1st November 2022 - 1st November 2022 |

All Saints

All Saints. Today the Church celebrates the feast of all those in Heaven, not only the great canonised, officially recognised, saints, but also our own relatives and friends.  It reminds us that the Church is made up of three parts – the Church Triumphant, already enjoying the beatific vision of God in Heaven, the Church […]

28th October 2022 - 28th October 2022 |

Ss. Simon and Jude

Ss. Simon and Jude.  Simon is named eleventh in the list of apostles.  Nothing is known about him, apart from the fact that he was born in Cana of Galilee and known as “The Zealot” suggesting that he was a bit fiery and committed to the faith.  Jude, also known as Thaddeus, was the one […]

24th October 2022 - 24th October 2022 |

St. Anthony Mary Claret

St. Anthony Mary Claret (1807-1870).  Born in Sallent, Spain, he became a priest and preached initially to the people of Catalonia before founding the Claretian Order.  He became a bishop in Cuba where he worked for the good of souls with great profit.  Returning to Spain, he had to endure many trials for the sake […]

23rd October 2022 - 23rd October 2022 |

St. John of Capistrano

St. John of Capistrano (1386-1456).  Born in the Abruzzi, N. Italy, he studied law at Perugia and held the office of judge for a time.  He entered the Order of Friars Minor, the Franciscans, was ordained and went through Europe seeking to strengthen Christian morals and argue against heretics before dying in Villach, Austria.

20th October 2022 - 20th October 2022 |

St. Paul of the Cross

St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775).  Born at Ovada, Liguria, as a young man, he helped his merchant father, but, feeling called to a life of perfection, he gave up his worldly goods to look after the sick and the poor for which he assembled a body of companions to help him.  He eventually became  […]

19th October 2022 - 19th October 2022 |

St. John de Brebeuf and his Companions

St. John de Brebeuf and his Companions.  Between 1642 and 1649 eight members of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) had gone to N. America to preach the faith there.  After terrible tortures by the Huron and Iroquois tribes, including being beaten with knotted sticks, having their hair, beards and nails torn out, their fingers […]

18th October 2022 - 18th October 2022 |

St. Luke

St. Luke.  Born of a pagan family, he converted to the Christian faith and became a companion of St. Paul on some of the latter’s missionary journeys.  He wrote his Gospel in accordance with Paul’s preaching, and he is also responsible for the Acts of the Apostles in the New  Testament, which reads like  a […]

17th October 2022 - 17th October 2022 |

St. Ignatius of Antioch

St. Ignatius of Antioch.  One of the very early saint-martyrs of the Church, he was the second bishop of Antioch after St. Peter.  He was sentenced to death in 107 A.D. by being thrown to wild beasts during the reign of the Emperor Trajan.  On his final journey to Rome, he wrote seven letters to […]

16th October 2022 - 16th October 2022 |

St. Hedwig

St. Hedwig (1174-1243).  Born in Bavaria, she married the Duke of Silesia by whom she had seven children (reason enough in itself for sainthood!).  Her life was characterised by her devotion and kindness to the sick and the poor, for whom she built hostels (no N.H.S.).  On the death of her husband, she retired to […]

16th October 2022 - 16th October 2022 |

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690).  Born in Autun, France, she joined the Visitation Order of nuns where she rapidly progressed in the way of perfection.  She was granted many revelations in regard to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was instrumental in bringing about Its veneration.