June 2020 - 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 Way of the Heart
We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus. (See also Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network)
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of June are:
1. Mary Mother of the Church; Justin, Memorial
2. Marcellinus and Peter, Opt. Mem.
3. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Memorial
5. Boniface, Memorial
6. Norbert, Opt. Mem.
7. Trinity Sunday, Solemnity
9. St. Ephrem, Memorial
11. Barnabas, Memorial
13. Anthony of Padua, Memorial
14. Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Solemnity
19. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity
20. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Memorial
21. Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
22. Paulinus of Nola; John Fisher and Thomas More, Opt. Mem.
24. Solemnity of St. John the Baptist, Solemnity
26. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, Opt. Mem.
27. Cyril of Alexandria, Opt. Mem.
28. Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Sunday
29. Peter and Paul, Solemnity
30. First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, Opt. Mem.
The readings for the Sundays in June 2019, are taken from St. John and St. Matthew and are from Year A, Cycle 2.
June 7th - Trinity Sunday
"God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."
June 14th - Corpus Christi
"I am the living bread that came down from Heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever."
June 16th - 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
"Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father."
June 28th - 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
"Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."
As we begin to feel the warmth of summer, we can reflect that we celebrate the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 19) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary ( June 20) . 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 1 we celebrate the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church. This feast is to be celebrated on the Monday following Pentecost.
Other principle feasts of this month are St. Justin (June 1), Sts. Marcellinus and Peter (June 2), St. Boniface (June 5), 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), the Birth of St. John the Baptist (June 24), St. Josemaria Escriva (June 26), 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 feast of St. Romuald (June 19) is superseded by the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The feasts of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (June 21) and St. Irenaeus (June 28) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.
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.