St Francis de Sales is the Patron Saint of journalists and is the author of An Introduction to the Devout Life, a wonderful classic in the Roman Catholic literature. Please say a small prayer today for all Roman Catholic journalists around the world that they have the strength to stay true to their faith in what is a very difficult global environment.
Today is the Feast Day of St Cadoc, the Patron Saint of our Parish. Why not celebrate this very special day with a special dinner for family and friend parishioners? At the very least, try to do something special to commemorate our special saint! Happy St Cadoc’s Day!
St Marianne is the patron saint of outcasts and people with HIV/AIDS. She was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. Many miracles have occurred when people have prayed to St Marianne. If you know anyone who is an outcast in this world for whatever reason, please say a prayer for them today.
Blessed Laura Vicuna was a Chilean girl who died on this day at the age of 13 in 1904 from pulmonary tuberculosis. She was beatified by St Pope John Paul II in 1988 and is the patron of abuse victims. Blessed Laura was beaten a number of times by her mother’s partner to stop her being a nun.
In the 2004 edition of the Roman Martyrology, Laura is listed under 22 January with the citation: ‘Born in the city of Santiago, Chile, and a pupil of the Institute of Mary Help of Christians, for the conversion of her mother, she made an oblation of her life to God at the age of 13’
Please spend a minute today to pray for all victims of abuse.
We have an issue with the electronic version of the Newsletter this week and the first page appears on page 2. There are 3 pages to the newsletter this week.
Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi was an Igbo Nigerian ordained a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Nigeria on 19 December 1937. He worked in the parishes of Nnewi, Dunukofia, Akpu/Ajalli and Aguleri.
He was later a Cistercian Monk at Mount Saint Bernard Monastery in England. After being recommended by Cardinal Francis Arinze, who was inspired by Tansi as a boy (he had been one of Tansi’s students and knew him personally) he was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 22 March 1998, who said,
Blessed Cyprian Michael Tansi is a prime example of the fruits of holiness which have grown and matured in the Church in Nigeria since the Gospel was first preached in this land. He received the gift of faith through the efforts of the missionaries, and taking the Christian way of life as his own he made it truly African and Nigerian.
Why not say a prayer to Blessed Cyprian today?
St Fillan, son of Feriach and St. Kentigerna, was also known as Foelan. He became a monk in his youth and accompanied his mother from Ireland to Scotland where he lived as a hermit near St. Andrew’s monastery for many years, and then was elected abbot. He later resigned and resumed his eremitical life at Glendochart, Pertchire, where he built a church and was reknowned for his miracles. Various legends attribute the most extravagant miracles to him, such as the one in which his prayers caused a wolf that had killed the ox he was using to drag materials to the church he was building, to take the ox’s place. Fillan died on January 19.
St. Vincenza Mary Lopez y Vicuna was the foundress of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate. Born at Cascante, Navarre, Spain, March 22, 1847, she was the daughter of a lawyer. Vincenza took a vow of chastity, aided by her aunt, Eulolia de Vicuna, and she refused the arranged marriage which had been organized by her parents. In 1876, she established the Daughters in order to offer some protection to the vulnerable young women who worked as domestic servants.
St Anthony the Abbot is the Patron Saint of people with skin issues. If you know anyone with skin problems, why not say a small prayer for them today?
Irish monastic founder, the brother of Sts. Foillan and Ulan, praised by St. Bede. Fursey was born on the island of Inisguia en Lough Carri, Ireland, as a noble. He founded Rathmat Abbey, now probably Killursa. In 630 Fursey and his friends went to East Anglia, England, where he founded a monastery near Ugremouth on land donated by King Sigebert. In his later years, Fursey went to France to build a monastery at Lagny, near Paris, France. He was buried in Picardy. St. Bede and others wrote about Fursey’s intense ecstasies.