Category Archives: Feasts & Solemnities

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary offers us an opportunity to reflect on the extreme range of emotions she encountered, particularly sorrow. The Blessed Mother had many experiences to ponder in her heart; may her intercession lead us to the Cross of her Son.

Mass Readings – Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus beats with a shepherd’s love. For while we were still sinners, Christ died for us; and like the shepherd who leaves the 99 other sheep, the Lord looks for us when we stray.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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On this feast of Corpus Christi, we gratefully acknowledge the sacrament that Jesus defines and commands us to receive. May this precious gift of the Real Presence strengthen us for our work on earth and guide us safely to Heaven.

Mass Readings – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Study, Pray, Serve: The Body and Blood of Christ

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Here are some of the central themes that we find in the readings for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

1st Reading – Genesis 14:18-20

  • Melchizedek the king of Salem offers a blessing to Abram along with a gift of bread and wine.
  • Abram gives a tenth of his possessions to the king.

Psalm – 110:1-4

  • “You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.”
  • The Lord reveals his power and appoints his priest.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 11:23-26

  • Paul recounts the Last Supper to the people at Corinth as it was told to him.
  • Whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Gospel – Luke 9:11b-17

  • After teaching and healing the crowd, Jesus feeds the 5000.
  • The words – Take, Bless, Break, Give – are identical to the format of the Last Supper.

Mass Readings – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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The Most Holy Trinity. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus refers to the Trinity in John’s Gospel, pointing out that we are “works in progress” who are growing in our discipleship and communion with one another.

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Daily Mass: Behold your mother. Catholic Inspiration

From the Cross, Jesus entrusts his mother into the care of his beloved disciple. His words to John are also directed to us as we recognize Mary as our mother and Mother of the Church.

Mass Readings – The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

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Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: The Most Holy Trinity

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Let’s explore some of the themes that surface in the readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

1st Reading – Proverbs 8:22-31

  • From the beginning, God’s wisdom was present and prior to all creation.
  • God delights in creation, including the human race.

Psalm – 8:4-9

  • “O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!”
  • God’s awesome creation calls forth wonder and awe from his creatures.

2nd Reading – Romans 5:1-5

  • We have peace with God through Jesus Christ, in whom we place our hope.
  • We face our trials with the grace and help of the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Gospel – John 16:12-15

  • Jesus promises his disciples that they will be given the Spirit of truth as their guide.
  • The Spirit will affirm all that Jesus has said and taught.

Mass Readings – Most Holy Trinity

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Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit! Catholic Inspiration

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The Holy Spirit ignites the hearts of the disciples and empowers them to go out into the world. May their example inspire us to call upon the Spirit each and every day!

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mass Readings – Pentecost

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

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Mary visits Elizabeth and both women experience a revelation about how God is present in their lives.

Mass Readings – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: Pentecost

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There are LOTS of options for the Mass Readings for Pentecost, including the Vigil Mass and the Mass During the Day. Here is a short summary:

VIGIL MASS

1st Reading Options

  • Genesis 11:1-9 – The Tower of Babel
  • Exodus 19:3-8,16-20b – Moses encounters God on Mount Sinai
  • Ezekiel 37:1-14 – Ezekiel prophesizes over the dry bones
  • Joel 3:1-5 – God will pour out the Spirit upon all creation

Psalm Options

  • Psalm 33 – “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”
  • Daniel 3:52-56 – “Glory and praise forever!”
  • Psalm 19 – “Lord you have the words of everlasting life.”
  • Psalm 107 – “Give thanks to the Lord; his love is everlasting.”
  • Psalm 104 – “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”

2nd Reading – Romans 8:22-27 – The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness

Gospel – John 7:37-39 – Jesus refers to the Spirit

MASS DURING THE DAY

1st Reading – Acts 2:1-11 – The Spirit comes upon the Apostles

Psalm 104 – Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”

2nd Reading Options

  • 1st Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13 – There are different gifts, but the same Spirit
  • Romans 8:8-17 – The Spirit of God dwells in you

Gospel Options

  • John 20:19-23 – The disciples receive the Holy Spirit from Jesus
  • John 14:15-16,23b-26 – The Father will send the Holy Spirit

Mass Readings – Vigil Mass

Mass Readings – Mass During the Day

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