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St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St Joseph Nothing is known of St Joseph except what is said of him in the Gospels. He was a carpenter; he accepted the will of God; and he supported Mary and brought up Jesus. From the human character of his son we can see that he was a good and responsible father. Although he is not officially a patron saint of anything in particular (though he is a patron of the Church as a whole), he is widely venerated as a patron of artisans who honourably do

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Passion Sunday -- memorializes the increasing antipathy against Christ from the Jews who would not accept Him and accused Him of sorcery and of being blasphemous and possessed by a devil. From today until Maundy Thursday, the Júdica me and the Glória patris at the Introit and Lavabo are omitted from Masses of the Season (not Sundays and Feasts). Today (unless this has already taken place on Ash Wednesday, as it is in some churches), statues and

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St Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor

St Cyril of Jerusalem (315 - 386) He was born in 315 of Christian parents and succeeded Maximus as bishop of Jerusalem in 348. He was active in the Arian controversy and was exiled more than once as a result. His pastoral zeal is especially shown in his Catecheses, in which he expounded orthodox doctrine, holy Scripture and the traditions of the faith. They are still read today, and some of the Second Readings of the Office of Readings are taken

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St Patrick, Bishop and Confessor

St Patrick (385 - 461) He was born in Roman Britain around the end of the 4th century, and died in Ireland about the middle of the 5th century. As a missionary bishop, he endured many hardships and faced opposition even from his friends and fellow Christians. Nevertheless, he worked hard to conciliate, to evangelize, and to educate local chieftains and their families. He is remembered for his simplicity and pastoral care, for his humble trust in

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St Cyriac, Deacon and Martyr

When Diocletion gave the western half of the Roman Empire to the Emperor Maximin, Maximin ordered a magnificent structure in Rome to be built in token of his gratitude. To this day, its ruins are still known. What many may not know, however, is that Catholics who were imprisoned for their Faith were forced, under the watchful eye of cruel supervisors, to labor at this building. At length, a zealous Catholic Roman was moved with pity for these poor

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