Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Lent, Our Lady of Citeaux, Our Lady of the Seven Veils, St Isidore the Farmer and Memorials of the Saints – 22 March

Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Lent – FAST

Notre-Dame-de-Citeaux / Our Lady of Citeaux, France built by St Robert (1098) – 22 March:

Nostra Signora dei Sette Veli / Our Lady of the Seven Veils, Foggia, Italy (11th Century) – 22 March:

St Isidore the Farmer (c1070 -1130) – Layman, Confessor, Farm Worker and Apostle of Charity.
Additional Memorials, 15 May, 25 October. – these occur in local calendars.
About St Isidore:

St Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510) Married laywoman, Widow, Mystic, Apostle of the sick, the poor and the needy, Writer.
Her Feast Day was moved after Vatican II to 15 September but today is the date of her death.
Her Life:
St Avitus of Périgord
St Basil of Ancyra
St Basilissa of Galatia

St Benevenuto Scotivoli of Osimo (c 1188-1282) Bishop, Reformer. He was Canonised in 1284 by Pope Martin IV.

St Callinica of Galatia
St Darerca of Ireland
St Deghitche

St Epaphroditus of Terracina (1st Century) First Bishop of Terracina, Italy, Missionary, Evangelist, Disciple of the Apostles, Friend and Envoy of St Paul Apostle. St Hippolytus’ list of the Seventy Disciples includes “Epaphroditus, Bishop of Andriace.”
The Roman Martyrology reads: “At Terracina, St Epaphroditus, a disciple of the Apostles, who was Consecrated Bishop of that City by the blessed Apostle Peter.

St Failbhe of Iona
St Harlindis of Arland
Blessed Hugolinus Zefferini OSA (c1320-1367) Priest, Hermit
St Lea of Rome

St Nicholas Owen SJ (1562-1606) – The Priest-Hole Builder, Martyr, Lay Brother of the Society of Jesus
Dear St Nicholas Owen:

St Octavian of Carthage
St Paul of Narbonne
St Saturninus the Martyr
St Trien of Killelga


Monday of the Fourth Week in Lent, St Joseph (transferred), Our Lady of Calevourt, near Brussels, Belgium (1454) and Memorials of the Saints – 20 March

Monday of the Fourth Week in Lent – FAST

St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 19 March (trasferred to today due to yesterday being Laetare Sunbday).:
St Joseph!
AND – Do Not Forget St Joseph!:

Our Lady of Calevourt, near Brussels, Belgium (1454) – 20 March:

St Photina & Companions / Martyrs of Rome – 9+ Saints: A group of Christians Martyred together in the persecutions of Nero. We know nothing else about them but the names Photina, Sebastian and Victor, Anatolius, Cyriaca, Joseph, Parasceve, Photis.

Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena OP (1220-1287) Priest and Friar of the Order of Preachers. A fellow student with St Thomas Aquinas under St Albert Magnus.
Anastasius XVI
Archippus of Colossi
St Benignus of Flay
St Cathcan of Rath-derthaighe
St Clement of Ireland

St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (c 634-687) “The Wonder-Worker of England,” Bishop of Lindisfarne, Monk, Hermit, Miracle-worker.
St Cuthbert’s Life:

St Guillermo de Peñacorada
St Herbert of Derwenwater
Bl Hippolytus Galantini
Bl Jeanne Veron
Bl John Baptist Spagnuolo
St John Nepomucene
St John Sergius

St Martin of Braga (c 520–580) Archbishop, Monk, Missionary, Monastic Founder, prolific Ecclesiastical Writer.

St Nicetas of Apollonias
St Remigius of Strasbourg
St Tertricus of Langres
St Urbitius of Metz

St Wulfram of Sens (c 640-c 703) Archbishop of Sens, France and Confessor, Missionary, Miracle-worker.
Patronages – Abbeville, France, against the dangers of the sea/of sailors, childbirth and young children.
His Life:

Martyrs of Amisus – 8 Saints: A group of Christian women Martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details we have are eight of their names – Alexandra, Caldia, Derphuta, Euphemia, Euphrasia, Juliana, Matrona and Theodosia. They were burned to death c 300 in Amisus, Paphlagonia (modern Samsun, Turkey).

Martyrs of San Saba – 20 Saints: Twenty monks who were Martyred together in their monastery by invading Saracens. They were Martyred in 797 when they were burned inside the San Sabas monastery in Palestine.

Martyrs of Syria – 3+ Saints: A group of Christians who were Martyred together in Syria. We know nothing else about them but the names Cyril, Eugene and Paul.

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Laetare Sunday / The Fourth Sunday in Lent and Memorials of the Saints – 19 March

Laetare Sunday / The Fourth Sunday in Lent

St Joseph’s Feast Day is transferred to 20 March this year
as 19 March is Laetare Sunday)

St Adrian of Maastricht
St Alkmund of Northumbria
St Amantius of Wintershoven

Blessed Andrea Gallerani (Died 1251) Layman, Penitent, Founder of a Lay Apostolate known as “The Friars of Mercy” (Frati della Misericordia). Andrea was Beatified on 13 May 1798 by Pope Pius VI (cultus confirmation).
His Life:

St Apollonius of Braga
St Auxilius of Ireland
Blessed Clement of Dunblane (1200-1258) Bishop
St Colocer of Saint-Brieuc
St Corbasius of Quimperlé
St Cuthbert of Brittany
St Gemus

Blessed Isnard de Chiampo OP (Died 1244) Priest of the Order of Preachers, known as the “Apostle of Pavia,” Confessor, Miracle-worker,
His Life:

St John the Syrian of Pinna
St Lactali of Freshford
St Landoald of Maastricht
St Leontinus of Braga
St Leontinus of Saintes
Bl Mark of Montegallo
St Pancharius of Nicomedia

Blessed Sibyllina Biscossi OP (1287-1367) Blind Dominican Virgin and Recluse, Penitent, Miracle-worker. She was Beatified on 17 August 1854 by Pope Pius IX. Her body is incorrupt.
Her Life:

Martyrs of Sorrento: A group of three sisters and a brother who were Martyred together. We have little more than their names – Mark, Quartilla, Quintilla and Quintius. They were Martyred in Sorrento, Italy, date unknown.

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Saturday of the Third Week in Lent, Nostra Signora della Misericordia / Our Lady of Mercy, Italy (1536), St Cyril of Jerusalem and Memorials of the Saints – 18 March

Saturday of the Third Week in Lent – FAST

Nostra Signora della Misericordia / Our Lady of Mercy, Patron of Savona, Italy (1536) – 18 March:

St Cyril of Jerusalem (315-387) Bishop of Jerusalem, Confessor Father & Doctor of the Church, Theologian, Writer.

St Alexander of Jerusalem (Died 251) Bishop and Martyr
His Life and Death:

St Anselm of Lucca the Younger (1036-1086) Italian Bishop and Confessor.
About this St Anselm:

St Braulio of Zaragoza (c590-c651) Bishop
Bl Christian O’Conarchy

St Edward the Martyr (962-978) Child King of England.
The Roman Martyrology states today: “In England, the holy King Edward, who was assasinated by order of his treacherous stepmother and became celebrated for many miracles.
His Life and Death:

St Egbert of Ripon
St Eucarpius of Nicomedia
St Felix of Gerona
St Finan of Aberdeen
St Leobard of Tours
St Narcissus of Gerona
St Salvator of Horta OFM (1520-1567) Lay Brother of Friars Minor. His body is incorrupt.

St Trophimus of Nicomedia

Martyrs of Nicomedia – Commemorates the Christians who were Martyred anonymously, either singly and in small groups, by local pagans in the area of Nicomedia prior to the year 300 and who may have been over-looked in the waves of Diocletian persecutions that resulted in the deaths of thousands.


FEAST OF THE FIVE HOLY WOUNDS, Friday of the Third Week in Lent, Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, or the Madonna of Ireland (1697), St Patrick and Memorials of the Saints – 17 March

Friday of the Third Week in Lent – FAST and ABSTINENCE


Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, or the Madonna of Ireland (1697) – 17 March:

St Patrick (c 386-461) “The Apostle of Ireland,” Bishop, Confessor, Missionary.
About dearly loved St Patrick:

St Agricola of Châlon-sur-Saône
St Alexander
St Ambrose of Alexandria

Blessed Conrad of Bavaria O. Cist (c 1105-1126 or 1154) Monk, Hermit, Pilgrim, Miracle-worker, Canon and Civil Lawyer. Blessed Conrad was Beatified in 1832 by Pope Gregory XVI (cultus confirmation).
His Life:

St Diemut of Saint Gall

St Gabriel Lalemant SJ (1610-1649) Martyr, Priest of the Society of Jesus, Missionary in the Huron country, Canada. Gabriel was Canonised by Pope Pius XI on 29 June 1930.
His Life and Death:

St Gertrude of Nivelles OSB (626-659) Benedictine Nun and Abbess, who, with her mother Itta, founded the Abbey of Nivelles located in present-day Belgium.
About St Gertrude:

Bl Gertrude of Trzebnica

St Joseph of Arimathea Joseph of Arimathea (Died 1st Century) “The Secret Disciple of Jesus
Feast day moved after Vatican II

St Llinio of Llandinam
St Paul of Cyprus
St Stephen of Palestrina
St Theodore of Rome
St Thomasello
St Withburga (Died 743) Abbess, Princess

Martyrs of Alexandria – Also known as Martyrs of Serapis: An unknown number of Christians who were Martyred together by a mob of worshippers of the Graeco-Egyptian sun god Serapis. They were Martyred in c 392 in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Saint of the Day – 16 March – Blessed John Amias (1589) Priest, Martyr

Saint of the Day – 16 March – Blessed John Amias (1589) Priest, Martyr, Married layman and father of seven children, then a Widower and a home Missionary Priest. Born at Wakefield, West Riding, Yorkshire, England and was Martyred on 16 March 1589 by being hung, drawn, and quartered at York, England. John was Beatified on 15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI. Also known as – William John Anne. John Amvas. Additional Memorial – 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai and on 4 May with the 107 Martyrs of England and Wales, Beatified on 15 December 1929.

This illustration shows the ghastly ridicule and sacrilegious abuse of the bodies of the Martyrs after death. The illustration of the Blesseds John Amias and Robert Dalby, “At the place of Execution” Illustration for Memoirs of Missionary Priests by Bishop Challoner (Jack, 1878)

Besides the region of his birth, we have no information of his early life but there does exist the possibility that he was really William or John Anne, the youngest son of John and Katherine Anne, of Frickley near Wakefield. Whichever it is, John was born at or near Wakefield in West Yorkshire where he traded as a cloth merchant, married and raised seven children.

Upon the death of his wife, he divided his property among his children and left for the Continent to become a Priest. On 22 June 1580, a widower calling himself “John Amias” entered the English College at Rheims previously at Douai, to study for the Priesthood.

He was Ordained a Priest in Rheims Cathedral on 25 March 1581. On 5 June of that year, John set out for Paris and then England, as a missionary, in the company of another Priest, Edmund Sykes.

Of his missionary life we know little. Towards the end of 1588 he was seized at the house of a Mr Murton at Melling in Lancashire and imprisoned in York Castle. Given the 1585 Act making it a Capital Offence to be a Catholic Priest in England, the sentence of hanging, drawing and quartering was inevitable.

This barbaric murder was carried out on the outskirts of the City of York on 16 March 1589. Our Martyr was beginning to address the assembled people explaining that it was for the Faith of Christ and not treason, that he suffered but was not allowed to proceed.

His fate was shared by a fellow Priest, Robert Dalby. Both were Beatified by Pope Pius XI on 15 December 1929.


Thursday of the Third Week in Lent, Our Lady of the Fountain, Constantinople (460) and Memorials of the Saints – 16 March

Thursday of the Third Week in Lent – FAST

Our Lady of the Fountain, Constantinople (460) – 16 March:

St Abban of Kill-Abban
St Abraham Kidunaia
St Agapitus of Ravenna
St Aninus of Syria

St Benedicta of Assisi OSC (Died 1260) Poor Clare Nun, Abbess.
St Benedicta’s Life:

St Cyprianus Deacon Martyr
St Dionysius of Aquileia
St Dentlin of Hainault
Bl Eriberto of Namur
St Eusebia of Hamage
St Felix of Aquileia

St Finian Lobhar, surnamed “the Luminous Leper” (Died c 560) Bishop, Confessor, Abbot, Founder of Monasteries, Mystic, Miracle-worker.
St Finan’s Life:

Bl Ferdinand Valdes

Blessed Giovanni de Surdis Cacciafronte OSB (1125 – 1184) Bishop and Martyr, Abbot.
His Life and Death:

St Gregory Makar

St Heribert of Cologne (c 970–1021) Archbishop of Cologne, a Miracle-worker and Counsellor. Canonised in 1075 by Pope Saint Gregory VII.

St Hilary of Aquileia
Bl Joan Torrents Figueras
Blessed John Amias (1589) Priest, Martyr
St Julian of Anazarbus
St Largus of Aquileia
St Malcoldia of Asti
St Megingaud of Wurzburg
St Papas
St Patrick of Clermont


Quote/s of the Day – 15 March – Blessed William Hart (1558-1583) Priest Martyr

Quote/s of the Day – 15 March – The Memorial of Blessed William Hart (1558-1583) Priest Martyr (Hung, drawn and quartered today in 1583 by the Persecutions of Elizabeth I.
He was aged 25 years old).

Blessed William Hart
to the Oppressed Catholics
of Elizabethan England

“Lest, perhaps, when I have preached to others,
I myself should become a castaway.”
1 Cor 9:27

This is the first, the last, the only request I make
and have yet made or ever shall.
Fulfil these my desires, hear my voice, keep to my counsel.

But why do I, a miserable and unhappy sinner,
beg of you that, in this age,
most poisoned and most dangerous to the good,
you should persevere,
firm and constant in your confession,
where Angels, Archangels, Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Virgins,
the whole world beseech it,
when the salvation of your souls
and the good God Himself, make the same entreaty –
that you should remain firm in the Faith
you have once received
and in your confession of the Truth!

May God of His Infinite Mercy,
help you to do so and I, your spiritual father,
though weak and loaded with sins innumerable,
will never cease to pray for you,
both in this life and the next.
Wherefore I entreat you, in every way I can,
to be mindful of me, as often as you offer
Your devout prayers to God,
lest I be, like a melting candle,
which giveth light to others and is itself consumeth.

Again and again farewell, my much desired ones.
The servant of all and everyone of you.

Father William Hart

The joy of this life is nothing;
the joy of the after life is everlasting.

Blessed William Hart (1558-1583)
Priest Martyr

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Saint of the Day – 15 March – Blessed William Hart (1558-1583) Priest Martyr and His Farewell to a Mother (Heart-rending)

Saint of the Day – 15 March – Blessed William Hart (1558-1583) Priest Martyr, Missionary. Born in 1558 at Wells, Somerset, England and was Martyred on 15 March 1583 at York, North Yorkshire. by being hung, drawn and quartered. He was just 25 years old! Additional Memorials – 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai, 1 December as one of the Martyrs of Oxford University.

Our Martyr was born as a Protestant and whilst studying at Lincoln College, Oxford University, he converted to Catholicism, He proceeded to Douai at Rheims and then to Rome, where he was Ordained in 1581.

On returning to England he worked in Yorkshire, frequently visiting imprisoned Catholics, providing comfort , the Sacrament and whatever assistance he was able to give. He was present at the Mass at York Castle at which William Lacy was captured and escaped by somehow climbing over the wall and wading to chin height, through the deep moat.

William was betrayed by an apostate Catholic on Christmas Day, 1582 and thrown into an underground dungeon, where he was secured in double irons. After examination before the Dean of York and the Council of the North, he was arraigned at the Lent Assizes.

The account of his trial states that he was arraigned on two counts. He might have been on trial on three, namely:

  1. Under 13 Eliz. c. 2, for having brought papal writings, to wit his certificate of ordination, into the realm;
    under 13 Eliz. c. 3, for having gone abroad without royal licence;
  2. Under 23 Eliz. c. 1, for having reconciled John Wright and one Couling to the Catholic Church.

On 10 March 1583, William wrote a last letter to his mother:

Farewell To A Mother
The last letter of Blessed William Hart,
to his Protestant mother.

“Most dear and loving mother,
Seeing that by the severity of the laws, by the wickedness of our times and by God’s holy ordinance and appointment, my days in this life are cut off, of duty and conscience I am bound (being far from you in body but in spirit very near you) not only to crave your daily blessing but also to write these few words unto you.

You have been a most loving, natural and careful mother unto me; you have suffered great pains in my birth and upbringing; you have toiled and turmoiled to feed and sustain me, your first and eldest child and, therefore, for these and all other of your motherly cherishings, I give you (as it becometh me to do) most humble and hearty thanks, wishing that it lay in me to show myself as loving, natural and dutiful a son as you have showed yourself a most tender and careful mother.

But I cannot express my love, [ show my duty, declare my affection, testify my goodwill towards you; so little I am able to do, so much I think myself bound unto you.

I had meant this spring to have seen you if God had granted me health and liberty;but now never shall I see you, or any of yours, in this life again, trusting yet in Heaven to meet you, to see you, to live everlastingly with you.

Sweet mother, why do you weep? Why do you lament? Why do you take so heavily my honourable death? Know you not that we are born once to die and that always in this life we may not live? Know you not how vain, how wicked, how inconstant, how miserable this life of ours is? Do you not consider my calling, my estate, my profession? Do you not remember that l am going to
a place of all pleasure and felicity? Why then do you weep? Why do you mourn? Why do you cry out?

But perhaps you will say, I weep not so much for your death as I do for that you are hanged, drawn and quartered. My sweet mother, it is the favourablest, most honourable and happiest death that ever could have chanced unto me. I die not for knavery but for verity; I die not for treason but for religion; I die not for any ill demeanour or offence I committed but only for my Faith, for my conscience, for my Priesthood, for my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ and, to tell you truth, if I had ten thousand lives, I am bound to lose them all, rather than to break my faith, to lose my soul, to offend my God.

We are not made to eat, drink, sleep, to go bravely, to feed daintily, to live in this wretched vale continually but to serve God, to please God, to fear God, to keep His commandments; which, when we cannot be suffered to do, then rather must we choose to lose our lives than to desire our lives.

(Illegible words) … I [am not] alone in this kind of suffering, for there have of late suffered twenty or twenty-two Priests, just,
virtuous and learned men, for the self-same cause for which I do now suffer. You see Mr. James Fenn and John Body are imprisoned for religion and I daresay they are desirous to die the same death which I shall die. Be contented, therefore, good mother; stay your weeping and comfort yourself that you have borne a son who hath lost his life and liberty for God Almighty’s sake, Who shed His Most Precious Blood for him. I

If I did desire to look for preferment or promotion, credit or estimation in this world, I could do as others do but alas! , I pass not for this trish-trash; I contemn this wretched world; I detest the pleasure and commodities thereof and only desire to be in
Heaven with God, where I trust I shall be before this my last letter come to you.

Be of good cheer, then, my most loving mother and
cease from weeping, for there is no cause why you should
do so. Tell me, for God’s sake, not be glad to
see me a Bishop, a King, or an Emperor? Yes, verily, I daresay you would. How glad, then, may you be to see me a
Martyr, a Saint, a most glorious and bright star in Heaven.
The joy of this life is nothing and the joy of after life is
everlasting and therefore thrice happy may you think
yourself that your son, William, is gone from earth to
Heaven and from a place of all misery, to a place of all

I WISH that I were near to comfort you but because that
cannot be, I beseech you, even for Christ Jesus’s sake,
to comfort yourself. You see how God hath brought me
up and how He hath blessed me many ways; a thousand
times, then, unhappy should I be if for His sake I should
not lose this miserable life to gain that blessed and eternal
life wherein He is.

I can say no more but desire you to be of good cheer because myself am well. If I had lived, I would have helped you in your age, as you have helped me in my youth. But now I must desire God to help you and my brethren, for I cannot. Good mother, be contented with that which God hath appointed for my perpetual comfort and now, in your old days, serve God after the old Catholic manner.

Pray unto Him daily; beseech Him heartily to make you a
member of His Church and that He will save your soul.
For Jesus’ sake, good mother, serve God. Read that Book
that I gave you and die a member of Christ’s Body and
then, one day, we shall meet in Heaven, by God’s grace.
Serve God and you cannot do amiss. God comfort you
Jesus save your soul and send you to Heaven.
Farewell good mother, farewell ten thousand times.

Out of York Castle, the tenth of March, 1583.

Your most loving and obedient son,

He was Martyred at York on 15 March 1583 and Beatified on 29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII (cultus confirmed).


Wednesday of the Third Week in Lent, Notre Dame de Sous-Terre / Our Lady of the Underground, Chartres, France (911), St Clement Mary Hofbauer and Memorials of the Saints – 15 March

Wednesday of the Third Week in Lent – FAST

Notre Dame de Sous-Terre / Our Lady of the Underground, Chartres, France (911) – 15 March:

St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R (1751-1820)  “The Apostle of Vienna” Hermit, Priest, Religious, Co-Founder of the Redemptorist Order (in Austria).
He was Canonised on 20 May 1909 by Pope Pius X. 

Bl Anthony of Milan
St Aristobulos of Britannia
Bl Arnold of Siena
St Bodian of Hanvec
St Eoghan of Concullen
St Eusebius II
Bl Francis of Fermo
St Leocritia of Córdoba
St Longinus the Centurian
Bl Ludovico de la Pena
St Mancius of Evora
St Matrona of Capua
St Matrona of Thessaloniki
St Menignus of Parium
Bl Monaldus of Ancona
St Nicander of Alexandria
St Peter Pasquale
St Sisebuto
St Speciosus
St Vicenta of Coria
Bl Walter of Quesnoy
Blessed William Hart (1558-1583) Priest Martyr

St Pope Zachary (Died 752) – Papal Ascension 5 December 741- 752. Abolitionist of slavery,Apostle of the poor, Diplomat of skill and subtlity, Administrator of great renown, Peace-maker.
His Life:


Monday of the THIRD WEEK in LENT, “The Salus Populi Romani” / Our Lady of the Empress, Rome (593) and Memorials of the Saints – 13 March

Monday of the THIRD WEEK in LENT – FAST

“The Salus Populi Romani” / Our Lady of the Empress, Rome (593) – 13 March:

St Leander of Seville (c 534-c 600) BIshop, Confessor of the Faith, Teacher, Writer, Apostle of Spain and Evangelisation, Father of the Church – Patron of Episcopal attire and Liturgical garments. Saint Leander, as Bishop, instituted the practice of praying the Nicene Creed during Mass—a practice which continues today.

Blessed Agnellus of Pisa OFM (c1195-1236) Frair of the Order of Friars Minor, received into the Franciscans Order by Saint Francis himself.

St Ansovinus of Camerino (Died 868) Bishop, Hermit, Peace-maker, Spiritual Adviser and Confessor to the Holy Roman Emperor, Miracle-worker.
His Life:

Bl Berengar de Alenys
St Christina of Persia
St Euphrasia

Blessed Françoise Tréhet (1756-1794) Virgin Martyr, Religious Sister, Teacher, Apostle of Charity. Martyr of the French Revolution. She was Beatified on 19 June 1955 by Pope Pius XII at Rome, Italy.
Her Life and Death:

St Gerald of Mayo
St Grace of Saragossa

St Heldrad of Novalese (Died c 875) Priest and Benedictine Abbot.
St Heldrad’s Life:

Bl Judith of Ringelheim
St Kevoca of Kyle
St Mochoemoc
St Nicephorus of Constantinople
Bl Peter II of La Cava
St Pientius of Poitiers
St Ramirus of Leon

St Roderick of Córdoba.(Died 857) Spanish Priest and Martyr
His Life and Death:

St Sabinus of Egypt
St Sancha of Portugal


Friday of the Second Week in Lent – FAST and ABSTINENCE, Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, Santa Maria della Querce / Our Lady of the Oak, Tuscany, Italy (1467) and Memorials of the Saints – 10 March

Friday of the Second Week in Lent – FAST and ABSTINENCE

Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, Armenia (Died 320) – Forty Christian soldiers of the Thunderstruck Legion of the Imperial Roman army who were tortured and murdered for their faith during the persecutions of Emperor Licinius. They were exposed naked on a frozen pond to freeze to death at Sebaste, Armenia in 320 and their bodies afterward were burned.

The Feast of the Holy Shroud:
Since 1831, the Holy Shroud of Turin is celebrated on the Friday after the Second Sunday in Lent. Before 1831 it was rarely found on Diocesan calendars. The office is taken from the Proprium of Turin.

Mass said beneath the Shroud in Truin

Santa Maria della Querce / Our Lady of the Oak, Tuscany, Italy (1467) – 10 March:

St Alexander of Apema
St Anastasia the Patrician
St Andrew of Strumi
St Attalas of Bobbio
St Blanchard of Nesle-la-Réposte
St Caius of Apema
St Cordratus of Nicomedië
St Droctoveus (c530-c580) Abbot
St Emilian of Lagny
St Failbhe the Little
St Gustav the Hermit
St Himelin
Bl John of Vallombrosa
St Kessog

St Macarius of Jerusalem (Died c 335) Bishop of Jerusalem for over twenty years. Defender of the Faith against Arianism, founder of the True Cross with St Helena, organiser and manager of the building of the Sacred Basilicas, including the Church of the Holy Sepuchre in Jerusalem, paid for by St Constantine the Great, St Helena’s son. Also of great import is the fact that Bishop Macarius was one of the two main authors of the Nicene Creed, that is, of the Creed that we still pronounce in Mass today
The Life os St Macarius:

St Peter of Veroli
St Rufinus of Nicomedië
St Sannudius of Bagensena
St Saturninus of Nicomedië
St Sedna of Ossory
St Silvester of Ireland

St Pope Simplicius (Died 483) Papal Ascension 25 February 468 – 10 March 483.
His Life:

St Victor of North Africa
Bl Wirnto of Formbach

Anonymous Martyrs of Persia – A group of 42 Christians Martyred in Persia in the 4th century.


Monday of the Second Week in Lent – FAST, Nossa Senhora da Nazaré / Our Lady of Nazareth, Portugal, (1150), Sts Perpetua and Felicity and Memorials of the Saints – 6 March

Monday of the Second Week in Lent – FAST

Nossa Senhora da Nazaré / Our Lady of Nazareth, Pierre Noire, Portugal, (1150) – 6 March:

Sts Perpetua and Felicity (Died c203) Martyrs in Carthage (Roman province of Africa – modern day Tunisia) – Patrons of Mothers, Expectant Mothers, ranchers, butchers, Carthage, Catalonia.
Feast day moved in 1969 to 7 March.
Their Life and Death:

St Aetius
St Bairfhion
St Baldred of Strathclyde
St Baldred the Hermit
St Balther of Lindisfarne
St Basil of Bologna
St Cadroë

St Chrodegang of Metz (c 714-776) The First Bishop of Metz, Protector and Father of the poor and orphans, Reformer of the Clergy, a relative of King Pepin and of Prince Charles Martel, both of whom he was Court Chancellor, Royal Diplomat, Saint Opportuna of Montreuil was his brother.
The Roman Martyrology states: “In Metz in Austrasia, in today’s France, St Crodegango, Bishop, who arranged for the Clergy to live as if within the walls of a cloister under an exemplary rule of life and greatly promoted liturgical chant.

St Colette PCC (1381-1447) Abbess and Foundress of the Colettine Poor Clares, a reform branch of the Order of Saint Clare. Patronages – against eye disorders, against fever, against headaches, against infertility, against the death of parents, of women seeking to conceive, expectant mothers and sick children, craftsmen, Poor Clares, servants, Corbie, France, Ghent, Belgium. St Colette was Canonised on 24 May 1807 by Pope Pius VII.

St Cyriacus of Trier
St Cyril of Constantinople
St Evagrius of Constantinople
St Fridolin Vandreren of Säckingen (Died c540) “Apostle of the Upper Rhine” Monk, Abbot, Missionary, wandering Evangelist, Founder of the Monastery in Säckingen, Baden (part of modern Germany).
Bl Guillermo Giraldi
St Heliodorus the Martyr
Bl Jordan of Pisa
St Julian of Toledo
St Kyneburga of Castor
St Kyneswide of Castor
St Marcian of Tortona
Bl Ollegarius of Tarragona
St Patrick of Malaga
St Sananus

Blessed Sylvester of Assisi OFM (Died 1240) Priest, Friar. Sylvester was one of the first 4 followers of St Francis of Assisi and was the first Priest in the Franciscan Order.
About St Sylvester:

St Tibba of Castor
St Venustus of Milan

Martyrs of Amorium – 42 Saints – Also known as Martyrs of Syria and Martyrs of Samarra;
A group of 42 Christian senior officials in the Byzantine Empire who were captured by forces of the Abbasid Caliphate when the Muslim forces overran the City of Amorium, Phrygia in 838 and massacred or enslaved its population. The men were imprisoned in Samarra, the seat of the Caliphate, for seven years. Initially thought to be held for ransom due to their high position in the empire, all attempts to buy their freedom were declined. The Caliph repeatedly ordered them to convert to Islam and sent Islamic scholars to the prison to convince them; they refused until the Muslims finally gave up and killed them. Martyrs. We know the names and a little about seven of them:

  • Aetios
  • Bassoes
  • Constantine
  • Constantine Baboutzikos
  • Kallistos
  • Theodore Krateros
  • Theophilos
    but details about the rest have disappeared over time. However, a lack of information did not stop several legendary and increasingly over-blown “Acts” to be written for years afterward. One of the first biographers, a monk name Euodios, presented the entire affair as a judgement by God on the empire for its official policy of Iconoclasm.
  • beheaded on 6 March 845 in Samarra (in modern Iraq) on the banks of the Euphrates river by Ethiopian slaves
  • the bodies were thrown into the river, but later recovered by local Christians and given proper burial.
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Saint of the Day – 4 March – St Lucius I (Died 254) Pope and Martyr.

Saint of the Day – 4 March – St Lucius I (Died 254) Pope and Martyr. The 22nd Bishop of Rome from 25 June 253 to his death on 5 March 254. He was banished soon after his consecration but gained permission to return. Patronage – Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Roman Martyrology reads today: “At Rome, on the Appian Way. during the persecution of Valerian, the birthday of St Lucius, Pope and Martyr, who was first exiled for the Faith of Christ but, being permitted by Divine Providence to return to his Church, he suffered Martyrdom by decapitation, after having combated the Novatians. His praises have been published by the blesseed Saint Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage(200-258).

Lucius was born in Rome. Nothing is known about his family except his father’s name, Porphyrianus. He was elected probably on 25 June 253. His election took place during the persecution which caused the banishment of his predecessor, Cornelius, and he also was banished soon after his consecration but succeeded in gaining permission to return.

Lucius is praised in several letters of Cyprian (see Epist. lxviii. 5) for condemning the Novationists for their refusal to readmit to communion Christians who repented for having lapsed under persecution.

His feast did not appear in the Tridentine Calendar of Pope Pius V. In 1602, it was inserted under the date of 4 March, into the General Roman Calendar. With the insertion in 1621 on the same date of the feast of Saint Casimir,

Lucius I’s Tombstone is still extant in the Catacomb of Callixtus. His Relics were later brought to the Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, along with the Relics of St Cecilia and others. His head is preserved in a reliquary in St. Ansgar’s Cathedral in Copenhagen, Denmark. This Relic was brought to Roskilde around the year 1100, after Lucius had been declared Patron Saint of the Danish region Zeeland.

According to tradition, there had been demons at large at the Isefjord at Roskilde City and, as they declared that they feared nothing but Lucius’ skull, this had to be brought to Denmark, whereupon peace took reign of the fjord again. After the Reformation, the skull was taken to the exhibition rooms of King Frederik III in Copenhagen, where it was on exhibit and then returned to the Cathedral. The skull remained in Roskilde Cathedral but in 1910 it was enshrined at St Ansgar’s Cathedral. It is one of the few Relics to have survived the Reformation in Denmark.

St Lucius I skull inside the Reliquary at St Ansgar’s Cathedral in Copenhagen

Saturday of Ember Week in Lent, First Saturday, Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde / Our Lady of the Guard , Marseille, France (1221), St Casimir, Confessor, Prince and Memorials of the Saints – 4 March

Saturday of Ember Week in Lent – Fast and Abstinence or Partial Abstinence


Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde / Our Lady of the Guard , Marseille, France (1221) – 4 March:

St Casimir (1458-1484) Confessor, Prince, Celibate, Ascetic, Apostle of Prayer, Apostle of Charity and Mercy, Marian Devotee, Eucharistic Adorer, Confessor. His Body is Incorrupt.

St Lucius I (Died 254) Pope and Martyr

St Adrian of May
St Adrian of Nicomedia
Bl Alexander Blake
St Appian of Comacchio
St Arcadius of Cyprus
St Basinus of Trier
Bl Christopher Bales
St Felix of Rhuys
St Gaius of Nicomedia
Bl Humbert III of Savoy
St Leonard of Avranches
Bl Nicholas Horner
St Nestor the Martyr
St Owen
Bl Paolo of Brescia

St Peter of Pappacarbone (c 1038-1123) Bishop, Abbot, Reformer. He was Canonised in 1893 by Pope Leo XIII.
His Life:

Blessed Placida Viel SSC (1815—1877) Virgin, Virgin, Religious Sister of the Sisters of the Christian Schools of Mercy, which focused on the education of girls. Placida was Beatified on 6 May 1951 by Pope Pius XII.
Bl Placida’s Life:

Bl Rupert of Ottobeuren

Martyrs on the Appian Way – 900 Saints: Group of 900 Martyrs buried in the Catacombs of Saint Callistus on the Appian Way, Rome, Italy.c 260

Martyrs of Nicomedia – 20 Saints: A group of 20 Christians murdered together for their faith. The only details about them to survive are three of their names – Archelaus, Cyrillos and Photius. Nicomedia, Bithynia (in modern Turkey)

Martyrs of the Crimea – 7 Saints: A group of 4th century missionary Bishops who evangelised in the Crimea and southern Russia and were Martyred for their work. We know little else beyond the names – Aetherius, Agathodorus, Basil, Elpidius, Ephrem, Eugene and Gapito.

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Saint of the Day – 2 March – Blessed Charles the Good (c1083-1127) Martyr

Saint of the Day – 2 March – Blessed Charles the Good (c1083-1127) Martyr, Duke, Apostle, protector and defender of the poor, selling his and his kingdom’s riches to help those in need, wherever he could, a fair and just Ruler who made laws to accommodate the poor rather than the rich (the eventual cause of his Martyrdom), Knight who assisted in Secomd Crusade. Born in c1083 and died by being beheaded on 2 March 1127 at Bruges, Belgium. Patronages – of Dukes, Counts, the Diocese of Bruges,Crusaders.Also known as – Charles of Flanders. Blessed Charles cultus was officially confirmed by his Beatification in 1883 by Pope Leo XIII.

Charles was the son of St Canut, King of Denmark and of Alice of Flanders, who, in 1086, after the death of his father, carried him, then an infant of 3 years, into Flanders. His cousin, Baldwin the Seventh, Earl of Flanders, dying without issue in 1119, appointed Charles as his heir, on account of his extraordinary valour and merit.

The young Earl was a perfect model of all virtues, especially devotion, charity and humility. Among his friends and courtiers, he loved those best who admonished him of his faults. He frequently exhausted his treasury to the benefit of the poor and often gave the clothes off his back to be sold for their relief. He served them with his own hands and distributed clothes and bread to them wherever he travelled. It was observed that in Ipres he gave away, in one day, no less than seven thousand eight hundred loaves.

Charles took care, for the sake of the poor, to keep the price of corn and provisions always low and he made wholesome laws to protect them from the oppressions of the great. This exasperated Bertulf, who had tyrannically usurped the provostship of St Donatian’s in Bruges, to which dignity was annexed the Chancellorship of Flanders. Between Bertulf and and his wicked relatives, the exercised a great oppressors of their country.

In this horrible conspiracy they were joined by Erembald, Castellan or Chief Magistrate of the territory of Bruges, with his five sons, who were provoked against their Sovereign Charles because he had repressed their unjust violence.

The holy Earl went every morning barefoot and very early, to perform his devotions before the Altar of the Blessed Virgin in St Donatian’s Church. On the morning of 2 March 1127, following his usual practice he left to walk to the Church. Before he left, he was informed of a conspiracy but answered; “We are always surrounded by dangers but we belong to God. If it be His will, can we die in a better cause than that of justice and truth?”

While he was reciting the Penitential Psalms before the Altar, the conspirators rushed in and hacked him to death with broadswords. These enemies were Fromold Borchard, nephew to Bertulf.

The brutal and sacrilegious murder of the popular Duke provoked widespread public outrage, and he was immediately regarded as a Martyr and Saint, although not formally Beatified until 1882.

The Erembalds, who had planned and carried out the murder of Charles, were besieged inside the castle of Bruges by the enraged nobles and commoners of Bruges and Ghent. All the conspirators were defeated, captured and tortured to death. King Louis VI of France, who had supported the uprising against the Erembalds, used his influence to select William Clito as the next Duke of Flanders., Charles having died without issue.

Jan van Beers (1852–1927).- The funeral of Charles I, Count of Flanders, celebrated in Bruges in the Church of St. Christopher on 22 April 1127. This remarkable painting is now situate at the Petit Palais Museum in Paris

Charles was buried in St Christopher’s Church at Bruges, not in that of St Donatian See the remarkable painting above created by Jan van Beers. To view clearly click on the image. In 1600, Charles’s Shrine was placed, by an order of Charles Philip Rodoan, the fourth Bishop of Bruges, in the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin in the St Saviour’s Cathedral in Bruges. Ever since the year 1610, a Solemn High Mass in honour of the Blessed Trinity, is sung on his festival.

Image of Charles on his rRliquary in the Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, Bruges, Belgium

Nuestra Señora de las Apariciones / Our Lady of Apparitions, Madrid, Spain (1449) and Memorials of the Saints – 2 March

Thursday of the First Week in Lent – Fast

Nuestra Señora de las Apariciones / Our Lady of Apparitions, Madrid, Spain (1449) – 2 March:

St Absolon of Caesarea

St Agnes of Prague/Bohemia (1211-1282) Nun, Princess, Foundress, Abbess, Missionary of Charity and Mercy – Patron of the Czech Republic and Prague.

St Basileus the Martyr

St Chad (c 620-672) Bishop of Lichfield, Confessor, Abbot, Monk, known as the “Apostle of Mercia,”in England.
About St Chad:

Blessed Charles the Good (c1083-1127) Martyr, Duke
St Cynibild of Laestingaeu
St Felix of Treves
St Fergna the White
Bl Girolamo Carmelo di Savoia
St Gistilian
St Joavan of Brittany
St John Maron
St Jovinus the Martyr
St Lorgius of Caesarea
St Lucius of Caesarea

St Luke Casali of Nicosia (Died c 800) Priest Abbot.
The Roman Martyrology reads: “In Agíra in Sicily, Saint Luke Casale of Nicosía, a Monk, full of humility and virtue.”
St Luke’s Life:

St Quintus the Thaumaturge
St Slebhene
St Troas
St Willeic

Martyrs of Campania – Approximately 400 northern Italian Christians Martyred for their faith by pagan Lombards. Their story was recorded by Pope Saint Gregory the Great, who reports that they people spent their final days supporting each other with prayer. c 579 in Camnpania, Italy.

Martyrs of Porto Romano – 4 Saints – Group of Christians Martyred in the persecution of Diocletian. The only other information that survives are the names of four of them – Heraclius, Januaria, Paul and Secondilla. c305 at Porto Romano at the mouth of the River Tiber, Rome.


EMBER WEDNESDAY – Fast and Abstinence, Madonna Della Croce, “Holy Mary of the Cross,” Crema, Italy (1490), St David of Wales (c542-c601) and Memorials of the Saints – 1 March

EMBER WEDNESDAY – Fast and Abstinence
In case you have forgotten about Ember Days as they are not promoted or encouraged since Vatican II, here is a reminder:

Devotion for March – St Joseph

Madonna Della Croce, “Holy Mary of the Cross,” Crema, Italy (1490) – 1 March:

St David of Wales (c542-c601) Bishop, Prince, Monk, Confessor, Missionary, Founder of Monasteries. Uncle of King Arthur. David studied under Saint Paul Aurelian. Worked with Saint Columbanus, Saint Gildas the Wise and Saint Finnigan. He was officially Canonised in 1120 by Pope Callistus II.

St Abdalong of Marseilles
St Adrian of Numidia
St Agapios of Vatopedi
St Agnes Cao Guiying

St Albinus of Angers (469-549) Bishop, Confessor, Monk, Abbot, miracle-worker.
His Life

St Albinus of Vercelli
St Amandus of Boixe
St Antonina of Bithynia
Bl Aurelia of Wirberg
Bl Bonavita of Lugo
St Bono of Cagliari
Bl Christopher of Milan
Bl Claudius Gabriel Faber
St Domnina of Syria
St Domnina of Syria
St Donatus of Carthage
St Eudocia of Heliopolis
St Felix III, Pope
Bl George Biandrate
Bl Giovanna Maria Bonomo
Bl Gonzalo de Ubeda
St Hermes of Numidia
St Jared the Patriarch
St Leo of Rouen
St Leolucas of Corleone OBas (c815-c915) Abbot of the Basilian Order

St Lupercus
St Marnock
St Monan
Bl Pietro Ernandez
Bl Roger Lefort
St Rudesind
St Seth the Patriarch
St Simplicius of Bourges
St Siviard
St Swithbert
St Venerius of Eichstätt

Martyrs of Africa – A group of 13 Christians executed together for their faith in Africa. The only details about them to survive are ten names – Abundantius, Adrastus, Agapius, Charisius, Donatilla, Donatus, Fortunus, Leo, Nicephorus and Polocronius. c290

Martyrs of Antwerp – A group of Christians Martyred together, buried together and whose Relics were transferred and enshrined together. We know nothing else but their names – Benignus, Donatus, Felician, Fidelis, Filemon, Herculanus, Julius, Justus, Maximus, Pelagius, Pius, Primus, Procopius and Silvius. Died in the 2nd Century in Rome. They are buried in the St Callistus Catacombs and their relics were enshirned in the Jesuit Church in Antwerp on 28 February 1600.

Martyrs of the Salarian Way – A group of 260 Christians who, for their faith, were condemned to road work on the Salarian Way in Rome, Italy during the persecutions of Claudius II. When they were no longer needed for work, they were publicly murdered in the amphitheatre. Martyrs. c 269 in Rome.

Martyrs Under Alexander – A large but unspecified number of Christians Martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Alexander Severus and the praefect Ulpian who saw any non-state religion to be a dangerous treason. c 219.

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Saint of the Day – 27 February – Blessed William Richardson (1572–1603) English Priest, Martyr.

Saint of the Day – 27 February – Blessed William Richardson (1572–1603) English Priest, Martyr. Born in Yorkshire and died by being hanged, drawn and quartered on 27 February 1603 at Tyburn, London, aged just 31. William owns the dubious honour of being the last Martyr under Elizabeth I’s barbaric policy of murdering Catholics and especially Priests, in this manner. Also known as – William Anderson. He was Beatified on 15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI.

This Image resides in the Seminary at Valladolid

Richardson was born in the village of Wales, West Riding of Yorkshire., although his father was a Lancashireman who had taken his family to Yorkshire in search of work. William was actually born in the hamlet of Bedgreave. It is believed that William’s father was a Miller at the Medieval Mill which still stands in the area.

We know from the Entry Book at the English Collge at Valladolid in Spain, that William was a convert and was received into the Church by one of the Clergy at Wiesloch, where, at that time, he was working. He studied for the Priesthood at seminaries in Valladolid and then Seville, Spain.

In 1594 William was Ordained and then sent back to England, where he used the alias William Anderson. His apostolate was spent mostly in London, often with Catholics of the Legal Profession at the Inns of the Court. He visited prisons under cover as an ordinary vistor, to take the Sacraments to Catholics imprisoned for their Faith.

But he was betrayed by a trusted person, arrested in London’s Gray’s Inn (an Inn of Court) and imprisoned. He was tried and convicted of being a Catholic Priest, within a week and Martyred by the barbaric act of being hung, drawn and quartered.

Bishop Challoner (Died 1781) tells us that William accepted his death sentence with such constancy and deep faith that he prayed for the his murderer, Elizabeth I in his last prayers. Sadly, we have no knowledge of Blessed William’s resting place. The little Church below dedicated to him is near his birthplace and is apparently well attended in a region listed as of the lowest Church attendance in Europe!

His was the final Martyrdom to take place during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I as she was to die herself one week after William’s entry into life.


Monday of the First Week in Lent, Nostra Signora della Luce / Our Lady of Light, Italy, (18th Century), St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows and Memorials of the Saints – 27 February

Monday of the First Week in Lent

Nostra Signora della Luce / Our Lady of Light, Palermo, Italy, (18th Century) – 27 February:

St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows/Gabriel Possenti CP (1838-1862) Passionist Religious and student preparing for the Priesthood. Gabriel was known for his great devotion to the Sorrows of the Virgin Mary. St Gabriel was Canonised on 13 May 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.

St Abundius of Rome
St Alexander of Rome
St Alnoth
St Antigonus of Rome
St Baldomerus of Saint Just
St Basilios of Constantinople
St Comgan
St Emmanuel of Cremona
St Fortunatus of Rome
St Herefrith of Lindsey
St Honorina
St John of Gorze
St Luke of Messina

Blessed Mark Barkworth OSB (c 1572–1601) Priest Martyr – one of the English Martyrs. Mark was Beatified by Pope Pius XI on 15 December 1929.
His Life and Death:

St Procopius of Decapolis
St Thalilaeus
Blessed William Richardson (1572–1603) English Priest, Martyr. He was Beatified on 15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI.


A Day of Fasting, The Vigil of the Apostle Saint Matthias, Nuestra Señora de la Peña / Our Lady of the Rock, Spain (1434), St Peter Damian (1007-1072) and Memorials of the Saints – 23 February

Thursday after Ash Wednesday – A Day of Fasting

The Vigil of the Apostle Saint Matthias

St Peter Damian OSB (1007-1072) Cardinal Bishop of Ostia, Benedictine Monk, Confessor, Theologian, Reformer, Writer, Teacher, Preacher, Poet, Papal Envoy, Doctor of the Church. Dante placed him in one of the highest circles of Paradiso as a great predecessor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Peter was acclaimed as “one of the most accomplished Latinists of his time, one of the greatest writers of medieval Latin.
The wonderful St Peter here:

Nuestra Señora de la Peña / Our Lady of the Rock, Pena de Francia, near Salamanca, Spain (1434) – 23 February:

St Alexander Akimetes
St Boswell
St Dositheus of Egypt
St Felix of Brescia
St Florentius of Seville
St Giovanni Theristi (1049–1129) Monk
Bl John of Hungary

St Lazarus Zographos (c 810-c 867) Priest, Monk known as “the Painter and the Iconographer.” Lazarus lived before and during the second period of Byzantine Iconoclasm.
The Roman Martyrology states of him today: “St Lazarus, a Monk, whom the Iconoclast Emperor Theophilus ordered to be put to torture for having painted holy images. His hand was burned with a hot iron but, being healed by the power of God, he painted anew the holy images which had been defaced and finally rested in peace.”

St Martha of Astorga
St Medrald
St Milburga (Died 715) Abbess
Bl Milo of Benevento
St Ordonius
St Polycarp of Rome
St Romana

St Serenus the Gardener (Died 307) Martyr. Serenus was by birth a Grecian. He left his family estate, friends and country to serve God in celibacy, penance and prayer. With this design he bought a garden in Sirmium in Pannonia, which he cultivated with his own hands and lived on the fruits and herbs it produced.
His Life and Death:

St Willigis of Mainz (c 940-1011) Archbishop of Mainz, Reformer, builder of the Cathedral of Mainz and many Churches, bridges and roads throughout his Diocese, de facto Regent of Germany during the minority of Otto III, to whom he was Guardian.
About St Willigis:

St Zebinus of Syria

Martyrs of Syrmium – 73 Christians who were Martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know no details about them, and only six of their names – Antigonus, Libius, Rogatianus, Rutilus, Senerotas and Syncrotas.


Ash Wednesday, The Chair of Saint Peter at Antioch, Notre-Dame de Rennes / Our Lady of Miracles and Virtues, Rennes, France (1357) and Memorials of the Saints – 22 February

Ash Wednesday +2023Obligatory FAST and ABSTINENCE

The Chair of Saint Peter at Antioch – where the disciples were first entitled “Christians.” The Chair/Throne or Cathedra itself is a relic conserved in St Peter’s Basilica although it seems not to be the original Chair.

Notre-Dame de Rennes / Our Lady of Miracles and Virtues, Rennes, France (1357) – 22 February:

St Ailius of Alexandria
St Angelus Portasole
St Aristion of Salamis
St Athanasius of Nicomedia
St Baradates of Cyrrhus

Blessed Diego Carvalho SJ (1578-1624) Priest and Martyr of the Society of Jesus, Missionary to Japan. Patronage Japanese miners. Beatified on 7 May 1867 by Pope Blessed Pius IX.
His Life and Death:

St Elwin
St John the Saxon
St Limnaes

St Maximian of Ravenna (499-556) Bishop
Bl Mohammed Abdalla
St Papias of Heirapolis
St Paschasius of Vienne
St Raynerius of Beaulieu
St Thalassius

Martyrs of Arabia – A memorial for all the unnamed Christians Martyred in the desert and mountainous areas south of the Dead Sea during the persecutions of Emperor Valerius Maximianus Galerius.


Feast of the Holy Face, Shrove Tuesday, Notre-Dame de Bon-Port / Our Lady of Bon Port, France (1838) and Memorials of the Saints – 21 February

Feast of the Holy Face:
In the 19th Century Jesus expressed His wishes to Sister Mary of St Peter (1816-1848), a Carmelite Nun in Tours, France, that there be an actual Devotion to his Holy Face. Our Lord wanted this in reparation for blasphemies against Him and His Holy Name as well, as for the profanation of Sunday (when people engage unnecessarily in commerce and other such labours and chores on Sunday, a day meant for rest and reflection on God). In August of 1843 He dictated to her the well-known Golden Arrow Prayer. He also gave her Promises for those who would honour His Holy Face.
The first Holy Medal of the Holy Face was given to Ven Pope Pius XII, who approved the Devotion and the Medal. In 1958 he formally declared the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus as Shrove Tuesday for all Catholics.

Shrove Tuesday: Shrove is the past tense of the word Shrive, which means “to hear a confession, assign penance and absolve from sin.”
In the Middle Ages, especially in Northern Europe and England, it became the custom to confess one’s sins on the day before Lent began in order to enter the penitential season in a repentant spirit.

Notre-Dame de Bon-Port / Our Lady of Bon Port/Good Haven, Paimpol, France (1838) – 21 February:

St Avitus II of Clermont
Bl Claudio di Portaceli
St Daniel of Persia
Bl Eleanora
St Ercongotha
St Felix of Metz
St George of Amastris
St Germanus of Granfield
St Gundebert of Sens

Blessed Noel Pinot (1747-1794) Priest and Martyr. During the French Revolution, he refused to take the oath of the Civil Constitution of the Clergy unlike his superio! He wore his Mass Vestments to execution and died reciting the opening words of the Mass. He was Beatified by Pope Pius XI on 31 October 1926.
His Life and Death:

St Paterius of Brescia (Died 606) Bishop
St Pepin of Landen
St Peter Mavimenus
St Randoald of Granfield

Blessed Richard Henkes

St Robert Southwell SJ (1561-1595) Martyr, Priest of the Society of Jesus, Poet, Hymnodist, Writer, clandestine missionary – Additional Memorials: 25 October as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales and 29 October as one of the Martyrs of Douai.
St Robert’s Biography

St Severian of Scythopolis
St Severus of Syrmium

Blessed Thomas Pormort (c 1560-1592) Priest Martyr
His Life and Death:

St Valerius of San Pedro de Montes
St Verda of Persia

Martyrs of Sicily – 79 Saints: Sevent nine Christians Martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. They were Martyred in c 303 on Sicily.

Martyrs of Hadrumetum – A group of 26 Christians Martyred together by Vandals. We know little more than eight of their names – Alexander, Felix, Fortunatus, Saturninus, Secundinus, Servulus, Siricius and Verulus. c 434 at Hadrumetum (modern Sousse, Tunisia).


Notre-Dame-des-Cloches / Our Lady of the Bells, France, St Cyril of Alexandria and Memorials of the Saints – 9 February

Notre-Dame-des-Cloches / Our Lady of the Bells, Cathedral of Saintes, France – 9 February:

St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444) “The Pillar of Faith” & “Seal of all the Fathers,”, Bishop, Confessor, Father and Doctor, Doctor Incarnationis (Doctor of the Incarnation) Added by Pope Leo XIII in 1883.
St Cyril’s Feast Day is today 9 February (1882–1969 – moved after Vatican II to 27 June).

St Apollonia of Alexandria (Died c249) Virgin Martyr, Deaconess.
St Apollonia’s Life and Death:

St Alexander of Rome
St Alexander of Soli
St Alto of Altomünster
St Ammon of Membressa
St Ammonius of Soli
St Ansbert of Rouen
St Attracta of Killaraght
St Brachio of Auvergne
St Cuaran the Wise
St Didymus of Membressa
St Donatus the Deacon
St Eingan of Llanengan
St Emilian of Membressa
Bl Erizzo
Bl Francisco Sanchez Marquez
Bl Godeschalk of Želiv
St Lassa of Membressa
Bl Marianus Scotus
St Maro
St Nebridius of Egara
St Nicephorus of Antioch
St Poëmus of Membressa
St Primus the Deacon

St Raynald of Nocera (c1150-1217) Bishop of Nocera, Umbria, Italy, Hermit, Monk, Abbot. His body is incorrupt.
The Roman Martyrology reads: “In Nocera Umbra, St. Rainaldo, Bishop, formerly a Camaldolese Monk of Fonte Avellana, who, while carrying out the Episcopal office, firmly preserved the habits of monastic life.”

St Romanus the Wonder Worker
St Ronan of Lismore
St Sabino of Abellinum

St Sabinus of Canosa (c461–566) Bishop, Confessor, Benedictine Monk, Papal Legate, miracle-worker, graced with the charism of prophecy, Defender of the Faith against heretics, friend of Saint Benedict of Nursia, builder of Churches and Monasteries, following the Benedictine discipline of Ora et labora.
His Life:

St Teilo of Llandaff

Martyrs of Alexandria: An unknown number of Christians who were massacred inthe 4th Century Alexandria, Egypt by Arian heretics for adhering to the true Faith.

Martyrs of Membressa: A group of 44 Christians Martyred together. We know little else about them some names – Ammon, Didymus, Emilian, Lassa, Poemus
They were Martyred in Membressa in Africa.


Our Lady of Avesnières, Laval, France (11th Century), Our Lady of Grace, or Our Lady of the Bowed Head, Rome (1610), St Romuald (c 951-1027) Abbot and Memorials of the Saints – 7 February

Notre-Dame d’Avesniéres, Laval / Our Lady of Avesnières, Laval, France (11th Century) – 7 February:

Nostra Signora delle Grazie, Nostra Signora del Capo chino / Our Lady of Grace, or Our Lady of the Bowed Head, Rome (1610) – 7 February:

St Romuald (c 951-1027) Monk, Abbot, Ascetic, Founder of the Camaldolese Order and a major figure in the Eleventh-Century “Renaissance of eremitical asceticism.”
His Feast Day is today and was thus from 1595. It was changed to 19 June in 1969. St Romuald’s body is incorrupt.
St Romuald’s Life:

St Adaucus of Phrygia
St Amulwinus of Lobbes
St Anatolius of Cahors
Bl Anselmo Polanco
Bl Anthony of Stroncone

St Augulus
St Chrysolius of Armenia
St Fidelis of Merida
Bl Jacques Sales
St John of Triora
St Juliana of Bologna
St Lorenzo Maiorano (Died 545) Bishop
St Luke the Younger

Blessed Mary of Providence/Eugénie Smet HHS (1825-1871) Nun and Founder of the Society of the Helpers of the Holy Souls. Her apostolate has spread throughout the world – now in 24 countries and continues to minister to the Souls in the Body of Christ — both those on earth and those who have departed this world. Beatified in Rome on 26 May 1957 by Pope Pius XII.

St Maximus of Nola
St Meldon of Péronne
St Moses the Hermit
St Parthenius of Lampsacus

St Richard the King Pilgrim (Died c 722) Layman, Prince, Pilgrim.
A Loving and Gentle Ruler and Father of Saints Willibald (Bishop of Eichstadt), Winnibald (Abbot of Heidesheim) and Walburga. (Virgin, Nun).

Left to right – St Willibald, St Wuna, St Richard, St Walburga, St Winnibald

Bl Rizziero of Muccia
St Theodore Stratelates

Bl essed Thomas Sherwood (1551–1578) Layman, Martyr of the English Persecution under Elizabeth I (c. 1552–1579). Beatified on 29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII.
His Life and Death:

St Tressan of Mareuil
Bl William Saultemouche


“Sedes Sapientia” – Heilige Maagd Maria van Leuven / Our Lady of Louvain, Belgium (1444), St Titus, St Dorothy, Virgin Martyr and Memorials of the Saints – 6 February

“Sedes Sapientia” – Heilige Maagd Maria van Leuven / Our Lady of Louvain, Belgium (1444) – 6 February:

Nicolaas de Bruyne, 1442, Leuven, Pieterskerk

St Titus (First Century-c96) Bishop, Confessor, Disciple of St Paul, Missionary, Peacemaker, Teacher, Administrator, Friend – Patron of Crete. The New Testament does not record his death.

St Dorothy of Caesarea (c279/290-311) Virgin Martyr
The Life and Death of St Dorothy:

St Amand of Maastricht (c 584-c 679) “The Apostle of Belgium”. Bishop of Tongeren-Maastricht and one of the great Missionaries of Flanders (Belgium), Monk, Abbot, Papal Missionary Bishop and Advisor, Miracle-worker, Founder of numerous Monasteries which became known for their hospitality to pilgrims. And another Saint Patron for eye diseases. amongst many other patronages.
His Life:

Saint Pedro Bautista Blásquez y Blásquez OFM (1542-1597) Priest Martyr
and the 26 Martyrs of Japan – Died by Crucifixion on 5 February 1597. Canonised on 8 June 1862 by Pope Pius IX.

St Amand of Moissac
St Amand of Nantes
St Andrew of Elnone
Bl Angelus of Furci
St Antholian of Auvergne
St Brinolfo Algotsson
Cassius of Auvergne
Bl Diego de Azevedo
St Ethelburga of Wessex
Bl Francesca of Gubbio
St Gerald of Ostia
St Gonsalo Garcia OFM
St Guarinus
St Guethenoc
St Hildegund
St Ina of Wessex
St Jacut
St Liminius of Auvergne
St Maximus of Aurvergne
St Mel of Ardagh
St Melchu of Armagh
St Mun of Lough Ree
St Relindis of Eyck
St Revocata
St Saturninus
St Tanco of Werden
St Theophilus
St Theophilus the Lawyer

St Vaast of Arras (c 453-539 or 540) Bishop – The First Bishop of Arras, France , Hermit, Ascetic, Miracle-worker, Advisor to King Clovis. The Roman Martyrology reads: “In Arras in Belgian Gaul, today in France, Saint Vedastus, Bishop, who, sent by Saint Remigius Bishop of Rheims to the devastated City, catechised King Clovis, re-established the Church and held it for about forty years and brought to an end, the need of work for evangelisation among the previously still pagan peoples of the region.” St Vaast is another Patron of eye diseases, problems and blindness.

St Victorinus of Auvergne

Martyrs of Emesa:
St Luke the Deacon
St Mucius the Lector


Septuagesima Sunday, Dedication of the first Church of Our Lady, by St Peter – Tortosa, Italy, St Agatha Virgin Martyr and Memorials of the Saints – 5 February

Septuagesima Sunday:
The word “Septuagesima” is Latin for “Seventieth.”
It is both the name of the Liturgical Season and the name of the Sunday.
Septuagesima Sunday marks the beginning of the shortest Liturgical Season.
This Season is seventeen (17) days long and includes the three Sundays before Ash Wednesday.
The length of the Season never changes but the start date is dependent on the movable date of Easter, which can fall between 22 March-25 April.
Septuagesima Sunday can be as early as 18 January.


Dom Prosper Guéranger OSB (1805-1875) Abbot of Solesmes from 1837-1875, devoted a whole volume of his great work – The Liturgical Year, to Septuagesima. In his Preface, Dom Guéranger referred to Septuagesima as a Season of “transition, inasmuch as it includes the period between two important Seasons – Christmas and Lent. The Church, therefore, has instituted a preparation for the holy time of Lent. She gives us the three weeks of Septuagesima, during which she withdraws us, as much as may be, from the noisy distractions of the world, in order that our hearts may be the more readily impressed by the solemn warning she is to give us, at the commencement of Lent, by marking our foreheads with ashes.”
The Septuagesima Season helps the faithful ease into Lent. It is a gradual preparation for the serious time of penance and sorrow; to remind the sinner of the grievousness of his errors and to exhort him to penance.
Liturgically it looks very much like Lent. The Gloria and Alleluia are omitted, the tone becomes penitential with the Priest wearing Purple Vestments.
The main difference is that there are no fasting requirements.

Dedication of the first Church of Our Lady, by St Peter – Tortosa, Italy – 5 February:

St Agatha (c 231- c 251) Virgin Martyr
Her Life and Death:

St Philip of Jesus (1572-1597) Martyr
His Life and Death:

St Adelaide of Guelders (c 970–1015) Abbess, Apostle of Charity, Miracle-worker, Reformer, Counsellor to the Archbishop of Cologne.

St Agatha Hildegard of Carinthia
St Agricola of Tongres

St Albinus of Brixen (Died 1005) Bishop of Brixen, Advisor to both Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Roman Martyrology: states: “In Bressanone (Brixen) in South Tyrol, commemoration of St Albuino, Bishop, who transferred the Episcopal Chair from Sabion to this seat.

St Anthony of Athens

St Avitus of Vienne (c 450-c 518) Bishop of Vienne, Poet, Confessor and Defender of the Mysteries of the Faith against heretics, writer.

St Bertulph c640-c705) Abbot
St Buo of Ireland
St Calamanda of Calaf
St Dominica of Shapwick
St Fingen of Metz
Bl Françoise Mézière
St Gabriel de Duisco
St Genuinus of Sabion
St Indract
St Isidore of Alexandria
St Jesús Méndez-Montoya
Bl John Morosini
St Kichi Franciscus
St Modestus of Carinthia

Bl Primo Andrés Lanas
St Saba the Younger
St Vodoaldus of Soissons

Martyrs of Pontus: An unknown number of Christians who were tortured and martyred in assorted painful ways in the region of Pontus (in modern Turkey) during the persecutions of Maximian.

The Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan: 26 Saints – the First Martyrs of Japan. Martyred on 5 February 1597 by Crucifixion, also known as Pedro Bautista Blasquez y Blasquez and 22 companions, along with Paulus Miki and 2 companions, were Beatified on 14 September 1627 by Pope Urban VIII, and Canonised on 8 June 1862 by Pope Pius IX.


First Saturday, Nostra Signora del Fuoco / Our Lady of the Fire, Forli, Italy (1428), St Andrew Corsini and Memorials of the Saints – 4 February

First Saturday

Nostra Signora del Fuoco / Our Lady of the Fire, Forli, Italy (1428) – 4 February:

St Andrew Corsini O.Carm (1302-1373) Bishop of Fiesole from 1349 until his death,Confessor, known as the “Apostle of Florence,” Carmelite Friar, Penitent, Apostle of the poor, Peacemaker, Papal Legate.

Saint Aventinus of Troyes (Died c538) Hermit
Bl Dionisio de Vilaregut
St Donatus of Fossombrone
St Eutychius of Rome
St Filoromus of Alexandria
St Firmus of Genoa
Bl Frederick of Hallum
St Gelasius of Fossombrone
St Geminus of Fossombrone
St Gilbert of Limerick (c 1070–1145) Bishop

St Gilbert of Sempringham (c 1083-1189) Priest, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, Founder of 13 Monasteries and Churches, schools, homes and hostels for the sick and orphanages, Miracle-worker. He was Canonised in 1202 by Pope Innocent III.
His Zealous Life:

St Isidore of Pelusium

St Jane de Valois O.Ann.M and TOSF (1464-1505) Princess, Queen, Founder, Religious Sister, Mystic, Teacher. Founded the monastic Order of the Sisters of the Annunciation of Mary. From this Order later sprang the religious congregation of the Apostolic Sisters of the Annunciation, founded in 1787 to teach the children of the poor. She was Canonised on 28 May 1950 by Pope Pius XII.

St John de Britto SJ (1647-1693) Martyr, Priest, Missionary to India, Confessor, Preacher. Canonised on 22 June 1947 by Pope Pius XII.
His Life and Death:

St John of Irenopolis
Bl John Speed

St Joseph of Leonissa OFM (Cap) (1556-1612) Friar of the Capuchin Franciscans, Missionary Preacher, Confessor. He was Canonised on 29 June 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV.

St Liephard of Cambrai
St Magnus of Fossombrone
St Modan
St Nicholas Studites
St Nithard
St Obitius
St Phileas of Alexandria

Blessed Rabanus Maurus OSB (776-856) Archbishop, Monk, Abbot,Theologian, Poet, Writer, Teacher, Encyclopedist, “The Teacher of Germany.”
Blessed Rabanus’ Life:

St Rembert
St Themoius
St Theophilus the Penitent
St Vincent of Troyes
St Vulgis of Lobbes

Jesuit Martyrs of Japan: A collective memorial of all members of the Jesuits who have died as Martyrs for the faith in Japan.

Martyrs of Perga – 4 Saints: A group of shepherds Martyred in the persecutions of Decius. The only details we have about them are the names – Claudian, Conon, Diodorus and Papias. They were Martyred in c 250 in Perga, Asia Minor (in modern Turkey).


Our Lady of Saideneida, Damascus, Nuestra Señora de Suyapa / Our Lady of Suyapa, Honduras (c1747), St Blaise (Died c316) Martyr Bishop and Memorials of the Saints – 3 February

Our Lady of Saideneida, Damascus – 3 February:

Nuestra Señora de Suyapa / Our Lady of Suyapa OR Virgen de Suyapa / The Virgin of Suyapa, Honduras (c1747) Patron of Honduras, Central America and The Orden de los Caballeros de Suyapa – 3 February:

A title and image of the Blessed Virgin Mary popular in Honduras. The Statueis now enshrined in the Basilica of Suyapa, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The sculptor and date of creation are unknown but the Statue was found by a farm worker on 3 February 1747. His family kept it as a focus for personal devotion. In 1768 a miraculous cure was attributed to Our Lady from this devotion. A Chapel was built for the Statue in 1777 to make public devotion possible.

The Statue was stolen in 1936 by a mentally ill woman who lived close by; it was located at her home and quickly returned. The quick end of the Football War in 1969 between Honduras and El Savador was attributed to the intercession of Mary following the outpouring of prayers to her under this title. The Staute was stolen again on 1 September 1986 – the thief stripped it of its gold, silver and jewels and then abandoned it in a restaurant men’s room in Tegucigalpa. It has since been restored to its former glory.

In 1925, Pope Pius XI declared her Patroness of Honduras under the title Our Lady of Suyapa and selected 3 February s her Feast day. In 1954, a large Basilica was built next to the Chapel. The Statue of the Virgin spends most of her time in the Chapel but every year before the celebration of her festival, the Statue is moved into the large Basilica to accommodate the crowds.

The Statue of the Virgin of Suyapa has a group of lay caretakers, all male, known as The Orden de los Caballeros de Suyapa (Order of the Knights of Suyapa). They care for the Statue and its Chapel and guard it full time when it is sent on pilgrimage around Honduras each February.

St Blaise (Died c316) Martyr Bishop of Sebaste, Armenia, Physician, Miracle-worker.
St Blaise is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers –
All about St Blaise:

St Anatolius of Salins

St Ansgar OSB (801-865) “Apostle of the North”, Bishop

St Anna the Prophetess
St Berlinda of Meerbeke
St Blasius of Armentarius
St Blasius of Oreto
St Caellainn
St Celerinus of Carthage
St Clerina of Carthage
St Deodatus of Lagny
St Eutichio
St Evantius of Vienne
St Felix of Africa
St Felix of Lyons
St Hadelin of Chelle (Died c690) Priest, Monk, Hermit
Bl Helinand of Pronleroy
St Hippolytus of Africa
St Ia of Cornwall
St Ignatius of Africa
Bl Iustus Takayama Ukon

Blessed John Nelson SJ (1535-1578) Martyr, Priest of the Society of Jesus. Martyred during the reign of Elizabeth I. He was Beatified on 29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII.
His Life and Death:

Bl John Zakoly
St Laurentinus of Carthage
St Laurentius of Carthage
St Lawrence the Illuminator ) Died 576) Bishop
St Leonius of Poitiers
St Liafdag
St Lupicinus of Lyon
St Margaret of England
St Oliver of Ancona
St Philip of Vienne
St Remedius of Gap
St Sempronius of Africa
St Tigrides
St Werburga of Bardney
St Werburga of Chester

Benedictine Martyrs: A collective memorial of all members of the Benedictine Order who have died as Martyrs for the Faith.

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One Minute Reflection – 1 February – “If it dies, it produces much fruit” – John 12:24

One Minute Reflection – 1 February – “The Month of the Blessed Trinitys” – St Ignatius of Antioch (c 35 – 107) Martyr, Bishop of Antioch, Apostolic Father of the Church. – Romans 8:35-39, John 12:24-26 – Scripture search here:

If it dies, it produces much fruit” – John 12:24

REFLECTION – “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet, when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’” (Mt 13:31). This small seed is for us the symbol of Jesus Christ, Who, sowed into the garden where He was buried, rose from it shortly after, through His Resurrection, as a big tree.

One could say that when He died, He was like a small seed – a small seed because of the humiliation of His flesh but a big tree because of the glorification of His Majesty. He was like a small seed when he appeared completely disfigured before our eyes but like a large tree when He rose again like “the most handsome of men” (Ps 44:3).

The branches of this mysterious tree, are the holy preachers of the Gospel, of whom one of the Psalms indicates the reach: “Their report goes forth throughout all the earth, their message, to the ends of the world “ (Ps 19:5; cf Rom 10:18). The birds rest on these branches while the souls of the just, who have been raised up above earth’s attractions, on the wings of holiness, find in the words of these preachers of the Gospel, the consolation they need in the sorrows and difficulties of this life.” – St Gregory the Great (540-604) Pope, Father and Doctor of the Church (Homilies on Matthew, Ch.13).

PRAYER – Be mindful of our weakness, O aAmighty God and since the burden of our deeds is grievous to us, grant that the glorious intercession of blessed Ignatius Thy Martyr and Bishop, may protect us. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen (Collect).