Archive for the ‘Feasts and Holy Days’ Category

Good Friday

25Mar16

On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Good Friday, in the Adoration of the Cross, in the chanting of the ‘Reproaches’, in the reading of the Passion, […]


Maundy Thursday

24Mar16

HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood (as distinct from the ‘priesthood of all believers’) for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration […]


Patrick was not Irish to begin with. He was born in Scotland at a time when Ireland was a land of pagan kings and warriors. His parents were Romans, probably there as merchants or administrators of a Roman Colony. When Patrick was sixteen years old, Irish warriors raided Scotland and carried captives back to Ireland […]


Wishing you a blessed Christmas full of peace and joy.


A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: “The […]


Saint Andrew was the brother of Saint Peter and is regarded as the first of the twelve apostles. Like Peter, Andrew was a fisherman from Bethsaida in Galilee. Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist who had followed Jesus on John’s recommendation. According to a New Testament account: Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one […]


St Padre Pio

23Sep15

Today is the feast day of the much loved St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, cannonized in 2002.  This short video gives a glimpse of who he was http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=311 but there is so much more to know about this modern day saint.Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (25 May 1887 – 23 September 1968) was a Capuchin priest from Italywho is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. […]


Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, was born in 332. A, a girlhood of singular innocence and piety, she was given in marriage to Patritius, a pagan. She at once devoted herself to his conversion, praying for him always, and winning his reverence and love by the holiness of her life and her affectionate forbearance. […]


Bartholomew, one of the Twelve in the synoptic lists of the Apostles, is traditionally identified with Nathanael of John’s Gospel.  He is believed to have preached the Gospel in India and greater Armenia.  Saint Pantaenus testified that Bartholomew had brought a copy of Saint Mathew’s Gospel to the people of this vast region.  Bartholomew is […]


The feast of the Transfiguration of Christ celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). After revealing to His disciples that He would be put to death in Jerusalem (Matthew 16:21), Christ, along with Ss. Peter, James, and John, went up the mountain. There, St. […]