Sunday, November 6th: The Rector’s Study Group meets at 9:30 on Sunday mornings in the rector’s study. All are welcome. We are currently continuing our discussion of Christian prayer.
Wednesday, November 9th: There will be no mass.
Saturday, November 12th: Services of Hope is having a volunteer day at the K.B. Polk Recreation Center (6801 Roper St., Dallas), from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. We will be helping prepare Thanksgiving baskets for distribution to neighborhood families in need. If you would like to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please note that our regular mass schedule is, for the time being, and not withstanding the irregular schedule for this coming week: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, and Saturdays at 10:00 am.
- This week we begin our 2017 Stewardship Campaign. Please look for a pledge card in the mail early next week and make your pledge as soon thereafter as you can. We count on your generous support to continue all the good work of Holy Cross.
November 4: Charles Borromeo
Born of an aristocratic family in 1538, Charles’s uncle became Pope Pius IV. From an early age, Charles showed great liberality to the poor. He studied civil and canon law at Pavia, and in 1559 took a doctoral degree. Pope Pius made him a protonotary apostolic (a high ranking prelate of the Roman curia) and a cardinal at the age of 22. Shortly thereafter he was raised to the Archepiscopacy of Milan. Though living in great splendor as an archbishop, Charles continued to show great generosity and concern for the poor. He founded schools, notably at Milan and Pavia. He employed himself likewise in answering the errors of the Reformers, and facilitated the final deliberations of the counter-reforming Council of Trent. Nor did he neglect his own diocese. Unlike his predecessors, Charles took a hands-on interest in the affairs of Milan, making pastoral visitations, and ensuring that all was done decently and in order. He founded seminaries and schools for the clergy, and ensured the conformity of his churches to the reforms of Trent. In 1576, as Plague swept through Milan, Charles busied himself with care for the sick and dying, and the burial of the dead. He made frequent visits to places where the plague raged most fiercely, seemingly insensible to the danger posed to himself, and ensuring that the clergy were discharging their responsibilities. His labors and austerities may have shortened his life. He contracted and unshakable fever, and died on November 3, 1584. He was canonized in 1610.
November 5: Elizabeth and Zachariah
The Gospel of Luke includes an account of John’s infancy, introducing him as the son of Zachariah and Elizabeth, who previously “had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years”. His birth, name, and office were foretold by the angel Gabriel to Zachariah, while Zachariah was performing his functions as a priest in the temple of Jerusalem. According to Luke, Zachariah was a priest of the course of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was of the daughters of Aaron; consequently John automatically held the priesthood of Aaron. St. Luke states that John was born about six months before Jesus. Zachariah had lost his speech at the behest and prophecy of the angel Gabriel, and it was restored on the occasion of Zachariah naming John. On the basis of Luke’s account, the Catholic calendar placed the feast of John the Baptist on June 24, six months before Christmas. According to Luke, Jesus and John the Baptist were related, their mothers being cousins.
November 7: Willibrord
Born in a very pious Angle family about the year 658 in Northumbria, Willibrord was early sent to the Ripon Abbey, where he began his education. He would later move to the ancient Abbey of Rathmelgisi in what is now Ireland, and which was at the time an important center of European learning. He studied under St. Egbert, and was sent by Egbert with 12 companions to proclaim the Gospel among the Frisian pagans in what is now the Netherlands. He traveled to Rome and was consecrated Bishop of the Frisians, and was given the pallium by the Pope. He returned to Frisia, establishing his see at Utrecht (and becoming the first bishop of Utrecht). He planted numerous churches and monasteries and labored constantly for Christ, in the face of not a little opposition, later aided by St. Boniface. He died on this day in the year 739, and his relics were interred at the Abbey of Echternach which he had founded, and which remains to this day.
November 10: Leo the Great
Leo I, or Leo the Great, was pope from September 29, 440 until this day (November 10), 461. He was born to an aristocratic Tuscan family and early in his life entered an ecclesiastical career, becoming a prominent deacon of the Church at Rome. He became known as an ardent and uncompromising defender of the true and Apostolic faith against the errors taught by Nestorius, Pelagius, and others. He was unanimously elected pope in 440, and his pontificate help to solidify the Roman Church’s position as the primary defender of Catholic Christianity, and the leader of all the churches of Christendom. At the Council of Chalcedon – which finalized and promulgated the Nicene Creed – received Leo’s work, now known as “The Tome of Leo”, which set forth the orthodox teaching that Christ was a single person who was at once both perfectly God and perfectly human. When the work was read out at the Council, the bishops of the council shouted “This is the faith of the fathers! Peter has spoken thus through Leo!” In 452, Atila the Hun invaded Italy. St. Leo went to meet him, and thanks to the saint’s intervention, Atila refrained from sacking Rome. Likewise, under Leo, the universal primacy of the See of Peter came to be recognized throughout the world. Many of Leo’s orations and letters survive. Due to his great sagacity and insight, he was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1754. Leo’s relics are preserved under an altar dedicated to him at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.