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  • Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent - March 01, 2016 - Liturgical Calendar | Catholic Culture
    bishop Hist Today the Church in Wales and England celebrates the feast of St David bishop and patron of Wales Very little is known about the life of St David Dewi Sant He belonged to that great monastic movement which became influential in Wales in the sixth century and which had links with monasticism in Gaul and in Ireland The earliest references to David are in the Irish Annals Many churches across South Wales claim David as their founder His chief foundation was at Mynyw or Menevia in Dyfed He was canonized by Pope Callistus II in 1123 Historically today is the feast of St Albinus bishop and miracle worker also known as Aubin Stational Church St David All the information we have about David is based on the unreliable eleventh century biography written by Rhygyfarch the son of Bishop Sulien of St David s According to it David was the son of King Sant of South Wales and St Non became a priest studied under St Paulinus on an unidentified island for several years and then engaged in missionary activities founding some dozen monasteries the last of which at Mynyw Menevia in southwestern Wales was noted for the extreme asceticism of its rule which was based on that of the Egyptian monks David attended a synod at Brefi Cardiganshire in about 550 where his eloquence is said to have caused him to be elected primate of the Cambrian Church with the understanding that the episcopal see would be moved from Caerleon to Mynyw now St David s He was supposedly consecrated archbishop by the patriarch of Jerusalem while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and a council he convened called the Synod of Victory because it marked the final demise of Pelagianism ratified the edicts of Brefi and drew up regulations for the British Church He died at his monastery at Mynyw and his cult was reputedly approved by Pope Callistus II about 1120 Even his birth and death dates are uncertain ranging from c 454 to 520 for the former and from 560 to 601 for the latter Excerpted from Dictionary of Saints John J Delaney St Albinus Albinus was born into an ancient and noble family in Brittany He was a pious child and when he was still young he entered the monastery of Tintillant against the wishes of his parents Albinus embraced the austerities of monastic life and accepted doing the most humble chores without complaining His burning desire was to live for Christ Respected by the other monks for setting a good example and his devotion to prayer Albinus was elected abbot when he was just 35 The monastery flourished under his modest Rule and the monks at Tintillant were enriched by his wisdom In 529 after serving 25 years as abbot Albinus was named Bishop of Angers Although his opinions were now sought by royalty his manner remained unpretentious As bishop Albinus worked for the greater good of his people instructing them in their

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  • Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent - March 02, 2016 - Liturgical Calendar | Catholic Culture
    during the fall of the western Roman Empire to the barbarians Stational Church Blessed Charles the Good Count Charles of Flanders was called the good by the people of his kingdom They named him for what they found him to truly be He was the son of St Canute king of Denmark Charles was just five years old when his father was murdered in 1086 When Charles grew up he married a good young woman named Margaret Charles was a mild and fair ruler The people trusted him and his laws He tried to be an example of what he expected the people to be Some nobles accused Charles of unjustly favoring the poor over the rich He answered kindly It is because I am so aware of the needs of the poor and the pride of the rich The poor of his realm were fed daily at his castles Charles ordered the abundant planting of crops so that the people would have plenty to eat at reasonable prices Some wealthy men tried to hoard grain to sell at very high prices Charles the Good found out and forced them to sell immediately and at fair prices An influential father and his sons had been reprimanded by Charles for their violent tactics They joined the little group of enemies who now wanted to kill him The count walked every morning barefoot to Mass and arrived early at the Church of St Donatian He did this in a spirit of penance He longed to deepen his own spiritual life with God His enemies knew that he walked to church and also that he prayed often alone before Mass Many people who loved Charles feared for his life They warned him that his walks to St Donatian could lead to his death He replied We are always in the middle of dangers but we belong to God One morning as he prayed alone before the statue of Mary his attackers killed him Charles was martyred in 1127 Excerpted from Holy Spirit Interactive St Simplicius Saint Simplicius was the ornament of the Roman clergy under Sts Leo and Hilarius and succeeded the latter in the pontificate in 468 He was raised by God to corn fort and support his Church amidst the greatest storms All the provinces of the Western Empire out of Italy were fallen into the hands of barbarians The emperors for many years were rather shadows of power than sovereigns and in the eighth year of the pontificate of Simplicius Rome itself fell a prey to foreigners Italy by oppressions and the ravages of barbarians was left almost a desert without inhabitants and the imperial armies consisted chiefly of barbarians hired under the name of auxiliaries These soon saw that their masters were in their power The Heruli demanded one third of the lands of Italy and upon refusal chose for their leader Odoacer one of the lowest extraction but a resolute and intrepid man who was proclaimed king of

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  • Optional Memorial of St. Katharine Drexel, virgin (USA) - March 03, 2016 - Liturgical Calendar | Catholic Culture
    Back home she visited the Dakotas met the Sioux leader Red Cloud and began her systematic aid to Native American missions She could easily have married But after much discussion with Bishop O Connor she wrote in 1889 The feast of Saint Joseph brought me the grace to give the remainder of my life to the Indians and the Colored Newspaper headlines screamed Gives Up Seven Million After three and a half years of training she and her first band of nuns Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored opened a boarding school in Santa Fe A string of foundations followed By 1942 she had a system of African American Catholic schools in thirteen states plus forty mission centers and twenty three rural schools Segregationists harassed her work even burning a school in Pennsylvania In all she established fifty missions for Native Americans in sixteen states Two saints met when she was advised by Mother Cabrini about the politics of getting her order s rule approved in Rome Her crowning achievement was the founding of Xavier University in New Orleans the first university in the United States for African Americans At seventy seven she suffered a heart attack and was forced to retire Apparently her life was over But now came almost twenty years of quiet intense prayer from a small room overlooking the sanctuary Small notebooks and slips of paper record her various prayers ceaseless aspirations and meditation She died at ninety six and was canonized in 2000 Excerpted from Saint of the Day Leonard Foley O F M Things to Do St Katharine had a great love for the Eucharist the center and source of her activity Make a family visit to the Blessed Sacrament today St Katharine became a spiritual mother of African Americans and Native Americans fighting for equal rights for these neglected ethnic groups She was particularly concerned with achieving a quality education for these people Find out about nearby educational programs for underprivileged inner city children an excellent parent organization concerned with this is Youth Service International and look for ways to support them If you cannot give any of your time consider making a small donation St Katharine grew up in a wealthy home but her parents instilled in her the understanding that her wealth belonged to her only on loan so that she could share it with others She gave generously and with full trust in God Do you tithe on a regular basis Do you encourage your children to be generous with their allowance money Visit this website about Katharine Drexel that features many photos a history and information about her shrine St Cunegundes Saint Cunegundes was the daughter of Siegfried the first Count of Luxemburg and Hadeswige his pious wife They instilled into her from her cradle the most tender sentiments of piety and married her to St Henry Duke of Bavaria who upon the death of the Emperor Otho III was chosen king of the Romans and

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  • Optional Memorial of St. Casimir of Poland - March 04, 2016 - Liturgical Calendar | Catholic Culture
    the poor who are Christ s members and for the relief of these the young prince gave all he possessed using in their behalf the influence he had with his father and with his brother Ladislaus when he became king of Bohemia In honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary Casimir frequently recited the long Latin hymn Omni die dic Mariae a copy of which was by his desire buried with him This hymn part of which is familiar to us through Bittleston s version Daily daily sing to Mary is not uncommonly called the Hymn of St Casimir but it was certainly not composed by him it is three centuries older than his time The nobles of Hungary dissatisfied with their king Matthias Corvinus in 1471 begged the King of Poland to allow them to place his son Casimir on the throne The saint at that time not fifteen years old was very unwilling to consent but in obedience to his father he went to the frontier at the head of an army There hearing that Matthias had himself assembled a large body of troops and finding that his own soldiers were deserting in large numbers because they could not get their pay he decided upon the advice of his officers to return home The knowledge that Pope Sixtus IV had sent an embassy to his father to deter him from the expedition made the young prince carry out his resolution with the firmer conviction that he was acting rightly King Casimir however was greatly incensed at the failure of his ambitious projects and would not permit his son to return to Cracow but relegated him to the castle of Dobzki The young man obeyed and remained in confinement there for three months Convinced of the injustice of the war upon which he had so nearly embarked and determined to have no further part in these internecine conflicts which only facilitated the further progress into Europe of the Turks St Casimir could never again be persuaded to take up arms though urged to do so by his father and invited once more by the disaffected Hungarian magnates He returned to his studies and his prayers though for a time he was viceroy in Poland during an absence of his father An attempt was made to induce him to marry a daughter of the Emperor Frederick III but he refused to relax the celibacy he had imposed on himself St Casimir s austerities did nothing to help the lung trouble from which he suffered and he died at the age of twenty six in 1484 and was buried at Vilna where his relics still rest in the church of St Stanislaus Miracles were reported at his tomb and he was canonized in 1521 Excerpted from Butler s Lives of the Saints Patron Poland Lithuania bachelors kings princes Symbols Lily for purity Things to Do St Casimir died at age 26 due to tuberculosis Teach the young people in your family about

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  • Saturday of the Third Week of Lent - March 05, 2016 - Liturgical Calendar | Catholic Culture
    Italian to join this reform which had been instituted in Spain by St Peter of Alcantara In 1674 he was sent to found a friary at Afila in Piedmont and he assisted with his own hands in the building Much against his will he was raised to the priesthood In 1702 he was appointed Vicar Provincial of the Alcantarine Reform in Italy He was beatified in 1789 and canonized in 1839 Stational Church St John Joseph of the Cross Saint John Joseph of the Cross was born on the feast of the Assumption in 1654 on the island of Ischia in the kingdom of Naples From his childhood he was a model of virtue and in his sixteenth year he entered the Franciscan Order of the Strict Observance or Reform of Saint Peter of Alcantara at Naples Such was the edification he gave in his Order that within three years after his profession he was sent to found a monastery in Piedmont He assisted in its construction himself and established there the most perfect silence and monastic fervor One day Saint John Joseph was found in the chapel in ecstasy raised far above the floor He won the hearts of all his religious and became a priest out of obedience to his Superiors He obtained what seemed to be an inspired knowledge of moral theology in prayer and silence He assisted at the death of his dear mother who rejoiced and seemed to live again in his presence and after he had sung the Mass for the repose of her soul saw her soul ascend to heaven to pray thereafter their God face to face With his superiors permission he established another convent and drew up rules for the Community which the Holy See confirmed Afterward he became a master

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  • Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - February 02, 2004 - Liturgical Calendar | Catholic Culture
    is also known as Candlemas day since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today s liturgy Before the revision of the General Roman Calendar this marked the end of the Christmas season The reformed calendar has designated that the Sunday after Epiphany the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord is the end of the Christmas season This feast is no longer referred to as the Purification of Mary but the Presentation of the Lord Presentation of the Lord The feast was first observed in the Eastern Church as The Encounter In the sixth century it began to be observed in the West in Rome with a more penitential character and in Gaul France with solemn blessings and processions of candles popularly known as Candlemas The Presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity and with the offerings of the Virgin Mother and the prophecy of Simeon the events now point toward Easter In obedience to the Old Law the Lord Jesus the first born was presented in the Temple by his Blessed Mother and his foster father This is another epiphany celebration insofar as the Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess Christ is the light of the nations hence the blessing and procession of candles on this day In the Middle Ages this feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Candlemas was of great importance The specific liturgy of this Candlemas feast the blessing of candles is not as widely celebrated as it should be except of course whenever February 2 falls on a Sunday and thus takes precedence There are two ways of celebrating the ceremony either the Procession which begins at a gathering place outside the church or the Solemn Entrance celebrated within the church From Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year Until 1969 the ancient feast of the Presentation of Our Lord which is of Oriental origin was known in the West as the feast of the Purification of Our Lady and closed the Christmas Cycle forty days after the Lord s birth This feast has for long been associated with many popular devotional exercises The faithful gladly participate in the processions commemorating the Lord s entry into the Temple in Jerusalem and His encounter with God whose house He had come to for the first time and then with Simeon and Anna Such processions which in the West had taken the place of licentious pagan events always had a penitential character and were later identified with the blessing of candles which were carried in procession in honor of Christ the light to enlighten the Gentiles Lk 2 32 are sensitive to the actions of the Blessed Virgin in presenting her Son in the Temple and to her submission to the Law of Moses Lk 12 1 8 in the rite of purification popular piety sees in the rite of purification the humility of

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  • Liturgical Year : Recipes : Heart Cakes | Catholic Culture
    Catholic Recipe Heart Cakes INGREDIENTS 1 package 6 ounces semisweet chocolate pieces 1 cup 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening packaged cake layers or layers made from mix 1 cup heavy cream 2 Tablespoons sugar 1 2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring Details Serves 6 Yield 6 heart cakes Prep Time 45 minutes Difficulty Cost For Ages 11 Origin show Food Categories 2 Dessert Cakes Fruit Puddings show Similar Recipes 1 Heart Cake show Linked Activities 2 Nameday Ideas for the Feast of St Margaret Mary Alacoque Nameday Ideas for the Feast of St Teresa of Avila show Feasts 3 Cyril and Methodius Hedwig Margaret Mary Alacoque Sacred Heart of Jesus St Valentine s Day is a joyful feast and there s no better way to observe it than by exchanging sweet heart shaped confections Here is one delicious recipe for heart cakes to suit the occasion DIRECTIONS Melt semisweet chocolate pieces and shortening over hot not boiling water Pour into wax paper lined jelly roll pan 15 x 10 x 3 4 inches spread evenly Chill until chocolate is hardened Cut chocolate into 12 hearts with heart shaped cookie cutter cut cake layers into 6 hearts Put cake on half of the chocolate

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  • Liturgical Year : Activities : Candlemas Ceremony | Catholic Culture
    feast of Candlemas On this day each member of the family should receive his or her own blessed candle to be lighted on birthdays baptismal anniversaries first Holy Communion and in sickness This is another appropriate occasion to invite friends to a home ceremony The family who with lighted candles goes in spirit to the Temple with our Lady will learn a wonderful lesson of her humility When Mary went to offer her first born Son Joseph carried the offering of the poor two turtle doves symbols of purity and fidelity According to Jewish law one would be offered as a holocaust and the other for a sin offering The Book of Leviticus reads The priest shall make atonement for her sin and thus she will be made clean Actually Mary the God bearer was not subject to such a rite no purification was necessary after a virginal giving birth to Christ Nevertheless in her humility she observed the Law As the Holy Family enter the Temple the aged Simeon and Anna called by the Holy Spirit wait to see the Child It had been promised to Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the Savior Mary the living Ark of the Covenant guided by the same Spirit welcomes the saintly old man and puts the Salvation of the world into his arms Now he says Thou dost dismiss Thy servant in peace O Lord because mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared to enlighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel The blessing of candles which takes place on this feast is one of the three principal popular blessings conferred by the Church Ashes and palms are the other two The father of a family begins the home ceremony by gathering the family in candlelight around the crib for a last time Editor s Note This blessing is from the older version of the Roman Ritual Also the ceremony should take place in front of the family altar since the Christmas season ended at the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord in the revised calendar JGM Father Lord Jesus Christ the true Light that enlightens every man who comes into the world pour forth Thy blessing upon these candles sanctify them by the light of Thy grace and mercifully grant that as candles by their visible light scatter the darkness of night so too our hearts burning with invisible fire may be freed from all blindness of sin With the eyes of our soul purified by Thy Light may we discern those things that art pleasing to Thee and helpful to us so that having finished the darksome journey of this life we may come to never fading joys through Thee O Jesus Christ Savior of the world In perfect Trinity Thou livest and reignest God forever All Alleluia Evening prayers follow the blessing With the family and friends we usually have a candlelight procession from the dining room through

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