* June 5th - 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time

A large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst, ”
and “God has visited his people.”
Jesus raises the son of the widow of Nain to life.                                                                                                                                                                                                       St. Luke 7:11-17
The St. Christopher image is taken from the stain glass window over the main entrance to
St. Christopher Church
Midlothian, IL
*The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of June 2016
*June 2016 - 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 last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
Universal: That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.

Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.

* Art & Liturgy are taken from CatholicCulture.org
*June 12th - 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment (Luke 7:37-38).

The Gospel presents the story of St. Mary Magdalene washing the feet of Jesus.

                                                                                                                       Gospel:   St. Luke 7:36-50.
*June 19th - 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Then he said to all, “If any man wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it (Luke 9:23-24).”

Pentecost Sunday marks the end of the first novena.

Jesus says, "take up your cross and follow Me."
                                                                                                                                 Gospel: St. Luke 9:18-24
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I place my trust in you.
Mass vestment = Green
Mass vestment = Green
Mass vestment = Green

* Highlights of the Month

As we begin to feel the warmth of summer, we can reflect that we celebrate the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 3) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 4). 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.

Other principle feasts of this month are St. Justin (June 1), Sts. Marcellinus and Peter  (June 2),St. Norbert (June 6), St. Ephrem (June 9), St. Barnabas (June 11), St. Anthony of Padua (June 13), St. Aloysius Gonzaga (June 21),  Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More (June 22), the Birth of St. John the Baptist (June 24), St. Cyril of Alexandria (June 27), St.  Irenaeus (June 28), Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29) and the First Martyrs of the Church (June 30).

The feasts of St. Boniface (June 5) and St. Josemaria Escriva (June 26), and are superseded by the Sunday liturgy. The feast of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions (June 3) is superseded by the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The readings for the Sundays in June 2016, are taken from St.Luke and are from Year C, Cycle 2.

“Come Celebrate with Our Parish when We Are At Our Best”
Weekend Masses:
Saturday: 5:30pm (Vigil)
Sunday: 7:30, 9:30 11:00am

*June 26th - 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

"As they were going along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head (Luke 9:57-58).'" Today, Jesus calls us to follow him as he makes his way toward Jerusalem, where the mystery of death and rebirth is to be accomplished to follow these requires wholehearted commitment, the commitment of love. Nothing less is fit for the reign of God.

The feast of St. Josemaria Escriva, which is ordinarily celebrated today, is superseded by the Sunday liturgy.

Jesus says the Spirit of truth will come and that everything the Father has is His. 

                                                                                                             Gospel:   Jn 16:12-15
Mass vestment = Green
The seven windows on the west side of the nave are "The Seven Catholic Sacraments."

The seven Catholic Sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians.  They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence.

Jesus as "Sacrament": a visible sign of the invisible God.
    Baptism      -        Eucharist    -     Reconciliation  -   Confirmation    -       Marriage     -    Holy Orders  -  Anointing of the Sick
The seven windows on the east side of the nave are "The Franciscan Crown Rosary."

The Franciscan Crown Rosary is a Rosary consisting of seven decades with
each decade describing a particular joy from the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Annunciation     The Visitation
The Birth of Our Lord
Jesus Christ
The Adoration of the Magi
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
The Appearance of Christ to Mary after the Resurrection
The Assumption and Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven
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A Time of Love

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.