FEASTS OF THE WEEK




Sunday 14th August : 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christ promises his followers the same cross as he himself bore. They must meet rejection, ridicule, ostracism from family and society, and martyrdom. The saints who have gone before us encourage us to leave all for the Gospel's sake.


Monday 15th August : Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Church celebrates Mary's glorious Assumption body and soul into Heaven. The two dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption are closely related. Both proclaim the glory of Christ the Redeemer and the holiness of Mary, whose human destiny is even now perfectly and definitively realised in God. "When I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also" (Jn 14:3). Mary is the pledge of the fulfilment of Christ's promise. Her Assumption thus becomes for us "a sign of a sure hope and consolation". (Pope St. John Paul II, Lourdes, 15/08/2004)


Tuesday 16th August : St. Stephen of Hungary

First King of Hungary and its patron saint, worked for the conversion of his people to Christianity. (975-1038)


Wednesday 17th August : Our Lady of Knock

The story of Knock began on 21st August 1879 when our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. This miraculous apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. Knock is an internationally recognised Marian Shrine and was visited by Pope St. John Paul II in 1979 and Pope Francis in 2018.


Friday 19th August : St. John Eudes

From Normandy, France, he spent a fruitful twenty years with the French Oratory, then left to found a congregation to improve the standards of the clergy through seminaries. He founded also the Sister of Our Lady of Charity and Refuge. He was a powerful preacher and among the first to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart. (1601-1680)


Saturday 20th August : St. Bernard

He became a Cistercian monk at Citeaux in 1113 and was chosen abbot of Clairvaux in 1115. His writings reveal a solid grasp of biblical studies, spiritual theology and philosophy. Patron of Gibraltar and beekeepers (1090-1153)