs.
Juliana, from Florence, at age 15 consecrated her virginity to God. She then never looked on a man's face. She founded the Order of Mantellate, and later was in charge of the Order of Servites, died 1340.
Gervase and Protase were sons of SS. Vitalis and Valeria were martyred under Nero.
Tuesday 20 Immaculate Heart of Mary. 
St. Silverius, Pope and Martyr
St. Paulinus of Nola .
Silverius was a son of Pope St. Hormisdas, who was married before receiving Holy Orders. He succeeded Pope Agapitus. Theodora, Empress of Constantinople asked him to restore an arch heretic to the pontifical throne in her city, whom Agapitus had deposed. Silverius refused and was exiled. Died 538
Wednesday 21 St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Confessor
Aloysius of Italy made a vow of virginity at age nine. At sixteen he entered the Jesuits. He was known for his modesty, mortifications and helping the sick. Pope Benedict gave him as a pattern for young people. Died 1591 at 22.
Thursday 22 Corpus Christi -The Body and Blood of Christ
St. Thomas More, Martyr 
St. Paulinus of Nola, Bishop and Confessor 
St. Alban, Martyr
Thomas, Chancellor of England, defied Henry VIII, and was martyred for his allegiance to Rome in 1535. (See the film 'A Man For All Seasons') 
Paulinus was a Roman senator at age 25, and then Consul. After conversion he gave up all riches, separated from his wife and became a priest, then Bishop of Nola. Died 431
Alban, a Roman soldier, was the first martyr in England.
Friday 23 St. John Fisher, Bishop and Martyr
 John, Bishop of Rochester, defied Henry VIII, and was martyred for his allegiance to Rome in 1535.
Saturday 24 Birth of St. John the Baptist  
Sunday 25 Celebration of Corpus Christi
St. William, Abbot
Bl. Jutta of Thuringia
William renounced his riches, founded a monastery, gave a rule inspired by St. Benedict, and spent his life meditatiing on divine things.  He was renouned for numerous miracles, died 1142.
Monday 26 SS. John and Paul, Martyrs
Bl. Raymond Lull
The brothers John and Paul were Romans who refused to be friends of Julian the Apostate. They were given ten days to decide in which time they gave all their wealth away and were then martyred in 362.
Tuesday 27 St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor 
Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow
Cyril condemned, at the Council of Ephesus, the heresy of Nestorius. He stated that Jesus is God and Man at the same time, and Mary is the Mother of God, died 444.
Wednesday 28 St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr Irenaeus was bishop of Lyons, called the Father of the Catholic Theology, and the golden link binding the spirit of the Gospel to the doctrine of the Fathers. He wrote a treatise against the gnostic heresy. Died about 202.
Thursday 29 The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul  
Friday 30 The Sacred Heart of Jesus
First Martyrs of the Church of Rome
The patronal feast of our parish 
July 2000
Day Date Feast Comments
Saturday 1 Bl. Junipero Serra, Priest Junipero was born in Majorca and spent from age 17 to 35 studying and preaching as a Franciscan monk. He went to Mexico to convert the Indians, and worked for 18 years in California Baja. He founded several of the missions, raised their standard, argued with the military leaders and obtained the Bill of Right for the Native Americans. Died 1784
Sunday 2 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
SS. Processus & Martinian, Martyrs
St. Oliver Plunkett
Roman guards of SS. Peter & Paul, converted by them
Monday 3 St. Thomas, Apostle 
St. Swithin, Bishop and Confessor 
St. Leo II, Pope and Confessor
Thomas was the doubting Apostle, also known as the 'twin' (Didymus), said to have preached in Persia (Iran) and India, martyred at Calamina, patron of India. Feast transferred from December 21
Swithin was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Winchester, died 862.
Leo was Pope from 682 to 683.
Tuesday 4 Our Lady of Refuge 
Our Lady of Consolation 
St. Elizabeth of Portugal 
Independence  Day
Queen of Portugal, died 1336, a niece of St. Elizabeth of Hungry.  She brought peace to Portugal during her reign, and when widowed, she became a Franciscan nun.
Wednesday 5 St. Anthony Maria Zaccaria, Priest and Founder Founder of the Order of Clerks Regular (Barnabites). Died 1539
Thursday 6 St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr  
Friday 7 Bl. Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions
Died 869 & 885. They were brothers who converted the Slavonic nations, Bulgarians, Moravians and Bohemians. It is said they introduced the Slav alphabet, and they translate the scriptures into Slav.
Saturday 8 St. Gregory Grassi and Companions  
Sunday 9 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions
 
Monday 10 The Seven Brothers, Martyrs, and SS. Rufina & Secunda, Virgins and Martyrs
St. Veronica Giuliani
Sons of St. Felicitas martyred in Rome AD 150, and two sisters martyred in AD 257.
Tuesday 11 St. Benedict, Abbot and Founder 
St. Pius I, Pope and Martyr
Benedict, founder of the Benedictines, Patriarch of Monks, "Doctor of Humility", miracle-worker, prophet, brother of St. Scholastica, died 543. ("Idleness is the enemy of the soul") 
Pius, pope possibly from AD 142 to 150. He ordained the feast of The Resurrection to be a Sunday
Wednesday 12 SS. John Jones and John Wall
St. John Gualbert, Abbot 
SS. Nabor & Felix, Martyrs
John Gualbert fought the sin of simony in Italy , founded an order, died 1073.
Nabor and Felix were martyred in 303.
Thursday 13 St. Henry, Emperor
St. Anacletus, Pope and Martyr
Henry II, Emperor of Bavaria from 972, King of Germany from 1014, he was also a monk, died 1024. 
Pope Anacletus declared that three bishops should consecrate a bishop, and a priest was to be ordained by his own bishop, died AD 112.
Friday 14 Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin. 
St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest .
Camillus was founder an order in Italy of Regular Clerks, who nursed the sick and plague-ridden, patron of hospitals, patients and nurses, died 1614. 
Saturday 15 St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor Bonaventure was a doctor at the University of Paris, a Franciscan and became its general, and was known as the Seraphic Doctor, died 1274
Sunday 16 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of Mount Carmel 
St. Helier, Martyr
St. Athenogenes, Bishop, Theologian, Martyr
St. Helier is patron saint of the Isle of Jersey. He was cruelly put to death by pirates, to whom he was preaching Christianity on that island.
St. Athenogenes
is believed by some to have composed the hymn, Phos Hilaron, the first recognized Christian hymn from which comes 'Iam Christe Sol Justitiae', on the way to being martyred about 305 AD
Monday 17 St. Alexius, Confessor
St. Francis Solano
 
Tuesday 18 Bl. Angeline of Marsciano
St. Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs
Martyrs of AD 125.
Wednesday 19    
Thursday 20 St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr
St. Jerome Emilian, Confessor 
St. Margaret, Virgin and Martyr
Apollinaris is said to have been made a bishop by St. Peter. Preached in Ravenna.
Jerome founded a congregation to educate youth in orphanages and colleges, opened asylums for the poor, died of the plague, Italy, 1537. 
Margaret is one of the 14 Auxiliary Saints, as a help for those about to become mothers.
Friday 21 St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor 
St. Praxedes, Virgin
 
Saturday 22 St. Mary Magdalene, Penitent Sister of Martha and Lazarus, maybe washed the feet of Jesus with her tears, and stood by the cross.
Sunday 23 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Bridget, Widow and Religious Founder. 
St. Laborius, Bishop and Confessor.
Bridget was a daughter of Sweden, a princess of Mercia (England).  .
Monday 24 St. Sharbel Makhlouf  
Tuesday 25 St. James, Apostle 
St. Christopher
James the Greater, brother of John, took Christianity to Spain, martyred in AD 42 in Jerusalem. July 25 commemorates the translation of his body to Compostella, Spain. Patron Saint of Spain. 
Christopher ('who bears Christ') is said to have carried Christ across a river, martyred AD 250. One of the 14 Auxiliary saints, patron saint of travelers.
Wednesday 26 SS. Joachim and Ann Joachim and Anne (or Anna), parents of Our Lady. 
Thursday 27 St. Panteleon, Martyr
Bl. Antonio Lucci
A Greek and a doctor, died AD 303. One of the patrons of medical men, invoked against TB, one of the 14 Auxiliary Saints
Friday 28 SS. Nazarius & Celsus, Martyrs, Victor I, Pope and Martyr, and Innocent I, Pope and Confessor
St. Leopold Mandic
 
Saturday 29 St. Martha, Virgin 
SS. Felix, Simplicius, Faustinus & Beatrice, Martyrs
Martha, sister of Mary Magdalene and Lazarus. Jesus often stayed at her house in Bethany, Judea. 
Felix II was pope till AD 365
Sunday 30 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor 
SS. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs
Peter was Bishop of Ravenna due to St. Peter appearing to the pope.  Chrysologus means "speech of gold", he wrote 160 homilies, full of learning, died 450.
Monday 31 St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest and Founder Founder of the Jesuits 
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
August 2000
Day Date Feast Comments
Tuesday 1 St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori, Bishop and Doctor 
St. Peter Julian Eymard, Priest. 
St. . Peter's Chains . 
The Holy Machabees, Martyrs.
Alphonsus. of Naples, was a lawyer, author, preacher and founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Redemptorists, to preach to the rural poor. He wrote over 100 books including "Moral Theology". He was persecuted by the Church and the rulers, and even expelled from his order.  He died 1787.
Wednesday 2 St. Eusebius, Bishop
St. Basil the Blessed
Eusebius was Bishop of Vercelli and opposed the Aryan heresy, died 371
Basil was one of the 'Holy Fools'.  He played the fool for Christ in Moscow, and so was able to talk to the Czar Ivan the Terrible.  He stole from the rich to give to the poor, and he derided ostensiously pious people.  He died 1552, and St. Basil's cathedral in Moscow is named after him. Patron saint of Russia.
Thursday 3 St. Peter Julian Eymard, Priest.
This was the feast of The Finding of the Body of St. Stephen, the First Martyr.
Friday 4 St. John Mary Vianney, Confessor Born in France 1786, was the "Cure' d'Ars" for 42 years, famous for hearing confessions, He suffered for the 250 souls of his village by only eating potatoes, almost never sleeping, and praying in church for all his spare time. When he became famous, he would hear confessions for up to 18 hours a day. He was often tormented by the devil, and suffered very poor health. He died Aug. 4, 1859, and is the patron saint of parish priests.
Saturday 5 Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major (The Church of Our Lady of the Snow)  
Sunday 6 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Transfiguration of Our Lord
 
Monday 7 SS. Sixtus II, Pope & Companions (Felicissimus and Agapitus), Martyrs 
St. Cajetan, Confessor 
St. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr
Sixtus and companions cruelly martyred in third century.
Cajetan founded the Theatines. 
Donatus martyred 361.
Tuesday 8 St. Dominic, Confessor and Founder. 
SS. Cyriacus, Largus and Smaragdus, Martyrs
Dominic, born in Spain, defended the Church against heresy of the Cathari, and founded the Order of the Friars Preachers, the Dominicans. Instead of preaching in a rich environment, he travelled on foot, without money, like the Apostles, preaching faith and charity wherever there was an audience.  He and his followers studied theology and doctrine and how to communicate. Died Aug. 6, 1221. 
Cyriacus martyred 303, one of the auxiliary saints
Wednesday 9 St. Romanus, Martyr
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
 
Thursday 10 St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr. 
St. Oswald, King and Martyr
Lawrence was a deacon to Pope Sixtus he loved the poor and was slowly burnt to death in 258.  His basilica is the fifth most important in Rome. 
Oswald was King of Northumbria, died 642
Friday 11 St. Clare, Virgin and Founder 
Bl. Peter Faber, Confessor
Clare was a friend of St. Francis of Assisi, co-founder of the Poor Clares, or second order of St. Francis. She was also of a rich family of Assisi and gave up all worldly goods to live after the manner of the holy gospel, in poverty with perpetual abstenance. She kept the Saracens out of her convent by holding up the ciborium.  Died 1253. 
Peter was one of the first Jesuits, died 1546
Saturday 12 St. Emigdius
St. Louis of Toulouse
St. Emigdius is Protector against earthquakes.
Sunday 13 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
SS. Pontian, Pope & Hyppolitus, Martyrs
Hyppolitus, was a guard of St. Lawrence and converted by him, died 258.
Monday 14 St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Martyr Kolbe was a Franciscan priest in Poland. During WWII he was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. He offered to take the place of another man who was going to be killed with nine others as a reprisal for an escape. He died partly of starvation and finally by lethal injection in 1941.
Tuesday 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 
Wednesday 16 St. Stephen of Hungary
Bl. Bartholomew Laurel, Martyr 
 
Thursday 17 St. Joan of the Cross
St. Hyacinth, Confessor
Hyacinth, the Apostle of the North, from Breslau, converted many in north Europe, joined St. Dominic, died Aug, 15, 1257
Friday 18 St. Jane Frances Fremiot de Chantal, Religious. 
St. Agapitus, Martyr. 
St. Helen, Empress and Widow 
St. Hugh, Martyr
Jane founded the Order of the Visitation, died France 1641. 
Helen was the mother of Emperor Constantine, died 328 
Hugh was martyred at the age of 9 in Lincoln, England, 1255
Saturday 19 St. John Eudes, Priest. 
Bl. Peter Zuniga and Luis Flores, Martyrs
John of France founded the Eudists (Congregation of Jesus and Mary) and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, died Aug. 19, 1680
Sunday 20 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Bernard, Abbot, Doctor
Bernard joined the Cistercian order, founded the monastery at Clairvaux, France, and 160 other monasteries, know as the "Honey-mouthed Doctor" for his eloquence, piety and wisdom in his prayers, books and sermons, died 1153
Monday 21 St. Pius X, Pope Pius X was best known for his encouragement of children to go the Communion.  He encouraged daily Communion for all.  He died, possibly of sadness, at the out break of the First World War
Tuesday 22 Queenship of Mary 
Rose of Lima, Peru, was the first saint of South America, died Aug. 29, 1617.
Wednesday 23 St. Rose of Lima, Virgin.
St. Philip Benzini, Confessor 
Rose of Lima, Peru, was the first saint of South America, died Aug. 29, 1617.
Philip evangelized Italy, France and Germany, died 1285.
Thursday 24 St. Bartholomew, Apostle Also known as Nathanael, he preached the faith in Arabia.
Friday 25 St. Louis IX, King and Confessor 
King of France from the age of 12, loved the poor, led two crusades, died 1270
Saturday 26 St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest
St. Zephyrinus, Pope and Martyr 
Bl. Junipero Serra. 
Bl. Thomas Percy, Martyr
Zephyrinus defended the Unity and Trinity of God, died 218. 
Thomas, Earl of Northumberland, died 1572
Sunday 27 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Monica, Widow
Monica was an African, born near Carthage. She converted her husband to Christianity. When he died she devoted her life to the conversion of her son, Augustine, from his amoral life by her prayers, tears and sufferings. She died 387 after seeing his conversion. She is the patron saint of alcoholics
Monday 28 St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor Augustine, son of St. Monica from Algiers, said to be converted from his wayward youth by his mother's tears and St. Ambrose. He heard a voice saying" Take and read", and so he started to read the scriptures. He became Bishop of Hippo, founded the Augustinians, wrote his autobiography "Confessions", died 430.
Tuesday 29 The Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Prophet and Martyr. 
St. Sabina, Martyr
Sabina died about 127
Wednesday 30 SS. Felix and Adauctus, Martyrs
St. Jeanne Jugan 
Felix and Adauctus died 303
Thursday 31 St. Raymund Nonnatus, Confessor 
St. Aidan, Bishop and Confessor
SS. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
Raymund joined the order of Our Lady of Ransom and went to Africa to ransom Christians, died 1240. 
Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, converted the northern Angles in Britain, died Aug. 31, 651

September 2000

Day Date Feast Comments
Friday 1 St. Giles, Abbot. 
The Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs.
Giles, born at Athens, fled to France, built a famous abbey and founded a monastic life, died 721. 
These twelve Africans were martyred 3rd century.
Saturday 2 Blessed John Francis Burté and Companions
St. Stephen, King and Martyr. 
Bl. Bartholomew Gutierrez, Martyr.
Stephen, first King of Hungry, he converted Hungry to Christendom, died 1038.
Sunday 3 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Gregory I, the Great, Pope and Doctor.
Gregory rose to be Prefect of Rome where he brought the sacked city back to some administrative order. When his father died he left the civil life and founded monasteries. Later as Pope he strengthened the papal leadership over the local and universal church, regulated the liturgy and collected the music now known as Gregorian Chant. His influence ruled Rome and much of Italy. He sent St. Augustine and 40 missionaries to convert England. He wrote the life of St. Benedict. He died in 604 and later was named a Great Doctor of the Church. St Bede wrote his life.
Monday 4 St. Rose of Viterbo Labor Day
Tuesday 5 Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
St. Laurence Justinian, Bishop and Confessor
Theresa was born in Lithuania in 1910,  moved to Calcutta and founded the Missionaries of Charity to work with "the poorest of the poor.", She died September 10, 1997.
Laurence, the first Patriarch of Venice, died 1455.
Wednesday 6 Bl. Claudio Granzotto  
Thursday 7 Bl. Frederick Ozanam  
Friday 8 The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
St. Adrian, Martyr
Adrian was martyred about 303
Saturday 9 St. Peter Claver, Priest. 
St. Gorgonius, Martyr.
Peter, a Jesuit, was called "The slave of the slaves for ever." In Spain he welcomed the slaves on arrival, and instructed them,  healed and helped them converting 300,000 to Christianity. He is the patron of black Africans.
Sunday 10 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor.
St. Thomas of Villanova
Nicholas is a model of innocence and purity, died 1308.
Monday 11 St. Cyprian
SS. Protus and Hyacinth, Martyrs.
 
Tuesday 12 The Holy Name of Mary.   
Wednesday 13  St. John Chrisostom, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor. John is one of the four great Eastern Doctors of the Church, died 407
Thursday 14 The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Originally this feast celebrated on May 3 as the Finding of the True Cross by St. Helena, mother of Emporer Constantine, in the 4th century, and the dedication of Constantine's basilica on Calvary.
Friday 15 Our Lady of Sorrows. 
St. Catherine of Genoa.
St. Nicodemes, Martyr
This commemorates the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady.  See Luke 2:35.
Nicodemes beaten to death for not sacrificing to the gods, under Domitian.
Saturday 16 SS. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs. 
SS. Euphemia, Lucy & Geminianus, Martyrs
Cornelius beheaded in 253. St. Jerome says of St. Cyprian "His works are more brilliant then the sun."
Sunday 17 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop Confessor and Doctor. 

The Impression of the Stigmata of St. Francis. 

St. Hildegarde, Abbess and Founder

Robert wrote a catechism that was translated into 40 languages, the most learned of his time, he advised three popes and dealt formidable blows to protestantism, died 1621. 
Hildegarde, the Great Prophetess of the Benedictine Order, published works of her divine revelations at her monastery on the Rhine, which she founded. She was an author and theologian, prophet and preacher, musician and composer, poet and artist, doctor and pharmacist. died 1179.
Monday 18 St. Joseph of Cupertino  
Tuesday 19 St. Januarius, Bishop, & his Companions, Martyrs. 
SS. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs.
Januarius, Festus, Desiderius, Socius, Proculus, Eutychius and Acutius beheaded in 305.  Januarius' blood becomes alive today three times a year in Naples.
Wednesday 20 St. Eustace and his Companions, Martyrs. 
SS. Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions, Martyrs.
Eustace was a general in Hadrian's army. He refused sacrifice to the gods. He and his family were thrown to the lions, but they would not eat them.  They were then burnt to death in 120.
Thursday 21 St. Matthew the Apostle Matthew was Levi the tax collector. Wrote a gospel and preached in Palestine and Ethiopia where he was martyred.
Friday 22 St. Thomas of Villanova, Bishop and Confessor.

St. Maurice and his Companions.

Thomas, bishop of Valencia, gave everything he possessed to the poor, died 1555. 
Maurice, a general in Maximillian's army, refused sacrifice to the gods, with 6600 other soldiers, massacred in about 286.
Saturday 23 St. Linus, Pope and Martyr. 
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St. Thecla, Virgin and Martyr.
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcino
Linus succeeded St. Peter as pope, martyred in 79 AD. 
Thecla was converted by St. Paul. She was tortured with flames and wild beasts under Nero, but did not die then. Although she died a natural death, she is considered a martyr.
Sunday 24 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of Ransom
St. Pacifico of San Severino
In the 13th century, Our Lady appeared to St. Peter Nolasco, St. Raymond of Pennafort and King James of Aragon and asked them to found the Order of Our Lady of Ransom. This was to redeem slaves, captives and prisoners. This feast is now known as Our Lady of Mercy.
Monday 25 St. Elzear and Blessed Delphina  
Tuesday 26 SS. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs.
SS. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs
Cosmas and Damian were brothers and physicians in Aegea during Diocletian and Maximilian. They healed souls as much as diseases, died by many tortures about 285. 
Wednesday 27 St. Vincent de Paul, Confessor. From very poor beginnings, of which he was ashamed, he rose to become the Queen's chaplain. Once he was a slave of Turkish pirates.  One poor man's deathbed confession converted him from a life of luxury to helping the poor. Vincent founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity for the rich ladies of Paris, and the Vincentians for men, to look after the poor, foundlings, the insane, the imprisoned and slaves, the sick and girls in danger. He died in Paris 1660.
Thursday 28 St. Wenceslaus, Duke and Martyr. 

SS. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, Martyrs

St. Lioba, Nun and Missionary

Wenceslaus was Duke of Bohemia. He gave alms to the poor, orphans, widows, delivered captives and visited prisoners. Santa Claus is named after him. He was stabbed while praying for his enemies in 938.  He is the patron of Hungary, Poland and Bohemia.





Liobgetha (Lioba) was a relative of St. Boniface, and because of him she established monastic centres for women in Germany. Died 780.
Friday 29 SS. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels. This feast was originally commemorating the dedication of a Roman church to St. Michael, then a feast of all the angels. Michael is the protecting angel of the Church,  Gabrielle was the messenger to Mary, Daniel and Zachary, Raphael healed Tobias and helped his son.
Saturday 30 St. Jerome, Monk and Doctor Jerome was a great scholar. Having studied the classical languages he was asked by Pope Damasus to translate the Greek Septuagint scriptures into Latin. he used the original Hebrew text as well. This was known as the Vulgate which the Church has used for 15 centuries. On the death of the pope, because his sharp tongue had made many enemies he went to meditate in a monastery near Bethlehem, performed perpetual abstinence, studied the scriptures , died 420.
October 2000
Day Date Feast Comments
Sunday 1 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor

St. Remigius, Bishop.

Theresa born in France 1873, became a Carmelite nun at 15 in Lisieux, and died at 24. Known as The Little Flower, a mystic and Apostolic Virgin, she so loved Jesus that she worked for the salvation of all souls, and promised to continue doing that in Heaven. Her life is explained in her book The Story of a Soul. There is a most beautiful basilica at Lisieux dedicated to St. Teresa of Lisieux.
Monday 2 The Holy Guardian Angels The Church teaches that every person has his own personal angel, so does every kingdom, province, family, diocese, church and religious community, to protect us and lead us to salvation.
Tuesday 3 St. Mother Theodora Guérin  
Wednesday 4 St. Francis of Assisi, Founder Francis, born of a rich family about 1182, first enjoyed the frivolities of wealth. He went to fight in a war and was captured and then ransomed.  While recovering from a long sickness he had many experiences to convert him.  While praying he was told to "repair my church." Although he started the physical restoration of a church, he soon realized that Christ meant his living church.  Francis gave up all his wealth, lived in poverty serving the poor and sick, and founded three orders: Friars Minor for men, the Poor Clares for nuns, and the 'Order of Penance'. He is known for his love of animals, and first introduced them to the Christmas manger scene. He wrote the "Canticle of Creation" singing about Brother Sun, Sister Moon and Sister Death. He received the stigmata and died in great pain in 1226.
Thursday 5 St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
St. Placid and his Companions, Martyrs
 
Friday 6 Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher, Virgin and Founder
St. Bruno
 
Saturday 7 Mary, Queen of the Rosary. 
St. Mark, Pope and Confessor.
 
Sunday 8 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. John Leonardi
 
Monday 9 SS. Denis (Dionysius), Bishop, and Companions, Martyrs. 
St. John Leonardi, Confessor
Bl. John Henry Newman
Denis was the first bishop of Paris. Kings of France buried in his basilica
John founded an order, and the College of Propaganda to fight the Reformation
Tuesday 10 St. Francis Borgia, Confessor   
Wednesday 11 Bl. Angela Truszkowska  
Thursday 12 St. Wilfred, Bishop and Confessor
St. Seraphin of Montegranaro
Columbus Day. 
Wilfred was Archbishop of York, known as an apostle of Holland, Sussex and the Isle of Wight, died 709.
Friday 13 St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin
St. Edward, King and Confessor
Margaret Mary entered the Visitation Order in France. The mysteries of the Sacred Heart were revealed to her in visions. Through her we have the devotion of the First Nine Fridays and the feast of the Sacred Heart. She died 1690.
Edward was king of England and was known as the Father of the Orphans and the Poor. Edward the Confessor died 1066.
Saturday 14 St. Callistus, Pope and Martyr Callistus started life as a slave. For escaping he was sent to the mines. When released he served the Pope, and on his death was elected pope. He instituted the Ember day fasts, allowed priests to marry, he brought murderers and adulterers back to communion, welcomed converts from heretical and schismatic sects, much to the annoyance of his rivals, and was martyred in a riot 223.
Sunday 15 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor
Teresa was born in Avila, France, and joined the Carmelites' contemplative order. After a sickness and long recovery at home she returned to the convent and found it more a boarding house for wealthy maidens. She had a conversion one day when she glanced at the suffering image of Christ on the cross.  She left her mediocre spiritual life and founded a new Carmelite convent based on a life of prayer, poverty and hard work. She was a mystic, wrote books, and was opposed by many in her order and by the Inquisition. She founded 17 convents and died on October 5-15, 1582 (October 6-14 never existed). She was the first woman given the title of Doctor of the Church. 
Monday 16 St. Hedwig, Religious. 
St. Marguerite d’Youville

Tuesday 17 St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr. While Bishop of Antioch, Syria, Ignatius was arrested and transported to Rome to be eaten by wild animals in c.107. What made him famous was his seven letters, written along the way to Rome, expressing his desire to see this martyrdom though, in order to strengthen his faithful at home.
Wednesday 18 St. Luke, Evangelist Luke was probably a physician, he accompanied Paul on his missions and he wrote a gospel and the Acts of the Apostles
Thursday 19 SS. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf, Priest & Companions, Martyrs. 
Isaac was a Jesuit missionary in Canada where he was tortured by the local tribe, but he escaped to France.  He went back to help negotiations with the tribes and was captured and killed by them.
Peter entered the Order of St. Francis and led a life of poverty, austerity and penance, died in Spain 1692.
Friday 20 St. Paul of the Cross, Priest 
St. John Cantius, Confessor
St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin
Paul founded the Passionist Fathers and died 1775 in Italy.
John was born in Cracow, Poland, and taught there, he died in 1473, and is invoked for tuberculosis.
Saturday 21 St. Hilarion, Abbot. 
SS. Ursula and Companions
Hilarion founded monastic life in Palestine, died in 372. 
Ursula was massacred by the Huns in about 454.
Sunday 22 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Peter of Alcantara
Peter entered the Order of St. Francis and led a life of poverty, austerity and penance, died in Spain 1692.
Monday 23 St. John Capistrano, Priest John delivered Europe from Islam, he raised 70,000 impoverished Christian warriors without proper weapons who beat 120,000 Turks, recapturing Constantinople. Died 1456.
Tuesday 24 St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop  
Wednesday 25 SS. Chrysanthus and Darius, Martyrs
St. Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão
Chrysanthus and Darius were husband and wife who suffered martyrdom together in 283.
Thursday 26 St. Evaristus, Pope and Martyr
Bl. Contardo Ferrini
Pope Evaristus died 109
Friday 27 Bl. Bartholomew of Vicenza  
Saturday 28 SS. Simon and Jude, Apostles. Simon preached in the East. Jude, known as Thaddeus, preached in the West and wrote an epistle, and was martyred in Persia.
Sunday 29 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Blessed Martyrs of Douai
St. Narcissus of Jerusalem
Many holy priests were educated at Douai, France,  and came to England as missionaries to lay down their lives during the reformation persecution in the 16th century.  It was at Douai that the Bible was translated into English for Catholics because the King James version was produced for the Protestants, and it was used until late in the 20th century.
Monday 30  St. Alphonsus Rodriguez  
Tuesday 31 St. Wolfgang of Regensburg  

Movable Feasts

First Sunday of Advent
Fourth Sunday before December 25, (Christmas Day).
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Sunday after Christmas Day
Epiphany
Feast day is January 6, but usually celebrated on Second Sunday after Christmas day
Baptism of Our Lord Third Sunday after Christmas Day
Ash Wednesday
Forty-six days before Easter Sunday on the Wednesday
Palm Sunday
Sunday before Easter Sunday
Easter Sunday
The Sunday after the fourteenth day of the March moon (the new moon) . This day is counted only from the twenty-first of March. That turns out to be the first Sunday after the first full moon (the paschal moon) after the spring equinox. If it is full moon before the twenty-first , the pascal moon will be the following one; hence the difference sometimes of more than a month. The extreme dates for the celebration of Easter are March 21 and April 25.
Ascension Day
Forty days after Easter, on the Thursday
Pentecost
Fifty day after Easter, on the Sunday.
Trinity Sunday
Sunday after Pentecost
Corpus Christi
Thursday after Trinity Sunday, but usually celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday
Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi
Christ the King
Sunday before the First Sunday of Advent

Feasts days may be moved if they occur in Holy Week, Easter Week or on a Sunday.
Rome has been moving feast days out of Lent to new feast days.


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