Week at a glance
calendar of saints
Wednesday October 28th ~ Saints Simon & Jude
Thursday October 29th ~
Friday October 30th ~
Saturday October 31st ~ Halloween
Canonization of Father Michael J. McGivney
Sunday November 1st ~ 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
*Please Note: Daylight Saving Time Ends this morning!!
Monday November 2nd ~ All Soul's Day
Tuesday November 3rd ~ Saint Martin de Porres
Wednesday November 4th ~ Saint Charles Borromeo
Thursday November 5th ~
Friday November 6th ~
Saturday November 7th ~
Sunday November 8th ~ 32th Sunday in Ordinary Times
The monthly prayer intention of pope francis
Prayer intention for Evangelisation -
The Laity's Mission in the Church:
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.
From Living with Christ
October 28 ~ Saint Simon & Saint Jude
The names of Simon and Jude appear in New Testament lists of the apostles but little else is known about either. Since there are two apostles named Simon and two named Judas (Luke 6.14-16 and Acts 1.13), these are distinguished as Simon the Zealot and Judas the son (or the brother) of James, the others being Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot. Simon is surnamed the Cananaean or the Zealot, names which refer to his zeal for the Law. Jude (Judas) is also called Thaddeus (Matthew 10.4 and Mark 3.18); the one mention of him outside of the lists is in John (14.22-23) where he is referred to as "Judas (not Iscariot)." Traditionally, both these apostles suffered martyrdom. In a later tradition, Jude became a patron saint of so-called hopeless causes.
November 1 ~ All Saints Day
This feast honours all the saints of the Church, known and unknown. The occasion provides an opportunity to reflect on the nature of sainthood and to celebrate the exemplary faithfulness of holy men and women of every place and time whose lives and deeds continue to inspire us. Originally a feast in the Eastern Church for all martyrs, it was extended to the whole Roman Church in the 9th century as a feast including non-martyrs. It was given this date, November 1, to counter a pagan feast on the same day. In England it was called Allhallows. ('Hallow' is from the Old English word for 'holy.') Thus 'Hallowe'en', a vestige of this pagan celebration, is from 'Allhallows even,' or 'the eve of All Saints.'
November 2 ~ Commemoration of All the Faithful
Departed (All Soul's Day)
Since the early Church, Christians have prayed for the dead. By the 7th century, some monastic foundations reserved this day to pray for deceased members and benefactors. In 988, Odilo, abbot of the great monastery of Cluny in France, established the tradition of keeping, "with joyous affection, the memory of all the faithful departed who have lived from the beginning of the world until the end." By the 14th century, the commemoration had spread through Europe and was universally accepted in the Latin Church.
Happy are those
who have died
in the Lord.
Let them rest
from their labours
for their good deeds
go with them.
November 3 ~ Saint Martin de Porres
Martin de Porres was a Dominican lay brother from Lima, Peru, who lived from 1579 to 1639. He entered the Dominican friary at 15 and served in many capacities, including as a barber, infirmarian and farm labourer, and soon became well known for his care of the sick and the poor, and of animals. His advice was sought by people in high places and he was well loved and greatly respected by the populace. Today he is a patron saint of barbers, innkeepers, public education, public health, racial harmony, and social justice.
November 4 ~ Saint Charles Borromeo
Charles Borromeo lived during the Catholic Reformation. He was born in 1538 into an aristocratic family and, as second son, was expected to serve the Church. When his uncle became Pope Pius IV, Charles, only 22 years old, was created Cardinal Archbishop of Milan and Papal Secretary of State. Charles resided in Milan until his death in 1584. As archbishop, he close to live an ascetic life and reform his vast diocese, imposing severe discipline on both clergy and laity, thus provoking much opposition. His dedicated life entailed great personal sacrifice. He is a patron of catechists and catechumens.