June 2015 - Overview for the Month
The month of June is dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. This month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
Universal: That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life. (See also Apostleshiop of Prayer International Website)
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of June are:
1. Justin, Memorial
2. Marcellinus and Peter, Opt. Mem.
3. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Memorial
5. Boniface, Memorial
6. Norbert, Opt. Mem.
7. Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Solemnity
9. Ephrem, Opt. Mem.
11. Barnabas, Memorial
12. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity
13. Immaculate Heart of Mary; Anthony of Padua, Memorial
14. Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
19. Romuald, Opt. Mem.
21. Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
22. Paulinus of Nola; John Fisher and Thomas More, Opt. Mem.
24. Nativity of John the Baptist, Solemnity
26. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, Opt. Mem.
27. Cyril of Alexandria, Opt. Mem.
28. Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Sunday
29. Peter and Paul, Solemnity
30. First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, Opt. Mem.
The readings for the Sundays in June 2015, are taken from St. Mark and are from Year B, Cycle 1.
June 7th - Body & Blood of Christ
This Gospel recounts the events of the Last Supper when Jesus changed bread and wine into His Body and Blood.
June 14th - 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jesus tells the parable of the mustard seed.
June 21st - 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
The Gospel is about Jesus asleep on the boat being awakened and calming the storm because of the apostles' fear.
June 28th - 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jesus raises the daughter of Jarius from the dead.
As we begin to feel the warmth of summer, we can reflect that we celebrate the feasts of Corpus Christ (June7), the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 12) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 13). God is Love and the Sacred Heart of Jesus — present on earth in the Blessed Sacrament — is the human manifestation of God's Love for men. Appropriately June is considered the month for weddings where human hearts join and cooperate with the Creator in bringing forth new life. The family they create is a human reflection of the Blessed Trinity.
Other principle feasts of this month are St. Justin (June 1), Sts. Marcellinus and Peter (June 2), St. Charles Lwanga and Companions (June 3), St. Boniface (June 5), St. Norbert (June 6), St. Ephrem (June 9), St. Barnabas (June 11), St. Anthony of Padua (June 13), Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More (June 22), the Birth of St. John the Baptist (June 24), St. Josemaria Escriva (June 26), St. Cyril of Alexandria (June 27), Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29) and the First Martyrs of the Church (June 30).
The feasts of, St. Aloysius Gonzaga (June 21) and St. Irenaeus (June 28) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.
Following Pentecost, the Church begins her slow descent from the great peaks of the Easter Season to the verdant pastures of Ordinary Time, the longest of the liturgical seasons. Like the lush June growth all around us, the green of the liturgical season points to the new life won for us by the Redemption of Jesus Christ, the new life of Charity. For Our Lord came to cast the fire of His love on the earth, and to that end, sent His Holy Spirit at Pentecost in the form of tongues of fire.
Ordinary Time is the hour to “go out to all the world and tell the good news.” The feasts of June highlight this expansion of the Church. At least ten times, the Church vests in the red of the martyrs whose blood is the very seed of her growth. She also celebrates the feasts of the apostles Peter and Paul, and the birth of St. John the Baptist, proto-disciple and prophet.
We too are called to be witnesses like the apostles and martyrs. May the Heart of Jesus inflame our hearts so that we may be worthy of our Baptismal call to holiness. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.