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The saint who loved roses

A popular, early modern portrait of St Rita

Saint of the week

St Rita (May 22), along with St Jude, is known as the patron saint of impossible cases

Daily Readings: May 18 – 24

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The power of Christ’s Resurrection brings us into communion with the Father and the Son

The word this week

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Acts 6:1-7; 1 Peter 2: 4-9; John 14: 1-12

The saint whose name was given to a famous railway station

Diocletian was initially impressed by St Pancras’s determination but then ordered his death

Saint of the week

St Pancras of Rome (May 12) is invoked against cramps, false witness, headaches and perjury,

Daily Readings: May 11 – 17

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The mission of the Church begins with a truly personal repentance

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Acts 2:14, 36-41; Ps 23; 1 Pet 2:20-25; Jn 10:1-10 (Year A)

Daily Readings: May 4 – 10

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Like those disciples long ago, we must press the Lord to remain with us

The word this week

Third Sunday of Easter, Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16; 1 Pt 1:17-21; Lk 24:13-35 (Year A)

The saint who declared Elizabeth I a heretic

Pius V arranged the forming of the Holy League

Saint of the week

Pope St Pius V (April 30) focused on restoring morality to Rome

Daily Readings: April 27 – May 3

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms