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ST. JANUARIUS (GENNARO) BISHOP – MARTYR: SEPTEMBER 19

St. Januarius was born about 275.  When he was Bishop of Benevento, the persecution of Diocletian broke out.  Sosius, a deacon and  a very special friend of Januarius, and several other religious and eminent laymen were put into prison for the Faith by order of the Governor of Campania.  Hearing of this, St. Januarius went Read More →

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ST. JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO – PRIEST: SEPTEMBER 18

St. Joseph was born in 1603 in Cupertino in Naples.  His childhood was one of simplicity and innocence.  He joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual.  After his ordination he lived a life of humiliation, mortification and obedience.  He was devoted to the Blessed Virgin and promoted devotion to her among all classes of people.  He Read More →

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ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE – BISHOP – DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH: SEPTEMBER 17

St. Robert was born in Italy, October 4, 1542. The third of ten children.  In 1560, he entered the Society of Jesus and after his ordination went to teach at Louvain.  There he became famous for his Latin sermons.  He was appointed to the chair of controversial theology at the Roman College in 1576.  He Read More →

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STS CORNELIUS, POPE AND CYPRIAN BISHOP, MARTYRS: SEPTEMBER 16

Novatian claimed the Papacy shortly after St. Cornelius had been elected Pope.  Cornelius convoked a synod in Italy at which he got the support of sixty Bishops and established himself as the lawful Pope.  In his correspondence with St. Cyprian in regard to reception of apostates in the Decian persecution remains as an early witness Read More →

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OUR LADY OF SORROWS: SEPTEMBER 15

The spiritual martyrdom of the Mother of God is the object of this feast and her compassion with the sufferings of Him.  Prophecy of Simeon, Flight into Egypt, Three Days’ Loss of Jesus, Meeting Jesus on the Way to Calvary, Mary at the Foot of the Cross, Jesus Taken Down from the Cross and the Read More →

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THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS: SEPTEMBER 14

The cross on which Jesus was crucified was thrown into a ditch or well and covered with stones and earth.  This was so that no one could find it.  In 312 AD Constantine the Great, while doing battle with Maxentius for the throne of the Roman Empire, prayed to the God of the Christians to Read More →

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ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM – BISHOP – DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH: SEPTEMBER 13

He was born around the year 344 in Antioch to Christian parents.  His mother was widowed at the age of 20.  He lived the life of an anchorite in 374 in the mountains near Antioch, but because of ill health, he had to return to Antioch.  He was ordained a priest.  He was called Chrysostom, Read More →

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MOST HOLY NAME OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: SEPTEMBER 12

This feast began in Spain in 1513.  It extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples by 1671.  In 1683, the king of Poland, John Sobieski, while fighting the Muslim armies under Mohammed IV in Constantinople, entrusted himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  His army defeated the Muslims.  Pope Innocnet XI proclaimed the Read More →

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ST. ADELPHUS – BISHOP: SEPTEMBER 11

He lived during the 5th century in Metz.  The information on his life is generally regarded as legendary.  According to “Life”,  an angel appeared to his mother in a dream shortly before his birth and said: “Hail, beloved of God.  Rejoice because you will conceive and bring forth a new Paul, the Bishop of Adelphus.  Read More →

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ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINE – PRIEST: SEPTEMBER 10

St. Nicholas was born at St. Angelo in Italy in 1245.  He practiced more than ordinary virtue from his early infancy.  His extraordinary merit as a young student caused him to be appointed to a canonry, a position that allowed him to be constantly employed in God’s service.  An Augustinian friar preached a sermon on Read More →

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