Feast Days

Jun
24
Sun
Week 12 of Ordinary Time
Jun 24 all-day
Jun
25
Mon
Nativity of John the Baptist
Jun 25 all-day

John the Baptist, the prophet and forerunner of Jesus, was the son of elderly parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, and was related to Jesus on his mother’s side. His birth is celebrated six months before Christmas Day, because, according to Luke, Elizabeth became pregnant six months before the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.
Although John figures prominently in all four Gospel accounts, only Luke tells us of his birth. Zechariah, a priest of the Temple at Jerusalem was struck speechless because he doubted a vision foretelling John’s birth. When his speech was restored, Zechariah uttered a canticle of praise, the Benedictus, which is sung at Lauds.

Jun
28
Thu
Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr
Jun 28 all-day
Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr

If theology is thinking about faith and arranging those thoughts in some systematic order, then Irenaeus has been righty recognized by both Catholics and Protestants as the first great systematic theologian. He was a third generation Christian, having been discipled by Polycarp who was discipled by John. He in turn took Christianity to Lyon in southern France.
Iraneaus’s enduring fame rests mainly on his large treatise, entitled Against Heresies. Here Irenaeus describes the major Gnostic systems thoroughly, clearly, and often with biting humor. This defense of Christianity has become a classic.

Jun
29
Fri
Peter & Paul, Apostles
Jun 29 all-day

Peter and Paul, the two greatest leaders of the early church, are commemorated separately; Peter on January 18 for his confession of Jesus as the Messiah, and Paul on January 25 for his dramatic conversion. They are commemorated together on June 29 in observance of the tradition of the church that they both died as martyrs in Rome during the persecution under Nero in AD 64.

Jul
1
Sun
Week 13 of Ordinary Time
Jul 1 all-day
Jul
3
Tue
Thomas, Apostle
Jul 3 all-day
Thomas, Apostle

Gospel Canticle Antiphon “Quia Vidisti me”
Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and have believed, alleluia.

Jul
8
Sun
Week 14 of Ordinary Time
Jul 8 all-day
Jul
11
Wed
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot
Jul 11 all-day
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot

Benedict is considered to be the father of western monasticism. Living during the fifth and sixth centuries, Benedict founded a monastery at Monte Cassino in southern Italy, which was to become the mother house for Benedictines in the centuries that followed. (Benedictine monasticism was one of the great stabilizing forces in preserving Western civilization during the dark ages.) Benedict’s greater legacy, however, was his practical and moderate Rule which still guides Benedictine houses today.

Jul
15
Sun
Week 15 of Ordinary Time
Jul 15 all-day
Jul
22
Sun
Week 16 of Ordinary Time
Jul 22 all-day
Jul
23
Mon
John Cassion, Abbot
Jul 23 all-day

If you wish to attain to true knowledge of the Scriptures, hasten to acquire first an unshakeable humility of heart. That alone will lead you, not to the knowledge that puffs up, but to that which enlightens, by the perfecting of love.

John Cassian

Jul
25
Wed
James (the Great), Apostle
Jul 25 all-day
James (the Great), Apostle

COLLECT FOR THE FEAST OF ST. JAMES
Almighty ever-living God,
who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles
by the blood of Saint James,
grant, we pray,
that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith
and constantly sustained by his protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Jul
29
Sun
Week 17 of Ordinary Time
Jul 29 all-day
Aug
1
Wed
Beheading of John the Baptist
Aug 1 all-day
Aug
5
Sun
The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Aug 5 all-day
Aug
10
Fri
Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr of Rome
Aug 10 all-day
Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr of Rome

Martyred in Rome in 258 AD

From the Hymn to St. Lawrence (Lauds)
When Lawrence was led out to die,
Love made him prodigal of life,
No armor would he use but faith
Against the persecutor’s strife.

Aug
12
Sun
Week 19 of Ordinary Time
Aug 12 all-day
Aug
15
Wed
The Dormition of Mary
Aug 15 all-day
Aug
19
Sun
Week 20 of Ordinary Time
Aug 19 all-day
Aug
24
Fri
Bartholomew, Apostle
Aug 24 all-day

“Here we have the story of Bartholomew and the other apostles, to assure us that we need not give up our usual manner of life in order to serve God. The most humble station in life is the means of maturing the highest Christian character, even that of an apostle. Bartholomew read the scriptures and prayed to God; and thus was trained at length to give up his life for Christ, when he demanded it.” –John Henry Newman