Thursday, December 8
Masses at 7:00 am and 6:30 pm
Next session: Monday, December 12 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall Conference Room. Click here for a complete schedule.
Saint Nicholas of Myra, bishop and patron of children, was born in Patara, in Asia Minor in the year 270. Many legends surround this greatly-venerated saint, but what seems certain is that he was a man of great virtue and zeal even from his childhood, committed to charity and to “the exercises of devotion, penance and perfect obedience.” St. Nicholas’ parents died during an epidemic when he was a young man, leaving him wealthy and under the authority of his uncle, the Bishop of Patara. Nicholas gave away his inheritance in works of charity and was eventually ordained a priest by his uncle, later becoming bishop of Myra, the capital of Lycia. Greek histories of his life indicate that he suffered persecution and imprisonment for the faith, and that he was present at the council of Nicea in 325. He is also known for his efforts to combat heresy, Arianism in particular, and paganism. St. Nicholas died in Myra on December 6, 343. He is the patron of children, sailors, and fishermen (among many others), and his feast day is December 6.
Sources: www.ewtn.com; www.catholic.org