Province of southern africa religious calendar



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DECEMBER



  1. SUNDAY FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT. Commencement of Liturgical Year 2013 - 2014. LECTIONARY: Sundays – Cycle A; Weekdays – Year 2 (Blessed Clementine Anuarite, Congolese martyr 1964) Psalms Week 1

WORLD AIDS DAY

  1. MONDAY Advent Weekday

MARIST HISTORY: 1915 - Marist foundation in Larache, at the time in Spanish Morocco. MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Redemptus Mathon b.France 1876-1929 ap.France, Algeria, South Africa; (2) Br Borgia Coughlin b.New Zealand 1878-1974 ap.New Zealand, Australia, South Africa.

  1. TUESDAY St Francis Xavier 1552

MARIST HISTORY: 1956 – Foundation in Bolivia. MORTUARY LIST: Br Joseph Devinsberg b.France 1852-1926 ap.France, South Africa.

  1. WEDNESDAY St John of Damascus, Syrian monk, doctor of the church 749

MARIST HISTORY: 1889 - The opening of our first South American school in Popayan, Colombia. BIRTHDAY – 1938 – Belmiro Schmidt

  1. THURSDAY St Clement of Alexandria, early Church Father 215




  1. FRIDAY St Nicholas of Myra 346

MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Robert Bates b.Canada 1924-1991 ap.Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Haiti; (2) Br Moises Flores b.Brazil 1915-1992
ap.Brazil, Mozambique.
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  1. SATURDAY St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Doctor 397




  1. SUNDAY SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT Psalms Week 2

MARIST HISTORY: 1824 - Fr Colin gives the habit to the first ten Marist Sisters. 1942 - Consecration of the Marist Institute to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 1950 – Foundation in Sumatra, Indonesia; 1984 – Foundation at Roo in Kenya. MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Ralph Sherwin Collins b.Australia 1918-1972 ap.Australia, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe; (2) Mr Peter Ncwane affiliate in South Africa +1980.

  1. MONDAY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Solemnity

MARIST HISTORY: 1879 Death of Br Louis-Marie Labrisse, second Superior-General, at the age of 70 at the Hermitage.

  1. TUESDAY St. Melchiades, second African Pope 311 - 314

WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. MARIST HISTORY: 1752 - Birth of Sister Louis Champagnat, Marcellin’s aunt who taught him at home; 1948 - Proclamation of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Andrew Guêpe b.France 1914-1963 ap.China, Singapore, South Africa; (2) Br John Wilcott b.Canada b.Canada 1927-2000 ap.Canada, Zimbabwe, General Administration.

  1. WEDNESDAY St Damasus I, Spanish-born Pope 384




  1. THURSDAY Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico

MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Kieran Devins b.Ireland 1942 ap.Scotland, South Africa, UK; (2) Br Thomas Gannon b.Ireland 1900-1954 ap.South Africa.

  1. FRIDAY St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr 304

MORTUARY LIST: 1884 - Br Faust Wincott, one of the Cape pioneers

  1. SATURDAY St John of the Cross, Spanish Carmelite and mystic 1591

MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Peter O’Neill b.Northern Ireland 1853-1924 ap.UK, South Africa; (2) Br Ernest Daygue b.France 1882-1968 ap.France, South Africa; (3) Br Carlos Tesche b.Brazil 1934-2007 ap.Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, Angola.

  1. SUNDAY THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT Psalms Week 3

MARIST HISTORY: 1949 – Departure of the first Marist Brothers for Nigeria. BIRTHDAY: 1936 - Brendan O’Shea

  1. MONDAY

MARIST HISTORY: 1845 – Martyrdom of Bishop Jean-Baptiste Épalle whose vocation was prompted by Champagnat’s lesson on the apple.

  1. TUESDAY St Lazarus, brother of Martha and Mary

MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Walter Honeywill b.South Africa 1906-1985 ap.South Africa; (2) Br Jude Bisson b.Canada 1918-1996 ap.Canada, Zimbabwe, Cameroon.

  1. WEDNESDAY

MARIST HISTORY: 1830 - Marcellin was elected provincial of the Marists in the Diocese of Lyon. MORTUARY LIST: Br Laurentinus Johnstone b.Scotland 1902-1986 ap.Greece, South Africa.

  1. THURSDAY St Anastasius, Pope 401

MARIST HISTORY: 1886 – Foundation in Spain. 50 years later, 176 Brothers were martyred there.

  1. FRIDAY Blessed Brother Scubilion Rousseau, De La Salle Brother, who catechised slaves on the island of Réunion for over thirty years 1867

MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Arthème Bonneaud b.France 1878-1942 ap.France, Algeria, Lesotho, South Africa; (2) Br James Ormazabal b.Spain 1911-1978 ap.China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa. (3) Br Alfredo Mathias b.Portugal 1914-1979 ap.Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique.

  1. SATURDAY St Peter Canisius, Dutch Jesuit, Doctor of the Church 1597

MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Ptolémèe Lunel b.France 1842-1925 ap.France, South Africa; (2) Br Aidan Cooney b.South Africa 1909-1935 ap.Lesotho, South Africa; (3) Br Eamon Beegan b.Ireland 1929-1987 ap.Ireland, South Africa.

  1. SUNDAY FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT Psalms Week 4 (St Frances Cabrini, foundress, first canonized US citizen 1917)

MARIST HISTORY: 1823 - Monsignor de Pins was appointed Archbishop of Lyons where he greatly encouraged our founder. MORTUARY LIST: Br Euphrase Nachtegaele b.Belgium 1859-1912 ap.Belgium, France, South Africa, Lesotho.

  1. MONDAY St John of Kanty, Polish priest 1473

BIRTHDAYS: 1941 – João Reis; 1949 – Denis Ntacyica

  1. TUESDAY Office p.m. Vigil of Christmas

MARIST HISTORY: 1817 - Br Laurence Audras, the 3rd member of the Institute, joined the community at La Valla. He had come to get his elder brother to return home, but stayed instead; 1836 - Led by Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier, the first Marist missionaries sailed from France for Oceania. The group included Peter Chanel and three Marist Brothers: Marie-Nizier Delorme, Joseph Luzy and Michel Colombon.

  1. WEDNESDAY THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD Solemnity

MORTUARY LIST: Br Paul Benedict Charette b.Canada 1902-1984 ap.Canada, Zimbabwe, South Africa. BIRTHDAY: 1986 – Vasco Novele; 1982 – Steven Phiri (novice adm. 2012)

  1. THURSDAY ST STEPHEN Feast

MARIST HISTORY: 1825 - Marcellin falls seriously ill, only to recover later

  1. FRIDAY ST JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST Feast

MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Patrick Mulligan b.Ireland 1892-1916 ap.South Africa. (2) Br John Richard Morris b.Ireland 1882-1949 ap.Scotland, Ireland, England, South Africa.

  1. SATURDAY HOLY INNOCENTS Feast




  1. SUNDAY HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH Feast (St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, martyr 1170)

MARIST HISTORY: 1797 - Marcellin’s father is nominated as president of the municipality of Marlhes. MORTUARY LIST: (1) Br Leo Ferdinand Causse b.France 1887-1962 ap.Lesotho, South Africa; (2) Br Lucien Labelle b. Canada 1931-2012 ap. Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya (MIC).

  1. MONDAY Sixth day within the Octave of the Nativity

MARIST HISTORY: 1931 - The Vatican formally recognised the Marist Missionary Sisters as an international Congregation. BIRTHDAYS: 1934 – Emmanuel Lapointe; 1970 – Aaron Mazhambe

  1. TUESDAY Seventh day within the Octave of the Nativity. St Sylvester I, Pope 335

MARIST HISTORY: 1852 – Foundation in the UK.

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The Council now beginning, rises in the Church like daybreak, a forerunner of a splendid light. It is now only dawn. And already at this first announcemnt of the rising day, how much sweetness fills our hearts. Everything here breathes sanctity and arouses great joy.

(John XXIII Opening of Vatican II, 1962)
Each celebration of the bith of Jesus, the sun that rises from on high (Lk 1:78), revives our hope that another world and another Church are possible.

(Br Emili Turú and General Council – Christmas message, 2012)

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