September is the month of Our Sorrowful Mother

“The family that prays together stays together. A world at prayer is a world at peace.”(Mottoes of Fr. Patrick Peyton’s Rosary Crusade)

“The first step of Satan’s plan for the spiritual destruction of the family is the neglect of family prayer, especially of the Rosary.” (Fr. Casimir)

Our Lady Of Tears

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Three major feasts of Our Lady occur: her Nativity on the 8th, the Most Holy Name of Mary on the 12th, and her Seven Sorrows on the 15th. There are also lesser feasts as well, such as Our Lady of LaSalette on the 19th, and Our Lady of Ransom on the 24th. Special days to honor our Heavenly Queen and Mother! From the Roman Breviary, a beautiful acclamation for the feast of her Nativity: Thy birth, O Virgin Mother of God, announced joy to all the world. For from thee hast risen the Sun of justice, Christ our God, Who, hav-ing taken away the curse, bestowed blessing, and having triumphed over death, gave us life everlasting. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. For from thee hath risen the Sun of justice, Christ our God.

Ferial Day

What Is A Ferial Day?

Friday the 25th is a ferial day.

A feria or ferial day is "a weekday on which no special ecclesiastical feast is to be celebrated". A Requiem Mass Of All The Faithful Departed may be offered or if the feast of a saint falls on such a day, the liturgy actually celebrated may be that of the saint. If non The Mass of the preceding Sunday may also be offered.


Saints This Week With Feast Days:

Saint Matthew, and Apostle and Evangelist was a Jew who worked for the occupying Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. The Romans were not scrupulous about what the “tax farmers” got for themselves. Hence the latter, known as “publicans,” were generally hated as traitors by their fellow Jews. The Pharisees lumped them with “sinners” (see Matthew 9:11-13). So it was shocking to them to hear Jesus call such a man to be one of his intimate followers.

Saint Thomas of Villanova, Bishop was from Castile in Spain and received his surname from the town where he was raised. He received a superior education at the University of Alcala and became a popular professor of philosophy there.

After joining the Augustinian friars at Salamanca, Thomas was ordained and resumed his teaching–despite a continuing absentmindedness and poor memory. He became prior and then provincial of the friars, sending the first Augustinians to the New World. He was nominated by the emperor to the archbishopric of Granada, but refused. When the see again became vacant he was pressured to accept. The money his cathedral chapter gave him to furnish his house was given to a hospital instead. His explanation to them was that “our Lord will be better served by your money being spent on the poor in the hospital. What does a poor friar like myself want with furniture?”

He wore the same habit that he had received in the novitiate, mending it himself.  Several hundred poor came to Thomas’s door each morning and received a meal, wine, and money. When criticized because he was at times being taken advantage of, he replied, “If there are people who refuse to work, that is for the governor and the police to deal with. My duty is to assist and relieve those who come to my door.” He took in orphans and paid his servants for every deserted child they brought to him. He encouraged the wealthy to imitate his example and be richer in mercy and charity than they were in earthly possessions.

As he lay dying, Thomas commanded that all the money he possessed be distributed to the poor. His material goods were to be given to the rector of his college. Mass was being celebrated in his presence when after Communion he breathed his last, reciting the words: “Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”

In his lifetime Thomas of Villanova was already called “the almsgiver” and “the father of the poor.”

Saint Linus, Pope and Martyr was a native of Tuscany. He succeeded St. Peter as Pope about the year 67. St. Irenaeus says he is the Linus mentioned by St. Paul in the II Timothy 4:21, and that he was consecrated bishop by St. Paul.

Our Lady of Ransom

The story of Our Lady of Ransom begins with St. Peter Nolasco, born in Languedoc about 1189. At the age of 25 he took a vow of chastity and made over his vast estates to the Church. After making a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Montserrat, he went to Barcelona where he began to practice various works of charity.

He conceived the idea of establishing an Order for the redemption of captives seized by the Moors on the seas and in Spain itself; they were being cruelly tormented in their African prisons to make them deny their faith.

He spoke of it to the king of Aragon, James I, who knew him well and already respected him as a saint; for the king had already asked for his prayers when he sent out his armies to combat the Moors, and he attributed his victories to those prayers.

On August 1, 1218 the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Peter, to his confessor, Raymund of Penafort, and to the king, and through these three servants of God established a work of the most perfect charity, the redemption of captives.

Saints Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs

THE detestable superstition of St. Cyprian's idolatrous parents devoted him from his infancy to the devil, and he was brought up in all the impious mysteries of idolatry, astrology, and the black art. When Cyprian had learned all the extravagances of these schools of error and delusion, he hesitated at no crimes, blasphemed Christ, and committed secret murders. There lived at Antioch a young Christian lady called Justina, of high birth and great beauty. A pagan nobleman fell deeply in love with her, and finding her modesty inaccessible, and her resolution invincible, he applied to Cyprian for assistance. Cyprian, no less smitten with the lady, tried every secret with which he was acquainted to conquer her resolution. Justina, perceiving herself vigorously attacked, studied to arm herself by prayer, watchfulness, and mortification against all his artifices and the power of his spells. Cyprian finding himself worsted by a superior power, began to consider the weakness of the infernal spirits, and resolved to quit their service and become a Christian. Agladius, who had been the first suitor to the holy virgin, was likewise converted and baptized. The persecution of Diocletian breaking out, Cyprian and Justina were seized, and presented to the same judge. She was inhumanly scourged, and Cyprian was torn with iron hooks. After this they were both sent in chains to Diocletian, who commanded their heads to be struck off, which sentence was executed.