June 30 -- today's saints

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Jmj

Today, June 30, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- saints whose souls are now in heaven:

St. Basilides (Egyptian, soldier, martyred in 205)
St. Bertrand (French, bishop, d. 623)
St. Clotsindis (Belgian?, Benedictine abbess, d. 714)
St. Erentrude (Austrian, Benedictine abbess, c. 718)
St. Lucina (martyred in 1st century)
St. Marcian (Spanish, bishop, 8th century)
St. Martial of Limoges (French, missionary bishop, 3rd century)
Holy Martyrs of Rome (a composite feast for sixteen groups comprising thousands of Christians [each group also having a separate feastday] who perished during persecutions between the first century and the time of rise of Constantine.)
St. Ostianus (French, priest)
Bl. Philip Powell (Welsh or English, Benedictine priest, martyred in 1646)
Bl. Ramon Lull (Spanish, courtier, troubador, Franciscan tertiary, missionary to Moslems, c. 1315)
St. Theobald (French, nobleman, pilgrim, hermit, priest, Camaldolese monk, d. 1066)
St. Vincent Yen (Vietnamese, Dominican priest, martyred by beheading in 1838 [canonized 1988])

If you have anything to share about these holy people, please reply now -- biographical episodes, prayers through their intercession, the fact that one is your patron saint -- whatever moves you. If you are interested in one of these saints and want to find out more about him/her, please ask. Information is sometimes available on the Internet.

All you holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.
God bless you.
John


-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), June 30, 2002

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Jmj

On June 30, we members of the Catholic Church family honor, in a special way, the following friends of God -- saints and blesseds whose souls are now in heaven:

Holy Martyrs of Rome [also called First Martyrs of the Church of Rome] (a composite feast for sixteen groups comprising thousands of Christians [each group also having a separate feastday] who perished during persecutions between the first century and the time of rise of Constantine.)

St. Basilides (Egyptian, soldier, martyred in 205)
St. Bertrand of Autun (French, bishop, d. 623)
St. Clotsindis of Machiennes (Belgian?, Benedictine abbess, d. 714)
St. Erentrude of Salzburg (Austrian, Benedictine abbess, c. 718)
Bl. Januarius Mary Sarnelli of Naples [Gennaro Maria] (Italian, Redemptorist priest, died at age 42 in 1744 [beatified 1996])
St. Lucina (martyred in 1st century)
St. Marcian of Pamplona (Spanish, bishop, 8th century)
St. Martial of Limoges (French, missionary bishop, 3rd century)
St. Ostianus (French, priest)
Bl. Philip Powell (Welsh or English, Benedictine priest, martyred under Charles I in 1646)
Bl. Raymond Lull of Palma [Ramon] (Spanish, courtier, troubador, Franciscan tertiary, missionary to Moslems, c. 1315)
St. Theobald of Provins (French, nobleman, pilgrim, hermit, priest, Camaldolese monk, d. 1066)
St. Vincent D Yn of Tr Lu (Vietnamese, Dominican priest, martyred by beheading in 1838 [canonized 1988])

If you have anything to share about these holy people, please reply now -- biographical episodes, prayers through their intercession, the fact that one is your patron -- whatever moves you. If you are interested in one of these saints or blesseds and want to find out more about him/her, please ask. Information is sometimes available on the Internet.

All you holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.
God bless you.
John

-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), June 30, 2003.


This is to add the name of an heroic woman, just beatified in Slovakia by our pope ...

Bl. Sidonia Schelingova of Kriva [Zdenka] [baptized Cecilia] (Slovak, member of Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Holy Cross, nurse, imprisoned by Communists, tortured, martyred at age 38 in 1955 [beatified 2003])

-- J. F. Gecik (jfgecik@hotmail.com), October 13, 2003.


Friends,
As can be seen above, last October I added a "micro-biography" of a newly beatified Slovak woman whom I referred to as "Bl. Sidonia Schelingova of Kriva [Zdenka] ... martyred ... in 1955".
I recently received an e-mail message from a very nice woman who is a niece of the new "Beata" (Blessed). She was concerned about two things in my entry and asked me to provide the following clarifications:

(1) Her aunt has always been referred to by her baptismal name, Cecilia, or her (Slovak) name as a religious sister, Zdenka -- not by the name I used, Sidonia. [It is true that, in my listings of saints and blesseds, I have chosen to start each entry with the English equivalent (e.g., Sidonia) of a non-English name (e.g., Zdenka).]
(2) Sister Zdenka was not executed by the Communists, as my word "martyred" may imply to some readers. After having been imprisoned and tortured, she was released and died outside the control of her former captors. [I used the word "martyred" in an extended sense of that word, because, at the time of her beatification, the Church referred to her as a "martyr" for the faith -- her life probably having been shortened by mistreatment.]

I encourage all to read the brief but moving biographical notes about Bl. Zdenka that can be found at an Internet site created by some of her own Holy Cross Sisters here.

God bless you.
John

-- J. F. Gecik ("jfgecik@hotmail.com), September 21, 2004.


John,

Thanks for sharing that. That was a interesting e-mail you received from blessed Cecilia family member. Thanks for the link.

May blessed Cecilia pray for you, and pray that Olly comes back to the holy Catholic Church. It is a small world.

-- - (David@excite.com), September 21, 2004.



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Thanks, David.
I got the shivers when I read your words, "It is a small world." I don't know what made you say that, but get this ...
In our e-mail exchange, Bl. Zdenka's niece and I discovered that we grew up in the same neighborhood and attended the same parish church in the 1950s/60s.
JFG

-- ("jfgecik@hotmail.com), September 22, 2004.

As a follow-up to my September 21 message ...

Bl. Zdenka Schelingova's niece was also concerned about the fact that I had listed her on this "June 30" thread, since she had been under the impression that her aunt's day of memorial was her day of death, July 31. Now she has just sent me part of an e-mail reply that she received from a Swiss convent of Bl. Zdenka's religious sisters, revealing that the day of memorial is actually July30.

My listing her on June 30 was due either to an error in the English translation of the beatification decree (which I heard on EWTN) or to an error in misreading my own handwriting (taking "Jul" for "Jun"). Bl. Zdenka's memorial could not be assigned to July 31, which is the (obligatory) memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

-- J. F. Gecik ("jfgecik@hotmail.com), October 03, 2004.


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