Monday, February 6, 2023



Saint Spotlight: Joseph of Leonessa

Joseph of Leonessa, OFM Cap., was the third of eight children born at Leonessa (Italy) on January 8, 1556. At baptism, he was given the name Eufranio.

Saint Spotlight: Marianne Cope

St. Marianne Cope was born in western Germany in 1838. She entered religious life in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1862.

Saint Spotlight: André Bessette

Brother André was born Alfred Bessette to a poor Quebec family in 1845, a biography from St. Joseph’s Oratory says.

The Vigil of Christmas

In the first ages, during the night before every feast, a vigil was kept. In the evening the faithful assembled in the place or church where the feast was to be celebrated and prepared themselves with prayers, readings from Holy Writ (now the Offices of Vespers and Matins), and sometimes also by hearing a sermon.

Saint Spotlight: Lucy

St. Lucy is a virgin and martyr of Syracuse in Sicily, whose feast is celebrated on December 13. According to tradition, St. Lucy was born to rich and noble parents in the year 283.

Saint Spotlight: Sts. Simon and Jude

St. Jude, known as Thaddaeus, was a brother of St. James the Lesser, and a relative of Jesus. Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia and Lybia. According to Eusebius, he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62 and assisted at the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.

Saint Spotlight: Joseph of Cupertino

On September 18, the Church celebrates the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino, a mystic who was perhaps most famous for his ability to fly.

Saint Spotlight: Gregory the Great

St. Gregory the Great, a central figure of the medieval western Church and one of the most admired popes in history, is commemorated in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Catholic liturgy on September 3.

Saint Spotlight: St. John Eudes

St. John Eudes was a French missionary and the founder of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity, and was also the author of the liturgical worship of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Saint Spotlight: Dominic

On August 8, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. Dominic Guzman, who helped the cause of orthodoxy in the medieval Church by founding the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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