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St. Francis Calendar for January 2018


Move the cursor over an underlined calendar event to view more information. The notes on saints’ days are used with permission.* Events are held at their usual St. Francis location unless otherwise noted. The regular Mass schedule for the current week is also available.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 
 
 
1
 Mary, Mother of GodThis solemnity, occurring on the octave day of Christmas, commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother of God and honors her role in the coming of the Messiah. It was the First Council of Ephesus in 431 that confirmed the long-held belief that Mary was indeed correctly called Theotokos (Mother of God). Mass at 10 a.m.

 
 
2
 Sts. Basil and Gregory NazianzenBasil was born of a Christian family at Caesarea in Cappadocia in 330. Conspicuous for his learning and virtue, for a time he led the life of a hermit but in 370 was made bishop of Caesarea, He fought against the Arians and wrote many admirable works, especially his monastic rule which many Eastern monks still follow. Saint Basil died on January 1, 379. Gregory Nazianzen was also born in 330. Traveling as a youth in the pursuit of learning, he first joined his friend Basil as a hermit and was later ordained priest and bishop. In the year 381 he was elected bishop of Constantinople; however, because of factions dividing the Church, he returned to Nazianzen where he died on January 25, 389 or 390. He was called theologus because of his outstanding teaching and eloquence.

 
 
3
 Most Holy Name of JesusFrom Apostolic times, the Church has professed that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10). Through the particular efforts of St. Bernardine of Siena, devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus was promoted through the inscription of the monogram of the Holy Name (IHS) and the addition of the name Jesus to the Hail Mary. In 1597, Pope Sixtus V first granted an indulgence for the uttering of the phrase used so often by Pope John Paul II and included among the pious invocations of the current Enchiridion Indulgentiarum: “Praised be Jesus Christ!”

 7 p.m.: Boy Scouts meeting

 
4
 St. Elizabeth Ann SetonElizabeth Seton was born on August 28, 1774, of a wealthy and distinguished Episcopalian family. She was baptized in the Episcopal faith and was a faithful adherent of the Episcopal Church until her conversion to Catholicism. In 1794 Elizabeth married William Seton and they reared five children among suffering and sickness. Elizabeth and her sick husband traveled to Leghorn, Italy, and there William died. While in Italy Elizabeth became acquainted with Catholicism and in 1805 she made her profession of faith in the Catholic Church. She established her first Catholic school in Baltimore in 1808; in 1809 she established a religious community in Emmitsburg, Maryland. After seeing the expansion of her small community of teaching sisters to New York and as far as St. Louis, she died on January 4, 1821 and was declared a saint by Pope Paul VI on September 14, 1975.

 
 
5
 St. John NeumannJohn Neumann was born in Bohemia on March 20, 1811. Since he had a great desire to dedicate himself to the American missions, he came to the United States as a cleric and was ordained in New York in 1836 by Bishop Dubois. In 1840, he entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists). He labored in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 1852, he was consecrated bishop of Philadelphia. There he worked hard for the establishment of parish schools and for the erection of many parishes for the numerous immigrants. Bishop Neumann died on January 5, 1860; he was canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI.

 11 a.m.: Rosary

 6 p.m., St. Francis Church: Holy Hour
6
 St. André BessetteWhen Alfred (later to become Brother André) Bessette came to the Holy Cross Brothers in Canada in 1870, he carried with him a note from his pastor saying, “I am sending you a saint.” The brothers gave André the humble job of doorkeeper, and in his little room near the door, he spent much of the night on his knees. On his windowsill, facing Mount Royal, was a small statue of St. Joseph, to whom he had been devoted since childhood. When asked about it he said, “Some day, St. Joseph is going to be honored in a very special way on Mount Royal!” André became known for curing the sick, but he himself always asserted, “I do not cure, St. Joseph cures.” With the meager sum of 200 dollars, he managed to have a chapel to St. Joseph built on Mount Royal which eventually grew into the Oratory of St. Joseph that stands today, a place of pilgrimage for the sick. At Brother André’s canonization in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said that the saint “lived the beatitude of the pure of heart.” Mass at 10 a.m.

 8 a.m.: Legion of Mary meeting

 
7
 Epiphany of the LordToday the Church commemorates the visit of the Magi from the East to the Christ child. Led by a star, they find the infant with Mary and Joseph and do him homage, prsenting gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The feast makes clear that the salvation offered by the Messiah is not for the Jewish people only but for the Gentiles as well, and the light of faith continues to lead all people of good will to know and to worship the Son of God.

 6 p.m.: Shepherds of Christ meeting

 
8
 Baptism of the LordToday the Church concludes the Christmas celebration with a commemoration of the baptism of the Lord. John the Baptist recognizes Jesus as the Messiah and protests that he is unworthy to baptize the sinless one, but Jesus insists. The heavens are opened and God the Father proclaims Jesus as his beloved Son. Our own baptism makes us children of God and inheritors of the kingdom of heaven.

 
 
9
 
 
 
10
 7 p.m.: Boy Scouts meeting

 
 
11
 
 
 
12
 No Mass this day

 11 a.m.: Rosary

 
13
 St. HilarySaint Hilary was born at Poitiers at the beginning of the fourth century. About the year 350 he was chosen bishop of that city, and for his vigorous fight against the Arians was exiled by the Emperor Constantine. To strengthen the Catholic faith and interpret sacred Scripture, he wrote works of wisdom and learning. Saint Hilary died in 367.

 9 a.m.: Legion of Mary meeting

 
14
 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 6 p.m.: Shepherds of Christ meeting

 
15
 7 p.m.: Knights of Columbus meeting

 
 
16
 
 
 
17
 St. AnthonySaint Anthony, the celebrated Father of Monks, was born in Egypt around the year 250. After his parents died he distributed his property to the poor and, beginning a life of penance, withdrew into solitude. He attracted disciples and labored on behalf of the Church, giving support to believers during the persecution of Diocletian and assisting Saint Athanasius against the Arians. He died in 356.

 7 p.m.: Boy Scouts meeting

 
18
 
 
 
19
 7 a.m., St. Francis Church: Mass before the March for Life

 11 a.m.: Rosary

 
20
 St. FabianSaint Fabian was elected bishop of the Church of Rome in 236. In 250, at the beginning of the persecution of Decius, he won the crown of martyrdom, as Cyprian bears witness. He was buried in the cemetery of Saint Callistus. or St. SebastianSaint Sebastian died a martyr at Rome in the beginning of the Diocletian persecution. From antiquity the faithful have venerated his tomb on the Appian Way ad Catacumbas.

 9 a.m.: Legion of Mary meeting

 
21
 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Stone Soup Sunday

 6 p.m.: Shepherds of Christ meeting
22
 
 
 
23
 St. VincentSaint Vincent, deacon of the Church of Saragossa, after suffering extreme tortures, died as a martyr at Valencia in Spain during the Diocletian persecution. His cult immediately spread throughout the Church. or St. Marianne CopeMarianne Cope was born on January 23, 1838, in Darmstadt, Germany. In 1862, she entered the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York, after having postponed her entrance nine years in order to fulfill family obligations. She was instrumental in the founding of several schools and hospitals for immigrants. In 1883, she led a group of sisters to the Hawaiian Islands to care for the poor, especially those suffering from leprosy. In 1888 she went to Kalaupapa, Moloka’i, where she set up a home for girls with leprosy. After the death of Saint Damien de Veuster, she also took over the home he built for boys. She died on August 9, 1918, and was canonized in 2012.

 
 
24
 St. Francis de SalesSaint Francis was born at Savoy in 1567. After being ordained a priest he labored diligently for the restoration of Catholicism in his country. Chosen bishop of Geneva, he showed himself as a true pastor toward his clerics and the faithful, strengthening their faith by his writings, works and example. He died at Lyons on December 28, 1622, and was buried at Annecy on this day.

 7 p.m.: Boy Scouts meeting

 
25
 Conversion of St. PaulOn this day the Church commemorates the conversion of the apostle Paul from being a persecutor of the Christian community to becoming one of the leading apostles of the Lord, traveling over much of the known world and suffering both physical and spiritual trials for the sake of the gospel. He is also honored, along with Saint Peter, on June 29.

 
 
26
 Sts. Timothy and TitusSaints Timothy and Titus were disciples and assistants of the apostle Paul. Timothy had charge of the Church at Ephesus and Titus of the Church in Crete. The letters written to them are called the pastoral epistles, for they contain excellent admonitions for the instruction of both pastors and laity.

 11 a.m.: Rosary

 
27
 St. Angela MericiSaint Angela was born in 1470 in Desenzano in the territory of Lombardy. She took the habit of the Third Order of Saint Francis and called together girls whom she instructed in charitable works. In 1535, under the patronage of Saint Ursula, she founded at Brescia a congregation of women who instructed poor girls in the Christian life. Saint Angela died in 1540.

 9 a.m.: Legion of Mary meeting

 
28
 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 6 p.m.: Shepherds of Christ meeting

 
29
 
 
 
30
 
 
 
31
 St. John BoscoSaint John was born near Castelnuovo in the diocese of Turin in 1815. His early years were most difficult, and so once ordained to the priesthood he dedicated himself to the education of the young, founding congregations which would instruct youth in both the arts and the Christian life. He also composed pamphlets for the support and defense of religion. Saint John died in 1888.

 7 p.m.: Boy Scouts meeting

 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
1    Monday
 Mary, Mother of GodThis solemnity, occurring on the octave day of Christmas, commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother of God and honors her role in the coming of the Messiah. It was the First Council of Ephesus in 431 that confirmed the long-held belief that Mary was indeed correctly called Theotokos (Mother of God). Mass at 10 a.m.
2    Tuesday
 Sts. Basil and Gregory NazianzenBasil was born of a Christian family at Caesarea in Cappadocia in 330. Conspicuous for his learning and virtue, for a time he led the life of a hermit but in 370 was made bishop of Caesarea, He fought against the Arians and wrote many admirable works, especially his monastic rule which many Eastern monks still follow. Saint Basil died on January 1, 379. Gregory Nazianzen was also born in 330. Traveling as a youth in the pursuit of learning, he first joined his friend Basil as a hermit and was later ordained priest and bishop. In the year 381 he was elected bishop of Constantinople; however, because of factions dividing the Church, he returned to Nazianzen where he died on January 25, 389 or 390. He was called theologus because of his outstanding teaching and eloquence.
3    Wednesday
 Most Holy Name of JesusFrom Apostolic times, the Church has professed that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10). Through the particular efforts of St. Bernardine of Siena, devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus was promoted through the inscription of the monogram of the Holy Name (IHS) and the addition of the name Jesus to the Hail Mary. In 1597, Pope Sixtus V first granted an indulgence for the uttering of the phrase used so often by Pope John Paul II and included among the pious invocations of the current Enchiridion Indulgentiarum: “Praised be Jesus Christ!”

 7 p.m.: Boy Scouts meeting
4    Thursday
 St. Elizabeth Ann SetonElizabeth Seton was born on August 28, 1774, of a wealthy and distinguished Episcopalian family. She was baptized in the Episcopal faith and was a faithful adherent of the Episcopal Church until her conversion to Catholicism. In 1794 Elizabeth married William Seton and they reared five children among suffering and sickness. Elizabeth and her sick husband traveled to Leghorn, Italy, and there William died. While in Italy Elizabeth became acquainted with Catholicism and in 1805 she made her profession of faith in the Catholic Church. She established her first Catholic school in Baltimore in 1808; in 1809 she established a religious community in Emmitsburg, Maryland. After seeing the expansion of her small community of teaching sisters to New York and as far as St. Louis, she died on January 4, 1821 and was declared a saint by Pope Paul VI on September 14, 1975.
5    Friday
 St. John NeumannJohn Neumann was born in Bohemia on March 20, 1811. Since he had a great desire to dedicate himself to the American missions, he came to the United States as a cleric and was ordained in New York in 1836 by Bishop Dubois. In 1840, he entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists). He labored in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 1852, he was consecrated bishop of Philadelphia. There he worked hard for the establishment of parish schools and for the erection of many parishes for the numerous immigrants. Bishop Neumann died on January 5, 1860; he was canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI.

 11 a.m.: Rosary

 6 p.m., St. Francis Church: Holy Hour
6    Saturday
 St. André BessetteWhen Alfred (later to become Brother André) Bessette came to the Holy Cross Brothers in Canada in 1870, he carried with him a note from his pastor saying, “I am sending you a saint.” The brothers gave André the humble job of doorkeeper, and in his little room near the door, he spent much of the night on his knees. On his windowsill, facing Mount Royal, was a small statue of St. Joseph, to whom he had been devoted since childhood. When asked about it he said, “Some day, St. Joseph is going to be honored in a very special way on Mount Royal!” André became known for curing the sick, but he himself always asserted, “I do not cure, St. Joseph cures.” With the meager sum of 200 dollars, he managed to have a chapel to St. Joseph built on Mount Royal which eventually grew into the Oratory of St. Joseph that stands today, a place of pilgrimage for the sick. At Brother André’s canonization in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said that the saint “lived the beatitude of the pure of heart.” Mass at 10 a.m.

 8 a.m.: Legion of Mary meeting
7    Sunday
 Epiphany of the LordToday the Church commemorates the visit of the Magi from the East to the Christ child. Led by a star, they find the infant with Mary and Joseph and do him homage, prsenting gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The feast makes clear that the salvation offered by the Messiah is not for the Jewish people only but for the Gentiles as well, and the light of faith continues to lead all people of good will to know and to worship the Son of God.

 6 p.m.: Shepherds of Christ meeting
8    Monday
 Baptism of the LordToday the Church concludes the Christmas celebration with a commemoration of the baptism of the Lord. John the Baptist recognizes Jesus as the Messiah and protests that he is unworthy to baptize the sinless one, but Jesus insists. The heavens are opened and God the Father proclaims Jesus as his beloved Son. Our own baptism makes us children of God and inheritors of the kingdom of heaven.
9    Tuesday
 
10    Wednesday
 7 p.m.: Boy Scouts meeting
11    Thursday
 
12    Friday
 No Mass this day

 11 a.m.: Rosary
13    Saturday
 St. HilarySaint Hilary was born at Poitiers at the beginning of the fourth century. About the year 350 he was chosen bishop of that city, and for his vigorous fight against the Arians was exiled by the Emperor Constantine. To strengthen the Catholic faith and interpret sacred Scripture, he wrote works of wisdom and learning. Saint Hilary died in 367.

 9 a.m.: Legion of Mary meeting
14    Sunday
 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 6 p.m.: Shepherds of Christ meeting
15    Monday
 7 p.m.: Knights of Columbus meeting
16    Tuesday
 
17    Wednesday
 St. AnthonySaint Anthony, the celebrated Father of Monks, was born in Egypt around the year 250. After his parents died he distributed his property to the poor and, beginning a life of penance, withdrew into solitude. He attracted disciples and labored on behalf of the Church, giving support to believers during the persecution of Diocletian and assisting Saint Athanasius against the Arians. He died in 356.

 7 p.m.: Boy Scouts meeting
18    Thursday
 
19    Friday
 7 a.m., St. Francis Church: Mass before the March for Life

 11 a.m.: Rosary
20    Saturday
 St. FabianSaint Fabian was elected bishop of the Church of Rome in 236. In 250, at the beginning of the persecution of Decius, he won the crown of martyrdom, as Cyprian bears witness. He was buried in the cemetery of Saint Callistus. or
St. SebastianSaint Sebastian died a martyr at Rome in the beginning of the Diocletian persecution. From antiquity the faithful have venerated his tomb on the Appian Way ad Catacumbas.

 9 a.m.: Legion of Mary meeting
21    Sunday
 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Stone Soup Sunday

 6 p.m.: Shepherds of Christ meeting
22    Monday
 
23    Tuesday
 St. VincentSaint Vincent, deacon of the Church of Saragossa, after suffering extreme tortures, died as a martyr at Valencia in Spain during the Diocletian persecution. His cult immediately spread throughout the Church. or
St. Marianne CopeMarianne Cope was born on January 23, 1838, in Darmstadt, Germany. In 1862, she entered the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York, after having postponed her entrance nine years in order to fulfill family obligations. She was instrumental in the founding of several schools and hospitals for immigrants. In 1883, she led a group of sisters to the Hawaiian Islands to care for the poor, especially those suffering from leprosy. In 1888 she went to Kalaupapa, Moloka’i, where she set up a home for girls with leprosy. After the death of Saint Damien de Veuster, she also took over the home he built for boys. She died on August 9, 1918, and was canonized in 2012.
24    Wednesday
 St. Francis de SalesSaint Francis was born at Savoy in 1567. After being ordained a priest he labored diligently for the restoration of Catholicism in his country. Chosen bishop of Geneva, he showed himself as a true pastor toward his clerics and the faithful, strengthening their faith by his writings, works and example. He died at Lyons on December 28, 1622, and was buried at Annecy on this day.

 7 p.m.: Boy Scouts meeting
25    Thursday
 Conversion of St. PaulOn this day the Church commemorates the conversion of the apostle Paul from being a persecutor of the Christian community to becoming one of the leading apostles of the Lord, traveling over much of the known world and suffering both physical and spiritual trials for the sake of the gospel. He is also honored, along with Saint Peter, on June 29.
26    Friday
 Sts. Timothy and TitusSaints Timothy and Titus were disciples and assistants of the apostle Paul. Timothy had charge of the Church at Ephesus and Titus of the Church in Crete. The letters written to them are called the pastoral epistles, for they contain excellent admonitions for the instruction of both pastors and laity.

 11 a.m.: Rosary
27    Saturday
 St. Angela MericiSaint Angela was born in 1470 in Desenzano in the territory of Lombardy. She took the habit of the Third Order of Saint Francis and called together girls whom she instructed in charitable works. In 1535, under the patronage of Saint Ursula, she founded at Brescia a congregation of women who instructed poor girls in the Christian life. Saint Angela died in 1540.

 9 a.m.: Legion of Mary meeting
28    Sunday
 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 6 p.m.: Shepherds of Christ meeting
29    Monday
 
30    Tuesday
 
31    Wednesday
 St. John BoscoSaint John was born near Castelnuovo in the diocese of Turin in 1815. His early years were most difficult, and so once ordained to the priesthood he dedicated himself to the education of the young, founding congregations which would instruct youth in both the arts and the Christian life. He also composed pamphlets for the support and defense of religion. Saint John died in 1888.

 7 p.m.: Boy Scouts meeting

*Hagiographical information from the English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours © 1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

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