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SEPT. 19: ST. JANUARIUS / SAN GENNARO

(Died 305) Januarius (or Gennaro in Italian) was an early Christian bishop who was martyred near Naples during the persecution of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. According to legend, as bishop of Benevento, he was visiting some imprisoned Christians in Pozzuli, a town very near Naples, when he was arrested. The bishop and his Christian companions […]

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SEPT. 18: ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO

(1603-1767)           Today’s saint proves that a saint doesn’t have to be blessed with incredible intelligence in order to be in the state of grace. St. Joseph was born in 1603 at Cupertino, in the diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples. His mother often considered him a nuisance and treated him harshly. Joseph was […]

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SEPT. 17: ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE

(1542-1621) A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570. He devoted his energy to the study of church history, as well as to scripture, in order to systematize church doctrine against the attacks of the Protestant Reformers. He was the first Jesuit to become a professor at Louvain. His […]

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SEPT. 16: ST. EUPHEMIA

(4th century)                A detailed account of the martyrdom of today’s saint reveals her many sufferings. Euphemia was the daughter of Christians, the senator Philophronos and Theodosia and suffered for Christ in the year 304 A.D. in the city of Chalcedon, on the banks of the Bosphorus opposite Constantinople. The Chalcedon governor Priscus circulated an order […]

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SEPT. 15: ST. CATHERINE OF GENOA

(1447-1510)                 St. Catherine Fieschi was the daughter of a Viceroy of Naples, and born in Genoa. Her family had given to the church two popes, nine cardinals and two archbishops. Though noble in birth, rich and exceedingly beautiful, Catherine rejected the excesses of the world, and begged her divine Master for some share in His […]

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SEPT. 14: ST. ALBERT OF JERUSALEM

(Died 1214) St. Albert was born toward the middle of the 12th century in Castel Gualtieri in Emilia, Italy. He entered the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross at Mortara, Pavia, and became prior there in 1180. In 1184, he was named bishop of Bobbio, and the following year he was transferred to Vercelli which […]

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SEPT. 13: ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

(c. 349-407) Growing up, and into adulthood, we often hear chastisement of complainers who lament the lack of some material item. We remind them of all the blessings they have been granted. “More is not better!” we might say to these people. Today’s saint would wholeheartedly agree with that exhortation. Brought to Constantinople after a […]

LITURGY IN FOCUS

CALL TO WORSHIP & CENTERING PRAYERS

Call to worship God loves us so deeply and forgives us so completely.Such generous and bountiful love calls to be loving, honest, and forgiving with others. If we want to follow Christ, we must be willing to forgive genuinely and continually. To the point: The king did not do what the servant begged: “Be patient with me.” […]

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BREAKING OPEN THE WORD

  Liturgy Prep Meditation First Reading Proclamation Proclamation and Explication (Denice May) Gospel Dramatic presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6HgFyD5Bzg Mercy & Justice (Father Bennett) Why Would I Forgive Seventy Times Seven? (Bible Study Tools) The Word Exposed-Merciful Love (Cardinal Tagle) 70×7 (Rabbi Jason Sobel) Forgive Everyone Their Trespasses Liturgical music Be Perfect (Rory Cooney) How Shall I Sing […]

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FOR CHILDREN & TEENS

For Children The Present: God wants us to look past ourselves The Unforgiving Servant (The Church in Punchbowl) (Saddleback Kids) (Share Faith Kids) (Hope Mission Kids) Forgiveness (Douglas Talks) Singa and the Kindness Cubbies: Forgiveness For teens Video Proclamation of the Readings The Unforgiving Servant (Modern Cartoon) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDLMex-Wm3o Phil The Unmerciful Parables of Jesus: The […]