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May 2025: Mass Readings and Resources

May 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 May 2025 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

Sundays and Holy Days in May 2025

3rd sunday of easter Resources for Year c
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3rd Sunday of Easter

Sunday May 4, 2025

The Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter Year C emphasize the importance of evangelization, recognizing Jesus, enduring suffering for the gospel, and the universal praise of God by all creation. The apostles courageously proclaim the Good News despite persecution, all creatures unite in declaring Jesus as king, and Peter recognizes Jesus after a miraculous catch of fish.

4th sunday of easter Resources for Year c
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4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Sunday May 11, 2025

The Mass readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter Year C (Good Shepherd Sunday) highlight the themes of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, the importance of listening to God's voice, the inclusivity of God's love for all nations, the significance of interfaith relationships, and the manner in which we worship God. The readings demonstrate that Jesus calls people from all backgrounds to follow him, emphasizing the unity and diversity of God's flock.

5th sunday of easter Resources for Year c
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5th Sunday of Easter

Sunday May 18, 2025

The Mass readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year C emphasize the themes of love, community, the hope of heaven, and the challenges of discipleship. The readings encourage us to love one another as Jesus loves us, to find strength and support in community, and to persevere through difficulties in our journey towards the Kingdom of God. They also remind us of the ultimate reward of eternal joy and the promise that God will wipe away all tears and eliminate suffering in the new order of heaven.

6th sunday of easter Resources for Year c
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6th Sunday of Easter

Sunday May 25, 2025

The Mass readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year C highlight the themes of the Holy Spirit's guidance, God's blessings upon us, the establishment of the Kingdom of God, and God's faithfulness to His promises. The readings emphasize the role of the Holy Spirit in teaching and reminding us of Jesus' teachings, the abundant blessings of God upon all nations, the vision of the new Jerusalem as a symbol of God's glory, and Jesus' assurance of sending the Holy Spirit to guide us in our journey of faith.

May 2025

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

Thursday May 1, 2025

Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter

The readings for Thursday of the 2nd week of Easter highlight the significance of following God's commands and acknowledging the authority and divinity of Jesus. They also illustrate the negative outcomes of disobeying or rejecting the truth and emphasize the importance of believing in Jesus as the means to attain eternal life. Overall, these readings emphasize the importance of being faithful to God and having trust in Jesus Christ as the way to salvation.

Friday May 2, 2025

Friday of the 2nd Week of Easter

The readings for Friday of the 2nd Week of Easter remind us of God's ability to use even the smallest of offerings for His great works. In the Gospel, we see Jesus take five barley loaves and two fish, a meager amount of food, and use them to feed thousands of people. Similarly, in the first reading, we see the early Christian community giving what they could to spread the good news, and God using their offerings to bring about great growth.

Saturday May 3, 2025

Saints Philip and James, Apostles

Sts. Philip and James, also known as St. Philip the Apostle and St. James the Less, are two of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Although they are often overshadowed by some of the more well-known apostles such as Peter, Paul, and John, Philip and James played important roles in the early Christian church.

Sunday May 4, 2025

3rd Sunday of Easter Year C

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter year C show us that we must boldly proclaim the Good News and bring in a large catch of new Christians. Evangelization is a good theme for this weekend. Here are some ideas.

Monday May 5, 2025

Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter

In the readings for Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter, we are reminded of the importance of bearing witness to Christ through our words and actions.

Tuesday May 6, 2025

Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

The readings for Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter help us to reflect on the themes of faith, rejection, and perseverance in the face of persecution.

Wednesday May 7, 2025

Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

The readings for Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter offer important insights and teachings for Catholics to reflect upon, including the early Church's perseverance despite persecution and Jesus' proclamation as the bread of life.

Thursday May 8, 2025

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

In the readings for Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter, we see how the Holy Spirit leads and guides believers to encounter others and to come to faith in Jesus Christ. We also see the importance of scripture in understanding and proclaiming the gospel, and the centrality of Jesus Christ as the source of salvation and eternal life.

Friday May 9, 2025

Friday of the 3rd Week of Easter

The readings for Friday of the 3rd Week of Easter emphasize the themes of conversion, transformation, and the power of Jesus' message.

Saturday May 10, 2025

St. Damien of Molokai

St. Damien of Molokai volunteered to be a missionary to Molokai in Hawaii. There was a colony of people afflicted with leprosy (Hansen's disease) there. Because of fear of the disease, these people were isolated from other communities.

Saturday of the 3rd Week of Easter

The Mass readings for Saturday of the 3rd Week of Easter invite us to reflect on the power of faith, the transformative nature of God's grace, and the gift of the Eucharist

Sunday May 11, 2025

4th Sunday of Easter Year C - Good Shepherd Sunday

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter Year C (Good Shepherd Sunday) remind us that Jesus loves the whole world and calls to all people to follow him.

Monday May 12, 2025

Monday of the 4th Week of Easter

The readings for Monday of the 4th Week of Easter invite us to reflect on the themes of inclusion and unity in the context of our faith.

Tuesday May 13, 2025

Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter

In the readings for Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter, we are reminded of the importance of trusting in God's plan for our lives, even when we face challenges and uncertainty.

Our Lady of Fatima

The feast of Our Lady of Fatima commemorates the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta were shepherds, and while watching their sheep Our Lady appeared to them on six separate occasions. She instructed them to be devoted to God and to pray the rosary.

Wednesday May 14, 2025

St. Matthias, Apostle

St. Matthias was chosen by the apostles to replace Judas, who betrayed Jesus. Unlike the other apostles, he was not called directly by Jesus, but was chosen by casting lots.

Thursday May 15, 2025

Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter

The readings for Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter call us to continue the missionary work of Jesus and his disciples, spreading the good news of the gospel to all corners of the world.

Friday May 16, 2025

Friday of the 4th Week of Easter

Reflecting on the readings for Friday of the 4th Week of Easter offers us an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the central role that Jesus Christ plays in our faith. These passages emphasize that faith in Jesus is the means of salvation and eternal life, and that there is no other way to access these gifts.

Saturday May 17, 2025

Saturday of the 4th Week of Easter

The readings for Saturday of the 4th Week of Easter offer a wealth of insights for reflection. One of the most prominent themes that emerges from these readings is the idea of perseverance.

Sunday May 18, 2025

5th Sunday of Easter Year C

The readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter year C tell us that suffering can be a part of discipleship, but we can look to the future with hope. We can considers the difficulties of discipleship this weekend, Heaven is also a topic to consider.

Monday May 19, 2025

Monday of the 5th Week of Easter

As we reflect on the readings for Monday of the 5th week of Easter, we are called to consider our role in spreading the Gospel message.

Tuesday May 20, 2025

Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter

The readings for Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter offer guidance on how to deal with struggles in our lives by reminding us of the importance of evangelizing and building up communities of faith, finding peace and comfort through faith, and resisting the temptations and attacks of the evil one through obedience to God's will.

Wednesday May 21, 2025

Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter

The readings for Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter remind us of the importance of abiding in Christ and living out our faith in the world.

Thursday May 22, 2025

Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter

The readings for Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter invite us to reflect on the profound connection between love and obedience, reminding us of the transforming power of Christ's love in our lives. Let us open our hearts to the Holy Spirit and allow the Word of God to guide our reflections.

Friday May 23, 2025

Friday of the 5th Week of Easter

The readings for Friday of the 5th Week of Easter invite us to reflect on the themes of unity, love, and the mission of the Church. They remind us of the foundational values that should guide our lives as followers of Christ.

Saturday May 24, 2025

Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter

The readings for Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter invite us to reflect on the important aspects of discernment, evangelization, and following Jesus. These themes remind us of our call as disciples and challenge us to deepen our commitment to Christ.

Sunday May 25, 2025

6th Sunday of Easter Year C

The readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter year C tell us that we can rely on the Holy Spirit to help us in our faith journey. The Holy Spirit is a theme for this weekend. How do I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me?

Monday May 26, 2025

Monday of the 6th Week of Easter

In the readings for Monday of the 6th Week of Easter, we are reminded of the transformative power that comes from listening to the Word of God, opening our hearts, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. These themes invite us to reflect on our own spiritual journey and consider how we can grow in our relationship with God.

St. Philip Neri, Priest

St. Philip Neri lived in Italy in the sixteenth century. He trained with his uncle to be a merchant, but felt himself called to serve the poor of Rome instead. There he ministered to the sick and to prostitutes. After 17 years of ministry, he decided to enter the priesthood. Eventually he founded an order of priests known as the Oratory. These priests visited various churches in Rome to preach and to hear confessions. Philip himself was known for his piety, humor, and joyful nature.

Tuesday May 27, 2025

Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter

In the readings for Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter, we encounter profound themes of conviction that resonate in both the First Reading from Acts 16:22-34 and the Gospel of John 16:5-11. To fully appreciate these themes, let us reflect on the two definitions of "convict" and their connections to the readings.

Wednesday May 28, 2025

Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter

The readings for Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter invite us to deepen our faith and embrace the mysteries of God's revelation and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

Thursday May 29, 2025

Thursday of the 6th Week of Easter

The readings for the Thursday of the 6th week of Easter invite us to consider persistence, divine providence, transformative joy, and the mystery of God's plan.

Friday May 30, 2025

Friday of the 6th Week of Easter

The readings for Friday of the 6th Week of Easter invite us to reflect on important aspects of our faith journey and our relationship with God. We reflect on trust in God, stewardship of time and ministry, transformation of sorrow into joy, and the power of prayer and access to the Father.

Saturday May 31, 2025

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates when Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visited her cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist. John was aware of the presence of the Lord and leapt in Elizabeth's womb.

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