Monday 25th September, St. Finbarr, came to Loch Irce (Gougane Bara) and lived there as a hermit. When disciples gathered round him, he moved to Cork at the mouth of the Lee where he founded a monastery which became a centre of learning.
Tuesday 26th September, Ss. Cosmas and Damian, martyrs. Early martyrs in Syria, patrons of physicians. They were known as ‘the holy moneyless ones’ in the East, since they never took money for their medical services.
Wednesday 27th September, St Vincent de Paul, 1581-1660, priest, who founded the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians) and the Daughters of Charity (1633), the first sisters to work outside their convents in active service. He is the patron of all charitable works.
Thank you to all who contributed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s collection in the parish last weekend.
Thursday 28th September, St. Wenceslaus, 907-929, Prince of Bohemia, killed by his brother. Patron of brewers. Ss. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions. During the period 1633-37 these sixteen martyrs shed their blood out of love for Christ in the city of Nagasaki, Japan.
Friday 29th September, Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels. Gabriel brought the message to Mary at the Annunciation. Raphael was guide to Tobias. Michael has been venerated as protector of Christians in general and soldiers in particular.
Saturday 30th September, St Jerome, 340-420, priest and doctor of the Church. He translated the Bible into Latin, known as the Vulgate, and wrote commentaries on scripture. Patron of librarians.