Saints of The Week


Saints & Biblical readings of the week

May 31st
THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Feast

Today we celebrate the Visitation of Our Lady to her cousin Elizabeth. This beautiful and grace-filled event reveals the plan of salvation of God and the special role that Mary, full of the Spirit, plays as she brings the Word of life to her cousin. Mary becomes the image of the missionary Church, filled with the Spirit and eager to bring Christ to all peoples of the world.

May 31st
THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
Saturday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost
Memorial

The meaning of “the Heart of the Immaculate Virgin Mary” is to be understood in a biblical sense. It denotes the person of the Blessed Virgin herself, her intimate and unique being, the centre and source of her inner life, of her mind, memory, will and love. It also denotes the single-mindedness with which she loved God and the Church and devoted herself wholeheartedly to the saving mission of her Son. We praise God who, in his grace, has given us a Mother whose heart has become the home of the Word of God and the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit.

June 1st
ST JUSTIN, martyr
Memorial

Justin was born in Samaria around the year 100 and was converted to Christ at the age of thirty. Being a learned man, he taught in Ephesus, opened a catechetical school in Rome and wrote extensively to defend and spread the Christian faith. In his writings Justin describes various celebrations, including the baptismal rites and the eucharistic celebration of the early communities. He was martyred during the persecution of Marcus Aurelius in 166.

June 2nd
ST MARCELLINUS and ST PETER, martyrs
Optional Memorial

These two saints gave their life for Christ during the persecution of Diocletian in 303. Some catacombs just outside Rome were named after them, a sign that they had left an example of Christian discipleship that others wanted to emulate.

June 3rd
ST CHARLES LWANGA and COMPANIONS, martyrs
Memorial

Today, together with the whole Church, we honour twenty-two Ugandan martyrs. They are the first martyrs of Sub-Saharan Africa and true witnesses of the Christian faith. Charles Lwanga, a catechist and a young leader, was martyred in 1886 with a group of Catholic and Anglican royal pages, some of whom were not yet baptized. King Mwanga, who despised the Christian religion, gave orders that all the Christian pages in his service be laid upon a mat, bound, placed onto a pyre and burnt. This took place at Namugongo, just outside Kampala.

June 5th
ST BONIFACE, bishop and martyr
Memorial

Memorial Born in England about the year 673, Boniface became a monk and then went to Germany to spread the Christian faith. He travelled all over Germany, preaching and establishing monasteries and churches. Eventually he was appointed bishop of Mainz. In the year 754 he was martyred while he was traveling to a remote place to administer Confirmation.

Sunday 28th
SUNDAY – ASCENSION OF THE LORD,
solemnity

Acts 1:1-11;
Ps 47:2-3.6-7.8-9.
Eph 1:17-23.
Mt 28:16-20.

Other Masses are not permitted, not even funeral Masses.

29th Monday - Easter Weekday
Proper Calendars: Bl Joseph Gerard, priest (optional memorial)

Acts 19:1-8;
Ps 68:2-3.4-5ac.6-7ab.
Jn 16:29-33.

30th Tuesday – Easter Weekday

Acts 20:17-27;
Ps 68:10-11.20-21.
Jn 17:1-11a.

31st Wednesday – The Visitation of the B. V. Mary, Feast

Zeph 3:14-18 (or Rom 12:9-16);
Ps Is 12:2-3.4bcd.5-6;
Lk 1:39-56.
Other Masses are not permitted, except funeral Masses.

1st Thursday – St Justin, martyr
memorial Acts 22:30; 23:6-11;
Ps 16:1-2a.5.7-8.9-10.11.
Jn 17:20-26.

2nd Friday - Easter weekday
Or: Sts Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs (optional memorial)

Acts 25:13b-21;
Ps 103:1-2.11-12.19-20ab.
Jn 21:15-19.

3rd Saturday – St Charles Lwanga and Companions,
martyrs, memorial

Acts 28:16-20.30-31;
Ps 11:4.5.7.
Jn 21:20-25.

Today the Church in Uganda celebrates the solemnity of the Ugandan martyrs.

Sunday 4th
PENTECOST SUNDAY
solemnity

Acts 2: 1-11;
Ps 104:1ab.24ac.29bc-30.31.34.
1 Cor 12:3b-7.12-13.
Jn 20:19-23.

Other Masses are not permitted, not even funeral Masses.