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JAN. 20: ST. SEBASTIAN

(256-288) St. Sebastian was a 3rd century Christian saint and a martyr. He was educated in Milan then joined the Roman Army in order to help the suffering Christians. For his incredible service to the army, Sebastian was promoted to serve in the Praetorian Guard, the elite unit of the Imperial Roman Army whose members […]

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JAN. 19: ST. FABIAN

(Died 250 AD) In the year 236, Fabian, a layman, came to Rome, perhaps out of curiosity, to witness the choosing of a new Pope. Suddenly during the discussion, a dove descended from the ceiling. The story, according to Eusebius, says the dove “settled on (Fabian’s) head as clear imitation of the descent of the […]

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JAN. 18: ST. CHARLES OF SEZZE

(1613- 1670) Born in Sezze, southeast of Rome, Charles was inspired by the lives of Salvator Horta and Paschal Baylon to become a Franciscan in 1635. He was determined to become a lay brother with a great desire to be poor and to beg alms for his love. He served as cook, porter, sacristan, gardener […]

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JAN. 17: ST. ANTONY, ABBOTT

(3rd century) Antony lost both his parents by the time he was 20 years old. He gave away his worldly goods and lived as a hermit in the desert. He established “families” of monks who under the guidance of a spiritual father, dedicated themselves to the service of God. St. Anthony is often depicted next […]

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CALL TO WORSHIP & CENTERING PRAYERS

Call to worship Today’s Scriptures tell us that when we hear and answer God’s call our lives are changed. We pray to be open to the new directions toward which God calls us — to exhibit moral leadership and to lead saintly lives, Even in these times of confusion and division. To the point: How […]

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THE WORD OF GOD THIS WEEK

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Reflection Young Samuel slept in the temple, near the ark. He was awakened by the voice of God that he did not recognize. A temple elder instructed him to respond: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening” Samuel listened to God as he grew and became a great prophet. By calling […]

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PREPARING FOR NEXT WEEK

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time Reflection (Taken from Sr. Mary McGlone) In the first reading, we get the cartoon-like story of Jonah warning the people of the once-largest city in the world that they have 40 days to repent or be destroyed. Then, we hear Paul tell the Corinthians to live as if time were […]

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JAN. 16: ST. MARCELLUS

(Died 310) In 304 Marcellus was elected pope, succeeding Pope St. Marcellinus, who had been tortured by the Roman emperor Diocletian. Marcellus found a church in disarray thanks to hundreds of years of persecution, as well as lapsed and disaffected followers. Three years of relative peace were given the church when Maxentius became emperor in […]