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Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

September 23

St. Padre Pio

Feast day mass & gathering is usually on the Saturday closest to the 23rd, info. will be on another post, not this one.

Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest

Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest
“Padre Pio”
September 23rd

“Padre Pio” was born in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina, joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of fifteen, and was ordained a priest seven years later. For fifty years he lived at the monastery of San Stefano Rotundo, where his miraculous abilities as spiritual advisor, confessor and inercessor attracted the attention of the world. Still, Padre Pio’s humility — manifested through his constant devotion to the Eucharist — was perhaps the more impressive. He would often remark, “I only want to be a friar who prays.”

Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003



Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace,
gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son
and, by means of his ministry,
renewed the wonders of your mercy,
grant that through his intercession
we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ,
and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection.
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.

Readings: From the Common of Pastors 

See Vatican website for Biography and Canonization information



The heart of Padre Pio is coming to Boston. Yes, really. [Catholic Caucus]
St. Padre Pio’s 5 Point Rule of Life
The Friar Whose Hands and Side Bled for 50 Years
Padre Pio’s Love for the Holy Angels (Catholic Caucus

THE HEALING OF [the eyes of] GEMMA DI GIORGI [by St. Padre Pio] [Ecumenical]
Padre Pio confided in young JP II that shoulder wound was his greatest suffering [Catholic C]
[Padre Pio’s]Five Maxims for Living a Devout Life
[CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Padre Pio’s healing power felt by local Catholic
Statue of Baby Jesus travels from Holy Land to Padre Pio’s monastery

Saint Padre Pio’s Christmas Meditation
Remembering Francesco Forgione — a.k.a., Padre Pio
Pope: a life of prayer and charity like Padre Pio, against activism and secularisation [St. Pio]

Padre Pio’s Secret: His Shoulder Wound
St. Padre Pio, Humanae Vitae, and Mandatory Abortion
Padre Pio, Priest and Victim [Ecumenical]
Details of first investigation into Padre Pio’s stigmata revealed [Catholic Caucus]

St. Pio of Pietrelcina [Padre Pio]
THE HOLY WOUNDS OF CHRIST & Padre Pio’s Secret: His Shoulder Wound [Devotional]
Popular Italian Catholic saint exhumed 40 years on (Padre Pio’s body in fair condition)

Letter 33 – Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, 16 November 1914.
Padre Pio and the Mother Co-redemptrix(CATHOLIC CAUCUS)
Saint Padre Pio letters #29Correspondence with Raffaelina Cerase

Message, holiness of saint with stigmata more relevant now than ever, ‘Padre Pio’ author says
St. Padre Pio During Mass
Padre Pio and the Guardian Angel

Spiritual Counsels from Saint Padre Pio
What Does It Means To Be Canonized.(Padre Pio example)
Feast of St. Pio this FRIDAY! (Padre Pio – Pray for Texas!)
Padre Pio’s Love for the Blessed Mother
St. Padre Pio

Padre Pio’s Shrine, as the Architect Sees It – Renzo Piano Talks about Church, San Giovanni Rotondo
Padre Pio Aid Says Saint Accepted New Mass

Padre Pio: on Spirituality, Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae
Remarkable Transformation: Padre Pio
Cardinal Schotte (Head of the Synod of Bishops) and his view on Dallas; Rose petals for Padre Pio

Saint Padre Pio’s Body Not Found in His Tomb?
Padre Pio Now A Saint – Wrestled With Devil, Predicted Future
Padre Pio Wrestled with Devil, Predicted Future
Pope Bestows Sainthood on Padre Pio

Padre Pio to be Canonized This June
St. Pio Of Pietrelcina, 1887-1968

His Friends Remember Padre Pio
St. Pio Of Pietrelcina, 1887-1968
Padre Pio: on Spirituality, Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae

Padre Pio Now A Saint – Wrestled With Devil, Predicted Future
Padre Pio Wrestled with Devil, Predicted Future
Pope Bestows Sainthood on Padre Pio
Remarkable Transformation: Padre Pio

Information: St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Feast Day: September 23 Born: May 25, 1887, Pietrelcina, Italy

Died: September 23, 1968, San Giovanni Rotondo

Canonized: June 16, 2002, Rome, Italy by Pope John Paul II

Major Shrine: San Giovanni Rotondo

St. Thecla

Feast Day: September 23
Born: (a few decades after Christ) :: Died: (when she was 80 years old)

Thecla was born in the first century at Iconium in Greece (which is now in Turkey). She was beautiful, well-educated and came from a very rich family.

At the age of 18, her father got her engaged to a rich and generous pagan prince named Thamyris.

When St. Paul the apostle came to preach the Gospel of Jesus in Iconium, Thecla’s prayer to know the one, true God was answered.

She immediately gave up all her dreams of marriage, forgot her beauty, converted to Christianity and became a true follower of Jesus. She was the first woman evangelist in the Church.

When her parents and Thamyris found out what she had done, they tried to make her change her mind, with no success. Then they reported her to the governor who decided to have her burned at the stake.

When the fire was lit, Thecla bravely went making the Sign of the Cross. Suddenly, a strong wind blew and heavy rain poured down putting out the fire.

She was then thrown to the lions and making the Sign of the Cross she offered her spirit to the Lord. At once, the lions lay down at her side, and licked her feet, like pet kittens.

The next day each of her arms were tied to a bull and the soldiers began burning the bulls with red-hot irons trying to make them angry so they would eat her. But the bulls remained calm and did not move.

Finally she was thrown into a valley with poisonous snakes but a fire began and destroyed the snakes.

The shocked judge asked Thecla “Who are you, that you are always saved?” She answered “I am a daughter of Christ, Son of the living God. He alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life; He is the one who protects me. To Him be glory and power for ever and ever.” The judge immediately set her free.

Then many people began to believe in Jesus including her mother and people in her town. The queen gave her money to care for the poor and the sick and St. Paul encouraged her to continue her mission. She finally died at the age of 80.



, September 23

Liturgical Color: Green

Today is the Memorial of St. Pio
of Pietrelcina. In 1918, he was
blessed with the stigmata while
praying before a crucifix. St. Pio
heard confessions many hours
each day and had the ability to
read the souls of those who
came to him.

Catholic Culture


Ordinary Time: September 23rd

Memorial of St. Padre Pio


September 23, 2016 (Readings on USCCB website)


Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace, gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son and, by means of his ministry, renewed the wonders of your mercy, grant that through his intercession we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ, and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection. 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.


Recipes (1)


Activities (1)


Prayers (4)

  • September Devotion: Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Prayer for Saint Pio’s Intercession
  • Recommendation of Departing SoulOld Calendar: St. Linus, pope and martyr; St. Thecla, virgin and martyr ; Other Titles: Padre Pio of Pietrelcina; Francesco ForgionePadre Pio was born in 1887 in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina. He joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of sixteen and was ordained a priest seven years later. For fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotundo he was a much sought after spiritual advisor, confessor, and intercessor whose life was devoted to the Eucharist and prayer. Yet despite such notoriety, he would often say, “I only want to be a poor friar who prays.”According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Linus, the immediate successor of St. Peter in the government of the Church. He is mentioned after the apostles in the Roman Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I). It is also the feast of St. Thecla, a virgin of Asia Minor in the early days of the Church. Her cultus, which is very ancient, goes back to the second century. She is considered the first woman martyr.

    St. Pio of Pietrelcina
    Born to a southern Italian farm family, the son of Grazio, a shepherd. At age 15 he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars in Morcone, and joined the order at age 19. He suffered several health problems, and at one point his family thought he had tuberculosis. He was ordained at age 22 on 10 August 1910.

    While praying before a cross on September 20, 1918, Padre Pio received the stigmata. He is the first priest ever to be so blessed. As word spread, especially after American soldiers brought home stories of Padre Pio following WWII, the priest himself became a point of pilgrimage for both the pious and the curious. He would hear confessions by the hour, reportedly able to read the consciences of those who held back. He was reportedly able to bi-locate, levitate, and heal by touch.

    In 1956 he founded the House for the Relief of Suffering, a hospital that serves 60,000 a year. Padre Pio died on September 23, 1968 at age 81.

    Today there are over 400,000 members worldwide in prayer groups begun by Padre Pio in the 1920s.

    His canonization miracle involved the cure of Matteo Pio Colella, age 7, the son of a doctor who works in the House for Relief of Suffering, the hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo. On the night of June 20, 2000, Matteo was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with meningitis. By morning doctors had lost hope for him as nine of the boy’s internal organs had ceased to give signs of life. That night, during a prayer vigil attended by Matteo’s mother and some Capuchin friars of Padre Pio’s monastery, the child’s condition improved suddenly. When he awoke from the coma, Matteo said that he had seen an elderly man with a white beard and a long, brown habit, who said to him: “Don’t worry, you will soon be cured.” The miracle was approved by the Congregation and Pope John Paul II on 20 December 2001.

    Adapted from the Discount Catholic Store, Inc.

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    St. Linus
    Following the crucifixion of Peter, Linus, who had served as an assistant to the apostle, continued the leadership of the Church, for once the Christian faith had been firmly established in Rome, Peter and Paul had commended Linus to this responsibility. However, because the one-man episcopate had not yet emerged in Rome, we have no way of knowing exactly what duties were expected of Linus. In a letter directed to the Oriental churches, Linus told how Peter’s body was taken from the cross by Marcellus, bathed in milk and wine, and embalmed with precious spices.

    Linus, believed to be the son of Herculanus, was an Italian from the region of Tuscany. He has been identified by the early writer, Eusebius, as the same Linus who is mentioned by St. Paul in his letter of salutation from Rome to Timothy in Ephesus. His episcopate is said to have been approximately twelve years. A brief respite from persecution for the brethren is said to have existed at this time, for legend has it that Nero, in a frightening vision, was so chastised by Peter that he abandoned the wrath which he had once so fiercely set upon the Christians.

    Much is unknown of Linus, to be sure, but it is said that he, at Peter’s direction, decreed that all women would now cover their heads when entering a church. In the ancient canon of the Mass, his name is cited after those of Peter and Paul.

    According to legend, Linus was martyred and buried on the Vatican Hill alongside his beloved Peter.

    Excerpted from The Popes: A Papal History, J.V. Bartlett

    Symbols: Triple cross; fleeing demons.


    St. Thecla
    This child of St. Paul is honored by the Fathers of the Eastern Church as proto-martyr and “near apostle.” Already during the second century legends concerning her were current and her grave was much visited by pilgrims. It is historically certain that she lived, but the Acts of her life are largely legendary. According to these she was born at Iconium, where she was converted to Christianity by the preaching of St. Paul. It is related that she was “accused of being a Christian by her own parents after she had refused to marry Thamiris, in order to give herself wholly to Christ. But the pyre enkindled for her burning was extinguished by a sudden downpour of rain as she threw herself into it, making the sign of the Cross. Then she fled to Antioch, where the ferocious beasts and bulls to which she was tied would do her no harm. Nor did she suffer injury during confinement in a snake pit. Because of these marvels many pagans accepted the faith. Thereafter Thecla returned to her native land, where she lived in solitude upon a hill. At the age of ninety she died a peaceful death.”

    Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch

    Symbols: Lion; tiger; two or more serpents; globe of fire; flaming fagots; Greek cross.

    Things to Do:

    • Since most ancient times St. Thecla has been highly venerated, especially as patron of the dying. Her intercession is still invoked in the litany during the rites for the dying and in the Church’s official prayer for a departing soul: “As Thou didst deliver the holy virgin and martyr Thecla from three most gruesome torments, so deliver the soul of this Thy servant; and let him (her) enjoy with Thee the blessings of heaven. Amen.” Read the activity Prepare for Death and maybe say the prayers of Recommendation of Departing Soul.



The Word Among Us


Meditation: Luke 9:18-22

Saint Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Priest (Memorial)

Who do the crowds say that I am? . . . Who do you say that I am? (Luke 9:18, 20)


We often think of Jesus as the teacher with all the answers. But of the 183 questions that people ask him in the Gospels, he answers fewer than 10. At the same time, Jesus asks more than 300 questions! What does this fondness for questions tell us? Maybe the two questions in today’s Gospel can give us some clues.

“Who do the crowds say that I am?” is easy to answer. It’s like an icebreaker game—a nonthreatening discussion starter. The disciples chime in to report other people’s opinions. But then comes the type of hard question that has students praying that the teacher won’t call on them: “Who do you say that I am?” Such a small change, but what a difference it makes!

Though the disciples have seen Jesus heal, exorcise, and teach with authority and power, they still find it hard to confess him as the Messiah. It takes courage and spiritual insight (Matthew 16:17). They sense that saying “Jesus is Lord” involves putting him at the center of their lives in a radical way (1 Corinthians 12:3).

Jesus’ questions in this passage tell us a couple of other things about him. First, they reveal that he loves his followers enough to help them find the peace that comes from believing in him. It’s because Jesus so passionately wants them—and us—to find life in him that he bothers to ask any questions at all. That’s why the questions seem to leap out of the Gospels with a kind of urgent mercy: What do you think about what I’m doing and saying? How will you respond?

Second, notice how Jesus often leaves his questions unanswered. That’s because he trusts that we are able to sense what is true and respond to it. We just need to quiet our hearts and listen for his Holy Spirit.

Even today, Jesus is doing everything he can—when we go to Mass, when we read the Scriptures, or when we think about the beauty of creation—to help us answer this most burning question: “Who do you say that I am?”

“Jesus, help me to hear your questions today. Thank you for leading me in such a loving, gentle way!”


Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
Psalm 144:1-4

Regnum Christi

September 23, 2016 – The Mistaken Messiah

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Father Barry O’Toole, LC

Luke 9:18-22

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Messiah of God.” But he gave them strict orders and charged them not to say this to anyone. He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord, you are the author of life and the giver of all that is good. You are the Prince of Peace and my mainstay. You are my healer and the cure itself. I need you, and I need to give you. I love you and commit myself to you entirely, knowing you could never let me down or deceive me. Thank you for giving me your very self.

Petition: Lord Jesus, grant me the courage to bear witness to you as the Messiah.

1. “According to the Latest Poll…” Frequently we hear in the news opinion polls concerning certain topics, people or events. There is nothing novel about that. But when Christ himself polls popular opinion by asking, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”, he isn’t interested in his public rating. If this were his motive he would have become very discouraged, because the public opinion was so far from the truth. “What do you mean, John the Baptist?” –– there is quite a difference between the bridegroom and the best man at the wedding feast. Other’s opinions stray even farther. What matters in life is not what others think or say about us. The only opinion that matters is God’s: what he thinks about us and what we do. Lord, not everyone knows you. We live in a generation that seeks more signs. Send us your gift of faith so that we might truly believe and thus be saved.

2. Personal Convictions: Jesus had three short years to shed his blood for our redemption and found his Church. In founding the Church he had to transform some rough fishermen. He had to bring them to believe firmly his divinity and mission so that they would continue the work of salvation after his death. Jesus had just spent some time in prayer, and he knew from where the transformation would come. Just how much had his disciples managed to open their hearts to the Father’s work? “Who do you say that I am?” Peter rises to the occasion. He couldn’t have said it more concisely and exactly: “The Messiah of God.” How about me? Who is Jesus for me? Is he truly my Messiah and Redeemer? Do I preach this truth to others by the way I live and the words I speak? I want to be a more ardent apostle of your Kingdom, Lord. Give me convincing words and actions so that others might come to recognize you as the Messiah of God.

3. The Pharisees Got It Wrong: So that there would be no mistake as to the meaning of Peter’s confession of faith, Jesus decided to define the term. ‘Messiah’ means… “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” The Pharisees misunderstood the figure of the Messiah. They thought the Messiah would deliver them from Roman occupation. They had not understood that slavery to Rome was nothing in comparison to the slavery to sin and to the “prince of this world.” If we are to conquer sin and Satan today, there is only one way: the cross. Jesus is the savior of the world. Through his passion and death he has become the solution to all of our problems. This is why he tells us: “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

Conversation with Christ: Lord, I fear that cross with every fiber of my being, but let your will –– and not mine –– be done. I know that if you are with me, everything will work out in the end. I want to be a better apostle of your kingdom.

Resolution: Despite the opposition I may encounter, I will try to make every encounter with others today an occasion to share my faith with them and bring them closer to God.


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