July 30, 2023

Dear Parish Family,

In just a few days the month of August will be upon us. August is a month filled with some very special Saints’ days and feasts. Here are a just a few of those more well-known:

August 1: Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, founder of the Redemptorist

August 4: Saint John Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests

August 6: The Transfiguration of the Lord

August 8: Saint Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers: The Dominicans

August 9: Saint Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Jewish convert to Catholicism and Carmelite Nun who died at the Auschwitz concentration camp

August 10: Saint Lawrence, a Deacon of the Early Church

August 11: Saint Clare, friend and co-worker of Saint Francis of Assis

August 14: Saint Maximilliam Kolbe, Franciscan Pries who died at the Auschwitz concentration camp, taking the place of a husband and father sentenced to death

August 15: The Assumption of Our Lady, a Holy Day of Obligation

August 21: Saint Pius X, Pope from 1903-1914

August 22: The Queenship of Mary, The Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary

August 23: Saint Rose of Lima, exceptionally beautiful and holy woman of Peru

August 24: Saint Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles, also called Nathaniel

August 27: Saint Monica, prayed for the conversion of her son, Augustine

August 28: Saint Augustine, one of the greatest theologians of the Church

August 29: The Passion of Saint John the Baptist, celebrates his martyrdom

Priests are required to make a 5 day spiritual retreat each year. I will be on my annual retreat this week at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, just outside of Philadelphia. Please pray for me and the other priests making this retreat. I will be praying for you. Grace and Peace!

Love and prayers,

Father Neil Sullivan