January 2nd: Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

January 2nd: Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

1 John 2:22-28 / John 1:19-28 

Some priests question John“Are you the Messiah, Elijah, or a prophet?”

Octave of Christmas: Dec 26-30

 Dec 26 Tuesday: St. Stephen: For a brief biography, click on 10: 17-22: Mt 10:17-22: 

Dec 30th: Christmas Octave

 Christmas Octave, 30th December

1 John 2:12-17 / Luke 2:36-40

Shun the world's attractions; The world passes; God alone remains

Dec 29th: St. Thomas Becket

   Octave of Christmas, 29th December, St. Thomas Becket

1 John 2:3-11 / Luke 2:22-35

The light is shining; If we don't love, we are in darkness

Dec 28th, Holy Innocents, Martyrs

  Christmas Octave: 28th December, Holy Innocents, Martyrs

1 John 1:5 - 2:2 / Matthew 2:13-18

We have been redeemedJesus' blood purifies us

Dec 27: St. John, Apostle & Evangelist

 St. John, Apostle & Evangelist, December 27

1 John 1:1-4 / John 20:2-8

Eternal life becomes visible; We touched him with our hands.

December 26, St Stephen

 St. Stephen, First Martyr 26th December

Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Matthew 10:17-22

Martyrdom of Stephen: They rushed at him and stoned him.

Advent & Christmas: Stories & Quotes



 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. All Amen. The Lord be with you. All And also with you.

Christmas - Liturgy

 December 25

1. Flesh From Our Flesh 2. A Recognizable God 3. The Face of God

Christmas 2023

Advent 4th Sunday B: Annunciation and Mary's Yes

Advent, 23rd December, Saturday

 Advent, 23rd December, Saturday

2 Sam 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 / Luke 1:67-79     

Nathan prophesies about David; "Your kingdom will last forever.”

Advent, 22nd December, Friday

Advent, 22nd December, Friday

1 Sam 1:24-28 / Luke 1:46-56 

Hannah takes Samuel to the Temple; Hannah dedicates Samuel to God.

Advent, 21st December, Thursday

Advent, 21st December, Thursday

Zephaniah 3:14-18 / Luke 1:39-45     

The time is near; My lover comes leaping over the hills.

Advent, 20th December, Wednesday

Advent, 20th December, Wednesday

Isaiah 7:10-14 / Luke 1:26-38

Isaiah prophesies; A virgin shall bear a son.

Advent, December 19th, Tuesday

  Judges 13:2-7, 24-25 / Luke 1:5-25

A barren woman conceives: Samson is born.

Advent, 18th December, Monday

Jeremiah 23:5-8 / Matthew 1:18-24 

Jeremiah prophesies: A descendant of David will rule as king. 

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B) - Liturgical prayers

 Sunday, December 17   THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)   Exult For Joy  

The One You Do Not Know  

Advent 3rd Sunday - Quotes


Advent 2nd Week: Dec 11-16

Dec 11-16: 

Dec 11 Monday: St. Damascus I

2nd Week of Advent, Saturday, Dec 16

2nd Week of Advent, Saturday, Dec 16

Ecclesiasticus 48: 1-4, 9-11 / Matthew 17: 10-13

Great are you, Elijah:  You are destined to return.

2nd Week of Advent, Friday, Dec 15

2nd Week of Advent, Friday, Dec 15

Isaiah 48:17-19 / Matthew 11:16-19

I am your God; I will show you the path to follow.

2nd Week of Advent, Thursday, Dec 14: St John of the Cross

2nd Week of Advent, Thursday, Dec 14

Isaiah 41:13-20 / Matthew 11:11-15

I am the Lord your God; I will turn deserts into marshes.

Advent 3rd Sunday B; JB - Straighten the Way of Lord; Gaudete Sunday


2nd Week of Advent, Wednesday, Dec 13: Saint Lucy

Isaiah 40:25-31 / Matthew 11:28-30 

God strengthens the weary: They will rise on wings like eagles.

2nd Week of Advent, Tuesday, Dec 12; Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

2nd Week of Advent, Tuesday, Dec 12

Isaiah 40:1-11 / Matthew 18:12-14

God is indeed coming; He will gather the lambs in his arms.

2nd Week of Advent, Monday, Dec 11; Saint Damasus I

 2nd Week of Advent, Monday, Dec 11

Isaiah 35:1-10 / Luke 5:17-26

Our God is coming; He will save us.

1st Week of Advent, Saturday, Dec 9; Saint Peter Fourier

 1st Week of Advent, Saturday, Dec 9

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26 / Matthew 9:35 - 10:1, 6-8    

Isaiah foresees more thingsWhen you cry out, he will answer you.

Immaculate Conception of Mary - Dec 8

 Popular imagination has added an interesting slant to the story of the woman taken in adultery.

1st Week of Advent, Thursday, Dec 7: Saint Ambrose

 Isaiah 26:1-6 / Matthew 7:21, 24-27 

There will be a day of reckoning: He humbles those who are proud.

Advent Reflections - 1

1st Week of Advent, Wednesday, Dec 6; St Nicholas (Santa Claus)

 1st Week of Advent, Wednesday, Dec 6

Isaiah 25:6-10 / Matthew 15:29-37

The Lord will feast his people; He will wipe away all tears.

1st Week of Advent, Tuesday, Dec 5; Saint Sabas

1st Week of Advent, Tuesday, Dec 5

Isaiah 11:1-10 / Luke 10:21-24

The Spirit rests upon him; He will defend the rights of the helpless.

1st Week of Advent, Monday, Dec 4; Saint John of Damascene

 1st Week of Advent, Monday, Dec 4

Isaiah 2:1-3 / Matthew 8:5-11

Isaiah looks to the future; All nations will live in peace. 

34th Week, Saturday, Dec 2: Saint Bibiana

34th Week, Saturday, Dec 2: Saint Bibiana

Daniel 7:15-27 / Luke 21:34-36

Daniel prophesies good news; “God's kingdom will win out in the end.”

34th Week, Friday, Dec 1; Saint Eligius

34th Week, Friday, Dec 1; Saint Eligius 

Daniel 7:2-14 / Luke 21:29-33      

Daniel had a remarkable vision; He saw a being coming on the clouds.

34th Week: Nov 27-Dec 2:

 34th Week: Nov 27-Dec 2: 

Advent 1st Sunday B: Be Awake and Alert


 The waiting room that is Advent

St. Andrew, Apostle, Nov 30

 Romans 10:9-18 / Matthew 4:18-22

 Confess that Jesus is Lord: Believe that God raised Jesus from death. 

34th Week, Wednesday, Nov 29; Saint Hubert

34th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, Nov 29

Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28 / Luke 21:12-19                   

Words appear on the palace wall; Daniel explained the words.

34th Week, Tuesday, Nov 28; Saint Catherine Labouré

 34th Week, Tuesday, Nov 28

Daniel 2:31-45 / Luke 21:5-11    

The king has a strange dream; Daniel interprets the king's dream.

34th Week, Monday, Nov 27; Saint Virgilius of Salzburg

34th Week, Monday, Nov 27

Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20 / Luke 21:1-4

Daniel remains faithful; God rewarded Daniel.

33rd Week, Saturday, Nov 25; Saint Catherine of Alexandria

33rd Week, Saturday, Nov 25

1 Maccabees 6:3-13 / Luke 20:27-40

Antiochus dies grief-stricken; He paid dearly for his sins against Israel.

33rd Week, Friday, Nov 24; St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions

 33rd Week, Friday, Nov 24

1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59 / Luke 19:45-48

Judas goes to Jerusalem; He purified and rededicated the Temple.

33rd Week, Thursday, Nov 23; Saint Clement I

33rd Week, Thursday, Nov 23

1 Maccabees 2:15-29 / Luke 19:41-44

Mattathias and his sons flee; They leave everything for their faith.

33rd Week, Wednesday, Nov 22; Saint Cecelia

 33rd Week, Wednesday, Nov 22

2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31 / Luke 19:11-28

Seven brothers are martyred; Their mother exhorted them to persevere.

33rd Week, Tuesday, Nov 21: Presentation of the Bl. Virgin Mary

33rd Week, Tuesday, Nov 21

2 Maccabees 6:18-31 / Luke 19:1-10  

Old Eleazar is martyred; He left an example to the young.

33rd Week, Monday, Nov 20

 33rd Week, Monday, Nov 20

1 Macc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-64 / Luke 18:35-43

Antiochus becomes king; He threatens Israel's faith.

33rd Sunday A: Talents Gifted and Developed


32nd Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

 Greeting (See Second Reading)

32nd Week, Saturday, Nov 18; Dedication of Churches of Sts Peter and Paul

32nd Week, Saturday, Nov 18

Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9 / Luke 18:1-8

The sea becomes a dry road; Israel saw what God did and rejoiced.

32nd Week, Friday, Nov 17; Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

32nd Week, Friday, Nov 17

Wisdom 13:1-9 / Luke 17:26-37  

They have gone astray; They saw creation but missed the creator

32nd Week, Thursday, Nov 16; Saint Margaret of Scotland

 32nd Week, Thursday, Nov 16

Wisdom 7:22-8:1 / Luke 17:20-25

Wisdom is all-seeing; Wisdom defeats wickedness.

32nd Week, Wednesday, Nov 15; Saint Albert the Great

32nd Week, Wednesday, November 15

Wisdom 6:1-11 / Luke 17:11-19

Desire God's word; Seek God's wisdom.

32nd Week, Tuesday, Nov 14

 32nd Week, Tuesday, Nov 14

Wisdom 2:23 - 3:9 / Luke 17:7-10

God formed us in his image; God purifies us like gold in a fire.

32nd Week, Monday, Nov 13th; St Frances Xavier Cabrini

32nd Week, Monday, November 13th

Wisdom 1:1-7 / Luke 17:1-6

Wisdom is a kindly spirit; God's wisdom pervades everything.

31st Week, Saturday, Nov 11; Saint Martin of Tours

31st Week, Saturday, Nov 11

Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27 / Luke 16:9-15

Paul talks about community; Greet one another lovingly.

31st Week, Friday, Nov 10; Saint Leo the Great

31st Week, Friday, Nov 10

Romans 15:14-21 / Luke 16:1-8 

Paul talks about his ministry; My mission is to the Gentiles.

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, November 9

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, November 9

Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 / 1 Cor 3:9-11, 16-17 / John 2:13-22 

We are God's chosen people; He called us out of darkness into light.

31st Week, Wednesday, Nov 8

31st Week, Wednesday, Nov 8

Romans 13:8-10 / Luke 14:25-33

Paul sums up the commandments; Love your neighbor as yourself. 

31st Week, Tuesday, Nov 7th; St. Willibrord

31st Week, Tuesday, Nov 7th

Romans 12:5-16 / Luke 14:15-24

We are one body in Christ; We have different gifts.

31st Week, Monday, Nov 6th

31st Week, Monday, Nov 6th

Romans 11:29-36 / Luke 14:12-14   

Paul talks about God; God is beyond human understanding.

30th Week, Saturday, Nov 4; Saint Charles Borromeo

30th Week, Saturday, Nov 4

Roman 11:1-2, 11-12, 25-29 / Luke 14:1, 7-11

Has God rejected his people? Of course not! 

30th Week, Friday, Nov 3: Saint Martín de Porres

30th Week, Friday, Nov 3

Romans 9:1-5 / Luke 14:1-6 

Paul talks about his own people; My heart pains for them. 

30th Sunday, Oct 30 to Nov 4

30th Sunday, Oct 30 to Nov 4

Oct 30 Monday:

30th Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

 Greeting (See Second Reading)

Nov 2nd: All Souls' Day


Fr. John Speekman

Nov 1st: All Saints Day

 All Saints Day: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a

The feast and its objectives:

30th Week, Tuesday, Oct 31

 30th Week, Tuesday, Oct 31

Romans 8:18-25 / Luke 13:18-21

Paul talks about future glory; Nothing matches the glory that awaits us.

30th Week, Monday, Oct 30

30th Week, Monday, Oct 30

Romans 8:12-17 / Luke 13:10-17

We are heirs with Christ; If we share his cross, we'll share his crown.

Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles, Oct 28

 Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles, Oct 28

Ephesians 2:19-22 / Luke 6:12-19

We are part of a holy building; Christ holds the building together. 

29th Week, Friday, Oct 27

29th Week, Friday, Oct 27

Romans 7:18-25 / Luke 12:54-59

I desire to do good; But I lack the power to do it.

29th Week, Thursday, Oct 26

29th Week, Thursday, Oct 26

Romans 6:19-23 / Luke 12:49-53          

Paul exhorts the Romans; Turn to Christ as you once turned to sin. 

29th Week, Wednesday, Oct 25

 29th Week, Wednesday, Oct 25

Romans 6:12-18 / Luke 12:39-48       

Salvation is not automatic; We need to cooperate with God's grace.

29th Week, Tuesday, Oct 24; St Anthony Mary Claret

29th Week, Tuesday, Oct 24

Romans 5:12, 15, 17-21 / Luke 12:35-38              

Paul talks about sin; Through one man sin entered the world.

29th Week, Monday, Oct 23; St. John Capistrano

29th Week, Monday, Oct 23

Romans 4: 20-25; Luke 12: 13-21

Abraham believed in God's promises; He never doubted.

MISSION SUNDAY - Liturgical prayers


 Introduction by the Celebrant


During the American Revolution, a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers who were busy pulling out a horse carriage stuck in deep mud.

28th Week: Oct 16-21

  Oct 16 Monday: (St. Hedwig, Religious; Sr. Margarete Mary Alacoque, Virgin):

28th Week, Saturday, Oct 21, Saint Hilarion

28th Week, Saturday, Oct 21

Romans 4:13, 16-18 / Luke 12:8:12

Abraham is our father; He saw hope where others didn't see it.

28th Week, Friday, Oct 20, Saint Paul of the Cross

28th Week, Friday, Oct 20

Romans 4:1-8 / Luke 12:1-7

Paul talks about Abraham; Abraham's faith was his glory.

28th Week, Thursday, Oct 19

 28th Week, Thursday, Oct 19

Romans 3:21-30 / Luke 11:47-54              

Paul talks about salvation; Salvation is a gift from God.

29th Sunday A: World Mission Sunday - To Caesar and to God


St. Luke, Evangelist, Oct 18

St. Luke, Evangelist, Oct 18
2 Tim 4:10-17 / Luke 10:1-9

28th Week, Tuesday, Oct 17, St Ignatius of Antioch

28th Week,  Tuesday, Oct 17

Romans 1:16-25 / Luke 11:37-41

Paul talks about God; Creation witnesses to its creator.

28th Week, Monday, Oct 16, St Margaret Mary Alacoque

 28th Week, Monday, Oct 16

Romans 1:1-7 / Luke 11:29-32

Paul discusses his calling; God called him to preach to the Gentiles.

28th Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

 A. Feasting With the Lord  Greeting (See First Reading)

27th Week, Saturday, Oct 14, St. Callistus 1

27th Week, Saturday, Oct 14, St. Callistus 1

Joel 4:12-21 / Luke 11:27-28 

God reassures the people; What you can’t see now, you will see later.

27th Week, Friday, Oct 13, St. Edward

 27th Week, Friday, Oct 13, St. Edward

Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2 / Luke 11:15-26               

Joel warns the people; that the day of the Lord is coming.

27th Week: Oct 9-14

 Oct 9 Monday (St. Denis, Bishop and Companions, Martyrs); St. John Leonardi, Priest): 

28th Sunday A - Wedding Banquet - Symbol of the Eucharist

 ‘Thrift Store Saints’

27th Week, Thursday, Oct 12, St. Wilfrid

27th Week, Thursday, Oct 12, St. Wilfrid

God speaks; "A Day of reckoning is coming."

Malachi 3:13-20 / Luke 11:5-13

27th Week, Wednesday, Oct 11, St. John XXIII

27th Week,  Wednesday, Oct 11, St. John XXIII

Jonah 4:1-11 / Luke 11:1-4 

Jonah loses his perspective; He can’t see beyond his own world. 

27th Week, Tuesday, Oct 10, Saint Francis Borgia

 27th Week, Tuesday, Oct 10, Saint Francis Borgia

Jonah 3:1-10 / Luke 10:38-42

God calls Jonah again: This time Jonah obeyed.

27th Week, Monday, Oct 9

 27th Week, Monday, Oct 9

Jonah 1:1 - 2:1, 11 / Luke 10:25-37 

God calls Jonah: Jonah fled from God.

27th Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting (See Second Reading)

May the peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. May his peace be always with you. R/ And also with you.

Oct 7: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

26th Week, Friday, Oct 6, St. Bruno

 26th Week, Friday, Oct 6

Baruch 1:15-22 / Luke 10:13-16

The people confess their guilt; "We have sinned!"

26th Week: Oct 2-7

 Oct 2 Monday: Holy Guardian Angels: For a short account

26th Week, Thursday, Oct 5, St. Faustina

 26th Week, Thursday, Oct 5, St. Faustina

Nehemiah 8:1-12 / Luke 10:1-12   

Ezra reads God's law to the people; The people answered, "Amen!"

26th Week, Wednesday, Oct 4th, Saint Francis of Assisi

 26th Week, Wednesday, Oct 4th, Saint Francis of Assisi

Nehemiah 2:1-8 / Luke 9:57-62

Nehemiah makes a request; I prayed to God before speaking.

26th Week, Tuesday, Oct 3

 26th Week, Tuesday, Oct 3

Zechariah 8:20-23 / Luke 9:51-56 

Many people seek God; “Let us go with you to your God.”

Guardian Angels, Oct 2

Guardian Angels, Oct 2

26th Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

 Greeting: (See 2 Cor 1:18-20)

The Son of God, Jesus Christ, was never Yes-and-No. His nature is all Yes. Therefore it is through him that we say our Yes to God. May the Lord Jesus be always with you. R/ And also with you.

25th Week, Saturday, Sept 30, Saint Jerome

25th Week, Saturday, Sept 30, Saint Jerome

Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15 / Luke 9:43-45 

God speaks through Zechariah; I am coming to dwell among you.

Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Sept 29

Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael,  Sept 29

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or Apocalypse 12:7-12a / John 1:47-51 

Daniel has a vision; Myriads attended the Ancient One.

25th Week: Sept 25-30

 25th Week: Sept 25-30

Sept 25 Monday:

25th Week, Thursday, Sept 28: Saint Wenceslaus

 25th Week, Thursday, Sept 28: Saint Wenceslaus

Haggai 1:1-8 / Luke 9:7-9     

Haggai rebukes the people; Seek God's will, not your own.

25th Week, Wednesday, Sept 27: Saint Vincent de Paul

25th Week, Wednesday, Sept 27: Saint Vincent de Paul

Ezra 9:5-9 / Luke 9:1-6     

Ezra prays to God; We sinned, but you forgave us.

26th Sunday A: The 2 Sons: Choice & Accepting Consequences

25th Week, Tuesday, Sept 26, Sts. Cosmas and Damian

 25th Week, Tuesday, Sept 26, Sts. Cosmas and Damian

Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20 / Luke 8:19-21

The Jews rebuild Jerusalem; When it was rebuilt, they celebrated.

25th Week, Monday, Sept 25

 25th Week, Monday, Sept 25

Ezra 1:1-6 / Lk 8:16-18 

Cyrus frees the exiled Jews; They prepare to return home.

24th Week, Saturday, Sept 23: Saint Padre Pio

 24th Week, Saturday, Sept 23

1 Tim 6:13-16 / Luke 8:4-15

Paul gives parting advice; Keep God's commands till Christ returns.

24th Week, Friday, Sept 22: Saint Thomas of Villanova

  24th Week, Friday, Sept 22

1 Tim 6:2-12 / Luke 8:1-3  

Paul talks about temptation; Love of money is the root of evil. 

Sept 21: St. Matthew, the Apostle

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13 / Matthew 9:9-13

There is one Lord over all: Preserve your unity.  

24th Week, Wednesday, Sept 20th

  24th Week, Wednesday, Sept 20th

1 Tim 3:14-16 / Luke 7:31-35

Paul talks about Christianity: The mystery of our faith is great.

24th Week, Tuesday, Sept 19: St. Januarius

 24th Week, Tuesday, Sept 19

1 Timothy 3:1-13 / Luke 7:11-17

Paul talks about leaders: Leaders should have proven virtue.

25th Sunday A: Labourers in the Vineyard & God's Justice & Mercy

24th Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers


The God of forgiveness, mercy, and life be always with you. R/ And also with you.

24th Week, Monday, Sept 18

 24th Week, Monday, Sept 18

1 Tim 2:1-8 / Lk 7:1-10

Offer prayers to God; Pray for leaders, especially   

23rd Week, Saturday, Sept 16: St Cornelius, Pope

 23rd Week, Saturday, Sept 16

1 Tim 1:15-17 / Luke 6:43-49

Paul talks about his sinfulness; Jesus made me an example of his mercy.

Bl Basil Moreau and OL of Sorrows


Basil Anthony Moreau (1799-1873)


Sept 14: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

  The Triumph of the Cross

 Paul talks about Jesus; He humbled himself to death on the cross.    

Numbers 21:4-9; Philippians 2:6-11; John 3:13-17 

23rd Week, Wednesday, Sept 13

23rd Week, Wednesday, Sept 13

Col 3:1-11 / Luke 6:20-26

You are in Christ's company; Seek what is above.

23rd Week, Tuesday, Sept 12: Holy Name of Mary

23rd Week, Tuesday, Sept 12

Colossians 2:6-15 / Luke 6:12-19

Live in Christ; Abound with thanksgiving.

23rd Week, Monday, Sept 11

23rd Week, Monday, Sept 11

Colossians 1:24 - 2:3 / Luke 6:6-11

Paul suffers for the Colossians; I suffer gladly

23rd Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

 Greeting (See First Reading)

22nd Week: Sept 4-9

 22nd Week: Sept 4 Monday:

22nd Week, Saturday, Sept 9: Saint Peter Claver

  22nd Week, Saturday, Sept 9

Colossians 1:21-23 / Luke 6:1-5

Sin alienates us from God: Christ reconciled us back to God.

22nd Week, Thursday, Sept 7: Blessed Frédéric Ozanam

 22nd Week, Thursday, Sept 7

Colossians 1:9-14 / Luke 5:1-11

Paul prays for the Colossians; Your knowledge of God will grow 

22nd Week, Wednesday, Sept 6

1 Cor 3:1-9 / Luke 4:38-44 
Paul talks about ministry: We plant, but God gives the growth. 

Story: Elderly Father and the Son at a Restaurant


22nd Week, Tuesday, Sept 5th: St. Teresa of Kolkata

 22nd Week, Tuesday, Sept 5: St. Teresa of Kolkata

1 Thess 5:1-6, 9-11 / Luke 4:31-37 

Paul warns the Thessalonians; Don’t let the Lord’s coming surprise you.   

22nd Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers


The Lord speaks to us, his disciples today: "Come, follow me, renounce yourselves, take up your cross and come after me." May these words call us away from ourselves and may the Lord go always with you. R/ And also with you.

22nd Week, Monday, Sept 4

 22nd Week, Monday, Sept 4

1 Thess 4:13-18 / Luke 4:16-30

Paul talks about the Second Coming; The dead will rise to meet Jesus.  

The Nativity of the BVM, September 8

  The Nativity of the BVM, September 8

A ruler will come from Bethlehem; He will bring peace.

Micah 5:1-4 or Romans 8:28-30 / Matthew 1-16, 18-23

21st Week, Saturday, Sept 2

 21st Week, Saturday, Sept 2

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12: Mt 25:14-30

Paul encourages the people to make even greater progress.

21st Week, Friday, Sept 1

21st Week, Friday, Sept 1

1 Thess 4:1-8 / Matthew 25:1-13 

Paul instructs the Thessalonians; God called us to holiness.

21st Week, Thursday, August 31

 21st Week, Thursday, August 31

1 Thess 3:7-13 / Matthew 24:42-51

Paul prays for the Thessalonians; May God make your love grow.   

21st Week: Aug 28 to Sept 2

 Aug 28 Monday: St. Augustine, Bishop, Doctor of the Church: 

21st Week, Wednesday, August 30

 21st Week, Wednesday, August 30

1 Thess 2:9-13 / Matthew 23:27-32

Paul thanks God for the Thessalonians; They accepted his word as God's word.

22nd Sunday A: If You wish to Follow me...Take up your Cross




Jeremiah 1:17-19; Mk 6:17-29

God instructs Jeremiah; Stand up to evil and oppose it.

21st Week, Monday, August 28: St. Augustine

 21st Week, Monday, August 28

1 Thes 1:2-5, 8-10 / Matthew 23:13-22

Paul rejoices over the Thessalonians; They turned to God.

21st Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers


Through Jesus, God has entrusted the Church to weak human hands. May the Spirit of the Lord guide the leaders and members of the Church and may the Lord Jesus be always with you. R/ And also with you.

20th Week, Saturday, August 26

20th Week, Saturday, August 26

Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17 / Matthew 23:1-12 

Ruth marries Boaz; Ruth gives birth to David (Obed, father of Jesse, father of David)

20th Week: Aug 21-26

 Aug 21-26:

Aug 21 Monday: St. Pius X, Pope:

20th Sunday A: Liturgical Prayers

 Greetings (See First Reading)

My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples, says the Lord. As the Lord welcomes us, may we be open to all. May the Lord, the Savior of all, be with you. R/ And also with you.

20th Week, Friday, August 25: St Louis, King of France

20th Week, Friday, August 25

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22 / Matthew 22:34-40 

Ruth befriends Naomi; "Wherever you go I will go. "

19th Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

 Greeting (See Responsorial Psalm) I will listen to the voice of the Lord, for it speaks of peace. His help is near for those who fear him. May the Lord with his help be always with you. R/ And also with you.

21st Sunday A: You are Peter, You are Rock

August 24: St. Bartholomew, Apostle

  August 24: Bartholomew: Rev 21:9-14 / John 1:45-51

The city rested on a foundation; The Apostles' names were written on it.

20th Week, Wednesday, August 23: St. Rose of Lima

  20th Week, Wednesday, August 23

Judges 9:6-15 / Matthew 20:1-16
The people elect a new leader; The worst Person won by default.

The Queenship of Mary, August 22

The Queenship of Mary, August 22

Isaiah 9:1-6 / Lk 1:26-38 

20th Week, Monday, August 21: Saint Pius X

20th Week, Monday, August 21

Judges 2:11-19 / Matthew 19:16-22

Israel sins against God; They worshiped false gods.

20th Sunday A: The Canaanite Woman

19th Week, Saturday, Aug 19: St. John Eudes

19th Week, Saturday, Aug 19: St. John Eudes

Joshua 24:14-29 / Matthew 19:13-15

Joshua confronts the people"Decide whom you will serve."

19th Week, Friday, August 18

 19th Week, Friday, August 18

Joshua 24:1-13 / Matthew 19:3-12

God looks after his people; "I saved you. "

19th Week, Thursday, August 17:

 19th Week, Thursday, August 17:

Joshua 3:7-11, 13-17 / Matthew 18:21 - 19:1

The Israelites cross over the Jordan; The waters backed up.

19th Week, Wednesday, August 16: St. Stephen of Hungary

 19th Week, Wednesday, August 16

Duet 34:1-12 / Matthew 18:15-20

Moses dies; "You shall not enter the land. "

Aug 15: Assumption of Mary and Independence Day in India



O God, our creator, you have made this world out of love and gathered us together as one family.

19th Week, Monday, August 14: St. Maximilian Kolbe

 19th Week, Monday, August 14

Deuteronomy 10:12-22 / Matthew 17:22-27

Moses exhorts the Israelites; “Befriend the alien.” 

18th Week: Aug 7-12:

  18th Week: Aug 7-12:

Aug 7 Monday: St. Sixtus II, Pope and companion martyrs;  St Cajetan: 

18th Week, Saturday, August 12

 18th Week, Saturday, August 12

Deut 6:4-13 / Matthew 17:14-20 

Moses recites the Shema Israel; "Love the Lord with all your heart."

19th Sunday A: The Lord Calms the Storm

18th Week, Friday; Aug 11: Saint Clare

God blessed greatly: "You must keep his commandments."

18th Week, Friday

Deuteronomy 4:32-40 / Matthew 16:24-28

18th Week, Thursday, August 10: Saint Lawrence

 18th Week, Thursday, August 10

Numbers 20:1-13 / Matthew 16:13-23 

God blessed you greatly; You must keep his commandments

18th Week, Wednesday, August 9: St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

   18th Week,  Wednesday, August 9

Numbers 13:1-2, 25 - 14:1, 26-29, 34-35 / Matthew 15:21-28 

The Israelites complain; The people wailed in the night.

18th Week, Tuesday, August 8: Saint Dominic

 18th Week, Tuesday, August 8

Numbers 12:1-13 / Matthew 15:1-2, 12-14

Aaron and Miriam envy Moses; "Doesn't God speak through us also?" 

18th Week, Monday, August 7: St Sixtus II & Companions

 18th Week, Monday, August7

Numbers 11:4-15 / Matthew 14:13-21

Moses prays to God; "1 can't carry this burden any longer.

Aug 6: The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord - Liturgical Prayers


Today God our Father tells us: This is my beloved Son. Listen to him. May the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ resound in your hearts and in your lives.

18th Sunday A: Multiplication

5 Sundays: Summary

1) Preparing the soil: Meek and humble of heart. The word humility comes from the Latin, humus which means earth. Be earthy, natural, without put on. That's the sort of soil.
2) Types of soil: Defiant (rocky/stony), distracted (thorny) and defeated (birds picking or people trampling). Ignatius of Loyola had a defiant and distracted heart in the beginning but never defeated.

Aug 5: The Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major

 The Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major

The Story of the Dedication of Saint Mary Major Basilica

17th Week: Jul 30-Aug 5

 July 31 Monday: St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest: 

17th Week, Friday, Aug 4th: Saint John Vianney

 17th Week, Friday, Aug 4th

Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37 / Matthew 13:54-58

God instructs Israel about worship; "Celebrate these feasts”

17th Week, Thursday, July 3rd, St Waltheof

  17th Week, Thursday

Jeremiah 18:1-6 / Matthew 13:47-53

We are clay in God's hands; He fashions us like a potter.

17th Week, Wednesday, Aug 2: St. Peter Julian Eymard

 17th Week, Wednesday

Exodus 34:29-35 / Matthew 13:44-46

The face of Moses changes; The face of Moses became radiant.

Transfiguration of the Lord - Aug 6th

 The first reading from the Book of Daniel gives us a vision of the Son of Man being presented to the 'one of great age'.

17th Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

 Greeting  (See Second Reading)

God chose us specially long ago and destined us to become true images of his Son, so that Jesus might be the eldest of many brothers and sisters. May our brother Jesus be always with you.

17th Week, Tuesday, Aug 1: St Alphonsus Liguori

 17th Week, Tuesday, Aug 1

Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28 / Matthew 13:36-43

Moses communicates with God; He talked to God as to another Person.

17th Week, Monday, July 31: St Ignatius of Loyola

 17th Week, Monday, July 31

Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34 / Matthew 13:31-35

The Israelites sin gravely; They fashioned a golden calf.

17th Sunday A: Hidden Treasure

My Grandfather’s Blessings

16th Week: July 24-29

 July 24 Monday: St. Sharbel Makhluf, Priest: 

The Story of A Faithful Dog


July 29: Sts Martha, Mary & Lazarus

 July 29: Sts. Martha, Mary and Lazarus

1 John 4:7-16 / John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42   

16th Week, Friday, July 28

 16th Week, Friday, July 28

Exodus 20:1-17 / Matthew 13:18-23

God teaches his people the Law; God delivered these commandments.   

16th Week, Thursday, July 27

16th Week, Thursday, July 27

Exodus 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20 / Matthew 13:10-17

God manifests his presence; All the People trembled.

16th Week, Wednesday, July 26: Sts. Joachim and Ann

 16th Week, Wednesday, July 26: Sts. Joachim and Ann

Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15 / Matthew 13:1-9 

God feeds his people; Quail covered the camp.

St. James, Apostle - Jul 25

St. James, Apostle,
2 Cor 4:7-15 / Matthew 20:20-28

16th Week, Monday, July 24

  16th Week, Monday, July 24

Exodus 14:5-18 / Matthew 12:36-42

The people complain to Moses: "We were better off in Egypt!"

16 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers


The patience of God our Father, the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and the strength of the Holy Spirit be always with you.

Suggestions for Religious in their Senior Years

The “Green Thing” Back in My Days

 The “Green Thing” Back in My Days

by pawbuzz 

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own shopping bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

15th Week, Saturday, July 22: St Mary Magdalene

 15th Week, Saturday, July 22: St Mary Magdalene

Exodus 12:37-42 / Matthew 12:14-21

The Israelites leave Egypt; They went in haste without Preparation.

15th Week, Friday, July 21: St Lawrence of Brindisi

15th Week, Friday, July 21: St Lawrence of Brindisi

Exodus 11:10 -12:14 / Matthew 12:1-8

The Israelites celebrate the Passover; "Procure a lamb. "

15th Week, Thursday, July 20

  15th Week, Thursday, July 20

Exodus 3:13-20 / Matthew 11:28-30

What is your name? “I am who am.”

15th Week, Wednesday, July 19: St. Justa and St. Rufina

15th Week,  Wednesday, July 19: St. Justa and St. Rufina

Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12 / Matthew 11:25-27

God appears to Moses: The bush burned but was not consumed.

15th Week, Tuesday, July 18

15th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, July 18

Exodus 2:1-15 / Matthew 11:20-24

Birth and early life of Moses; Moses fled to Midian 

15th Week, Monday, July 17

15th Week, Monday, July 17

Exodus 1:8-14, 22 / Matthew 10:34 - 11:1

Joseph is forgotten; The Israelites became slaves.

15 Sunday A: Liturgical Prayers


The word of God is alive and active: it is the living person of Jesus our Lord. May he continue speaking his Word to you, May you open your hearts to it, and may the Lord Jesus be always with you. 

14th Week, Saturday, July 15: Saint Bonaventure

14th Week,  Saturday, July 15

Genesis 49:29-33; 50:15-26 / Matthew 10:24-38

Joseph's brothers fear retaliation; Joseph said, "Have no fear." 

14th Week, Friday, Jul 14: St Kateri Tekakwitha

 14th Week,  Friday, Jul 14

Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30 / Matthew 10:16-23

Joseph meets his father: He wept for a long time in his arms.

15th Sunday A: Sower, Seed & Growth

14th Week, Thursday, July 13

14th Week, Thursday, July 13

Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5 / Matthew 10:7-15

Joseph reveals Himself: "God sent me here to save lives.”

14th Week, Wednesday, July 12

 14th Week, Wednesday, July 12

Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24 / Matthew 10:1-7

Joseph tests his brothers; "Bring me your youngest brother.”

14th Week, Tuesday, July 11: St. Benedict

14th Week, Tuesday, July 11: St. Benedict

Genesis 32:23-33 / Matthew 32-38

Jacob gets a new name; "You shall be called Israel. 

14th Week, Monday, July 10: St. Felicity and her 7 Sons

14th Week, Monday, July 10

Genesis 28:10-22 / Matthew 9:18-26

Jacob has a dream; He saw the Lord.

14 Sunday A - Liurgical Prayers

A. Joy for the Humble of Heart; B. I Will Give you Rest  

13th Week: July 3-8

 July 3-8: 

13th Week, Ordinary Time, Saturday, July 8

 13th Week, Ordinary Time, Saturday, July 8

Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29 / Matthew 9:14-17

Jacob steals Esau's blessing Saturday: Are you really my son Esau?” 

13th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, July 7

 13th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, July 7

Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67 / Matthew 9:9-13

Isaac marries Rebekah; His love for Rebekah healed Isaac.

13th Week, Thursday, July 6: St Maria Goretti

13th Week, Thursday, July 6

Genesis 22:1-19 / Matthew 9:1-8

God tests Abraham; Offer Isaac in sacrifice.

13th Week, Wednesday, July 5; St Anthony Zaccaria

 13th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, July 5

Genesis 21:5, 8-20 / Matthew 8:28-34

Isaac is born to Sarah; "Isaac is your true heir.” 

14th Sunday A: My Yoke is Easy!

13th Week, Tuesday, July 4th: St. Elizabeth of Portugal

13th Week, Tuesday, July 4th: St. Elizabeth of Portugal

Genesis 19:15-29 / Matthew 8:23-27

God punishes two cities: Fire destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. 

13th Sunday A: Liturgy

 1. It Is Me You Welcome

2. Come In, Feel At Home 

July 3rd: St. Thomas, Apostle of India

Ephesians 2:19-22 / John 20:24-29

You are no longer strangers: You are being built into God’s temple.

12th Week, Saturday, Jul 1: Saint Junípero Serra

  12th Week, Saturday, Jul 1

Genesis 18:1-15 / Matthew 8:5-17 

Sarah laughs; "Is anything too marvellous for God?" 

12th Week, Friday, Jun 30: First Martyrs of the Church

12th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, Jun 30

Genesis 17:1, 9-11, 15-22 / Matthew 8:1-4

Your wife will bear a son; Abraham responded with laughter

June 29: Saints Peter and Paul

Starter Story: God chooses ordinary people: Sinners who will become saints in order to understand other sinners and uplift them.

12th Week, Wednesday, June 28: St. Irenaeus

  12th Week,  Wednesday, June 28

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 / Matthew 7:15-20   

God covenants with Abraham; A flaming torch passed by. 

12th Week, Tuesday, June 27: St. Cyril of Alexandria

  12th Week, Tuesday, June 27

Genesis 13:2, 5-18 / Matthew 7:26, 12-14

Abraham and Lot separate; "If you prefer to go left, I'll go right."

12th Week: June 26 — July 1

 June 26 — July 1: 

13th Sunday A: Radicality of Discipleship

Gospel reading: Matthew 10:37-42

12th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 26

 12th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 26

Genesis 12:1-9 / Matthew 7:1-5

God calls Abraham; "Go forth to a new land!" 

12 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

1. No Room for Fear
2. Witness, Speak Up!

June 24: St. John the Baptist

  The Lord called me: You are my servant.

11th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, June 23

   11th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, June 23

2 Cor 11:18, 21-30 / Matthew 6:19-23

My life speaks for itself; I suffer gladly for the gospel. 

11th Week, Thursday, June 22: Saints John Fisher and Thomas More

  11th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, June 22

2 Cor 11:1-11 / Matthew 6:7-15

Beware of false prophets; They teach a different gospel. 

11th Week, Wednesday, June 21: St. Aloysius Gonzaga

 11th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, June 21

2 Cor 9:6-11 / Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

God loves a cheerful giver; As you sow, you reap. 

11th Week, Tuesday, June 20: St. Silverius

  11th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, June 20

2 Cor 8:1-9 / Matthew 5:43-48 

Jesus gives generously to us; Macedonia's poor gave as Jesus did.

11th Week, Monday, June 19: St. Romuald

 11th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 19

2 Cor 6:1-10 / Matthew 5:38-42  

We are God's ministers; We seem to have nothing but have all.

11th Sunday A: Jun 18th; Be a Shepherd for the Lord's Sheep

Reading I: Ex 19: 2-6

Immaculate Heart of Mary: June 17th


Sacred Heart of Jesus: June 16th: Titular Feast of Holy Cross Priests

“My son died in 1994 but his heart only stopped beating this year”. Yes, the American little boy Nicholas’s heart was beating in someone else' body in Italy for more than 25 years after his death.