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FRI-SAT-SUN      January 29-31, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 20

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      Because of his feast falling on the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Feast of Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, is not celebrated this year but it doesn't mean we can't remember him and his accomplishments. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are liturgies of Ordinary Time with Saturday being shared by the observation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday. For the readings, liturgy, meditations and vignettes on this latter feast and St. John Bosco, click on LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.

Friday, January 29, 1999

Saturday, January 30, 1999

Observance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday

SUNDAY, January 31, 1999

Today's feast of Saint John Bosco is superseded by the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Nevertheless, January 30th is the traditional feast of this mystical and charismatic Priest, Religious Educator and Founder.

Saint John Bosco, Mystical and Charismatic Priest, Religious Educator and Founder

      Born on the feast of the Assumption just outside Turin, Italy in 1815, Saint John Bosco or Dom Bosco grew to become the "Apostle of the youth." By showing love and care for the young, he was able to shape thousands of lives. Raised by a very pious mother, John, in his own youth, had a dream vision of boys cursing, fighting, punching and cajoling others to do the same. In this dream he was told to show these youths the evils of sin and the beauty of virtue. Our Blessed Mother appeared to him, placing her hands on John. This was a sign he was to be a priest. He paid his own way through school and the seminary, working as a baker, a tailor, a farmer, shoemaker and carpenter. Ordained in 1841, his grandiose dreams to help the young seemed to take a detour when he was assigned to the ghettos of Turin. Undaunted, he worked tirelessly using the talents he had acquired moonlighting throughout his seminary training. Those talents paid off in recruiting a number of priests which led to forming the Religious Society of Salesians, thus named for their patron Saint Francis de Sales whose feast we celebrated a week ago. It was not easy for John. His life was threatened often, but his faith in God pulled his new Order and this dedicated saint through the rough times. In 1859 Pope Pius IX gave general approval for the Salesians. His fame as an educator spread across the continent and over the seas to America. John Bosco became on of the greatest pioneers of modern vocational education. He was totally devoted to the Pope and demanded the same of his brother priests and the youth they taught. When he died on January 31, 1888 at the age of 73 in Turin he he was responsible for over 800 Salesian priests with over sixty Salesian foundations established as well as the Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians which he founded in 1872 in order to provide for the poor and neglected young girls. On Easter Sunday in 1934 Pope Pius XI canonized this crusader of vocations.

Monday, February 1, 1999


      This weekend's prayers are taken from the Opening Prayers for the Mass honoring Saint John Bosco whose feast Sunday is superseded by the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lord, You called John Bosco to be a teacher and father to the young. Fill us with love like his: may we give ourselves completely to Your service and to the salvation of mankind.

"I solemnly tell you that this decade shall not pass away before only a few of My faithful ones preserve Me in the Blessed Sacrament - My Sacrament of Love."

      Those alarming words from Our Lord are a plea for His children to return to Him and give Him all reverence in the Blessed Sacrament. He alerts us that the Great Warning is coming soon. Note, He imparted this 372nd message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on July 9th, 1993. That was six years ago and we have less than a year before this decade passes. His Blessed Mother Mary prefaces her Divine Son's words in her message the day before, "The time of Great Justice shall come when you least expect it!" Both messages are packed with hope, but also sincere warnings of what is to come if God's children do not right their ways and return to Him. For the messages 371 and 372, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages Three Hundred-Seventy-one and Three Hundred-Seventy-two

Message Three Hundred-Seventy-one, July 8, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message Three Hundred-Seventy-two, July 9, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus)
(Before the Blessed Sacrament)

Events this weekend in Church History

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 29:

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 30:

Historical Events in Church Annals for January 31:

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January 29-31, 1999 volume 10, no. 20   DAILY CATHOLIC