June 2022 - Overview for the Month
The beginning of the June falls within the liturgical season of Easter, which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored). The remainder of the 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 Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of June 2022
For families: We pray for Christian families around the world; may they embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives. (See also Apostleship of Prayer)
Feasts for June1. Justin, Memorial
2. Marcellinus and Peter, Opt. Mem.
3. Charles Lwanga & Companions, Memorial
5. Pentecost, Solemnity
6. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, Memorial
9. Ephrem, Opt. Mem.
11. Barnabas, Memorial
12. Trinity Sunday, Solemnity
13. Anthony of Padua, Memorial
19. Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Solemnity
21. Aloysius Gonzaga, Memorial
22. Paulinus of Nola; John Fisher & Thomas More, Opt. Mem.
23. Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Solemnity
24. Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity
25. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Memorial
26. Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
27. Cyril of Alexandria, Opt. Mem.
28. Irenaeus, Memorial
29. Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, Solemnity
30. First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church, Opt. Mem.
Focus of the LiturgyThe Gospel readings for June are taken from St. John. All Sunday readings are from Year C, and weekday readings are Cycle II.
In this Gospel, Jesus gives the Apostles the power to forgive sins.
Jesus says the Spirit of truth will come and that everything the Father has is His.
The Gospel relates Jesus feeding the multitude with five loaves and two fish.
"Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."
Highlights of the Month
As we begin to feel the warmth of summer, we can reflect that we celebrate the feasts of Trinity Sunday (June 12), Corpus Christ (June 19), the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 24) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 25). 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. Also on June 6 we celebrate the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church. This feast is to be celebrated on the Monday following Pentecost.
The saints that we will focus on this month are St. Justin (June 1), Sts. Marcellinus and Peter (June 2), St. Charles Lwanga & Companions (June 3), 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), St. Cyril of Alexandria (June 27), the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29) and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome (June 30).
The feasts of St. Boniface (June 5), St. Romuald (June 19) and St. Josemaria Escriva (June 26) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy. The Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24) has been transferred this year to June 23 because of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. However, where Saint John the Baptist is the patron of a nation, diocese, city, or religious community, the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist is instead celebrated on Friday, June 24, and the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is transferred to Thursday, June 23.
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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