Category Archives: Feasts & Solemnities

The Conversion of St. Paul. Catholic Inspiration

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The conversion of St. Paul reveals how God’s grace can transform our lives. Once an enemy of the Christian faith, Paul went on to become one of its greatest champions, and his New Testament letters continue to inspire disciples today.

Mass Readings – The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

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St. Paul, pray for us!


The Baptism of the Lord fosters our desire to please God.

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As Jesus is baptized, the Father’s voice is heard from Heaven, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” May these words inspire us to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.

Mass Readings – The Baptism of the Lord

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Epiphany: The journey to Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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As the Magi encounter the Christ child in Bethlehem, their example inspires us to continue our daily journey to Jesus, guided by the Lord’s light through this life to our Heavenly home.

Mass Readings – The Epiphany of the Lord

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Study, Pray, Serve: The Epiphany of the Lord

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Let’s explore some of the themes in the readings for the Epiphany of the Lord.

1st Reading – Isaiah 60:1-6

  • Jerusalem rises up in the shining light of the Lord’s glory.
  • By this light people will come together, praising the Lord.

Psalm – 72:1-2,7-8,10-13

  • “Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.”
  • God endows the king with justice and right judgment to care for the people.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6

  • The Holy Spirit has revealed to the apostles and prophets that the Gentiles are coheirs of God’s grace.
  • As members of the same body, they are copartners in the promise of Christ.

Gospel – Matthew 2:1-12

  • The Magi, guided by a star, come to Jerusalem seeking the king of the Jews.
  • They go to Bethlehem, where they encounter Jesus and present him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Mass Readings – The Epiphany of the Lord

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Mary, the Mother of God, reflects on the birth of her Son. Catholic Inspiration

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As the shepherds describe what had been revealed to them by the angel, Mary kept all these things and reflected on them in her heart. May her example lead us into our own reflections on her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, as we put our faith into practice.

Mass Readings – Mary, the Mother of God

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph offers us an example of family life and inspires us to reach out to our own families with the love of the Lord.

Mass Readings – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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Holy Family of God, pray for us!


Daily Mass: The Holy Innocents. Catholic Inspiration

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Herod’s murder of the baby boys in Bethlehem reveals the senseless violence of our darkened world. This evil, and all the forms it embodies, is overcome by the baby laid in a manger…the Christ who breaks the bonds of sin and death by his victory on the Cross.

Mass Readings – The Feast of the Holy Innocents

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Holy Innocents, pray for us!


Daily Mass: The sacrifice of St. Stephen, the first martyr. Catholic Inspiration

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The Church celebrates the martyrdom of St. Stephen immediately after Christmas, in no small way to remind us that the child we worship in the manger will grow to offer his life for the salvation of the world. May Stephen’s example inspire us today to live our lives for the Lord.

Mass Readings – St. Stephen, the first martyr

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St. Stephen, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

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Here are some of the themes for the readings for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

1st Reading – Number 6:22-27

  • The Lord directs Moses to speak to Aaron and his sons about how they are to bless the Israelites.
  • This “Blessing of Aaron” is still used by the Church today!

Psalm – 67:2-3,5-8

  • “May God bless us in his mercy.”
  • We praise God and ask that the Lord have pity on us and bless us.

2nd Reading – Galatians 4:4-7

  • In the fullness of time God sent his son, born of a woman, to ransom us so that we might have adoption.
  • We call upon the Lord as “Abba, Father!” and are heirs of God.

Gospel – Luke 2:16-21

  • This reading is also proclaimed at the Mass at Dawn on Christmas Day.
  • Mary is at the center of the passage, reflecting in her heart what God has done.

Mass Readings – Mary, the Mother of God

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: Christmas

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There are FOUR different options for Mass Readings on the Feast of Christmas! As it depends on the Mass you attend (and the preference of the presider) I will limit my reflection to the Gospel readings.

Vigil Mass – Matthew 1:1-25

  • The Genealogy of Jesus Christ, with fourteen generations between Abraham to David, fourteen generations between David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen generations between the Babylonian exile to Christ.
  • The passage concludes with the angel’s message in Joseph’s dream to welcome Mary into his home.

Mass at Midnight – Luke 2:1-14

  • Joseph brings Mary to Bethlehem for the census, and there Mary gives birth to Jesus and lays him in swaddling clothes in a manger.
  • The angels proclaim a message of hope to the shepherds nearby, singing “Glory to God in the highest!”

Mass at Dawn – Luke 2:15-20

  • The shepherds go to Bethlehem and find the baby Jesus in the manger.
  • The message of the angels is made known to Mary and Joseph, and the shepherds return home praising God.

Mass during the Day – John 1:1-18

  • The Prologue of John’s Gospel reveals that Jesus is the Word of God who became flesh and came into our world, shining with a light that the darkness can neither understand nor overcome.
  • John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is the Son of God.

Mass Readings – Christmas

Vigil Mass

Mass at Midnight

Mass at Dawn

Mass during the Day

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