St. Frances Xavier Carbrini


November 13

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was born at St. Angelo on July 15, 1850. A few hours after her birth a clock of white doves alighted in the courtyard, in which her father had spread the grain to dry. Fearing that the doves might damage the grain, he drove them away, but vainly so. They returned again and again, it was a happy omen! When seven, she was confirmed, and at ten she received first holy Communion. As a child, she was so modest and amiable that she was name “the little Saint.” She like to play with dolls dressed as Nuns, who she ruled as a little abbess, and making small paper boats, she would fill them with violets, and placing them on the water, she imagined she was sending Missionaries to pagan lands. She received her early education from her Sister Rose, a licensed teach. When thirteen, she entered the school of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart at Arluno, and at eighteen, having succeeded brilliantly in her studies, was granted a normal school certificate. Then she went home, losing her parents through death in the flowing years.
She landed in America on March 31, 1889, and immediately set to work, a work that lasted until her death. For the Italian children, she erected schools, kindergartens, orphanages, hospitals and free dispensaries. She became active in all kinds of social welfare work. In 37 years she erected 67 houses in Europe and America.

Reflection. — “Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory.” (2 Tim. 2, 10)
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Supplementary Mass No. 1.

Introit • Jer. 29, 11, 12, 14

The Lord saith, I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction; you shall call upon Me and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places. Ps. 84, 2. Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that, ever fixing our thoughts on reasonable things, we may both in word and in deed do what is pleasing to Thee. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 1 Thess. 1, 2-10

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians.

[He gives thanks for the grace bestowed on the Thessalonians]

BRETHREN, we give thanks to God for you all, making a remembrance of you in our payers without ceasing; being mindful of the work of your faith, and larbor, and charity, and of the enduring of the hope of Our Lord Jesus Christ before God and our Father: Knowing, brethren beloved of God, your election: For our gospel hath not been unto you in word only, but in power also, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much fulness, as you know what manner of men we have been among you for your sakes.
And you became followers of us, and of the Lord; receiving the word in much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that you were made a pattern to all that believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. For from you was spread abroad the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia, and in Achaia, but also in every place, your faith which is towards God, is gone forth, so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves relate of us, what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God. And to wait for his Son from heaven (whom he raised up from the dead,) Jesus, who hath delivered us from the wrath to come.  

Gradual • Ps. 43, 8, 9

Thou hast delivered us, O Lord, from them that afflict us: and hast put them to shame that hate us. In God we will glory all the day: and in Thy name we will give praise for ever.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 129, 1, 2. From the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my prayer. Alleluia.

Gospel • Matt. 13, 31-35

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew. 

[The parables of the sower and the cockle: of the mustard seed, etc.]

At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes: The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. Which is the least indeed of all seeds; but when it is grown up, it is greater than all herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come, and dwell in the branches thereof. Another parable he spoke to them: The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened. All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without parables he did not speak to them. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.  also.

Offertory • Ps. 129, 1, 2

From the depths I have cried out to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my prayer: from the depths I have cried out to Thee, O Lord.


May this oblation, O God, cleanse, renew, govern, and protect us, we beseech Thee. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matt. 11, 34

Amen I say to you, whatsoever you ask when you pray, believe that you shall receive, and it shall be done to you.


Being fed with celestial delights, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may ever hunger after those things by which we truly live. Through our Lord.