The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church
Feast Day: Monday May 29, 2023
In 2018, Pope Francis established the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church, to be observed annually on the Monday after Pentecost.
The readings for this feast recall that Mary received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost with the Apostles. At this time, she understood what it meant to say “yes” to God and saw the grace bestowed on us all by her son, Jesus Christ. At the cross, Jesus gave Mary to the Church to be a mother to us all.
Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church
- First Reading – Acts 20:28-38: “And now I commend you to God and to that gracious word of his that can build you up and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 68: “Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.”
- Gospel – John 17:11b-19: “I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.”
Resources for the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church
The Yes No game is a fun activity for your youth group or youth ministry meeting. It can be tied in with teaching by reminding us that we need to say “Yes” to God.
Why do Catholics pray to Mary and the saints? This lesson plan will help youth understand that it is like asking a friend to pray for you. And it points out that asking someone to pray for you is not the same as worship.
When Catholics call Mary their mother, it may seem like they are taking away some of the respect due to Jesus and giving it to Mary. This is far from the case. This is a good video to understand why we celebrate he Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church.