We Celebrate the Feast of t. Sylvester
Today we are making a donation to Catholics United for the Faith, a lay organization founded in 1968 to support, defend, and advance the efforts of the teaching Church.
Pope St. Sylvester I was born in Rome to Rufinus and Justa in the late 200's. He was educated by a priest named Charitius or Carinus in literature and theology and was ordained a priest by Pope St. Marcellinus.
He witnessed Constantine's triumph in 312 and upon the death of Pope St. Melchiades was elevated to the papacy in 314. The same year he sent four legates to the Western Council held at Arles. The Donatist schism and the Quartodeciman heresy were condemned at this council and Pope Sylvester approved the canons written at the council for the whole Church.
He was responsible for the building of the original Basilica of St. Peter's and St. John Lateran and may also have been responsible for creating the first martyrology.
In 325 the General Council of Nicea was convened to deal with the Arian Heresy. The Arians professed that Christ was not truly God and this heresy became so prevalent that for a time most of the Christian world accepted the teachings. The Pope was not able to attend the council because of his age but sent three priests, Osius, Vito and Vincentius to act in his stead. Showing the importance of the pope's representatives, these three priests are listed ahead of the Eastern patriarchs in the list of those attending the council. The council condemned Arianism and drew up the Nicene Creed which is recited at every Mass.
Read more about Pope St. Sylvester.
Here are the rest of the Twelve Days of Christmas and the donation recipients we have decided on so far.
Dec 26: St. Stephen – our local Serra Club (Catholic vocation club)
Dec 27: St. John the Evangelist – SQPN
Dec 28: Holy Innocents – our local crisis pregnancy center
Dec 29: Thomas Becket – Mind Your Head Coop
Dec 30: Holy Family – C-FAM
Dec 31: St. Sylvester – Catholics United for the Faith
Jan 1: Solemnity of Mary – Rosary Army
Jan 2: St. Basil – Aid to the Church in Need
Jan 3: Holy Name of Jesus – All for the Glory of God Ministries
Jan 4: St. Elizabeth Anne Seton – Missionaries of the Poor
Jan 5: St. John Neumann – Cardinal Newman Society