Feast Days during the week

Tuesday 24th: World Day of Prayer for the Church in China: In a letter written to the faithful of the Catholic Church in China in May 2007, Pope Benedict XVI expressed the hope that this day, the memorial of Our Lady Help of Christians who is venerated with such devotion at the Marian shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai, would become a day of prayer for the Church in China.

Wednesday 25th St Bede the Venerable, priest and Doctor of the Church; (673-735) was a monk at Jarrow, a historian and biblical commentator and is a patron of scholars. Pope St. Gregory VII (1028-1085) Hildebrand of Tuscany was a Cluniac monk in Rome who, on becoming pope, worked for reform and died in exile at Salerno.; St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi: (1566-1607), a Carmelite in Florence, offered her life for the spiritual renewal of the Church.

Thursday 26th: St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) founded the Congregation of the Oratory to foster good preaching and to promote holiness of priestly life.

Friday 27th: St. Augustine of Canterbury was a monk in Rome when sent by Pope ages the Great to preach to the English. He set up his see at Canterbury and much success in converting the south of England.