Daily Mass readings and feast days

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  1. October 24
    Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 476

    Reading 1 Rom 6:19-23
    Brothers and sisters:
    I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature.
    For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity
    and to lawlessness for lawlessness,
    so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
    For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.
    But what profit did you get then
    from the things of which you are now ashamed?
    For the end of those things is death.
    But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God,
    the benefit that you have leads to sanctification,
    and its end is eternal life.
    For the wages of sin is death,
    but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Responsorial Psalm PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
    R.(Ps 40:5) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    Blessed the man who follows not
    the counsel of the wicked
    Nor walks in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the company of the insolent,
    But delights in the law of the LORD
    and meditates on his law day and night.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    He is like a tree
    planted near running water,
    That yields its fruit in due season,
    and whose leaves never fade.
    Whatever he does, prospers.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
    Not so the wicked, not so;
    they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
    For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
    but the way of the wicked vanishes.
    R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

    Alleluia Phil 3:8-9
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I consider all things so much rubbish
    that I may gain Christ and be found in him.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 12:49-53
    Jesus said to his disciples:
    “I have come to set the earth on fire,
    and how I wish it were already blazing!
    There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
    and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
    Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
    No, I tell you, but rather division.
    From now on a household of five will be divided,
    three against two and two against three;
    a father will be divided against his son
    and a son against his father,
    a mother against her daughter
    and a daughter against her mother,
    a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
    and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
    Feast day of Saint Anthony Mary Claret (Born Dec 23, 1807, Sallent, Barcelona, Spain Died:Oct 24, 1870, Fontfroide, Narbonne, France) Patron of weavers
    Anthony Mary Claret was a Spanish Roman Catholic archbishop and missionary, and was confessor of Isabella II of Spain. He founded the congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, commonly called the Claretians.

    Also the feast day of St. Raphael, Patron of the blind. Raphael means "God heals." He is an eminent intercessor - a special patron of the sick and travelers - who brings our prayers to God.
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  2. October 25
    Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 477

    Reading 1 Rom 7:18-25a
    Brothers and sisters:
    I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh.
    The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.
    For I do not do the good I want,
    but I do the evil I do not want.
    Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it,
    but sin that dwells in me.
    So, then, I discover the principle
    that when I want to do right, evil is at hand.
    For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self,
    but I see in my members another principle
    at war with the law of my mind,
    taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
    Miserable one that I am!
    Who will deliver me from this mortal body?
    Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Responsorial Psalm pS 119:66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94
    R.(68b) Lord, teach me your statutes.
    Teach me wisdom and knowledge,
    for in your commands I trust.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    You are good and bountiful;
    teach me your statutes.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    Let your kindness comfort me
    according to your promise to your servants.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
    for your law is my delight.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    Never will I forget your precepts,
    for through them you give me life.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.
    I am yours; save me,
    for I have sought your precepts.
    R. Lord, teach me your statutes.

    Alleluia See Mt 11:25
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
    you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia

    Gospel Lk 12:54-59
    Jesus said to the crowds,
    “When you see a cloud rising in the west
    you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does;
    and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south
    you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is.
    You hypocrites!
    You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky;
    why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

    “Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
    If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate,
    make an effort to settle the matter on the way;
    otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge,
    and the judge hand you over to the constable,
    and the constable throw you into prison.
    I say to you, you will not be released
    until you have paid the last penny.”

    Traditional feast day of husband and wife martyrs Chrysantus and Daria died 237
    The information we have from this couple is based on legend. From the Catholic Encyclopedia we learn that Chrysanthus was the son of a noble, Polemius of Alexandria. He came to Rome with his father and was converted to Christianity. Everything was done to make him apostasize. Daria, a beautiful and very intelligent woman was won over to Christianity by Chrysanthus, and both concluded a virginal matrimonial union. Many Romans and Roman ladies were converted by these, among them the Tribune Claudius, his wife Hilaria and two sons Maurus and Jason, all of whom, with the exception of the mother, suffered martyrdom. Chrysanthus and Daria were themselves condemned to death, led to a sandpit in the Via Salaria, and there stoned to death.
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  3. October 26
    Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 478

    Reading 1 Rom 8:1-11
    Brothers and sisters:
    Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
    For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus
    has freed you from the law of sin and death.
    For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do,
    this God has done:
    by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh
    and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
    so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us,
    who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit.
    For those who live according to the flesh
    are concerned with the things of the flesh,
    but those who live according to the spirit
    with the things of the spirit.
    The concern of the flesh is death,
    but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.
    For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God;
    it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it;
    and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
    But you are not in the flesh;
    on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
    if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
    Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
    But if Christ is in you,
    although the body is dead because of sin,
    the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
    If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
    the one who raised Christ from the dead
    will give life to your mortal bodies also,
    through his Spirit that dwells in you.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
    R.(see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
    The LORD's are the earth and its fullness;
    the world and those who dwell in it.
    For he founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.
    R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
    Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
    or who may stand in his holy place?
    He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
    who desires not what is vain.
    R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
    He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
    a reward from God his savior.
    Such is the race that seeks for him,
    that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
    R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

    Alleluia Ez 33:11
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord,
    but rather in his conversion that he may live.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 13:1-9
    Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
    whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
    He said to them in reply,
    "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way
    they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?
    By no means!
    But I tell you, if you do not repent,
    you will all perish as they did!
    Or those eighteen people who were killed
    when the tower at Siloam fell on them—
    do you think they were more guilty
    than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?
    By no means!
    But I tell you, if you do not repent,
    you will all perish as they did!"
    And he told them this parable:
    "There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard,
    and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
    he said to the gardener,
    'For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree
    but have found none.
    So cut it down.
    Why should it exhaust the soil?'
    He said to him in reply,
    'Sir, leave it for this year also,
    and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
    it may bear fruit in the future.
    If not you can cut it down.'"

    Feast day of Pope Saint Evaristus
    St. Evaristus was the son of a Greek Jew, originally from Bethlehem, and was the sixth Pope. He is traditionally considered a martyr, but there is no documentation of the event.
    Feast day of St. Demetrius
    Demetrius came from a noble family of the Roman province of Macedonia. Through this noble ancestry and through his own ability and virtue he rose to a high military position. Despite this position in the still-pagan empire, he remained fervent in faith and works for Jesus Christ and encouraged many Christians to endure persecution. He managed to convert many Pagans to the Christian faith.
    Jealous of Saint Demetrius’ success, the Pagans denounced him and threw him into prison. He was visited by Saint Nestor, who asked the blessing of Saint Demetrius, in order to help him slay Lyaios, the most feared Roman gladiator, who was huge and mocked and tormented Christians in the coliseum. Against what one would expect under the circumstances, Nestor defeated Lyaios. In retaliation, the Emperor had Nestor heheaded and Demetrius impaled. Demetrius' friend soaked up the blood from Demetrius' death in a cloak that later brought about miracles. Demetrius is the patron saint of Thessalonika and his intercession has spared the area from foreign invasion and occupation.
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  4. October 27
    Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 150

    Reading 1 Sir 35:12-14, 16-18

    The LORD is a God of justice,
    who knows no favorites.
    Though not unduly partial toward the weak,
    yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.
    The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,
    nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.
    The one who serves God willingly is heard;
    his petition reaches the heavens.
    The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;
    it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
    nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,
    judges justly and affirms the right,
    and the Lord will not delay.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
    R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
    Let my soul glory in the LORD;
    the lowly will hear me and be glad.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    The LORD confronts the evildoers,
    to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
    When the just cry out, the Lord hears them,
    and from all their distress he rescues them.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
    and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
    The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
    no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
    R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

    Reading 2 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18
    I am already being poured out like a libation,
    and the time of my departure is at hand.
    I have competed well; I have finished the race;
    I have kept the faith.
    From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
    which the Lord, the just judge,
    will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
    but to all who have longed for his appearance.
    At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf,
    but everyone deserted me.
    May it not be held against them!
    But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
    so that through me the proclamation might be completed
    and all the Gentiles might hear it.
    And I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
    The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
    and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom.
    To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

    Alleluia 2 Cor 5:19
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
    and entrusting to us the message of salvation.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 18:9-14
    Jesus addressed this parable
    to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
    and despised everyone else.
    "Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
    one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
    The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
    'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity --
    greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector.
    I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.'
    But the tax collector stood off at a distance
    and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
    but beat his breast and prayed,
    'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.'
    I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
    for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
    and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

    On the traditional calendar, this is the Feast day of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ
  5. October 28

    Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

    Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22
    Brothers and sisters:
    You are no longer strangers and sojourners,
    but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
    and members of the household of God,
    built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
    with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
    Through him the whole structure is held together
    and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
    in him you also are being built together
    into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 19:2-3, 4-5
    R.(5a) Their message goes out through all the earth.
    The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
    Day pours out the word to day,
    and night to night imparts knowledge.
    R.Their message goes out through all the earth.
    Not a word nor a discourse
    whose voice is not heard;
    Through all the earth their voice resounds,
    and to the ends of the world, their message.
    R.Their message goes out through all the earth.

    Alleluia See Te Deum
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    We praise you, O God,
    we acclaim you as Lord;
    the glorious company of Apostles praise you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 6:12-16
    Jesus went up to the mountain to pray,
    and he spent the night in prayer to God.
    When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
    and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles:
    Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew,
    James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew,
    Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus,
    Simon who was called a Zealot,
    and Judas the son of James,
    and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

    This is the feast day of two apostles, Simon who was called a Zealot and Jude Thaddeus, son of James, patron saint of desperate cases.
    Simon was affiliated with the Zealot movement, a nationalist group who refused to recognize any foreign yoke over Palestine. The mother of St. Jude Thaddeus was Mary of Cleophas, a sister-in-law of the Blessed Virgin, who with the Virgin Mary stood by the Cross of Jesus on Calvary. These two apostles were missionaries. It is thought that Simon spread Christianity in Egypt and then joined Jude in Persia and Armenia. They were in Beirut, Lebanon in 65 AD, where both were martyred.
    [​IMG] St. Simon

    St. Jude Thaddeus
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  6. October 29
    Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 480

    Reading 1 Rom 8:18-25
    Brothers and sisters:
    I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing
    compared with the glory to be revealed for us.
    For creation awaits with eager expectation
    the revelation of the children of God;
    for creation was made subject to futility,
    not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it,
    in hope that creation itself
    would be set free from slavery to corruption
    and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.
    We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
    and not only that, but we ourselves,
    who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
    we also groan within ourselves
    as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
    For in hope we were saved.
    Now hope that sees for itself is not hope.
    For who hopes for what one sees?
    But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 126:1b-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6
    R.(3a) The Lord has done marvels for us.
    When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
    we were like men dreaming.
    Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with rejoicing.
    R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
    Then they said among the nations,
    "The LORD has done great things for them."
    The LORD has done great things for us;
    we are glad indeed.
    R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
    Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
    like the torrents in the southern desert.
    Those that sow in tears
    shall reap rejoicing.
    R. The Lord has done marvels for us.
    Although they go forth weeping,
    carrying the seed to be sown,
    They shall come back rejoicing,
    carrying their sheaves.
    R. The Lord has done marvels for us.

    Alleluia See Mt 11:25
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
    you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 13:18-21
    Jesus said, "What is the Kingdom of God like?
    To what can I compare it?
    It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.
    When it was fully grown, it became a large bush
    and 'the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.'"

    Feast day of St. Narcissus born 99 died 212, Bishop of Jerusalem
    The bio is taken from Catholic.org
    St. Narcissus was born towards the end of the first century in AD 99. He was almost 80-years-old when he was placed at the head of the church of Jerusalem, making him the 30th bishop of that see.

    In 195, he and Theophilus, bishop of Caesarea in Palestine, presided together in a council of the bishops of Palestine held at Caesarea regarding the time Easter is celebrated. It was then decreed that the feast of Easter is to be kept always on a Sunday.

    Bishop and historian, Eusebius says this particular Easter miracle can be attributed to Narcissus "One year on Easter-eve the deacons did not have any oil for the lamps in the church, which was necessary at the solemn divine office on that day. Narcissus ordered those who had care of the lamps to bring him some water from the neighboring wells. This being done, he pronounced a devout prayer over the water. Then he bade them pour it into the lamps; which they did. The water was immediately converted into oil, to the great surprise of all the faithful."

    However, not even the veneration of all good men could shelter Narcissus from the malice of the wicked.

    Three persistent sinners, fearing Narcissus' severity in the observance of religious discipline, accused him of an unimaginable crime. The sinners maintained they were telling the truth by adding additional security into their claims. If they were not speaking the truth, one wished he might perish by fire, another, that he might be struck with a leprosy, and the third, that he might lose his sight.

    Nevertheless, their accusations were found to be false and Divine Retribution was called upon them.

    The first was burnt in his house, along with his whole family, by an accidental fire in the night. The second was struck with a universal leprosy; and the third, terrified by these examples, confessed the conspiracy and slander, and by the abundance of tears which he continually shed for his sins, lost his sight before his death.

    Soon after, Narcissus decided to leave Jerusalem for a life of solitude. His reasons for doing so weren't clear. Some believed he left because he could not bear the shock of the bold slander, and others believed leaving had always been a wish of his.

    He spent several years undiscovered in his retreat, where he enjoyed all the happiness and advantage which a close conversation with God can bestow.

    After he departed, the neighboring bishops chose a new pastor for Narcissus' church until he decided to return.

    Once Narcissus returned, years later, the faithful rejoiced and convinced Narcissus to once again assume the administration of the diocese. He accepted.

    As Narcissus started to reach an extreme old age, he made St. Alexander his coadjutor.

    A coadjutor is a bishop appointed to assist a diocesan bishop, and often also designated as his successor.

    St. Narcissus continued to serve his flock, and even other churches, by his diligent prayers and his earnest exhortations to unity and concord, as St. Alexander testifies in his letter to the Arsinoites in Egypt, where he says that Narcissus was at that time about 116 years old.

    St. Narcissus passed away soon after in AD 212, at the age of 113.

    He is often depicted as a Bishop with a pitcher of water next to him or with an angel shown carrying his soul to heaven.
  7. October 30

    Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
    Lectionary: 481

    Reading 1 Rom 8:26-30

    Brothers and sisters:
    The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
    for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
    but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
    And the one who searches hearts
    knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
    because he intercedes for the holy ones
    according to God's will.

    We know that all things work for good for those who love God,
    who are called according to his purpose.
    For those he foreknew he also predestined
    to be conformed to the image of his Son,
    so that he might be the firstborn
    among many brothers.
    And those he predestined he also called;
    and those he called he also justified;
    and those he justified he also glorified.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 13:4-5, 6

    R.(6a) My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy.
    Look, answer me, O LORD, my God!
    Give light to my eyes that I may not sleep in death
    lest my enemy say, "I have overcome him";
    lest my foes rejoice at my downfall.
    R. My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy.
    Though I trusted in your mercy,
    Let my heart rejoice in your salvation;
    let me sing of the LORD, "He has been good to me."
    R. My hope, O Lord, is in your mercy.

    Alleluia See 2 Thes 2:14

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God has called us through the Gospel
    to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 13:22-30

    Jesus passed through towns and villages,
    teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
    Someone asked him,
    "Lord, will only a few people be saved?"
    He answered them,
    "Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
    for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
    but will not be strong enough.
    After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
    then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
    'Lord, open the door for us.'
    He will say to you in reply,
    'I do not know where you are from.'
    And you will say,
    'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.'
    Then he will say to you,
    'I do not know where you are from.
    Depart from me, all you evildoers!'
    And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
    when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
    and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
    and you yourselves cast out.
    And people will come from the east and the west
    and from the north and the south
    and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
    For behold, some are last who will be first,
    and some are first who will be last."

    Feast day of St. Marcellus the Centurion died 309 as a martyr
    Roman centurion at Tangiers (in modern Morocco). During a celebration of the emperor's birthday, Marcellus refused to participate in the pagan offering ceremony. He threw away his arms and armor, openly declared himself a Christian, and was condemned to death by sword. Another court official was so dismayed at what happened to Marcellus that he quit his job as writer for the court proceedings and he (St. Cassian) was martyred as well.
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  8. October 31
    Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Rom 8:31b-39
    Brothers and sisters:
    If God is for us, who can be against us?
    He did not spare his own Son
    but handed him over for us all,
    how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
    Who will bring a charge against God's chosen ones?
    It is God who acquits us.
    Who will condemn?
    It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
    who also is at the right hand of God,
    who indeed intercedes for us.
    What will separate us from the love of Christ?
    Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
    or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
    As it is written:

    For your sake we are being slain all the day;
    we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.

    No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
    through him who loved us.
    For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
    nor angels, nor principalities,
    nor present things, nor future things,
    nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
    nor any other creature will be able to separate us
    from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 109:21-22, 26-27, 30-31
    R. (26b) Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
    Do you, O GOD, my Lord, deal kindly with me for your name's sake;
    in your generous mercy rescue me;
    For I am wretched and poor,
    and my heart is pierced within me.
    R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
    Help me, O LORD, my God;
    save me, in your mercy,
    And let them know that this is your hand;
    that you, O LORD, have done this.
    R. Save me, O Lord, in your mercy.
    I will speak my thanks earnestly to the LORD,
    and in the midst of the throng I will praise him,
    For he stood at the right hand of the poor man,
    to save him from those who would condemn his soul.
    R. Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.

    Alleluia See Lk 19:38; 2:14
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.
    Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 13:31-35
    Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said,
    "Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you."
    He replied, "Go and tell that fox,
    'Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow,
    and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.
    Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day,
    for it is impossible that a prophet should die
    outside of Jerusalem.'

    "Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
    you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
    how many times I yearned to gather your children together
    as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
    but you were unwilling!
    Behold, your house will be abandoned.
    But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say,
    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."

    Feast day of St. Wolfgang
    Saint Wolfgang is the patron saint of carpenters, stroke victims, and paralyzed people. Wolfgang was known as the Great Almoner, was a bishop and reformer of Regensburg in the tenth century. He is remembered most vividly for his teaching abilities, profound preaching, and charity towards the lay people of his diocese. Before he became a bishop, Wolfgang led a missionary effort to Christianize the Hungarians in the mid 900's.

    Also Saint Quentin, died 287, martyr (This bio is from ucatholic)
    Saint Quentin was a Roman, descended from a senatorial family. Full of zeal for the kingdom of Jesus Christ, he left his country and went into Gaul, accompanied by eleven other apostles sent from Rome. They separated to extend their campaign of evangelization to the various regions of France. Saint Quentin remained at Amiens and endeavored by his prayers and labors to make that region part of Our Lord’s inheritance. By the force of his words and works he preluded the glory of his martyrdom. He gave sight to the blind, vigor to paralytics, hearing to the deaf, and agility to the infirm, in the name of Our Lord, simply by the sign of the Cross. At all hours of the day he invoked his God in fervent supplications.

    But this apostolate could not escape the notice of Rictiovarus, the Roman prosecutor who at that time represented Maximian Herculeus in Gaul. Saint Quentin was seized at Amiens, thrown into prison, and loaded with chains. Rictiovarus asked him: “How does it happen that you, of such high nobility and the son of so distinguished a father, have given yourself up to so superstitious a religion, a folly, and that you adore an unfortunate man crucified by other men?” Saint Quentin replied: “It is sovereign nobility to adore the Creator of heaven and earth, and to obey willingly His divine commandments. What you call folly is supreme wisdom. What is there that is wiser than to recognize the unique true God, and to reject with disdain the counterfeits, which are mute, false and deceiving?”

    When the holy preacher was found to be invulnerable to either promises or threats, the prosecutor condemned him to the most barbarous torture. He was stretched on the rack and flogged. He prayed for strength, for the honor and glory of the name of God, forever blessed. He was returned to the prison when the executioners who were striking him fell over backwards, and told Rictiovarus they were unable to stand up, and could scarcely speak. An Angel released the prisoner during the night, telling him to go and preach in the city, and that the persecutor would soon fall before the justice of God.*

    His sermon, a commented paraphrase of the Apostles’ Creed, has been conserved. To his profession of faith in the Holy Trinity, he added that Our Lord Jesus Christ, whom he adored, “gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, health to the sick and even life to the dead. At His voice, the lame leaped up and ran, paralytics walked, and water was changed into wine… He has promised to be forever with those who hope in Him, and He never abandons those who place their hope in Him; by His omnipotence He delivers them, whenever it pleases Him, from all their tribulations.” His guardians discovered that he had disappeared, though all doors were barred, and found him in the city preaching. They were converted by the prodigy. But Rictiovarus was furious and said to them: “You, too, have become magicians?”

    Brought back before the tribunal as a sorcerer, Saint Quentin said: “If by persevering in my faith, I am put to death by you, I will not cease to live in Jesus Christ; this is my hope, I maintain it with confidence.” He was again placed on the rack and beaten, and tortured with other demoniacal means; his flesh pierced with two iron wires from the shoulders to the thighs, and iron nails were thrust into his fingers, his skull and body. Finally, this glorious martyr was decapitated, after praying and saying: “O Lord Jesus, God of God, Light of Light…, for love of whom I have given up my body to all the torments… ah! I implore Thee, in Thy holy mercy, receive my spirit and soul, which I offer Thee with all the ardor of my desires. Do not abandon me, O most kind King, most clement King, who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever!” His death occurred on October 31, 287.

    His body was twice buried secretly, and twice it was rediscovered miraculously — in the years 338 and 641, first by Saint Eusebie of Rome, on a marshy island, where it had remained intact; later near the city of Augusta, by Saint Eloi. Saint Quentin remains in great honor in France above all, where more than fifty-two churches and as many localities were, at the beginning of the 20th century, dedicated to his memory; he is honored also in Belgium and in Italy. Charlemagne and the kings of France have gone to venerate the relics of Saint Quentin.
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  9. November 1
    Solemnity of All Saints

    Reading 1 Rv 7:2-4, 9-14
    I, John, saw another angel come up from the East,
    holding the seal of the living God.
    He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels
    who were given power to damage the land and the sea,
    "Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees
    until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."
    I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal,
    one hundred and forty-four thousand marked
    from every tribe of the children of Israel.

    After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
    which no one could count,
    from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
    They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
    wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
    They cried out in a loud voice:

    "Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
    and from the Lamb."

    All the angels stood around the throne
    and around the elders and the four living creatures.
    They prostrated themselves before the throne,
    worshiped God, and exclaimed:

    "Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
    honor, power, and might
    be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

    Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,
    "Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?"
    I said to him, "My lord, you are the one who knows."
    He said to me,
    "These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
    they have washed their robes
    and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb."

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
    R. (see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
    The LORD's are the earth and its fullness;
    the world and those who dwell in it.
    For he founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.
    R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
    Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
    or who may stand in his holy place?
    One whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
    who desires not what is vain.
    R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
    He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
    a reward from God his savior.
    Such is the race that seeks him,
    that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
    R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

    Reading 2 1 Jn 3:1-3
    See what love the Father has bestowed on us
    that we may be called the children of God.
    Yet so we are.
    The reason the world does not know us
    is that it did not know him.
    Beloved, we are God's children now;
    what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
    We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
    for we shall see him as he is.
    Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
    as he is pure.

    Alleluia Mt 11:28
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Mt 5:1-12a
    When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
    and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
    He began to teach them, saying:

    "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are they who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
    Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the land.
    Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be satisfied.
    Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
    Blessed are the clean of heart,
    for they will see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
    Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
    for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
    and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
    Rejoice and be glad,
    for your reward will be great in heaven."

    Feast day of All Saints, a holy day of obligation Here are two youtube videos of the litany of saints. The first is in English, the second in Latin. Have a very blessed All Saints Day!

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  10. November 2
    The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
    (All Souls)

    Reading 1 Wis 3:1-9
    The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
    and no torment shall touch them.
    They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
    and their passing away was thought an affliction
    and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
    But they are in peace.
    For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
    yet is their hope full of immortality;
    chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
    because God tried them
    and found them worthy of himself.
    As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
    and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
    In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
    and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
    they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
    and the LORD shall be their King forever.
    Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
    and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
    because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
    and his care is with his elect.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
    R.(1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
    beside restful waters he leads me;
    he refreshes my soul.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
    He guides me in right paths
    for his name’s sake.
    Even though I walk in the dark valley
    I fear no evil; for you are at my side
    with your rod and your staff
    that give me courage.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
    You spread the table before me
    in the sight of my foes;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.
    Only goodness and kindness follow me
    all the days of my life;
    and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
    for years to come.
    R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
    R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

    Reading 2 Rom 5:5-11
    Brothers and sisters:
    Hope does not disappoint,
    because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
    through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
    For Christ, while we were still helpless,
    died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
    Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
    though perhaps for a good person
    one might even find courage to die.
    But God proves his love for us
    in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
    How much more then, since we are now justified by his Blood,
    will we be saved through him from the wrath.
    Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
    we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
    how much more, once reconciled,
    will we be saved by his life.
    Not only that,
    but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
    through whom we have now received reconciliation.

    or Rom 6:3-9
    Brothers and sisters:
    Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
    were baptized into his death?
    We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
    so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
    by the glory of the Father,
    we too might live in newness of life.

    For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his,
    we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.
    We know that our old self was crucified with him,
    so that our sinful body might be done away with,
    that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
    For a dead person has been absolved from sin.
    If, then, we have died with Christ,
    we believe that we shall also live with him.
    We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
    death no longer has power over him.

    Alleluia Mt 25:34
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come, you who are blessed by my Father;
    inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Jn 6:37-40
    Jesus said to the crowds:
    "Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
    and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
    because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
    but the will of the one who sent me.
    And this is the will of the one who sent me,
    that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
    but that I should raise it on the last day.
    For this is the will of my Father,
    that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
    may have eternal life,
    and I shall raise him on the last day."

    Feast day of all souls. From the Handbook of Indulgences, Norms and Grants pg. 91 Visiting a Church or an Oratory on All Souls Day
    A plenary indulgence which is applicable only to the souls in purgatory is granted the Christian faithful who devoutly visit a church or an oratory on All Souls Day. This indulgence can be obrained either on the day mentioned above or, with the consent of the ordinary, on the preceding or following Sunday or on the solemnity of All Saints. According to norm 16 of the apostolic constitution, this visit is to include the recitation of the Lord's prayer and the Creed.

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    Thank you posting the saint's days and for theses videos!
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    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Yes, thank you, WBTW.
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  13. November 3
    Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Wis 11:22-12:2
    Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance
    or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.
    But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things;
    and you overlook people's sins that they may repent.
    For you love all things that are
    and loathe nothing that you have made;
    for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.
    And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it;
    or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?
    But you spare all things, because they are yours,
    O LORD and lover of souls,
    for your imperishable spirit is in all things!
    Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little,
    warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing,
    that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD!

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14
    R. (cf. 1) I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
    I will extol you, O my God and King,
    and I will bless your name forever and ever.
    Every day will I bless you,
    and I will praise your name forever and ever.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
    The LORD is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and of great kindness.
    The LORD is good to all
    and compassionate toward all his works.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
    Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
    and let your faithful ones bless you.
    Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
    The LORD is faithful in all his words
    and holy in all his works.
    The LORD lifts up all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
    R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

    Reading 2 2 Thes 1:11-2:2
    Brothers and sisters:
    We always pray for you,
    that our God may make you worthy of his calling
    and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose
    and every effort of faith,
    that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,
    and you in him,
    in accord with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.

    We ask you, brothers and sisters,
    with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
    and our assembling with him,
    not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or to be alarmed
    either by a "spirit," or by an oral statement,
    or by a letter allegedly from us
    to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.

    Alleluia Jn 3:16
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
    so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 19:1-10
    At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.
    Now a man there named Zacchaeus,
    who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man,
    was seeking to see who Jesus was;
    but he could not see him because of the crowd,
    for he was short in stature.
    So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus,
    who was about to pass that way.
    When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said,
    "Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
    for today I must stay at your house."
    And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
    When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
    "He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner."
    But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
    "Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
    and if I have extorted anything from anyone
    I shall repay it four times over."
    And Jesus said to him,
    "Today salvation has come to this house
    because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
    For the Son of Man has come to seek
    and to save what was lost."

    November 3 is the feast day St. Martin de Porres, patron saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony. Information from Wikipedia:
    St. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru on December 9, 1579. Martin was the illegitimate son to a Spanish gentlemen and a freed slave from Panama, of African or possibly Native American descent. At a young age, Martin's father abandoned him, his mother and his younger sister, leaving the family to grow up in deep poverty. His mother tried to support the family by doing laundry for others. Martin was sent to a primary school for two years, and then placed with a barber/surgeon to learn medicine. He spent hours of the night in prayer, a practice which increased as he grew older.

    Under Peruvian law, descendants of Africans and Native Americans were barred from becoming full members of religious orders. The only route open to Martin was to ask the Dominicans of Holy Rosary Priory in Lima to accept him as a volunteer who performed menial tasks in the monastery in return for the privilege of wearing the habit and living with the religious community. At the age of 15 he asked for admission to the Dominican Convent of the Rosary in Lima and was received first as a servant boy, and as his duties grew he was promoted to almoner, a position which meant he distributed alms to the poor.

    Martin continued to practice his old trades of barbering and medicine and was said to have performed many miraculous cures. He also took on kitchen work, laundry, and cleaning. After eight years at Holy Rosary, the prior in charge decided to turn a blind eye to the law and permit Martin to take his vows as a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic. Martin was well liked but still experienced prejudice from a few of the members. One of the novices called Martin a "mulatto dog", while one of the priests mocked him for being illegitimate and descended from slaves.

    When Martin was 34, he was given the religious habit of a lay brother, he was assigned to the medical infirmary, where he was placed in charge and would remain in service until his death at the age of 59. He was known for his care of the sick. His superiors saw in him the virtues necessary to exercise unfailing patience in this difficult role. It was not long before miracles were attributed to him. Martin also cared for the sick outside his convent, often bringing them healing with only a simple glass of water. He ministered without distinction to Spanish nobles and to slaves recently brought from Africa.

    One day an aged beggar, covered with ulcers and almost naked, stretched out his hand, and Martin took him to his own bed. One of his brethren reproved him. Martin replied: "Compassion, my dear Brother, is preferable to cleanliness." When an epidemic struck Lima, there were in this single Convent of the Rosary 60 friars who were sick, many of them novices in a distant and locked section of the convent, separated from the professed. Martin is said to have passed through the locked doors to care for them, a phenomenon which was reported in the residence more than once. The professed, too, saw him suddenly beside them without the doors having been opened.

    Martin was a friend of St. Rose of Lima, a lay Dominican who was also well known in Lima for her charitable acts.

    Forensic facial reconstruction of Martin de Porres
    Martin de Porres is often depicted as a young mixed-race friar wearing the old habit of the Dominican lay brother, a black scapular along with a broom, since he considered all work to be sacred no matter how menial. He is sometimes shown with a dog, a cat and a mouse eating in peace from the same dish.
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  14. November 4
    Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

    Reading 1 Rom 11:29-36
    Brothers and sisters:
    The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.

    Just as you once disobeyed God
    but have now received mercy
    because of their disobedience,
    so they have now disobeyed in order that,
    by virtue of the mercy shown to you,
    they too may now receive mercy.
    For God delivered all to disobedience,
    that he might have mercy upon all.

    Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
    How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!

    For who has known the mind of the Lord
    or who has been his counselor?
    Or who has given him anything
    that he may be repaid?

    For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To God be glory forever. Amen.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 69:30-31, 33-34, 36
    R. (14c) Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    But I am afflicted and in pain;
    let your saving help, O God, protect me.
    I will praise the name of God in song,
    and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    "See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
    you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
    For the LORD hears the poor,
    and his own who are in bonds he spurns not."
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
    For God will save Zion
    and rebuild the cities of Judah.
    They shall dwell in the land and own it,
    and the descendants of his servants shall inherit it,
    and those who love his name shall inhabit it.
    R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.

    Alleluia Jn 8:31b-32
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
    and you will know the truth, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 14:12-14
    On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
    at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.
    He said to the host who invited him,
    "When you hold a lunch or a dinner,
    do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters
    or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors,
    in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.
    Rather, when you hold a banquet,
    invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;
    blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.
    For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

    Feast day of Saint Charles Borromeo died 1584, Archbishop of Milan, Patron of Seminarians
    Charles Borromeo was Roman Catholic archbishop of Milan from 1564 to 1584 and a cardinal. He was a leading figure of the Counter-Reformation combat against the Protestant Reformation together with St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Philip Neri.
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  16. November 5
    Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Rom 12:5-16ab
    Brothers and sisters:
    We, though many, are one Body in Christ
    and individually parts of one another.
    Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
    let us exercise them:
    if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;
    if ministry, in ministering;
    if one is a teacher, in teaching;
    if one exhorts, in exhortation;
    if one contributes, in generosity;
    if one is over others, with diligence;
    if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

    Let love be sincere;
    hate what is evil,
    hold on to what is good;
    love one another with mutual affection;
    anticipate one another in showing honor.
    Do not grow slack in zeal,
    be fervent in spirit,
    serve the Lord.
    Rejoice in hope,
    endure in affliction,
    persevere in prayer.
    Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
    exercise hospitality.
    Bless those who persecute you,
    bless and do not curse them.
    Rejoice with those who rejoice,
    weep with those who weep.
    Have the same regard for one another;
    do not be haughty but associate with the lowly.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 131:1bcde, 2, 3
    R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
    O LORD, my heart is not proud,
    nor are my eyes haughty;
    I busy not myself with great things,
    nor with things too sublime for me.
    R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
    Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
    my soul like a weaned child.
    Like a weaned child on its mother's lap,
    so is my soul within me.
    R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.
    O Israel, hope in the LORD,
    both now and forever.
    R. In you, O Lord, I have found my peace.

    Alleluia Mt 11:28
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia

    Gospel Lk 14:15-24
    One of those at table with Jesus said to him,
    "Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God."
    He replied to him,
    "A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.
    When the time for the dinner came,
    he dispatched his servant to say to those invited,
    'Come, everything is now ready.'
    But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.
    The first said to him,
    'I have purchased a field and must go to examine it;
    I ask you, consider me excused.'
    And another said, 'I have purchased five yoke of oxen
    and am on my way to evaluate them;
    I ask you, consider me excused.'
    And another said, 'I have just married a woman,
    and therefore I cannot come.'
    The servant went and reported this to his master.
    Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant,
    'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
    and bring in here the poor and the crippled,
    the blind and the lame.'
    The servant reported, 'Sir, your orders have been carried out
    and still there is room.'
    The master then ordered the servant,
    'Go out to the highways and hedgerows
    and make people come in that my home may be filled.
    For, I tell you, none of those men who were invited will taste my dinner.'"

    Feast day for St. Sylvia, patroness of pregnant women, mother of St. Gregory the Great
    Known for her great piety, Sylvia and her husband Gordian were able to give their sons an excellent education. After her husband's death, Sylvia devoted herself to prayer. Their son, Gregory became a Pope well known for sending a mission to convert the Anglo-Saxons in England to Christianity. His writings have earned him the distinction of being called Pope Gregory the Great.
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  17. November 5 is also the feast day for Saint Elizabeth and Zechariah (AKA Zachary), the parents of St. John the Baptist
    The first chapter of St. Luke's Gospel tells the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah.
    There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zachary, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name Elizabeth. 6And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame. 7And they had no son, for that Elizabeth was barren: and they both were well advanced in years.

    8And it came to pass, when he executed the priestly function in the order of his course before God, 9According to the custom of the priestly office, it was his lot to offer incense, going into the temple of the Lord. 10And all the multitude of the people was praying without, at the hour of incense. 11And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12And Zachary seeing him, was troubled: and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said to him: Fear not, Zachary, for thy prayer is heard: and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son. And thou shalt call his name John. 14And thou shalt have joy and gladness: and many shall rejoice in his nativity. 15For he shall be great before the Lord and shall drink no wine nor strong drink: and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. 16And he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias: that he may turn the hearts of the fathers unto the children and the incredulous to the wisdom of the just, to prepare unto the Lord a perfect people.

    18And Zachary said to the angel: Whereby shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years. 19And the angel answering, said to him: I am Gabriel, who stand before God and am sent to speak to thee and to bring thee these good tidings. 20And behold, thou shalt be dumb and shalt not be able to speak until the day wherein these things shall come to pass: because thou hast not believed my words, which shall be fulfilled in their time.

    21And the people were waiting for Zachary: and they wondered that he tarried so long in the temple. 22And when he came out, he could not speak to them: and they understood that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he made signs to them and remained dumb. 23And it came to pass, after the days of his office were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

    24And after those days, Elizabeth his wife conceived and hid herself five months, saying: 25Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he hath had regard to take away my reproach among men.
    (skip to verse 57)

    The Birth of John the Baptist

    57Now Elizabeth's full time of being delivered was come: and she brought forth a son. 58And her neighbors and kinsfolks heard that the Lord had shewed his great mercy towards her: and they congratulated with her.

    59And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child: and they called him by his father's name Zachary. 60And his mother answering, said: Not so. But he shall be called John. 61And they said to her: There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 62And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 63And demanding a writing table, he wrote, saying: John is his name. And they all wondered. 64And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed: and he spoke, blessing God. 65And fear came upon all their neighbours: and all these things were noised abroad over all the hill country of Judea. 66And all they that had heard them laid them up in their heart, saying: What an one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him.
    (skip to verse 67)
    Zechariah's Song

    67And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Ghost. And he prophesied, saying:

    68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people.

    69And hath raised up an horn of salvation to us, in the house of David his servant.

    70As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning.

    71Salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all that hate us.

    72To perform mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy testament.

    73The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us.

    74That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear:

    75In holiness and justice before him, all our days.

    76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt, go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways:

    77To give knowledge of salvation to his people, unto the remission of their sins.

    78Through the bowels of the mercy of our God, in which the Orient from on high hath visited us:

    79To enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace.

    80And the child grew and was strengthened in spirit: and was in the deserts until the day of his manifestation to Israel.
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  18. November 6
    Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Rom 13:8-10
    Brothers and sisters:
    Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;
    for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
    The commandments, You shall not commit adultery;
    you shall not kill;
    you shall not steal;
    you shall not covet,

    and whatever other commandment there may be,
    are summed up in this saying, namely,
    You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
    Love does no evil to the neighbor;
    hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 112:1b-2, 4-5, 9
    R.( 5a) Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
    R. Alleluia.
    Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
    who greatly delights in his commands.
    His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
    the upright generation shall be blessed.
    R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
    R. Alleluia.
    He dawns through the darkness, a light for the upright;
    he is gracious and merciful and just.
    Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
    R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
    R. Alleluia.
    Lavishly he gives to the poor;
    his generosity shall endure forever;
    his horn shall be exalted in glory.
    R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.
    R. Alleluia.

    Alleluia 1 Pt 4:14
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you,
    for the Spirit of God rests upon you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 14:25-33
    Great crowds were traveling with Jesus,
    and he turned and addressed them,
    "If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother,
    wife and children, brothers and sisters,
    and even his own life,
    he cannot be my disciple.
    Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
    cannot be my disciple.
    Which of you wishing to construct a tower
    does not first sit down and calculate the cost
    to see if there is enough for its completion?
    Otherwise, after laying the foundation
    and finding himself unable to finish the work
    the onlookers should laugh at him and say,
    'This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.'
    Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down
    and decide whether with ten thousand troops
    he can successfully oppose another king
    advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?
    But if not, while he is still far away,
    he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
    In the same way,
    everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
    cannot be my disciple."

    Feast day of St. Leonard of Noblac
    Leonard was a friend of King Clovis I of France. The account of how Leonard became a Christian is from a legend of a battle that King Clovis was waging against an enemy. The King was losing the battle and so he decided to pray to the God that his wife worshiped. He prayed that if his forces won the battle, he would be baptized as a Christian, like his wife. There is an associated account of Clovis’s spiritual conversion during this decisive battle from a poem that chronicles the battle. It was said that Clovis’s battle shield had three toads on it, which were symbols associated with a pagan god that he worshiped, but before the battle, the toad insignia were miraculously transformed into three lilies (fleurs de lis) . Clovis was victorious in battle and attributed the win to the God whose symbols were manifested on his battle shield. To prepare for the grand occasion of the King's baptism, the Church at Rheims was decorated with banners and tapestry. So pleasing were the fragrances emanating from the church, that Clovis asked Bishop Remigius upon the threshold if he was entering into the Kingdom of Heaven. “Not so,” the Bishop replied, “it is the road that leads to it.” In prayerful preparation when Bishop Remigius was about to administer the sacrament upon Clovis, a snow-white dove descended upon the scene carrying a vial of holy oil. The scent of the oil was ravishing to all those awaiting baptism: the King, his two sisters, 3000 soldiers (including Leonard) and their families were also baptized. Thousands more were added to the ranks of Christians that Christmas Day of 496.

    Leonard asked King Clovis to grant him the right to liberate prisoners whom he would find worthy of it, at any time. Leonard secured the release of a number of prisoners and for that reason he is shown in paintings holding chains. Leonard decided to dedicate his life to God. At one point his prayers were thought to have helped the Queen deliver her son without complications and in thanks, the King granted Leonard a large amount of land. Leonard decided to build an abbey on the land. He founded the abbey of Noblac, around which a village grew, named in his honor, St. Leonard of Noblac. St. Leonard is a patron for prisoners of war, political prisoners, imprisoned people, and women in labor.
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  19. November 7
    Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Rom 14:7-12
    Brothers and sisters:
    None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
    For if we live, we live for the Lord,
    and if we die, we die for the Lord;
    so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
    For this is why Christ died and came to life,
    that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
    Why then do you judge your brother or sister?
    Or you, why do you look down on your brother or sister?
    For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;
    for it is written:

    As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me,
    and every tongue shall give praise to God.

    So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.

    Responsorial Psalm Ps 27:1bcde, 4, 13-14
    R. ( 13) I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
    The LORD is my light and my salvation;
    whom should I fear?
    The LORD is my life's refuge;
    of whom should I be afraid?
    R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
    One thing I ask of the LORD;
    this I seek:
    To dwell in the house of the LORD
    all the days of my life,
    That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
    and contemplate his temple.
    R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
    I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
    in the land of the living.
    Wait for the LORD with courage;
    be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
    R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

    Alleluia Mt 11:28
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
    and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

    Gospel Lk 15:1-10
    The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
    but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
    "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
    So Jesus addressed this parable to them.
    "What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
    would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
    and go after the lost one until he finds it?
    And when he does find it,
    he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
    and, upon his arrival home,
    he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
    'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.'
    I tell you, in just the same way
    there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
    than over ninety-nine righteous people
    who have no need of repentance.

    "Or what woman having ten coins and losing one
    would not light a lamp and sweep the house,
    searching carefully until she finds it?
    And when she does find it,
    she calls together her friends and neighbors
    and says to them,
    'Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.'
    In just the same way, I tell you,
    there will be rejoicing among the angels of God
    over one sinner who repents."

    Feast day for St. Willibrord, Bishop died 739
    Willibrord was born in Northumbria, educated in York and became a Benedictine missionary. Willibrord lived in County Carlow, Ireland (a European center for learning at the time) from age 20 to 32. Then Pope Sergius made Willibrord a Bishop on 21 November 695 and consecrated him as bishop of the Frisians. Willibrord establish churches, among them a monastery at Utrecht, where he built his cathedral dedicated to the Holy Redeemer. Willibrord was the first Bishop of Utrecht. When the pagan ruler Radbod came to power in Frisia, he ordered churches to be destroyed and missionaries killed. Willibrord left the area until Radbod's death. Willibrord returned to Frisia and repaired the damages done there, being ably assisted in this work by St. Boniface. St. Boniface later wrote about Willibrord: Willibrord destroyed the Frisian pagan sanctuaries and temples. In the Netherlands he smashed a sculpture of the ancient pagan religion. Willibord arrived on an island called Fositesland where a pagan god named Fosite was worshiped. Here he despoiled this god of its sanctity by using the sacred well for baptisms and the sacred cattle for food. Wherever Willibrord went on his missionary routes, he dug wells for the people. There were known as Willibrord wells. After his death, the water from these wells produced some healings by his intercession. He is known as the apostle of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
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    padraig Powers

    Today is the Feast of All the Irsh Saints. Sadly not a great homily. I cheered myslef up thinking of all the Irsh saints I have encoutnered in my own life time. Many of them, from every walk of life.

    I have enver met a child saint yet though. Hopefully I will someday. That would be so beautiful; though I would be green with envy of course.
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