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Feast Days & Saints of the Week

St Teresa of Jesus, Virgin & Doctor

Feast Day: 15 October
Patronage: lace makers, sick people, people in religious orders, people in need of grace
Born: 28 March 1515 at Avila, Spain
Died: 4 Oct 1582 at Alba de Tormes
Canonized: 12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV

Teresa’s mother died when she was 12, and she prayed to Our Lady to be her replacement. Her father opposed her entry to religious life, so she left home without telling anyone, and entered a Carmelite house at 17. Seeing her conviction to her call, her father and family consented.

Soon after taking her vows, Teresa became gravely ill and never fully recovered her health. She began receiving visions, and was examined by Dominicans and Jesuits, including Saint Francis Borgia, who pronounced the visions to be holy and true.

She considered her original house too lax in its rule, so she founded a reformed convent of Saint John of Avila and several other houses. Mystical writer. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 27 September 1970 by Pope Paul VI.

St Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin

Feast Day: 16 October
Born: 22 July 1647 at L’Hautecourt, Burgundy, France.  Body incorrupt.
Canonized: In 1920 by Pope Benedict XV

Healed from a crippling disorder by a vision of the Blessed Virgin, which prompted her to give her life to God. After receiving a vision of Christ fresh from the Scourging, she was moved to join the Order of the Visitation at Paray-le-Monial in 1671.

Received a revelation from Our Lord in 1675, which included 12 promises to her and to those who practiced a true to devotion to His Sacred Heart, whose crown of thorns represent his sacrifices. The devotion encountered violent opposition, especially in Jansenist areas, but has become widespread and popular.


St Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr

Feast Day: 17 October
Patronage: against throat diseases; Church in Eastern Mediterranean and in North Africa
Boirn: c.50 in Syria
Died: c.107 thrown to wild animals in Rome, Italy.

He was the second bishop of Antioch after St Peter (the first being Evodius). He was arrested, condemned to death, and transported to Rome to be thrown to the wild beasts in the arena. 
  In the course of his journey he wrote seven letters to various churches, in which he dealt wisely and deeply with Christ, the organisation of the Church, and the Christian life. They are important documents for the early history of the Church, and they also reveal a deeply holy man who accepts his fate and begs the Christians in Rome not to try to deprive him of the crown of martyrdom.
  He was martyred in 107 and his feast was already being celebrated on this day in fourth-century Antioch.

St Luke, Evangelist

Feast Day: 18 October
Patronage: artists, bookbinders, butchers, doctors, glassworkers, goldsmiths, sculptors
Born: at Antioch
Died: c.74 in Greece.  Relics in Padua, Italy.

Born to pagan Greek parents, and possibly a slave. One of the earliest converts to Christianity. Physician, studying in Antioch and Tarsus.  Legend has that he was also a painter who may have done portraits of Jesus and Mary, but none have ever been correctly or definitively attributed to him; this story, and the inspiration his Gospel has always given artists, led to his patronage of them. He met Saint Paul the Apostle at Troas, and evangelized Greece and Rome with him. Wrote the Gospel According to Luke and wrote a history of the early Church in the Acts of the Apostles.

St John Paul II, Pope

Feast Day: 22 October
Born: 18 May 1920 at Wadowice, Poland
Died: 2 April 2005 at Rome, Italy
Canonized: 27 April 2014 by Pope Francis. 

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. After his ordination to the priesthood and theological studies in Rome, he returned to his homeland and resumed various pastoral and academic tasks. He became first auxiliary bishop and, in 1964, Archbishop of Kraków and took part in the Second Vatican Council. On 16 October 1978 he was elected pope and took the name John Paul II. His exceptional apostolic zeal, particularly for families, young people and the sick, led him to numerous pastoral visits throughout the world. Among the many fruits which he has left as a heritage to the Church are above all his rich Magisterium and the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church and for the Eastern Churches. In Rome on 2 April 2005, the eve of the Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), he departed peacefully in the Lord. He was canonized by Pope Francis on 27 April, the Second Sunday of Easter 2014.

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