July 2023 — Overview for the Month
The entire 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 July 2023
For a Eucharistic Life: We pray that Catholics may place the celebration of the Eucharist at the heart of their lives, transforming human relationships in a very deep way and opening to the encounter with God and all their brothers and sisters. (See also Apostleship of Prayer)
Feasts for July 1. Junípero Serra (USA), Opt. Mem.
2. THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, Sunday
3. Thomas, Apostle, Feast
4. Independence Day (USA), Opt. Mem.
5. Anthony Mary Zaccaria; Elizabeth of Portugal, Queen (USA), Opt. Mem.
6. Maria Goretti, Opt. Mem.
9. FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, Sunday
11. Benedict, Memorial
13. Henry, Opt. Mem.
14. Kateri Tekakwitha (USA), Memorial
15. Bonaventure, Memorial
16. FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, Sunday
18. Camillus de Lellis (USA), Opt. Mem.
20. Apollinaris, Opt. Mem.
21. Lawrence of Brindisi, Opt. Mem.
22. Mary Magdalene, Feast
23. SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, Sunday
24. Sharbel (Charbel) Makhloof, Opt. Mem.
25. James, Apostle, Feast
26. Joachim and Anne, Memorial
29. Martha, Mary and Lazarus, Memorial
30. SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, Sunday
31. Ignatius of Loyola, Memorial
Focus of the LiturgyThe Gospel readings for July are taken from St. Matthew. All Sunday readings are from Year A, and Weekday readings are from Cycle I.
Whoever does not take up his cross is not worthy of me. Whoever receives you receives me.
I am meek and humble of heart.
A sower went out to sow.
Let them grow together until harvest.
He sells all that he has and buys the field.
Highlights of the Month
July is usually hot and a time for relaxing. It is also the time when crops planted in the Spring are maturing and growing. Just as the crops are dependent upon summer rains not only to grow but to survive so our spiritual development is dependent upon our frequenting the sacraments and receiving the Blood of Christ.
The main feasts of this month are:
St. Junipero Serra (July 1),
St. Thomas the Apostle (July 3),
St. Anthony Mary and St. Elizabeth of Portugal (July 5),
St. Maria Goretti, (July 6),
St. Benedict (July 11),
St. Henry (July 13),
St. Kateri Tekakwitha (USA - July 14),
St. Bonaventure (July 15),
St. Camillus (July 18),
St. Apollinaris (July 20),
St. Lawrence of Brindisi (July 21),
St. Mary Magdalene (July 22),
St. Sharbel (July 24),
St. James (July 25),
Sts. Joachim and Anne (July 26),
Sts. Martha, Mary and Lazarus (July 29), and
St. Ignatius of Loyola (July 31).<
The feasts of St. Augustine Zhao Rong (July 9), Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16), St. Bridget (July 23), and St. Peter Chrysologus (July 30) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.
A Time of Regeneration
The Blood that coursed through the veins of Christ was a part of that Sacred Humanity made possible by the maternity of Mary, whose parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne are honored this month. (July 26). Our Lord's blood poured out on the Cross purchased our salvation, washed clean the robes of the martyrs, and gave birth to the Church as it flowed from his wounded side. The Precious Blood of Christ — now pulsing through his Mystical Body — continues its salvific work, preserving and purifying, repairing and providing nourishment for regeneration and renewal of its members.
July’s longer and warmer days also provide us with the opportunity for renewal, both interior and exterior. Schedules relax and pressures ease, inviting travel. But, whether we travel or not, like the missionary, St. Junipero Serra (July 1), we preach to others — by our conduct, our speech, even the clothes we wear. May we be modest in everything we do, imitating St. Maria Goretti, the young martyr for purity (July 6), and “preaching” Christ to everyone we meet.
The summer Mass and Liturgy of the Hours readings in Ordinary Time remind us that our earthly pilgrimage is also a journey, a great adventure towards union with Christ, the Beginning and the End of our journey. Each Sunday with its Easter renewal becomes a mile marker along the way, linking where we have been with where we are going. May the Precious Blood of Jesus sustain us as we journey to our true home, with Mary and the angels as our companions on the way.
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