Today’s Feast Day: St Bibiana

Today is the Feast Day of St Bibiana.  Very little is known of St Bibiana, except that she was alive in the 4th Century and was martyred for her faith.  Although St Bibiana is one of the Church’s forgotten saints, the Italian master, Bernini, found it important to capture her in the sculpture photographed here.  How many saints live among us today, working away quietly not attracting any notice but doing so much good to others around them? Why not say a prayer to St Bibiana to intercede for them? Even better, why not give the secret saint a call or visit and let them know how much you appreciate the good things they are doing? You never know the impact your kind words may have!

Today’s Feast Day: St Edmund Campion

Today is the Feast Day of St Edmund Campion, one of the great Jesuit saints.  St Campion preached in secret all over England during the Elizabethan period when Roman Catholicism was persecuted without mercy.  He was captured in July, 1581, tortured on a rack and cruelly executed by drawing and quartering in London on today’s date in 1581.  St Campion is one of the patron saints of St Aloysius College in Glasgow.  Do you know any students or past students of St Aloysius College? Why not say a prayer to St Campion for them today?

Today’s Feast Day: St Andrew the Patron Saint of Scotland

As everyone knows, St Andrew’s Feast Day is today.  All over Scotland we celebrate St Andrew’s Day, but it is important to remember that St Andrew followed Christ and was crucified for his belief. Early writings describe Andrew as bound, not nailed, to a cross similar to the one on which Jesus was crucified. It was only much later, in the Middle Ages, that a tradition developed that St Andrew had been crucified on an X-shaped cross or saltire.  He did this as he felt unworthy to die in the same way as Our Lord.  Do you know anyone called Andrew? Why not say a prayer to St Andrew today and let your friend or loved one know you are thinking of them?

The painting shown is by Caravaggio and presents the traditional view of St Andrew’s death.  Note how his hands and feet are bound and not nailed to the cross.

 

Today’s Feast Day: St Francis Fasani

Today is the Feast Day of St Francis Fasani of Lucera.  St Francis was a Franciscan monk and mystic.  He was a great confessor and loved in his home town.  Although St Francis died in 1742, he wasn’t made a saint until 1986 by Pope St John Paul II.  Do you know anyone called Francis or Frances? Why not say a small prayer to today’s saint and let your friend or loved one know you are thinking of them today?

Today’s Feast Day: St Catherine Laboure

Today is the Feast Day of St Catherine Laboure.  In 1830, an apparition of Our Lady appeared three times to St Catherine. On November 27, Our Lady showed St. Catherine the medal of the Immaculate Conception, now universally known as the “Miraculous Medal.” She commissioned St. Catherine to have one made, and to spread devotion to this medal.

Our Lady said to St. Catherine, “Come to the foot of the altar…Graces will be especially shed upon those who ask for them.”

Some of the graces that St. Catherine suggested people should ask of God included: The grace of a cheerful disposition, the grace to recognize and accept the trials of everyday life as blessings from God; to be contented with one’s state in life; to understand and appreciate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and especially to love God as God wills us to love Him.

Many people wear the Miraculous Medal and get great comfort from it.  Why not get a medal today and wear it in honour of Our Lady?

Today’s Feast Day: St Fergus

Today is the Feast Day of St Fergus.  St Fergus was born in the year 700, was educated at Iona and, along with many Irish, settled in France.  He founded a monastery in Chiemsee and later became the Bishop of Salzburg in 766. So many people are named after ancient saints and know little of their name’s origins.  Let’s pray to St Fergus and for all those named after this wonderful Celtic saint! Please also pray for our brothers and sisters in St Fergus’s Parish, Ferguslie Park.

Today’s Feast Day: St Catherine of Alexandria

Today is the Feast of St Catherine of Alexandria.  St Catherine died in the year 305 and was an outspoken defender of Christians when they were being persecuted everywhere.  Do you know anyone called Catherine? Do you know anyone who is a great defender of the Catholic faith? Why not say a prayer for them today?

The painting of St Catherine is by Caravaggio.

Today’s Feast Day: St Andrew Dūng Lac and his Companions

Today’s feast day is that of St Andrew Dung-Lac and his Companions.  St Andrew converted Vietnam, where there are now 6 million Roman Catholics.  St Andrew Dung-Lac and his friends are also known as the Vietnamese Martyrs, day 117 of whom have already been beatified.  Not all were Vietnamese in nationality and their deaths were varied (75 were beheaded, 22 strangled, 6 burned alive, 5 torn to pieces while still alive and 9 died of torture).  Please take a few moments today to pray for all those people around the world who are being persecuted for their faith. They all need our prayers.

New Rotas Out!

Parish Rota from 25th November 2017

To see the second page of the rota, click on the document and a little sign appears that allows you to move to the second page.

You’ll notice a change in format this month. Across the columns we have all the different responsibilities for each mass and the mass times down the rows.  This makes it much easier to read and know what each person is doing each week.