- Father Clint Wilson (curate at St. David of Wales, Denton) will be our guest celebrant and preacher this Sunday (July 12).
- 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.
- 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.
The father of western monasticism, born in the yea 480, Benedict grew up in the town of Nursia in central Italy where he became acquainted with Christians living the ascetical life in the mountains of Umbria. Most of what is known of Benedict comes from Pope Saint Gregory the Great, who wrote of Benedict’s life in his “Dialogues” in the 6th century. Benedict moved to Rome as a young man, but soon sought refuge in the countryside, where he lived as a hermit. Other men joined him, and eventually a monastery was founded. Benedict authored his famous “Rule” as a way to order the life of his community. During his lifetime, Benedict founded 12 monasteries, the largest of which is the great abbey of Monte Cassino in southern Italy. He died peacefully in the year 547 and was buried at Monte Cassino, but his way of life, and his “Rule” became enormously influential among communities of monks and nuns in the Christian West, eventually becoming the standard of the religious life. “Benedictine” monks are named for St. Benedict. He was canonized by Pope Honorius III in the year 1220.
Silas is mentioned throughout the Acts of the Apostles as a companion of Saints Paul, Barnabas, and Timothy, in preaching the Gospel among the Gentiles. He seems to have been a Roman citizen (Acts 16.37), and is called “chief among the brethren” (Acts 15.22). He is one of the signatories of the epistles to the Thessalonians, and seems to have been St. Peter’s amanuensis. Tradition says that he became bishop of Corinth, and that he was martyred in Macedonia by being devoured by lions. A relic of Silas is preserved at the Church of St. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London.
Born in 1221, St. Bonaventure was a Franciscan priest, theologian, cardinal, bishop, and a contemporary of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of Paris. Known throughout his career for his sanctity and learning, Bonaventure’s works are still studied today. He participated in the Council of Lyon, which effected a (sadly short-lived) reunion of the Latin and Greek Churches. He died in 1274. His right arm is preserved at the Church of St. Nicholas at Bagnoregio.
Born some time in the 800’s, St. Swithun was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester. His episcopacy was marked by the planting of many new churches, and the restoration of many ancient ones. Swithun had a reputation for humility, visiting the churches of his diocese on foot, and requesting to be buried outdoors, so that the rain might fall upon his grave. Swithun died in 862, and on this day in 971 his relics were translated to a shrine in Winchester Cathedral. Legend says that 40 days of rain followed the translation. Devotion to Swithun, especially in connection with rain, was very popular in the middle ages. Shrines were established in many churches, and relics of the saint were to be found at Canterbury Cathedral, Peterborough, and elsewhere, most of which were destroyed or lost during the Reformation. Many churches are dedicated to him in the south of England, and as far afield as Norway.
A traditional title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in honor of her appearance on this day in the year 1251, in Cambridge England, to Saint Simon Stock, a contemplative of the Order of Carmelites. Our Lady is said to have promised to Saint Simon Stock that whoever devoutly wears the Carmelite habit would receive special graces, and be preserved from eternal death. Therefore the pious tradition arose among Catholics of devoutly wearing the Brown Scapular, as an act of faith in the promises made by our Lady.