All Souls’ Day

November 2 Today is the feast of All Souls’ Day. Instructions for All Souls’ Day by Leonard Goffine, 1871   What is All Souls’ day? It is the day set apart by the Catholic Church for the special devout commemoration of those of its members, who have departed this life in the grace and friendship … Read more

The Feast of All Saints’

November 1 Today is the Feast of All Saints’.  Orate pro nobis. The Church day by day gives special veneration to one or more of the holy men and women who have helped to establish it by their blood, develop it by their labors, or edify it by their virtues. But, in addition to those … Read more

Saint Quentin, Martyr

October 31 Today is the feast day of Saint Quentin.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Quentin (Quintinus) was a Roman, descended from a senatorial family. Full of zeal for the kingdom of Jesus Christ, he left his country and went into Gaul, accompanied by eleven other apostles sent from Rome. They separated to extend their campaign … Read more

Saint Wolfgang, Bishop

Wolfgang

October 31 Today is the feast day of Saint Wolfgang.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Wolfgang was born about 934; died at the village of Pupping in upper Austria, 31 October, 994. The name Wolfgang is of early German origin. St. Wolfgang was one of the three brilliant stars of the tenth century, St. Ulrich, St. Conrad, … Read more

Saint Marcellus, the Centurion, and His Children, Martyrs

October 30 Today is the feast day of Saint Marcellus, the Centurion, and His Children.  Orate pro nobis. It is believed that Saint Marcellus was born in Arzas of Galicia. A brave pagan, he entered upon the career of arms, hoping to gain a large fortune. He married a young lady named Nona and they … Read more

Saint Alphonsus Rodriquez, Confessor

October 30 Today is the feast day of Saint Alphonsus Rodriquez.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez was born in Spain in 1531, of a well-to-do commercial household of Segovia, the third of eleven children. When Alphonsus was eleven years old, he and his older brother were sent to a Jesuit college. He had already manifested … Read more

Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

Last Sunday of October Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King From the Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XI Quas Primas; December 11, 1925   Since the Holy Year has provided more than one opportunity to enhance the glory of the kingdom of Christ, we deem it to be in the highest degree in … Read more

Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles

October 28 Today is the feast day of Saint Simon and Saint Jude.  Orate pro nobis. Saint Simon is surnamed the Cananean or Zelotes in the Holy Scriptures, words which both mean “the Zealous.” Some have mistakenly thought that the first of these names was meant to imply that St. Simon was born at Cana … Read more

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 “And there was a certain ruler, whose son was sick.”–John 4, 46.   Of all the consequences of original sin there exists one which, without exception, is common to all the children of Adam, and that is, death. “Wherefore as by one … Read more

Saint Acca of Hexham, Bishop

October 20 Today is the feast day of Saint Acca of Hexam. Ora pro nobis. During his youth, Acca joined the household of Bishop Bosa of York, where he fell in with the Romanist party and became a faithful friend of St. Wilfred, Abbot of Ripon. They were constant companions for thirteen, often turbulent, years … Read more