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Sunday 11 January 2015

St Joseph Vaz

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The Holy Father Pope Francis will canonize Joseph Vaz, the great Oratorian Apostle of Ceylon, during his visit to Sri Lanka this week. Fr Richard will be present at the canonization, representing our Apostolic Visitor, Fr Felix Selden. We will celebrate St Joseph Vaz’s feast day on Friday 16th January, and the 12pm Sung Latin Mass on Sunday 18th January will be a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving, with the singing of the Te Deum. There are very few canonised Oratorians – St Joseph will only be the third – so do come and celebrate this great event in the life of the Oratory with us.

Fr Richard recently visited Goa, where St Joseph Vaz was born, and sent us a few photographs of his birthplace and the former Oratory church in Goa.

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The house where Joseph Vaz was born.

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  The Goan Oratory church