On this day we commemorate the martyrdom of Saint Thomas a Beckett, or Thomas à Becket. From this account of his life, “Though far from a faultless character, Thomas Becket, when his time of testing came, had the courage to lay down his life to defend the ancient rights of the Church against an aggressive state. “
Pray that those in positions of authority be zealous in the guarding of religious freedom.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Williamsburg testifies to a long and turbulent history; however despite an attempt to suppress this devotion, this devotion is gaining momentum. Check out this 5 minute video clip!
Dedication for the National Shrine
Please mark your calendars! On Friday, September 23, 2016, please join our parish as Bishop DiLorenzo celebrates the dedication Mass for The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham at 7:00 p.m. Before the Mass, you are invited to participate in a Rosary procession beginning at 5:15 p.m. on the church lawn. Please check the Saint Bede Parish News Room online for more information.
I commend to your prayers the happy repose of the soul of Professor Stratford Caldecott. In the fall of 2013, I had the honor of spending a day with him in Oxford England and discussing the development of classical education. What a gift and privilege! May he rest in peace. Strat was a man of many accomplishments and his books have had a profound effect on me and my understanding of the relationship of the Catholic faith and education. I commend to your reading the entry from Patheos because it gives you an insight into a man of profound faith.
May angels lead you into paradise; upon your arrival, may the martyrs receive you and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May the ranks of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest.