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BLESSED ANWARITE NENGAPETA: SHE STILL HAD THE STRENGTH TO SAY, “I FORGIVE YOU”

Blessed Anwarite Nengapeta, Virgin; Memorial: December 1

Anwarite Nengapeta was born in Wamba (Dem. Congo) in 1939. She joined the local Holy Family Sisters and took her vows in 1959, taking the name of Sr Marie Clementine.

In 1964 all the nuns of the Bafwabaka community were deported by the Simba rebels.

At night they were taken to a military house, where Colonel Olombe tried to force Sr Anwarite and Sr Bokuma to have sexual intercourse with him. Both refused categorically in spite of the violence to which they were subjected.

Sr Bokuma fainted, her arm broken in three places. Sr Anwarite continued to resist, saying she would rather die than commit a sin. Between the blows she had the strength to say: “I forgive you, for you do not know what you are doing.” In his anger the colonel had her stabbed many times with a bayonet and finally took out his revolver and shot her. She died a few minutes later. She was beatified by St John Paul II in 1985.

From: The Sisters of St Peter Claver, Bromley, Kent (Mission Calendar)

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WHY ARE FEAST DAYS NECESSARY?

HEAVENLY DELIGHTS AND A PERPETUAL RENEWAL OF FERVOUR

“The Christian feasts are not merely for us a memorable anniversary, a touching remembrance. There is something further; they are a present and living reality, which takes possession of souls, and identifies them with what is being done, and what is taking place still, in our temples.

A DIVINE REALITY

Thus the feasts of the Church are the very heart and centre of lively and solid piety. The most moving, the most persuasive, the most effective means are there employed by religion to elevate, ennoble and sanctify souls; the sacraments of Penance and of the Eucharist, sincere confession of sins, fervent communion, the divine word, the sacred chant, recollected prayer, the loftiest precepts of faith, the most pressing exhortations of zeal, the most beautiful ceremonies: all these, as we know, are found united in these sacred solemnities, and ‘the pious soul finds in them,’ says Bossuet, ‘heavenly delights, solid nourishment, and a perpetual renewal of fervour.'”
– Mgr Dupanloup

 
 

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PRAYERS FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS

THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS: NOVEMBER 1

Almighty everlasting God, as you enable us to celebrate the merits of all your saints in one single feast, grant that with so many interceding on our behalf, we may receive from you that full forgiveness for which we long. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
today we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us forgiveness and love.

God our Father,
source of holiness,
the work of your hands is manifest in your saints,
the beauty of your truth is reflected in their faith.
May we who aspire to have part in their joy
be filled with the Spirit that blessed their lives,
so that having shared their faith on earth
we may also know their peace in your kingdom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 
 

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2013 CATHOLIC CALENDAR OF FEAST DAYS ETC.

JANUARY
1 Mary, Mother of God
2 SS Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
3 The Most Holy Name of Jesus, St Munchin (Ireland)
4 St Elizabeth Seton
5 St John Neumann
6 Epiphany of the Lord
7 St Raymond of Penyafort
10 St William
12 St Aelred
13 Baptism of the Lord
15 St Ita (Ireland)
16 St Fursa (Ireland)
17 St Anthony, Abbot
19 St Wulstan
20 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
21 St Agnes
22 St Vincent of Saragossa
24 St Francis de Sales
25 Conversion of St Paul, Apostle
26 SS Timothy and Titus
27 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 St Thomas Aquinas
30 St Aidan (Ireland)
31 St John Bosco

FEBRUARY
1 St Brigid (Ireland)
2 Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas Day
3 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
5 St Agatha
6 SS Paul Miki and Companions
7 St Mel (Ireland)
8 St Jerome Emiliani, St Josephine Bakhita
9 St Teilo (Wales)
10 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11 Our Lady of Lourdes, St Gobnait (Ireland)
13 Ash Wednesday, fast and abstinence
14 SS Cyril and Methodius
17 1st Sunday of Lent
21 St Peter Damian
22 Chair of St Peter, Apostle
23 St Polycarp, Bishop
24 2nd Sunday of Lent
28 St Oswald

MARCH
1 St David
3 3rd Sunday of Lent
4 St Casimir
6 St Colette
7 SS Perpetua and Felicity
8 St John of God, St Senan (Ireland)
9 St Francis of Rome
10 4th Sunday of Lent (Mother’s Day)
11 St Aengus
17 5th Sunday of Lent, St Patrick, Patron of Ireland
18 St Cyril of Jerusalem
19 St Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
21 St Enda (Ireland)
23 St Turibius of Mongrovejo
24 Palm Sunday
28 Maundy Thursday
29 Good Friday, fasting and abstinence
30 Easter Vigil
31 Easter Sunday

APRIL
1 Easter Monday
2 St Francis of Paola
3 St Richard
5 St Vincent Ferrer
8 Annunciation
13 St Martin I
14 3rd Sunday of Easter
16 St Bernadette
18 St Laserian or Molaise (Ireland)
20 St Beuno (Wales)
21 4th Sunday of Easter
23 St George, Patron of England
24 St Adalbert of Prague, St Fidelis of Sigmaringen
25 St Mark, Evangelist
27 St Asicus (Ireland)
29 St Catherine of Siena
30 St Pius V

MAY
1 St Joseph the Worker
2 St Athanasius
3 SS Philip and James, Apostles
4 The Beatified Martyrs of England and Wales, St Conleth (Ireland)
5 6th Sunday of Easter
9 Ascension Day (Obligation Scotland)
10 St Comgall (Ireland)
12 Ascension Day (Ireland, England, Wales); 7th Sunday of Easter
13 Our Lady of Fatima
14 St Matthias, Apostle
15 St Carthage (Ireland)
16 St Brendan (Ireland)
17 St Paschal
18 St John I
19 Pentecost Sunday
20 St Bernadine of Siena
21 St Christopher Magellanes
22 St Rita of Cascia
25 St Bede the Venerable, St Gregory VII, St Mary Magdalen of Pazzi
26 Trinity Sunday
27 St Augustine of Canterbury
31 Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

JUNE
1 St Justin
2 Corpus Christi
4 St Charles Lwanga and Companions
5 St Boniface
6 St Norbert, St Jarlath (Ireland)
7 Sacred Heart of Jesus
8 Immaculate Heart of Mary, St William of York
9 10 Sunday in Ordinary Time
19 St Romuald
20 St Alban (England), The Irish Martyrs (Ireland), SS Alban, Julius and Aaron (Wales)
21 St Aloysius Gonzaga
22 SS John Fisher and Thomas More, St Paulinus of Nola (Ireland, Scotland)
23 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
24 Birth of St John the Baptist
27 St Cyril of Alexandria
28 St Irenaeus
29 SS Peter and Paul, Apostles (Ireland and Scotland
30 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, SS Peter and Paul, Apostles (England and Wales)

JULY
1 St Oliver Plunkett (Ireland)
3 St Thomas, Apostle
4 St Elizabeth of Portugal
5 St Antony Mary Zaccaria
6 St Maria Goretti
7 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, St Mary Guo Li, St Maelruain
9 St Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions
11 St Benedict
12 St John Jones (Wales)
13 St Henry
14 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
15 St Swithin’s Day (England)
16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel
20 St Appolinaris
21 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
22 St Mary Magdalene
23 St Bridget of Sweden
24 St Charbel Makhlouf, St Declan (Ireland)
25 St James, Apostle
26 SS Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
28 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
29 St Martha
30 St Peter Chrysologus
31 St Ignatius Loyola

AUGUST
1 St Alphonsus Mary Liguori
2 St Eusebius of Vercelli, St Peter Julius Eymard
3 St Germanus of Auxerre (Wales)
4 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
5 The Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major
6 The Transfiguration of the Lord
7 St Sixtus II, St Cajetan
8 St Dominic
9 St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
10 St Lawrence
11 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
13 SS Pontian and Hippolytus, St Fachtna (Ireland)
14 St Maximilian Kolbe
15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Day of Obligation
16 St Stephen of Hungary
17 Our Lady of Knock
18 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
19 St John Eudes
20 St Bernard
21 St Pius X
22 Our Lady, Mother and Queen
23 St Rose of Lima, St Eugene (Ireland)
24 St Bartholomew, Apostle
25 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
27 St Monica
28 St Augustine
29 Beheading of St John the Baptist
30 SS Margaret Clitherow, Anne Line and Margaret Ward, St Fiacre (Ireland)
31 St Aidan and Saints of Lindisfarne

SEPTEMBER
1 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
3 St Gregory the Great
4 St Cuthbert, St Macnissi (Ireland)
8 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11 St Deiniol (Wales)
12 Most Holy Name of Mary, St Ailbe
13 St John Chrysostom
14 Exaltation of the Holy Cross
15 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
17 St Robert Bellarmine
19 St Januarius, St Theodore of Tarsus
20 SS Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions
21 St Matthew, Apostle
22 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
24 Our Lady of Ransom
25 St Finbarr (Ireland)
26 SS Cosmas and Damian
27 St Vincent de Paul
28 St Wenceslaus, SS Laurence Ruiz and Companions
29 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

OCTOBER
1 St Therese of the Child Jesus
2 The Holy Guardian Angels
4 St Francis of Assisi
5 St Faustina
6 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7 Our Lady of the Rosary
9 SS Denis and Companions, St John Leonardi, Blessed John Henry Newman
10 St Paulinus of York
11 St Canice (Ireland)
12 St Wilfrid
13 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
14 St Callistus, Pope
15 St Teresa of Avila
16 St Hedwig, St Margaret Mary Alacoque, St Gall (Ireland), St Richard Gwyn (Wales)
17 St Ignatius of Antioch
18 St Luke, Evangelist
19 SS John of Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and Companions, St Paul of the Cross 20 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
23 St John of Capistrany
24 St Antony Mary Claret
25 The Six Welsh Martyrs and Companions (Wales)
26 SS Chad and Cedd
27 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 St Simon, Apostle, St Jude, Apostle
29 St Coleman (Ireland)
31 Blessed Dominic Collins (Ireland)

NOVEMBER
1 All Saints, Holy Day of Obligation
2 All Souls
3 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
4 St Charles Borromeo, Bishop
6 All the Saints of Ireland
7 St Willibrord (Ireland)
8 All Saints of Wales
9 Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
10 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11 St Martin of Tours, Bishop
12 St Josaphat
14 St Laurence O’Toole (Ireland), St Dyfrig (Wales)
15 St Albert the Great
16 St Margaret of Scotland, St Gertrude, St Edmund of Abingdon
17 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
18 Dedication of the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul
21 Presentation of Blessed Virgin Mary
22 St Cecilia
23 St Clement I, St Columbanus
24 Christ the King
27 St Catherine Laboure, St Fergal (Ireland)
30 St Andrew, Apostle

DECEMBER
1st Sunday of Advent
3 St Francis Xavier
4 St John Damascene
6 St Nicholas, Bishop
7 St Ambrose, Bishop
8 2nd Sunday of Advent
9 Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
11 St Damasus, Pope
12 Our Lady Guadalupe, St Jane Frances de Chantal
13 St Lucy
14 St John of the Cross
15 3rd Sunday of Advent
21 St Peter Canisius
22 4th Sunday of Advent
23 St John Kanty
25 Nativity of the Lord, Holy Day of Obligation
26 St Stephen the First Martyr
27 St John, Apostle and Evangelist
28 The Holy Innocents, Martyrs
29 The Holy Family
30 St Eugene
31 St Sylvester, Pope

 
 

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