Events & Updates

10/2/2022:  In the beginning days of October, we celebrate two favorite Catholic saints.  October 1st is the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux.  Therese was born in France and had an immense faith. She was a Carmellite nun and famously said “I wish to spend my heaven in doing good upon the earth.”  She is the patron saint of the missions even though she never went on a mission, but because of her special love, support and prayers she gave to missionaries.   St. Therese died at 24, but her life reminds us who feel we can do nothing, that it is the little things that keep God’s kingdom growing.

On October 4th, we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi.  He was born into wealth in Italy, and after a wild life, devoted himself to God.  He founded the religious order known as the Franciscans.  St. Francis owned nothing and wanted to live a life of complete poverty.  He spent his life caring for the poor and preaching the gospel, he famously said “Preach always, and when necessary, use words.”  St. Francis is the patron of the environment, peacemakers, and animals.  The heart of St. Francis’s message was joy, based on the love of Christ.
On Saturday, October 2nd we celebrate the Feast Day of the Guardian angels.  The word angel means “messenger” and in many scripture accounts, the angels serve as God’s messengers.  The archangels are angels of the highest order, and there are three named in Scripture – Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.  Angels also serve to protect and serve the faithful.  At Mass we join the angels in the invocation, “Holy, holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts.”  Angels are members of the Body of Christ along with the saints, and all believers, living and dead. The feast was first celebrated in the 16th century.
The Guardian Angel Prayer
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day, be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule and guide.  Amen.

 

 

 

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