- Father Will will be in Georgia with his mother and father from July 6 – 16. There will be no daily masses during his absence. He can be contacted via email or via his regular phone number (see the parish directory) while away.
- Father Clint Wilson (curate at St. David of Wales, Denton) will be our guest celebrant and preacher next week (Sunday, July 12).
- Join the summer reading group Monday evenings at 7:30 in the parish hall. We will be reading Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” Copies are available at local bookstores or online. Dorothy Sayers’ translation is recommended. Food and beverage will be provided. All are welcome.
Born sometime in the 600’s, Sexburga was the daughter of an Anglo-Saxon king. Her family was not only royal, but also renowned for sanctity. She was one of four daughters, two of the others of whom were also saints and nuns, as were two of Sexburga’s daughters. She had two sons, both of whom became kings of Kent. After her husbands death, Sexburga ruled Kent as queen until her sons came of age, after which she forsook the world and took the veil, becoming a nun and founding the abbey of Minster-in-Sheppey. Shortly thereafter, Sexburga moved to Ely, joining the monastery there of which her sister was abbess. After her sister’s death, Sexburga was elected abbess. The precise date of her death is unknown, but was around the year 699. She was buried at Ely, where devotion to her remained strong through the centuries, until the time of the Reformation.
Born in the early 400’s, St. Palladius was the first Christian bishop among the Irish. Very little is known for certain about Palladius. He seems to have been a Christian and a family man, who fell under the influence of Pelagius at Rome, and who subsequently renounced the world to become a monk. Subsequently he was ordained deacon and priest, and seems to have been in the circle of Pope Celestine I. He was eventually sent to minister to the faithful in Ireland, from whence he went to Scotland. Scottish tradition says that he exercised his episcopacy in that country for 20 years, before dying peacefully around the year 460. He was celebrated at Auchenblae in Scotland, near which a number of ancient churches are dedicated to him, until the time of the reformation.
Aquila and Pciscilla were Jewish Christians of the first century, and disciples of the Apostles. They were husband and wife, and lived in the town of Ephesus. The book of Acts mentions them several times, as does St. Paul in his epistles. Natives of Rome, banished under the reign of Emperor Claudius, Aquila and Priscilla became evangelists in Asia Minor, eventually settling in Ephesus. There the book of Acts records that they corrected the teaching of their fellow evangelist, Apollos, “who as yet knew only the baptism of John” (Acts 18). Tradition records that Aquila became a bishop at the hands of St. Paul, ruling in Asia Minor, and that he and Priscilla both died as martyrs.