The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

Saints and Feast Days this week.

Beginning Sunday, 16th July 2017 ~ The Fifteenfth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lectionary - Sundays Year A, Weekdays Year 1




20th July

Memorial at choice of St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr.

Almost nothing is known of Apollinaris’ life – not even when he was born or when he died. The best witness for his existence is Peter Chrysologus. He is thought to have been a native of Antioch and a disciple of St. Peter. He became the bishop of Ravenna and was on four occasions expelled from his see before being stoned by a mob. He is the patron of those suffering from epilepsy and gout.

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21st July

Memorial at choice of St. Laurence of Brindisi, Priest.

A Capuchin Franciscan, Laurence was born in 1559 of a wealthy Venetian family and became a Franciscan at Verona aged sixteen. A gifted linguist he was deputed by Pope Clement VIII to work specifically for the conversion of the Jews. He was also responsible for reforming the Capuchins in Germany and for founding houses in Prague, Vienna and Gorizia becoming the master-general of the order in 1602. Refusing re-election in 1605 he was commissary-general (1606-1610) and definitor-general (1613, 1618). He was active in uniting the German princes against the Turks and is reported to have ridden in front of the troops before the battle of Szekes-Fehervar (1601) armed with only a crucifix – the battle was won. In 1618 re retired to Caserta for a life of contemplative devotion. He died in 1619, was canonized in 1881 and declared a Doctor of the Church by Saint Pope John XXIII in 1959.

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22nd July

Feast of St. Mary Magdalene.

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb ... Then, as she wept, she stooped to look inside, and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at his head, the other at the feet. They said, “Woman, why are you weeping?” “They have taken my Lord away, “she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not realise that it was Jesus. ... Jesus said, “Mary!” She turned round and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbuni!” – which means Master.

Full account: John 20: 1-2, 11-18.