News from San Antonio Church – October 29, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin October 29, 2023

by Terrie Evans


Welcome to San Antonio Church on the 30th Sunday of Ordinary time and the last Sunday in October.  On Wednesday, November 1st we honor the solemn celebration of All Saints Day to pay homage to all known or unknown saints of the Church.  In the Catholic Church, this day commemorates those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven as we also thank God for the lives of the saints we invoke in our daily prayers. This Liturgical Feast is observed to honor all saints, those canonized and those unknown.  When we recite the Apostles Creed we say, “I believe in the Communion of Saints” meaning the union of the faithful on earth, the blessed in heaven and the souls in purgatory, with Christ as their Head.  Saints are all those in sanctifying grace who are members of the Church Triumphant as the Church honors them on November 1st.  Since the 4th Century, there were feasts to commemorate Christian Martyrs held in various places at different times until the 9th Century when churches in the British Isles held observances for all saints on November 1st.  During the time of Pope Gregory III, he dedicated an oratory to the relics “Of the Holy Apostles and of All Saints, Martyrs, and Confessors of all the just made perfect who are at rest throughout the world” on the date November 1st with Pope Gregory then extended this to the whole Catholic Church.  Pope Gregory IV made All Saints Day a day of obligation that is now observed by attending church services.  There is a well-known mural The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs detailing the saints and martyrs by Fra Angelico, a Dominican Friar and Italian Painter of the Early Renaissance who is known for painting the saints closer to the truth than many of the other artists of that time.  Born Guido di Pietra (1395-1455), he is described as a rare and perfect talent of his work of religious subjects and is known for his series of fresco’s he painted for his own Friary in San Marco, Florence, Italy that took him 9 years to finish.  Blessed Fra Angelico was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982 and in 1984 was declared the Patron Saint of Catholic Artists. 

Locally we have the Angelico Project, a Nonprofit Lay Catholic Initiative that helps promote the Good, the True and the Beautiful through the Arts and Culture.  They have many events scheduled for fall including Sacred Architecture Tour of St. Peter in Chains on November 11th (TICKET EVENT) Sacred Art at the Cincinnati Art Museum on November 14th (TICKET EVENT), the Catholic Writers Group, ask a Dominican Night and on December 1st, a Candlelight Mass at St. Joseph Crescent Springs, Kentucky.  For more info, please check their informative website Https://Angelicoproject.Org/)  On November 2nd, we commemorate the Feast of All Souls Day to remember all the souls of the faithful departed.  The faithful refers to Baptized Catholics and in the Church, as we are taught that the purification of the souls in purgatory can be assisted by the actions of all the faithful on earth.  On this Liturgical Observance, we offer Masses and intercessory prayers of the faithful departed.  On this day we offer prayers in honor of all those family members from our San Antonio Church Community we have lost since All Souls Day 2022.  They are Vincent & Juanita Accurso, Joseph Ciambarella, Matthew Cupito, Victoria (Beckman) Currin, Mary (Ambrogne) Denicola, Audrey Rose “Sissy” Ellerhorst, Mary Ann (Hildebrand) Evans, Nancy (Florimonte) Flowers, Deanne “Dee” Gardonio, Christine (Stath) Wong Glenn, Sandra Heitz, Mac Kenzie Marie Mc Carthy, Fr. Harry Meyer, Ramon & Patricia and daughter Gina Minella, Joyce, Sharon & Carol Roberto, Patrick Romelli, Robert Studt, Fern (Bonaventura) Webster.  “Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let Your perpetual light shine on them.  May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. AMEN.”

On November 3rd we celebrate the feast day of St. Martin de Porres, the patron saint of those of mixed race, aviators, barbers, public health workers and is invoked to by those seeking racial harmony.  Martin de Porres Velazquez was born in Lima, Peru in 1579 and entered the Dominican Order as a “donado” (Gift from God) doing menial tasks in the Monastery in exchange for wearing the habit and living with others in the religious community.  At that time, Peruvian law barred descendants of Africans or Native Americans from taking religious orders.  He worked in the kitchen, laundry, wardrobe room and infirmary as a servant boy.  More duties were assigned, and he was promoted to almoner (social worker), a title he had for 8 years.  He practiced barbering and healing those who sought him out with miracle cures attributed to him.  Martin was permitted to take his vows at the age of 24 to become a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in 1603.  At the age of 34, Martin was given the religious habit of a Lay Brother and assigned to the infirmary where he dedicated himself to care for the sick.  He served until his death at 59 not only caring for those in the infirmary but outside the walls of the convent healing anyone who needed care from Spanish Nobles to Slaves.  He was deeply devoted to the Blessed Sacrament and was Beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and Canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII.  His major shrine is the Basilica and Convent of Santo Domingo in Lima, Peru.  A Prayer to St. Martin de Porres: “O, God, You led St. Martin by the way of humility to heavenly glory.  Help us to follow the example of his holiness and so become worthy to be exalted with him in heaven.  Amen.”                                                     

On November 4th we celebrate the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, patron of Seminarians.  He was born at the Castle of Arona in the Duchy of Milan into a noble family in 1538.  He started his seminary studies at the age of 12, working to prepare himself for a long career promoting the poor in the status of the church and eventually earning a doctorate in canon and civil law in 1559 at 21.  He became Archbishop of Milan when it encompassed the area from Venice to Geneva and compromised 3,000 clergy with thousands of lay men and women.  St. Charles spent many days traveling throughout this huge Diocese visiting the poor. During the Famine of 1570 he supplied food for those in need, sometimes for 3,000 a day.  He was very popular with all the Catholic Sovereigns of Europe along with Henry III of France, Philip II of Spain, and Mary Queen of Scots who respected him and valued his influence.    He established Seminaries and Hospitals and   made Liturgical Reforms when he was appointed a Cardinal and as the Vatican’s Secretary of State. Beatified in 1602 by Pope Clement VIII and Canonized in 1610 by Pope V.  A prayer to St. Charles Borromeo: “O, God, maintain in Your people that spirit with which You inspired Your Bishop, St. Charles, so that Your Church may be constantly renewed, conforming itself to Christ and manifesting Christ to the world.  Amen.”  REMEMBER NEXT SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 5Th, WE SET OUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR.  FALL BACK!

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