MISSION APPEALS AND A TRIDUUM OF CHARITY
Next Sunday we will welcome Fr. Robert Byamukama to our parish of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes to make a Mission Appeal on behalf of his diocese of Fort Portal, Uganda. This visit is in accord with the Missionary Co-operative Appeal organized by the Office for the Propagation of the Faith in our Archdiocese of Boston. Each year parishes are assigned a particular religious order, diocese or charitable organization, which has been accepted by the Archbishop of Boston, to ask for the charity of our prayers and our financial support. A Second Collection is taken up at all of our Sunday Masses for the Mission Appeal.
In addition to this Mission Appeal we will also have a Mission Appeal for Fr. Salako on behalf of his S.M.A. Province of Benin/Niger on the last Sunday in August, as we have for the past four years.
This coming week we have on the Calendar of Saints for the 1962 Roman Missal a most beautiful “Triduum of Charity”, for three Saints who were outstanding in their particular care for the poor. As Dr. Pius Parsch characterizes these days in The Church’s Year of Grace:
On the next three days the Church commemorates saints who were heroic in the practice of charity—Camillus de Lellis, Vincent de Paul, and Jerome Emiliani. It is not an accidental sequence, because these feasts do not correspond to the days on which the three saints died. The first practiced heroic love toward the sick, the second toward the poor, the third toward orphans.
ST. CAMILLUS DE LELLIS, JULY 18th
After leading a reckless and dissolute life, he experienced a conversion at the age of 25, beginning on the Feast of the Purification (Feb. 2nd, 1575). At the age of 32 he began studying for the priesthood, and after ordination he founded a congregation of Religious Clerics, the “Ministers of the Sick”. As a 4th Vow this community bound itself to care for the plague-stricken, even at the risk of their own lives.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, JULY 19th
St. Vincent de Paul died in 1660 at the age of 80. A French priest, he founded a congregation of priests, the Lazarists (Vincentians) and the Sisters of Charity. He has become the Patron Saint of all charitable organizations in the Church. “Innumerable were his works of charity, e.g., freeing Christian slaves, caring for orphans, neglected children, fallen women, galley slaves, sick pilgrims, tramps and beggars...It has been said that he would have been the only one who could have prevented the French Revolution.” (The Church’s Year of Grace, Vol. IV).
ST. JEROME EMILIANI, JULY 20th
The “Father of Orphans”, he devoted himself to the works of mercy in his home city of Venice, caring especially for orphans and establishing homes for them, expending his own fortune on their behalf. His principal house was at Somasco, after which the congregation he founded was named: the Clerks Regular of Somasco. He died while caring for the plague-stricken in 1537. He was 57 years old.