September 23

September 23

Memorial of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, priest (†1968). From the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins, he was favoured with many mystical gifts, including that of bearing the sacred stigmata. He was a renowned wonder-worker and apostle of the Sacrament of Confession.


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Mass Readings

First Reading – Eccl 3:1-11

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every thing under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What advantage has the worker from his toil? I have considered the task that God has appointed for the sons of men to be busied about. He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without man’s ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 144:1B and 2ABC, 3-4 (R. 1)

R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
my mercy and my fortress,
my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust. R.

LORD, what is man, that You notice him;
the son of man, that You take thought of him?
Man is like a breath;
his days, like a passing shadow. R.

Gospel – Lk 9:18-22

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with Him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone. He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”


Featured Saints

St. Linus, Pope and martyr. The second Pope of history, chosen by St. Peter himself. He is mentioned by St. Paul the Apostle in the second letter to Timothy (cf. 2 Tim 4:21).

St. Adamnan of Iona, priest and abbot (†704). Abbot of Iona Abbey in Scotland, as well as general superior over the other Columban houses in his native Ireland to which he made lengthy visits, introducing the Roman Paschal observance there. His Life of Columba is one of the most important works from the time to reach the present day.

Blessed Joseph Stanek, priest and martyr (†1944). Religious from the Society of the Catholic Apostolate, imprisoned and hanged in Warsaw during the Second World War.

Blesseds Christopher, Anthony and John, martyrs (†1527-1529). Indigenous youths who died in Tlaxcala (Mexico), during the first evangelization of America, for helping to propagate the Christian Faith.

Blessed Elena Duglioli, widow (+1520). Born in Bologna, Italy. In her youth, she desired to consecrate herself to God, but faced with opposition from her family, she was obliged to marry. After her husband’s death, she dedicated herself to works of charity.

Blessed Bernardina Jablonska, virgin (†1940). Foundress of the Congregation of the Sister Servants of the Poor in Krakow, Poland. She was the Spiritual daughter of St. Albert Chmielowski.

St. Zechariah and St. Elizabeth, parents of St. John the Baptist, Precursor of the Messiah.


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