June 2016 - 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. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity
4. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Memorial
5. Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
6. Norbert, Opt. Mem.
9. Ephrem, Opt. Mem.
11. Barnabas, Memorial
12. Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
13. Anthony of Padua, Memorial
19. Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
21. Aloysius Gonzaga, Memorial
22. Paulinus of Nola; John Fisher and Thomas More, Opt. Mem.
24. Nativity of John the Baptist, Solemnity
26. Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Sunday
27. Cyril of Alexandria, Opt. Mem.
28. Irenaeus, Memorial
29. Peter and Paul, Solemnity
30. First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, Opt. Mem.
The readings for the Sundays in June 2016, are taken from St.Luke and are from Year C, Cycle 2.
June 5th - 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jesus raises the son of the widow of Nain to life.
June 12th - 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time
The Gospel presents the story of St. Mary Magdalene washing the feet of Jesus.
June 19th - 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jesus says, "take up your cross and follow Me."
June 26th - 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
"Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."
As we begin to feel the warmth of summer, we can reflect that we celebrate the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 3) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 4). 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. Norbert (June 6), St. Ephrem (June 9), St. Barnabas (June 11), St. Anthony of Padua (June 13), St. Aloysius Gonzaga (June 21), Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More (June 22), the Birth of St. John the Baptist (June 24), St. Cyril of Alexandria (June 27), St. Irenaeus (June 28), Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29) and the First Martyrs of the Church (June 30).
The feasts of St. Boniface (June 5) and St. Josemaria Escriva (June 26), and are superseded by the Sunday liturgy. The feast of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions (June 3) is superseded by the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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.