Feast Days

Jun
28
Wed
Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr
Jun 28 all-day
Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr

If theology is thinking about faith and arranging those thoughts in some systematic order, then Irenaeus has been righty recognized by both Catholics and Protestants as the first great systematic theologian. He was a third generation Christian, having been discipled by Polycarp who was discipled by John. He in turn took Christianity to Lyon in southern France.
Iraneaus’s enduring fame rests mainly on his large treatise, entitled Against Heresies. Here Irenaeus describes the major Gnostic systems thoroughly, clearly, and often with biting humor. This defense of Christianity has become a classic.

Jun
29
Thu
Peter & Paul, Apostles
Jun 29 all-day
Peter & Paul, Apostles

Peter and Paul, the two greatest leaders of the early church, are commemorated separately; Peter on January 18 for his confession of Jesus as the Messiah, and Paul on January 25 for his dramatic conversion. They are commemorated together on June 29 in observance of the tradition of the church that they both died as martyrs in Rome during the persecution under Nero in AD 64.

Jul
2
Sun
Week 13 of Ordinary Time
Jul 2 all-day
Jul
3
Mon
Thomas, Apostle
Jul 3 all-day
Jul
8
Sat
Aquila & Priscilla, Companions of Paul
Jul 8 all-day
Aquila & Priscilla, Companions of Paul

What the Roman emperor Claudius meant for evil turned out for good for Priscilla and Aquila. They were living in Rome in 49 when Claudius expelled all the Jews because of a riot over a certain “Chrestus,” probably an allusion to Jewish arguments over Christ. Jewish Christians like Priscilla and Aquila were also forced to leave.

So the couple moved to Corinth, where they set up their tentmaking business. When Paul arrived, Priscilla and Aquila opened their home to him and invited him to work with them. The trio later worked and ministered together in Ephesus, which may be where Priscilla and Aquila “risked their necks” for Paul, possibly when he “fought with beasts at Ephesus.” Priscilla is sometimes pictured with two lions who refuse to attack her, lending credence to this tradition.

When Claudius died in 55, Priscilla and Aquila returned to Rome and again hosted a church in their home, to whom Paul sent greetings in his letter to the Romans. A tradition of the sixth century claims that the Roman church “Prisca” on the Aventine Hill stands over their original house-church.

Jul
9
Sun
Week 14 of Ordinary Time
Jul 9 all-day
Jul
11
Tue
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot
Jul 11 all-day
Jul
16
Sun
Week 15 of Ordinary Time
Jul 16 all-day
Jul
22
Sat
Mary Magdalene
Jul 22 all-day

“The story of Mary Magdalene reminds everyone of a fundamental truth: She is a disciple of Christ who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for his help, has been healed by him, and has followed him closely, becoming a witness of the power of his merciful love, which is stronger than sin and death”
Pope Benedict XVI (2006)

Jul
23
Sun
Week 16 of Ordinary Time
Jul 23 all-day
Jul
25
Tue
James (the Great), Apostle
Jul 25 all-day

COLLECT FOR THE FEAST OF ST. JAMES
Almighty ever-living God,
who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles
by the blood of Saint James,
grant, we pray,
that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith
and constantly sustained by his protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Jul
29
Sat
Mary, Martha, & Lazarus of Bethany
Jul 29 all-day
Jul
30
Sun
Week 17 of Ordinary Time
Jul 30 all-day
Aug
6
Sun
The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ
Aug 6 all-day
Aug
10
Thu
Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr of Rome
Aug 10 all-day
Aug
13
Sun
Week 19 of Ordinary Time
Aug 13 all-day
Aug
15
Tue
The Dormition of Mary
Aug 15 all-day
Aug
20
Sun
Week 20 of Ordinary Time
Aug 20 all-day
Aug
24
Thu
Bartholomew, Apostle
Aug 24 all-day

“Here we have the story of Bartholomew and the other apostles, to assure us that we need not give up our usual manner of life in order to serve God. The most humble station in life is the means of maturing the highest Christian character, even that of an apostle. Bartholomew read the scriptures and prayed to God; and thus was trained at length to give up his life for Christ, when he demanded it.” –John Henry Newman

Aug
27
Sun
Week 21 of Ordinary Time
Aug 27 all-day