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June 2024 — Overview for the Month

by Catholic Culture Staff

Description

The month of June is dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus.


Highlights

June 13
St. Anthony

Called the Wonder Worker, he is one of the most popular saints in the Catholic Church and is implored as the patron of lost things and a hundred other causes. He was a preacher and theologian and was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII.

Recipe of the Month
Nameday Cookies

To different saints' days, make sugar cookie dough and roll out with symbolic cookie cutters.

Activity of the Month
Stitching Feast-Day Symbols

Research with your children the different symbols for saints and feast days, and do some stitching of the symbols.


Symbols

St. Boniface

The Archbishop of Mentz established the foundation for Christianity in Germany. His emblem refers to his defense of the Gospel as he met the blow of death while confirming baptized converts.

St. Barnabas

One of the Apostolic Fathers, whose feast day in olden times was celebrated by young lads and clerks bedecked with roses. This shield is divided.

St. Peter & St. Paul

The interwoven symbols of Sts. Peter and Paul are used at Winchester, where the cathedral church is dedicated to these saints.

The Trinity

The triquetra is one of the many symbols that clearly express the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity.


Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.

Publisher & Date

Catholic Culture, August 7, 2023

The month of June 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 Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of June 2024

For migrants leaving their homes: We pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys full of danger and violence, find welcome and new opportunities in the countries that receive them. (See also Apostleship of Prayer)


Feasts for June 2024

1. Justin, Memorial
2. CORPUS CHRISTI, Solemnity
3. Charles Lwanga & Companions, Memorial
5. Boniface, Memorial
6. Norbert, Opt. Mem.
7. SACRED HEART OF JESUS, Memorial
8. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Memorial
9. TENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, Solemnity
11. Barnabas, Memorial
13. Anthony of Padua, Memorial
16. ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, Sunday
19. Romuald, Opt. Mem.
21. Aloysius Gonzaga, Memorial
22. Paulinus of Nola; John Fisher & Thomas More, Opt. Mem.
23. TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, Sunday
24. NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, Solemnity
26. Josemaría Escrivá, Opt. Mem.
27. Cyril of Alexandria, Opt. Mem.
28. Irenaeus, Memorial
29. STS PETER & PAUL, Solemnity
30. THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, Sunday


Focus of the Liturgy

The Gospel readings for June are from St. Mark. All Sunday readings are from Cycle B, and weekday readings are Year II.

June 2
Corpus Christi Sunday

Cycle B, Mk 14:12-16, 22-26: He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many."

June 9th
Tenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Cycle B, Mk 3:20-35: "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

June 16th
Eleventh Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Cycle B, Mk 4:26-34: The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”

June 23rd
Twelfth Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Cycle B, Mk 4:35-41: He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.

June 30th
Thirteenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Cycle B, Mk 5:21-43: He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!" The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.


Highlights of the Month

As we begin to feel the warmth of summer, we can reflect that we celebrate the feasts of Corpus Christi (June 2), the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 7) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 8). 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.

The saints that we will focus on this month are:
St. Justin (June 1),
St. Charles Lwanga & Companions (June 3),
St. Boniface (June 5),
St. Norbert (June 6),
St. Barnabas (June 11),
St. Anthony of Padua (June 13),
St. Romuald (June 19),
St. Aloysius Gonzaga (June 21),
Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More (June 22),
St. Paulinus (June 22),
the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24),
St. Josemaría Escrivá (June 26),
St. Cyril of Alexandria (June 27),
St. Irenaeus (June 28),
and the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29)

The feasts Sts. Marcellinus and Peter (June 2), St. Ephrem (June 9), and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome (June 30) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.


A Time of Love

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. She pauses briefly, to praise the Holy Trinity — Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier; and then the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi. 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.

Therefore, the close of the Easter season marks not the cessation but rather the beginning of Ordinary Time is the commencement of the Church’s activity. 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.

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