Saint Francis Xavier, Priest, Patron of the Diocese of Joliet

We celebrate the memorial of Saint Francis Xavier as a feast today, because he is the patron saint of the Diocese of Joliet.  Francis Xavier was a sixteenth century man who had a promising career in academics.  He was encouraged in the … Continued

Friday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time: Christian Unity

Today’s readings (Mass for the school children) In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls his Apostles.  These are the men who will be closest to him and will follow after him throughout his ministry on earth.  Even though these men weren’t the … Continued

Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome

Today’s readings Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Cathedral of St. John Lateran in Rome. Most people think of St. Peter’s Basilica as the pope’s church, but that’s not true. As the Bishop of Rome, his … Continued