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July 2022 - Overview for the Month

by Catholic Culture Staff


The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Simon Stock, holding in her hand a scapular, and directed him to found a Confraternity whose members should wear this scapular and consecrate themselves to her service.

Recipe of the Month
Summer Apple Cake

The food associated with St. Swithin in legend and poetry is the apple, and his blessing is asked each year by the apple growers.

Activity of the Month
Family and Friends of Jesus Scrapbook Album

Recording the "memories" of Jesus' life with His friends and family is a wonderful way to gain more knowledge of Christ and enter more closely into the Paschal Mystery. Summer is a good time to start this project with your family.


St. Anne

The mother of Our Lady, whose loving care of her daughter is shown by the silver border with black masonry. The lily refers to the girlhood of the Virgin.

St. Ignatius

The Founder of the Society of Jesus, and writer of the "Spiritual Exercises." "IHS" and rays, with the letters "AMDG" meaning "To the greater glory of God".

St. Thomas

The patron of builders. He is said to have built a Church with his own hands in East India. The spear refers to the instrument of his martyrdom.

>St. Martha

St. Martha is mentioned as serving Christ with refreshment. A covered table with cloth, cups, pitcher and bowl containing fruit — all symbols of St. Martha's service.

Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.

Publisher & Date

Catholic Culture, August 17, 2021

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 2022

For the elderly: We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility. (See also Apostleship of Prayer)

Feasts for July

1. Junipero Serra (USA), Opt. Mem.
3. Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
4. Independence Day (USA), Opt. Mem.
5. Anthony Mary Zaccaria; Elizabeth of Portugal (USA), Opt. Mem.
6. Maria Goretti, Opt. Mem.
9. Augustine Zhao Rong & companions, Opt. Mem.
10. Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
11. Benedict, Memorial
13. Henry, Opt. Mem.
14. Kateri Tekakwitha (USA), Memorial
15. Bonaventure, Memorial
16. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Opt. Mem.
17. Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
18. Camillus de Lellis (USA), Opt. Mem.
20. Apollinaris, Opt. Mem.
21. Lawrence of Brindisi, Opt. Mem.
22. Feast of Mary Magdalene, Feast
23. Bridget, Opt. Mem.
24. Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
25. James, Feast
26. Joachim and Anne, Memorial
29. Martha, Mary and Lazarus, Memorial
30. Peter Chrysologus; Solanus Casey, Opt. Mem.
31. Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday

Focus of the Liturgy

The Gospelreadings for July are taken from St. Luke. All Sunday readings are from Year C, and Weekday readings are from Cycle II.

July 3rd
14th Sunday
of Ordinary Time

In this Gospel, Jesus tell the Apostles that the harvest is great but the laborers few.

July 10th
15th Sunday
of Ordinary Time

The Gospel relates the parable of the Good Samaritan.

July 17th
16th Sunday
of Ordinary Time

The Gospel tells the story of Martha and Mary.

July 24th
17th Sunday
of Ordinary Time

In this Gospel Jesus teaches the Apostles to pray the Our Father.

July 31st
18th Sunday
of Ordinary Time

Jesus tells us to guard against greed and relates the parable of the rich man.

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. Anthony Mary and St. Elizabeth of Portugal (July 5), St. Maria Goretti, (July 6), St. Augustine Zhao Rong (July 9), St. Benedict (July 11), St. Henry (July 13), St. Kateri Tekakwitha (USA - July 14), St. Bonaventure (July 15), Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16), St. Camillus (July 18), St. Apollinaris (July 20), St. Lawrence of Brindisi (July 21), St. Mary Magdalene (July 22), St. Bridget (July 23, St. James (July 25), Sts. Joachim and Anne (July 26), St. Peter Chrysologus (July 30).

The feasts of St. Thomas the Apostle (July 3), St. Sharbel (July 24) and St. Ignatius of Loyola (July 31) 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 Readings of 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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