Monday 26th, Ss. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Traditionally named parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandparents of the Lord. The earliest reference to their names is in a 2nd century document. Their feasts were celebrated separately until joined together in the Calendar reform of 1969. St. Anne is patron of Canada, women in labour, miners, cabinet-makers and home- makers.
Thursday 29th, St. Martha, sister of Lazarus and Mary, is a woman of faith who made her profession of faith in Christ as the Son of God, and in the resurrection. In welcoming a guest we welcome Christ; we show our Christian spirit of service; and we ready ourselves to be welcomed as guests in the Kingdom of God. Patron of innkeepers, cooks and dieticians.
Friday 30th, St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor of the Church. Died c.450, bishop of Ravenna, famous for his preaching.
Saturday 31st, St. Ignatius of Loyola, 1491-1556, from the north of Spain, founded the Society of Jesus. By the time of his death, the Society had spread widely and had over 1000 members. His great theme was the service of God and God’s greater glory. The experience of his conversion led to his writing of the Spiritual Exercises.