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St. GabrielFeastday: September 29

Patron Communications workers

We all know Saint Gabriel or it’s feminie form Saint Gabriella as the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptized and also to Mary that she would bear a Son who would be conceived of the Holy Spirit who would go on to become the Saviour of the world.

The name Gabriel means “man of God,” or “God has shown himself mighty.” It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament.

We all know angels as being are spirits without bodies, who possess superior intelligence, strength and holiness. They enjoy an intimate relationship to God as His special adopted children, contemplating, loving, and praising Him in heaven. Some of them are frequently sent as messengers to men from on high. None of us in present day have seen angels for real but we always feel their presence everywhere.

The feast day of St. Gabriel is September 29th. He is the patron of communications workers.

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St. Lorenzo RuizFrom catholic.org

Feastday: September 28

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. He is also the first Filipino martyred for the Christian Faith. Saint Lorenzo Ruiz was a layman, married, and had two sons and a daughter. Born in Binondo, Manila, about 1600’s, he was educated in the school of the Dominicans there. He served as an altar boy and later was a helper and clerk-sacristan in the church of Binondo. He was a member of the Confraternity of the Rosary. He made his living probably as a calligrapher, one who renders documents in beautiful penmanship for private or official use.

An adverse event made him leave the Philippines in 1636. When he was in his late twenties or early thirties, he became involved or was accused of being involved in a criminal case, the circumstances of which are far from clear. Whether he was involved or not, one thing was clear, he was afraid that as a consequence of a trial or mistrial, he might be given a death sentence.

Upon landing in Japan where Christians were being persecuted, he was arrested and imprisoned together with his companions. He underwent inhuman tortures and valiantly confessed his Christian Faith. Refusing to renounce his Faith, he told his executioner that he was ready to die for God and give himself for many thousands of lives if he had them.

On September 27, 1637, he was hung from a gallows by his feet, his body falling into a pit. After two days of agony, he died of bleeding and suffocation. His body was cremated and the ashes thrown into the sea.

He and fifteen companions, martyred in the same persecution, were beatified by Pope John Paul II in Manila on February 18, 1981 and elevated to full honors of the altar by canonization on October 18, 1987 in Rome. Their feast day is on September 28th.

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St. Thomas of VillanuevaFeastday: September 22

1488 – 1555

St. Thomas of Villanueva was born at Fuentellana, Castile, Spain. He was the son of a miller. He studied at the University of Alcala, earned a licentiate in theology and became a professor there at the age of twenty-six. He declined the chair of philosophy at the university of Salamanca and instead entered the Order of St Augustine at Salamanca in 1516.

Ordained in 1520, he served as prior of several houses in Salamanca, Burgos, and Valladolid, as provincial and then court chaplain to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. During his time as provincial of Castile, he dispatched the first Augustinian missionaries to the New World. They subsequently helped evangelize the area of modern Mexico. He was offered but declined the see of Granada, but accepted appointment as archbishop of Valencia in 1544.

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St. MatthewFeastday: September 21

Patron oft Bankers

St. Matthew, one of the twelve Apostles, is the author of the first Gospel. He was the son of Alpheus and was called to be an Apostle while sitting in the tax collectors place at Capernaum. Before his conversion he was a tax collector by profession. He is to be identified with the “Levi” of Mark and Luke.

His apostolic activity was at first restricted to the communities of Palestine. Nothing definite is known about his later life. There is a tradition that points to Ethiopia as his field of labor. Other traditions mention of Parthia and Persia. It is uncertain whether he died a natural death or received the crown of martyrdom.

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St. Ribert

Feastday: September 15

Died: 7th century

Benedictine abbot and possibly a bishop. Best known and revered in the area of Rouen, France, he was a monk and later abbot of the monastery of Valery-sur-Some. As such, Ribert would have served as the regional bishop of Normandy and Picardy. Feast day: September 15.

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St. NotburgaFeastday: September 14

Patron servants and peasants
1265 – 1313

Today is also the feast of Holy Cross Sisters. All my 14years of school life was spent amidst nuns who belonged to the Holy Cross Order. But lets talk about Saint Notburga. She was the patroness of poor peasants and servants in the Tyrol.

Born in Rattenberg, in the Tyrol, she was the daughter of peasants. At eighteen she became a servant in the household of Count Henry of Rattenberg. When Notburga repeatedly gave food to the poor, she was dismissed by Count Henry’s wife, Ottilia, and took up a position as a servant to a humble farmer.

Meanwhile, Henry suffering a run of misfortune and setbacks, wasted no time restoring Notburga to her post after his wife died. Notburga remained his housekeeper for the rest of her life, and was famous for her miracles and concern for the poor.

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St. Adela

Feastday: September 8

Died: 1071

Today is the birthday of Our Lady. Apart from our lady’s birthday, we also celebrate the feast of many other saints today one of which is Saint Adela.

Saint Adela was a Benedictine noblewoman. She was the wife of Count Baldwin IV of Flanders. When Count died, she entered the Benedictines, receiving the habit from Pope Alexander II.

Retiring to the Benedictine convent near Ypres, Adela served as a nun until her death.

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