A curious little 'Thomas' season is about to start.
On July 3, the Novus Ordo Calendar will observe S Thomas the Apostle. Bugnini moved him here so as to extricate him from the Major Advent Ferias just before Christmas. July 3 is truly, however, his date among Syrian and Malabar Christians who believe that he evangelised India. I think he is worth a votive, said for those ancient and venerable Christian communities.
July 5 is the memorial of Blessed Thomas Belson, a lay martyr executed in Oxford in the hysteria which followed the Armada (what a shame that very worthy enterprise was not successful). He and his group were arrested in the Inn called the Catherine Wheel, opposite S Mary Mag's church (and now built over by Balliol College, c'est magnifique mais ce n'est pas la gare).
July 7 is the Translation of the relics of S Thomas of Canterbury; observed in the Basilica of S Thomas the Martyr in Oxford and in the RC diocese of Portsmouth. At S Thomas's we also observe S Thomas's Sunday on the first Sunday of July, which this year is July 4. If you are within reach of S Thomas's, make sure you get across to the 10.00 Mass that Sunday; we have a visiting preacher so you will not be subjected to the homiletic meanderings of the pp.
Then, on July 6 (Common Worship; it is the day of his martyrdom) or July 9 (according to the old preconciliar RC calendar for the regions of England, which needed to find him a date which did not coincide with the Octave Day of SS Peter and Paul) we observe S Thomas More.
On the JP2 principle that "There are no such things as coincidences", I wonder what mystical rationale one might devise for this?