October 23

Saturday of the 29th Week in Ordinary Time

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

Body of Blessed John Angelo Porro – Parish of San Carlo al Corso, Venice (Italy)

St. Ignatius, bishop (†877). Persecuted and exiled for admonishing the Emperor Bardas for repudiating his legitimate wife, he was returned to his patriarchal See of Constantinople through the intervention of Pope Nicholas I.

St. John of Capistrano, priest (†1456). Franciscan disciple of St. Bernardine of Sinna. He was apostolic nuncio to Sicily, papal legate to France and missionary in Germany, Austria, Poland and Hungary.

St. Severinus Boethius, martyr (†524). Senator and Roman consul, famous for his extensive philosophical and theological works. He was martyred by the Ostrogothic king Theodoric, in Pavia (Italy).

St. Ethelfleda, abbess (†tenth century). While still an adolescent, she consecrated herself to
God in the monastery founded by her father Ethelwold, in Ramsey, England. She was the abbess there for many years until her death.

St. Theodore of Antioch, priest and martyr (†c. 362). Killed by order of Julian the Apostate, for refusing to deny the Faith.

Blessed John Angelo Porro, priest (†1506). Prior of the Servite monastery in Chianti, Italy. He strove to cultivate the contemplative life and was dedicated to the catechesis of the young.

Blessed John the Good, hermit (†1249). In his youth he travelled throughout Italy as a court jestor. At age forty he converted and left the world to give himself entirely to Christ and the Church.

Blessed Arnold, religious (†1890). Religious from the Congregation of Brothers of the Christian Schools; he died in Rheims, France.

Blesseds Marie Clotilde Angele Paillot and companions,  martyrs (†1794). Ursuline, Clarist and Brigidine sisters, guillotined during the French Revolution in Valenciennes.

Mass Readings

First Reading – Eph 4:1-6

Brothers and sisters: Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death.  For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit. For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit.  The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace. For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God; it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Responsorial Psalm – 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R. cf.6)

R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For He founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.R.

Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain. R.

He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his Savior.
Such is the race that seeks for Him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob. R.

Gospel – Lk 13:1-9

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
He said to them in reply,
“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way
they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!
Or those eighteen people who were killed
when the tower at Siloam fell on them—
do you think they were more guilty
than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!”

And he told them this parable:
“There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard,
and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener,
‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree
but have found none.
So cut it down.
Why should it exhaust the soil?’
He said to him in reply,
‘Sir, leave it for this year also,
and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
it may bear fruit in the future.
If not you can cut it down.’”


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