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March 2025: Mass Readings and Resources

March 2025 is Year C in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 1 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in for March 2025 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

Sundays and Holy Days in March 2025

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Resources for Year c
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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday March 2, 2025

The readings for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C emphasize the importance of our words and actions reflecting our Christian identity. They caution us to be mindful of our speech, reminding us that our words reveal the intentions of our hearts. The readings also highlight the victory over sin through Jesus Christ and the power of our words to produce either good or evil based on what fills our hearts.

Ash Wednesday
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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday March 5, 2025

Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent, is a solemn day for Catholics to repent and remember their mortality. Through the symbolic application of ashes on their foreheads, Catholics are reminded to turn away from sin, believe in the Gospel, and embrace God's mercy, while observing fasting and abstinence during the Lenten season as acts of self-discipline and preparation for the resurrection of Christ.

1st Sunday of Lent Year C
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1st Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 9, 2025

The readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent Year C emphasize the importance of wholeheartedly surrendering ourselves to God. Moses instructs offering the best to the Lord, the psalm sings of deliverance, Paul urges following Jesus with both heart and mind, and the gospel portrays Jesus resisting temptation in the desert, trusting in God. The themes encompass giving ourselves to God, preparing for our mission, and facing and overcoming temptation.

2nd sunday of lent Resources for Year C
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2nd Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 16, 2025

The readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent Year C highlight the presence of God in our lives. They depict Abram's encounter with God and the covenant made, emphasize the transformational power of God, and narrate Jesus' transfiguration witnessed by Peter, James, and John. The themes revolve around letting God transform us, recognizing God's manifestation in our lives, and letting go of stereotypes.

3rd sunday of lent Resources for Year C
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3rd Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 23, 2025

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent Year C call for repentance and returning to the Lord. They recount Moses' encounter with God in the burning bush, emphasize God's kindness and mercy in the psalm, and warn about the need to learn from the past in the second reading. The gospel passage includes Jesus' admonition to change our ways and his parable of the fig tree, highlighting God's continuous efforts to help us grow and mature in faith. The themes encompass self-reflection, the meaning of suffering, understanding God's nature, and the sacrament of reconciliation.

4th sunday of lent Resources for Year C
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4th Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 30, 2025

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent Year C emphasize the loving and forgiving nature of God, who eagerly waits for us to return to Him. The first reading describes the Israelites' celebration of Passover and the end of the manna as they begin to eat the yield of the land. The second reading urges us to be reconciled to God, and the gospel recounts the parable of the prodigal son, highlighting God's abundant mercy and forgiveness. The themes encompass leaving behind old ways, embracing new habits, understanding the generosity of God as our Father, and embracing the sacrament of reconciliation.

March 2025

Click on the title for Mass readings for the day, resources, homilies, reflections, and more.

Sunday March 2, 2025

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

The readings for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C tell us that our words and actions should reflect that we are Christians. This weekend we could focus on being careful in our speech, avoiding gossip, and thinking before posting on social media.

Monday March 3, 2025

St. Katharine Drexel

St. Katharine Drexel was from Philadelphia. She inherited over several million dollars. And she gave it all away! She was especially shocked by the treatment of Native Americans and was appalled by what she read in A Century of Dishonor, a book by Helen Hunt Jackson. She decided to use her money to finance missions for Native American communities.

Tuesday March 4, 2025

Tuesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time, we encounter a beautiful passage that invites us to reflect on our commitment to Christ and the rewards that come with it.

Wednesday March 5, 2025

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Catholics attending mass on this day have their foreheads marked with ashes as a sign of repentance.

Thursday March 6, 2025

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

In the gospel for Thursday after Ash Wednesday, Jesus speaks to his disciples about the cost of discipleship. He tells them that he must suffer, be rejected, and be killed, and that they too must take up their cross and follow him. Jesus reminds them that whoever wishes to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for his sake will save it.

Friday March 7, 2025

Friday after Ash Wednesday

In the gospel for Friday after Ash Wednesday, the disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus why his disciples do not fast as they and the Pharisees do. Jesus responds by telling them that there is no need to fast while the bridegroom is with them, but that they will fast when he is taken away.

Saturday March 8, 2025

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

In the gospel for Saturday after Ash Wednesday, we hear Jesus calling Levi, a tax collector, to be his disciple. Despite the disdain and mistrust of the religious leaders, Jesus sees something in Levi that others do not, and he chooses him to follow him. Levi, overjoyed at this opportunity, holds a banquet for Jesus and invites all of his tax collector friends. This angers the Pharisees, who cannot understand why Jesus would associate with such "sinners." Jesus responds with a powerful message, telling them that he has come to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous.

Sunday March 9, 2025

1st Sunday of Lent Year C

The readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent Year C demonstrate that we must give our whole lives to God. This is a good time to think about if we give our whole selves to the Lord or if we hold back for ourselves.

Monday March 10, 2025

Monday of the 1st Week of Lent

The gospel for Monday of the 1st week of Lent is a powerful passage in which Jesus teaches us about the final judgment. This reading invites us to reflect on how we live our lives and how we treat others, particularly those who are marginalized and in need.

Tuesday March 11, 2025

Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 1st week of Lent, Jesus instructs His disciples on the proper way to pray. He tells them not to babble repetitively like the pagans, thinking that their prayers will be heard because of their many words. Instead, Jesus teaches them the Lord's Prayer, which is a perfect example of how to approach God in prayer.

Wednesday March 12, 2025

Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 1st week of Lent Jesus, in response to a crowd seeking a sign from him, says that no sign will be given to it except for the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, Jesus tells the crowd, so too will he be a sign to them. The people of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, and yet here was Jesus, someone even greater than Jonah, standing before the crowd, and yet they still demanded a sign.

Friday March 14, 2025

Friday of the 1st Week of Lent

In the gospel for Friday of the 1st week of Lent, Jesus exhorts us to surpass the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, who were known for their strict adherence to the law. Jesus reminds us that true righteousness is not about keeping the law as a mere obligation, but rather as a matter of the heart.

Saturday March 15, 2025

Saturday of the 1st Week of Lent

In the gospel for Saturday of the 1st week of Lent, Jesus instructs his followers to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them. This message challenges us to move beyond our comfort zones and extend love and compassion to those who have hurt us.

Sunday March 16, 2025

2nd Sunday of Lent Year C

The readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent Year C show us that God is truly present in our world. This weekend we can think about how we see God manifest in our own lives and how we can let ourselves be transformed.

Monday March 17, 2025

Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The gospel for Monday of the 2nd week of Lent, reminds us of the importance of showing mercy to others, just as our Father in heaven shows mercy to us. Jesus tells us to stop judging and condemning others and instead to offer forgiveness, for it is by these actions that we will be forgiven ourselves.

St. Patrick

St. Patrick is sometimes called the Apostle of Ireland. It is interesting to note that this beloved patron saint of Ireland was not actually born there. He was born in Britain and was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was a teenager. While in captivity, he grew in faith.

Tuesday March 18, 2025

Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The gospel for Tuesday of the 2nd week of Lent emphasizes the importance of living a humble and authentic Christian life. We are called to follow the teachings of Jesus and his example of servanthood. The scribes and Pharisees in this passage serve as a warning to us not to fall into the trap of hypocrisy and pride.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, a distinguished bishop and theologian of the early Christian Church. He played a significant role in the Council of Constantinople in 381, where the Nicene Creed was formulated and affirmed the orthodox position. It was during the Council of Nicaea that the term "consubstantial" was first used in the Nicene Creed to describe the relationship between the Father and the Son. St. Cyril later employed the term in his own theological writings, and it became widely used in the Church as a way of expressing the understanding of the nature of Christ.

Wednesday March 19, 2025

St. Joseph Husband of Mary

March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph Husband of Mary. Joseph was a just and holy man, chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus. St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, carpenters, immigrants, happy death, the Catholic Church, and more.

Thursday March 20, 2025

Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The gospel for Thursday of the 2nd week of Lent emphasizes the importance of compassion and caring for the less fortunate. The parable highlights the stark contrast between the wealthy man, who lived in luxury and ignored the plight of the poor, and Lazarus, who suffered greatly but was ultimately rewarded with comfort in the bosom of Abraham.

Friday March 21, 2025

Friday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The gospel for Friday of the 2nd week of Lent warns against the dangers of greed and pride. The parable depicts the tenant farmers, who were entrusted to care for the vineyard, as refusing to honor their commitments and ultimately killing the son of the owner.

Saturday March 22, 2025

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The gospel for Saturday of the 2nd week of Lent, the parable of the prodigal son, shows the mercy and forgiveness of God. It shows that no matter how far we may stray from the path of righteousness, God is always ready to welcome us back with open arms when we turn to Him in repentance.

Sunday March 23, 2025

3rd Sunday of Lent Year C

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent Year C are a call to repent and return to the Lord. This is a time to think about the sacrament of reconciliation and how to really change our ways. Here are some ideas.

Monday March 24, 2025

Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent

In the gospel for Monday of the 3rd week of Lent, Jesus speaks in the synagogue in Nazareth and proclaims that no prophet is accepted in his own hometown, a statement that was met with anger and hostility from the people who knew him. Jesus then gave examples from the time of Elijah and Elisha, where God had worked through people who were outsiders to Israel, rather than choosing those within the established religious community.

Tuesday March 25, 2025

The Annunciation

The Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on March 25. This feast day commemorates the announcement of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.

Wednesday March 26, 2025

Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 3rd week of Lent, Jesus is speaking to his disciples and explaining to them that he has not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them. This statement is significant because the Law and the Prophets were considered to be the foundation of Jewish faith and belief, and they were considered to be unchangeable and permanent.

Thursday March 27, 2025

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

The gospel for Thursday of the 3rd week of Lent recounts an encounter between Jesus and a man who was possessed by a demon. Jesus casts out the demon, and the people who witness the miracle are amazed. However, some of the onlookers accuse Jesus of using the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, to cast out the demon. Jesus responds by explaining that Satan cannot cast out Satan, and that his power comes from God.

Friday March 28, 2025

Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent

In the gospel for Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent, a scribe asks Jesus which commandment is the greatest. Jesus responds by quoting from the book of Deuteronomy, saying, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." He then adds that the second greatest commandment is to "love your neighbor as yourself." The scribe agrees with Jesus, and Jesus commends him for his understanding of the law.

Saturday March 29, 2025

Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent

In the gospel for Saturday of the 3rd week of Lent, we hear the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The Pharisee was proud of his achievements and considered himself righteous, while the tax collector recognized his sinfulness and begged for mercy. Jesus reminds us that it is the humble and repentant sinner who is justified before God.

Sunday March 30, 2025

4th Sunday of Lent Year C

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent Year C remind us that God is always waiting for us to return to Him so we can receive the abundance of life he offers us. Think about leaving behind our old ways and starting some new good habits.

Monday March 31, 2025

Monday of the 4th Week of Lent

The gospel for Monday of the 4th Week of Lent invites us to consider the nature of faith and the ability of Jesus to perform miracles. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that through his divine power, he is able to heal the sick and change lives.

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