Sunday, October 21
St Gasper, Priest (1786-1837)
St Gasper was born the son of a chef, in Rome. Shortly after his ordination, Rome was taken by Napoleon’s army, Because of his refusals to conform, like many other Priests, he was exiled. Gaspar founded the Congregation of the most Precious Blood. The houses were opened to young clergy who wished to be trained specially as missionaries in the most neglected areas.. One of his principles was that everybody should be made to work. Many miracles were worked by St. Gaspar during his lifetime, and after many graces obtained by his intercession.
“I exhort you to speak little and to pray very much.”
Monday, October 22
St John Paul II, Pope (1920-2005)
Born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Poland. He enrolled in an “underground” seminary in Kraków. Thought an intellectual and harmless the post WWII Communist Poland government allowed him to become auxiliary Bishop of Krakow. He was later to become archbishop and in three years Cardinal.
Elected pope, he took the name John Paul II. In time, he made pastoral visits to 124 countries. John Paul II promoted ecumenical and interfaith initiatives, relations between the Holy See and Israel, and improved relations with Catholic-Muslim , and the Orthodox Churches. He encouraged the solidarity movement and the collapse of communism. John Paul II began World Youth Day. In his 27 years of papal ministry, He wrote 14 encyclicals and five books, canonized 482 saints and beatified 1,338 people. He survived an assassination attempt, and taught the world that suffering had dignity, while living publicly in the last stages of Parkinsons
“A person’s rightful due is to be treated as an object of love, not as an object for use.“
Patron: families, young people
Tuesday, October 23
John of Capistrano, Priest (1386-1456)
St. John was born in Italy, the son of a former German knight. He was a lawyer and became governor of governor of Perugia. He was inspired to institute the devotion to the holy Name of Jesus and His Mother. He traveled throughout Italy, Germany, Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Russia preaching penance and establishing numerous communities of Franciscan renewal. At seventy years old, he Jedda victorious crusade against the threatening Turks.
“Now a light does not shine for itself, but it spreads its rays and shines upon everything that comes into its view. So it is with the glowing lives of upright and holy clerics…they must bring light to all who see them”.
Patron: of Jurists
Wednesday, October 24
St Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop (1807-1870)
Anthony was born in Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, known today as the Claretians, and the Apostolic Training Institute of the Immaculate Conception.nuns. Anthony Mary Claret had the gift of prophecy and performed many miracles..
“Lord, by the words of consecration the substance of the bread and wine is converted into the substance of your Body and Blood. All powerful Lord, say over me the word which will change me into You.”
Patron: Textile Merchants, Weavers, Catholic press, Technical and Vocational Educators
Thursday, October 25
St Boniface, Pope (- 422)
Though few details are known of Boniface’s early life, he was elected Pope in 418. Boniface was highly esteemed for his charitable personality, When. Pope Zosimus died, two Popes were elected, Boniface and Eulalius. Boniface was recognized as the legitimate Pope. He worked to reform corrupt practices and the privileges granted to certain bishops. He ardently supported St. Augustine in his fight against Pelagianism, and Augustine devoted several works to him.
Patron: brewers, Germany
Friday, October 26
St Alfred the Great, King (848-899)
He was King of Wessex, a scholar, and renowned Christian monarch. He was a godson of Pope Leo IV . He was a great scholar, and translated classics for his people. He was a patron of the arts and literature.
“I desired to live worthily as long as I lived”
Saturday, October 27
St Odhran Of Iona, abbot (-563)
Odhran (also known as Otteran and Oran) was an Irish abbot. After serving as abbot of Meath, he went to Scotland with St. Columba to spread and teach the faith, then died at Iona. Odhran was the first Irish monk to die at Iona. He may have founded Latteragh Abbey in Tipperary
Patron: Waterford, Ireland