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The fifth in a series about the Saints of Eucharistic Prayer I:
Sixtus: Aka Sixtus II. Pope (257-258). Greek. Very pastoral pope. He repaired a rift in the Church about the understanding of baptism. Sixtus taught that we can only be baptized once and that seal of baptism can never be broken, no matter how much we sinned. Christianity was still illegal during his reign. The Emperor Valerian ordered the execution of Christian leaders. Sixtus was among the first to be executed along with six deacons. While celebrating Mass in secret, a group of soldiers broke in and beheaded him. He is buried in Rome at San Sisto Vecchio, a church named in his honor. Feast Day: August 7.
Cornelius: Pope (251-253). Born of a middle class family, given a poor education, but rose to be a very influential priest of Rome. His name means, “battle horn.” Elected during a time when persecutions were so bad that papal ascension was a quick death sentence. During his papacy he welcomed back those who apostatized themselves in order to escape persecution and death for being Christian. An early document says that in his time there were 50,000 Christians, 46 priests and 7 deacons. Pope who declared every diocese must have an Exorcist. Beheaded in Civitavecchia (for cruise lovers, this is the port where your ship docks when visiting Rome). Relics buried in a nearby catacomb, some taken to Germany during the Middle Ages. Feast Day: September 16, along with St. Cyprian. Patron of earache sufferers, epileptics, cattle and lovers.
Cyprian: Bishop of Carthage (248-258). African convert. Highly educated philosopher and orator. Because of the persecution of Christians he lived most of his life in hiding. Supported Pope Cornelius in the argument over apostates being readmitted to the Church. He wrote letters about the virtue of modest and teaching the faithful Scripture. He wrote against gladiatorial games. Paid his executioner 25 gold pieces for his service before being beheaded. Buried in Carthage until the 800’s when Charlemagne moved him to France. Some relics rest with Cyprian’s in Germany. Feast Day: September 16, with Cyprian. “You cannot have God for your Father if you do not have the Church as your mother.”
Next week: Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian.
God bless us.St. Margaret Mary Alacoque pray for us.
Fr. Charles L. Persing,Pastor
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Monday: No MassTuesday – Saturday: 8:30 a.m.
Holy Day Vigil: 7:00 p.mHoly Day: 8:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Penance: Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. A parish penance service is held during both Advent and Lent at announced times.
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Email: email@example.com • Phone: (717) 233-3062 • Fax: (717) 238-5633Church: 2800 Paxton Church Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 • Directions to ChurchParish Office: 2848 Herr Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 • Directions to Parish OfficeSchool: 2826 Herr Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 • Directions to School