Sunday 20th September : 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gospel of St. Matthew, directed to Jewish Christians, stresses that the pagans have also come to God's mercy and re to be accepted. As Christ came to call sinners, so the Church must accept them. Gods thoughts of justice are beyond ours, his mercy cannot be measured. That is the point of the Gospel story today, whatever about the details. No one can be content with his own state of sanctity and despise or judge others. God's judgement may be quite different.

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Monday 21st September : St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

He is said to have been a missionary in Persia and Ethiopia. Patron of accountants, book-keepers, tax-collectors, customs officers and security guards.

Wednesday 23rd September : St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

Born 25 May 1887, died 23 September 1968. He was a Capuchin friar, stigmatist, confessor, friend of all who suffer. Canonised on 16/06/2002 in Rome by Pope St. John Paul II.
 "Every Holy Mass, heard with devotion, produces in our souls marvelous effects, abundant spiritual and material graces which we ourselves, do not know."
St. Pius of Pietrelcina

Friday 25th September : St. Finbarr

He came to Loch Irce (Gougane Barra) and lived there as a hermit. When disciples gathered round him he moved to Cork at the mouth of the Lee where he founded a monastery that became a famous centre of learning.

Saturday 26th September : Ss Cosmas and Damian

They were twins, born in Arabia, who practised the art of healing and attained a great reputation. They accepted no pay for their services and were, therefore, called anargyroi, the "silverless". In this way they brought many to the Catholic Faith. When the Diocletian persecution began, the Prefect Lysias had Cosmas and Damian arrested, tortured and beheaded. The remains of the martyrs were buried in the city of Cyrus in Syria. Having been cured of a dangerous illness by the intercession of Cosmas and Damian, Emperor Justinian I in gratitude for their aid, rebuilt and adorned their church at Constantinople and it became a celebrated place of pilgrimage. In Rome Pope Felix IV erected a church in their honour, the mosaics of which are still among the most valuable art remains of the city. Cosmas and Damian are regarded as the patrons of physicians and surgeons and are sometimes represented with medical emblems. They are invoked in the Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I) and in the Litany of the Saints.

Saturday 26th September : Pope St. Paul VI

Born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini at Concesio (Lombardy, Italy) on 26/09/1897. He was a frail but intelligent child who received his early education from the Jesuits near his home in Brescia. Even after entering the seminary in 1916 he was allowed to live at home because of his health. He was ordained in 1920. During World War II he was responsible for organising the extensive relief work and care of political refugees. On the death of Pope John XXIII, Montini was elected on 21st June 1963 to succeed him.
He was the first Pope to attempt to reform the Vatican's powerful and unruly Curia; hold weekly general audiences with the common man in St. Peter's Square and seek opinions of non-believers; reject the papal trappings of luxury, setting aside the traditional jewel-encrusted tiara and donating its value to the poor; visit five continents.
He had an unaccountably poor press and his public image suffered by comparison with his outgoing and jovial predecessor. Those who knew him best however, described him as a brilliant man, deeply spiritual, humble, reserved and gentle, a man of "infinite courtesy". He died on 6th August 1978. Beatified 19/10/2014; Canonised 14/10/2018. His Feast day was assigned to 26th September - the day of his birth.

If you want peace, work for justice.

In youth the days are short and the years long.
In old age the years are short and the days long.
Pope St. Paul VI