by the staff of Catholic culture
Intentions of the Holy Father for the month of October 2021
Missionary disciples: We pray that each baptized person will be engaged in evangelization, available for the mission, witnessing a life with an evangelical flavor. (See also http://www.popesprayerusa.net/)
1. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Memorial
2. Holy Guardian Angels, Memorial
3. Twenty-seventh Sunday in ordinary time, Sunday
4. Francis of Assisi, Memorial
5. Bl. François Xavier Seelos, priest; Saint Faustina Kowalska, virgin, Opt. Same.
6. Bruno; Bl. Marie Rose Durocher (United States), Opt. Same.
7. Our Lady of the Rosary, Memorial
10. Twenty-eighth Sunday in ordinary time, Sunday
11. Saint John XXIII, Opt. Same.
14. Callist I, Opt. Same.
15. Teresa of Jesus, Memorial
16. Hedwig; Marguerite-Marie Alacoque; Marguerite d’Youville (Canada), Opt. Same.
17. Twenty-ninth Sunday in ordinary time, Sunday
18. Feast of Luke, evangelist, Feast
19. John de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues and Companions (USA), Memorial
20. Paul of the Cross, Opt. Same.
22. John Paul II, Opt. Same.
23. Jean de Capistrano, Opt. Same.
24. thirtieth Sunday in ordinary time, Sunday
28. Feast of Simon and Jude, Apostles, Feast
31. Thirty-first Sunday in ordinary time, Sunday
Focus of the liturgy
The Sunday Gospels for October 2021 are taken from Saint Mark in year B, weekdays follow cycle I.
Jesus said, “Therefore, what God has united no human being should separate.
The Gospel tells the story of a rich young man who could not part with his possessions.
“For the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
This gospel tells the story of Bartemeus, the blind man, who Jesus healed.
In this gospel, Jesus gives us the greatest commandment.
Highlights of the month
October, as in everything Tempus per year, or Ordinary Time (formerly known as Time after Pentecost), the liturgy does not focus on a particular mystery of Christ, but considers the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. We follow the life of Christ through the gospels and focus on the teachings and parables of Jesus and what it means for each of us to be a disciple of Christ.
This month, the main liturgical feasts are Saint Therese (October 1st), Guardian Angels (October 2), Saint Francis of Assisi (October 4), Saint Faustina (October 5), Saint-Bruno (October 6), Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7), Saint John XXIII (October 11), Saint Callistus I (October 14) Saint Teresa of Jesus (October 15), Sainte-Hedwig and Saint Margaret Mary (October 16), Saint Luke (October 18), Sts. Jean de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, and Compagnons (October 19), Saint Paul of the Cross (October 20), Saint John Paul II (October 22), and Sts. Simon and Jude (October 28).
The feasts of Saint Ignatius of Antioch (October 17) and Saint Antoine Marie Claret (October 24) are replaced by the Sunday liturgy.
October is generally a pleasant time of year in the United States. The fall season is manifested by beautiful fall foliage in many parts of the country. Temperatures are cooler, inviting people outside for nature walks, apple or pumpkin picking. School routines are more established and the football season is in full swing. Church celebrations for the month of October are also wonderful and unique. The feasts of some of the most popular saints of the Universal Church are celebrated during this month: Saint Teresa the Little Flower (France), Saint Francis of Assisi (Italy) and Saint Teresa of Avila (Spain). These saints come from different countries, and by honoring these saints we can include cultural dishes or activities from each country to make the holiday even more special. Learn more about the lives of these saints. Maybe the family can choose a virtue that each saint has practiced well and try to put it into practice.
The October holidays also include two of the most popular and devoted devotions of Catholics, the devotion to the Holy rosary (October 7) and Guardian Angels (October 2). In October 2002, our Holy Father John Paul II wrote the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (the Rosary of the Virgin Mary). “This letter introduced five new mysteries, called the Luminous or Mysteries of Light, which are (1) the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, (2) the self-manifestation of Jesus at the wedding feast of Cana, (3) the proclamation of the kingdom of God, with the call to conversion, (4) the Transfiguration, and (5) the Institution of the Eucharist Try to make a more concerted effort to pray the Rosary together as a family during the month of October, read the Apostolic Letter to understand more deeply the beauty of this devotion, and to pray the Luminous mysteries. October 16 is known as the “Feast of the Pope” during which we celebrate the gift of the papacy and our pope current.
Each person has a guardian angel assigned to them, and on October 2 the Church celebrates the role of these guardian angels. We must show deep gratitude to God for placing these angels at our service. Having a tutor should give us confidence in all the difficulties of life. Every Catholic should know the Angela Dei (Angel of God) prayer and pray her often. The Directory on popular piety suggests that families pray to him during morning and evening prayers or after the Angelus.
All Saints’ Day or Halloween announces the month of November with an emphasis on the communion of saints, in particular the suffering of the Church (the poor souls in purgatory) and the second coming of Christ or Parousia. This last day of October on the secular calendar is the second after Christmas in business preparations. The secular festivities focus on ghouls, witches and demons, but the Christian counterpart focuses on the fellowship of saints and the last things. As Christians living a “Catholic culture” we can try to explore the Christian roots of Halloween festivities.
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