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Madonna del Soccorso / Our Lady of Soccorso, Castellammare del Golfo, Trapani, Sicily, Italy ( 1718) and Memorials of the Saints – 13 July

Madonna del Soccorso / Our Lady of Soccorso, Castellammare del Golfo, Trapani, Sicily, Italy ( 1718)- 13 July, 21 August:

In Castellammare del Golfo , in the Province of Trapani, a miraculous event occurred on 13 July 1718, when the Town was in the midst of war between Philip V and Amedeo di Savoia, for the possession of Sicily. A Spanish ship, pursued by five English ships, arrived to take refuge under the castle, from where the enemy ships were repelled.
The people, frightened, cried out for a miraculous help to their Patron – all fled the City, and despite the blows of the English artillery, no-one was killed or injured. But all of a sudden, to everyone’s amazement, the white-dressed Madonna appeared from Mount delle Scale, followed by a group of Angels, who descended towards Cala Marina. This vision terrified the British who hastened in retreat and left the port.
The name of Madonna del Soccorso derives from this extraordinary event.
Every two years, in fact, on 13 July in the Town of the Gulf the “Historical Re-enactment” of the miraculous intervention of Maria Santissima del Soccorso, in the City of Castellammare.

Devotion to the Madonna del Soccorso is particularly felt in the Magolà hamlet, in Lamezia Terme but also, in the whole area. The Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso is located on a green hill overlooking the City of Lamezia Terme and overlooking the plain of Sant’Eufemia, in the most panoramic point . The presence of this Church then gave its name to the whole area. According to a historical research by Don Pietro Bonacci ( 1915 – 2007 ), devotion to the Madonna del Soccorso is very ancient and was initially practiced in the Church of the Reformed Fathers of St Frances (currently the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore) in very remote times. This devotion was also in use in the Church of Santa Lucia , which until the eighteenth century, had the title of Parish of St Maria del Soccorso, then passed to the Church of Magolà. It is said that the Reformed Fathers decorated with great piety and love, a miraculous image of the Madonna painted by St Luke and brought from Jerusalem by a Franciscan Friar who landed in Sant’Eufemia, fell ill and died with the Reformed Fathers. This image was of great veneration for its continuous graces but no trace has been found, it has disappeared.

The current Church was built shortly after the construction of the votive Shrine. In fact, a document reports that it was completed in 1740. . At the beginning of the nineteenth century cholera broke out and a small hospital was built to treat the sick. In the twentieth century everything returned to normal and the celebrations in honour of the Madonna began, which were established on the third Sunday of July, preceded by the Novena. On Saturdays it was customary to celebrate The Rosary and other Marian devotions, in which one spent a whole day with the Madonna and sang traditional hymns. On the day of the festival, after several Masses, the procession with the Statue of the Madonna begins,and looks out from the hill to bless the City. There was also a great fair. Today the festival is held the same way.

St Henry (972-1024) Holy Roman Emperor (Optional Memorial) Henry was well known for his missionary spirit and for his protection of the Pope in times of trouble. Henry ruled with a spirit of great humility and always sought to give the glory to God. He used his position to promote the work of the Church and the peace and happiness of the people.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/saint-of-the-day-13-july-st-henry-ii-holy-roman-emperor/

Bl Anne-Andrée Minutte
St Arno of Würzburg
Bl Barthélemy Jarrige de la Morelie de Biars
Bl Berthold of Scheide

Blessed Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodríguez Santiago (1918–1963) Layperson, Catechist. He is the first Puerto Rican, the first Caribbean-born layperson in history to be Beatified.
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/13/saint-of-the-day-13-july-blessed-carlos-manuel-cecilio-rodriguez-santiago-1918-1963/

St Clelia Barbieri (1847-1870) Foundress of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Mother of Sorrows, Mystic.
St Clelia’s Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/13/saint-of-the-day-13-july-saint-clelia-barbieri-1847-1870-foundress-of-the-congregation-of-the-little-sisters-of-the-mother-of-sorrows/

St Dogfan
Bl Élisabeth Verchière
St Emanuele Lê Van Phung
St Esdras the Prophet
St Eugene of Carthage
Bl Ferdinand Mary Baccilleri
St Iosephus Wang Kuiju
Blessed James of Voragine OP (c 1226 – 3 or 16 July 1298) Bishop, Author of the ‘Golden Legend.’
Bl Jean of France
St Joel the Prophet
Bl Louis-Armand-Joseph Adam

Blessed Mariano de Jesus Euse Hoyos (1845-1926) Priest, Defender of the Poor, children, the sick and the rural communities.
His Life:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/07/13/saint-of-the-day-13-july-blessed-mariano-de-jesus-euse-hoyos-1845-1926-priest/

Bl Marie-Anastasie de Roquard
Bl Marie-Anne Depeyre
Bl Marie-Anne Lambert
St Mildred of Thanet
St Muritta of Carthage
St Myrope
St Paulus Liu Jinde
St Salutaris of Carthage
St Sarra of Egypt
St Serapion of Alexandria
Serapion of Macedonia
Bl Thérèse-Henriette Faurie
Bl Thomas Tunstal
St Turiaf

Martyrs of Cyprus – 300 saints: 300 Christians who retired to Cyprus to live as cave hermits, devoting themselves to prayer and an ascetic life devoted to God. Tortured and martyred for their faith and their bodies dumped in the various caves in which they had lived. We know the names of five of them but no other details even about them – Ammon, Choulélaios, Epaphroditus, Eusthénios and Héliophotos. They were beheaded in the 12th century on Cyprus and their bodies dumped in the cave where they had lived and only rediscovered long afterwards.

Martyrs of Philomelio – 31 saints: 31 soldiers martyred for their faith in the persecutions of prefect Magno, date unknown. The only name that has come down to us is Alexander. In Philomelio, Phrygia (in modern Turkey).

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Marian Feasts and Memorials of the Saints – 13 July

St Henry (972-1024) Holy Roman Emperor (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/saint-of-the-day-13-july-st-henry-ii-holy-roman-emperor/

Our Lady of Grace of Valsorda:  Read about Our Lady of Valsorda here: http://mariancalendar.org/madonna-delle-grazie-di-valsorda-/-our-lady-of-grace-of-valsorda-garessio-valsorda-italy/

Our Lady of Soccorso/Our Lady of Help:   Read here: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2012/03/beating-the-devil-the-madonna-del-soccorso/

Bl Anne-Andrée Minutte
St Arno of Würzburg
Bl Barthélemy Jarrige de la Morelie de Biars
Bl Berthold of Scheide
Blessed Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodríguez Santiago (1918–1963)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/13/saint-of-the-day-13-july-blessed-carlos-manuel-cecilio-rodriguez-santiago-1918-1963/

St Clelia Barbieri (1847-1870)
St Clelia’s Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/13/saint-of-the-day-13-july-saint-clelia-barbieri-1847-1870-foundress-of-the-congregation-of-the-little-sisters-of-the-mother-of-sorrows/

St Dogfan
Bl Élisabeth Verchière
St Emanuele Lê Van Phung
St Esdras the Prophet
St Eugene of Carthage
Bl Ferdinand Mary Baccilleri
St Iosephus Wang Kuiju
Bl James of Voragine
Bl Jean of France
St Joel the Prophet
Bl Louis-Armand-Joseph Adam
Blessed Mariano de Jesus Euse Hoyos (1845-1926)
Bl Marie-Anastasie de Roquard
Bl Marie-Anne Depeyre
Bl Marie-Anne Lambert
St Mildred of Thanet
St Muritta of Carthage
St Myrope
St Paulus Liu Jinde
St Salutaris of Carthage
St Sarra of Egypt
St Serapion of Alexandria
Serapion of Macedonia
Bl Thérèse-Henriette Faurie
Bl Thomas Tunstal
St Turiaf

Martyrs of Cyprus – 300 saints: 300 Christians who retired to Cyprus to live as cave hermits, devoting themselves to prayer and an ascetic life devoted to God. Tortured and martyred for their faith and their bodies dumped in the various caves in which they had lived. We know the names of five of them but no other details even about them – Ammon, Choulélaios, Epaphroditus, Eusthénios and Héliophotos. They were beheaded in the 12th century on Cyprus and their bodies dumped in the cave where they had lived and only rediscovered long afterwards.

Martyrs of Philomelio – 31 saints: 31 soldiers martyred for their faith in the persecutions of prefect Magno, date unknown. The only name that has come down to us is Alexander. In Philomelio, Phrygia (in modern Turkey).

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Memorials of the Saints – 13 July

St Henry (972-1024) Holy Roman Emperor (Optional Memorial)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/saint-of-the-day-13-july-st-henry-ii-holy-roman-emperor/

Our Lady of Grace of Valsorda: – Read about Our Lady of Valsorda here: http://mariancalendar.org/madonna-delle-grazie-di-valsorda-/-our-lady-of-grace-of-valsorda-garessio-valsorda-italy/

Our Lady of Soccorso/Our Lady of Help: Read here: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2012/03/beating-the-devil-the-madonna-del-soccorso/

Bl Anne-Andrée Minutte
St Arno of Würzburg
Bl Barthélemy Jarrige de la Morelie de Biars
Bl Berthold of Scheide
Bl Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodríguez Santiago (1918–1963)

St Clelia Barbieri (1847-1870)
St Clelia’s Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/13/saint-of-the-day-13-july-saint-clelia-barbieri-1847-1870-foundress-of-the-congregation-of-the-little-sisters-of-the-mother-of-sorrows/

St Dogfan
Bl Élisabeth Verchière
St Emanuele Lê Van Phung
St Esdras the Prophet
St Eugene of Carthage
Bl Ferdinand Mary Baccilleri
St Iosephus Wang Kuiju
Bl James of Voragine
Bl Jean of France
St Joel the Prophet
Bl Louis-Armand-Joseph Adam
Bl Mariano de Jesus Euse Hoyos (1845-1926)
Bl Marie-Anastasie de Roquard
Bl Marie-Anne Depeyre
Bl Marie-Anne Lambert
St Mildred of Thanet
St Muritta of Carthage
St Myrope
St Paulus Liu Jinde
St Salutaris of Carthage
St Sarra of Egypt
St Serapion of Alexandria
Serapion of Macedonia
Bl Thérèse-Henriette Faurie
Bl Thomas Tunstal
St Turiaf

Martyrs of Cyprus – 300 saints: 300 Christians who retired to Cyprus to live as cave hermits, devoting themselves to prayer and an ascetic life devoted to God. Tortured and martyred for their faith and their bodies dumped in the various caves in which they had lived. We know the names of five of them but no other details even about them – Ammon, Choulélaios, Epaphroditus, Eusthénios and Héliophotos. They were beheaded in the 12th century on Cyprus and their bodies dumped in the cave where they had lived and only rediscovered long afterwards.

Martyrs of Philomelio – 31 saints: 31 soldiers martyred for their faith in the persecutions of prefect Magno, date unknown. The only name that has come down to us is Alexander. In Philomelio, Phrygia (in modern Turkey).

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One Minute Reflection – 13 July – The Memorial of St Henry (972-1024) Holy Roman Emperor

One Minute Reflection – 13 July – The Memorial of St Henry (972-1024) Holy Roman Emperor

Not on bread alone is man to live but on every utterance that comes from the mouth of God………….Matthew 4:4matthew-4-4- not on bread alone is man to live - 13 july 2017 - mem of st henry

REFLECTION – “These are fountains of salvation, that they who thirst, may be satisfied, with the living words they contain.   In these is proclaimed the doctrine of godliness.   Let no man add to these, neither let him take out from these.”…….St Athanasius of Alexandria (297-373) Father and Doctor of the Churchthese are fountains of salvation - st athanasius - 13 july 2018

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, inspire me to meditate on Your holy words every day and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, that I might not only understand them but be filled with the desire to follow and live their instructions.   May they be a consolation, a strength and an assistance on my journey to You.   St Henry – you were inspired and strove to live by the Holy Scriptures, please pray for us all, amen.st-henry-pray-for-us - 13 july 2017

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Thought for the Day – 13 July

Thought for the Day – 13 July

As German king and Holy Roman Emperor, Henry was a practical man of affairs.   He was energetic in consolidating his rule.   He crushed rebellions and feuds.   On all sides he had to deal with drawn-out disputes so as to protect his frontiers.   This involved him in a number of battles, especially in the south in Italy;  he also helped Pope Benedict VIII quell disturbances in Rome.   Always his ultimate purpose was to establish a stable peace in Europe.
According to eleventh-century custom, Henry took advantage of his position and appointed as bishops men loyal to him. In his case, however, he avoided the pitfalls of this practice and actually fostered the reform of ecclesiastical and monastic life.
All in all, this saint was a man of his times.   From our standpoint, he may have been too quick to do battle and too ready to use power to accomplish reforms.   But granted such limitations, he shows that holiness is possible in a busy secular life.   It is in doing our job that we become saints…………..Fr Don Miller, OFM

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Saint of the Day – 13 July – St Henry II – Holy Roman Emperor

Saint of the Day – 13 July – St Henry II – Holy Roman Emperor – Also known as Good King Henry (6 May 972 at Albach, Hildesheim, Bavaria, Germany – 13 July 1024 at Pfalz Grona, near Göttingen, Saxony (in modern Germany) of natural causes.   Canonised in 1146 by Pope Blessed Eugene III.   Patronages – against sterility, childless people, disabled, handicapped or physically challenged people, dukes, kings, people rejected by religious orders, diocese of Bamberg, Germany, Basel, Switzerland, Benedictine Oblates.

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In the 10th century, leaders were not elected and so they did not have to worry about pleasing their subjects in order to stay in power.   Because of this, many emperors and kings took advantage of the power, luxury and honour of their position without responsibly working for the good of their people.   Kings often chose to ignore or to squelch conflict rather than to resolve it justly.   In the midst of these circumstances, Henry, the son of the Duke of Bavaria, set the example of a Christlike leader.   Jesus said that a leader is one who serves. And that is what Henry did.

Henry was married to Cunegunda of Luxembourg but they had no children.   When he was 34 years old, Henry became king of Germany.   As a ruler, Henry concentrated on the good of his people.   He built monasteries, helped the poor, fought against unjust seizure of power and relieved all kinds of oppression.

Once his brother-in-law and some other relatives complained that Henry was wasting the family fortune on the poor.   They actually got an army together to challenge Henry’s rule.   Henry met them on the battlefield and put down the uprising, then pardoned them out of Christian charity.

In 1014 Henry was crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.   That title made him ruler of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and northern Italy, as we know these countries today.   Henry was well known for his missionary spirit and for his protection of the Pope in times of trouble.   Henry ruled with a spirit of great humility and always sought to give the glory to God.   He used his position to promote the work of the Church and the peace and happiness of the people.   Henry is buried in the Cathedral of Bamberg beside his wife Cunegunda; he was canonised in 1146, and she was canonised in 1200.   The images below are Emperor Henry II’s Gospel and he and Empress Cunigunde’s tomb.