Monday 18th, St. Luke: Evangelist. Was a physician from a Gentile Christian milieu. He was with St. Paul on his Second missionary journey and during his imprisonment in Rome. After Paul’s death he is reputed to have worked in Greece. In art, he is depicted as an ox. He is Patron of butchers, bookbinders, doctors, surgeons, artists and glassworkers.
Tuesday 19th, Ss. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues and Companions: The companions were six Jesuits and they were slain by Huron and Iroquois Indians in 1647. St. Paul of the Cross: 1694-1775. Founded the Passionists in Rome, preaching on the Passion of Christ and tending the sick, the dying and the lapsed.
Friday 22nd, Pope Saint John Paul II: Inaugurated as pope on 22nd October 1978 and he died on 2 April 2005. Ordained bishop in 1958 and took a significant part in the Second Vatican Council. As Bishop of Rome he visited almost all of the Roman parishesand made apostolic journeys to 104 countries, including Ireland.
Saturday, October 23rd, St John of Capistrano: 1386-1456. Studied civil and canon law and joined the Franciscan Order. A faithful servant of four popes, he attended the Council of Florence, went to Jerusalem as Apostolic emissary, and, in 1451, set out on a preaching tour of the German provinces and Poland. In a battle at Belgrade he contracted fever and died there. Patron saint of jurists and military chaplains.
Fr. Ryan has received a time and date for his eye operation. He will be out of action until at least the first week of December. Please remember him in your prayers.