June 29 is the feast day of the two apostles. The faith of these two men allowed Christianity to grow and spread.

St. Peter was originally named Simon. Jesus called him “rock” and declared that he would build his church on this man. He always seemed to put his foot in his mouth, often blurting out answers to Jesus’s questions. During the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, He famously denied our Lord three times. But he did turn out to be the leader of the early Church and was the first pope. After the resurrection and Pentecost, he went out and boldly spread the good news, eventually being martyred for his faith.

St. Paul was originally called Saul. He was a Jewish pharisee who was determined to stamp out the newly developing Christian religion. He persecuted followers of Jesus Christ and took part in the stoning of St. Stephen, the first martyr. But then he had a conversion experience, meeting the risen Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. He did a complete about face and became a great witness and missionary for our Lord. His letters are included in the New Testament and give great insight into the early Church. He was also martyred.

These were the men whom God used to spread the gospel and let the early Church thrive despite terrible persecution. Their flaws should give us hope, that God can also work through us.

Their feast day is June 29.

Patron Saint of …

St. Peter is the patron saint of netmakers, shipbuilders, and fishermen, and locksmiths. St. Paul is the patron saint of the missions, publishers, and writers.

Daily Mass Readings for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

For the Vigil Mass

  • First ReadingActs 3:1-10: “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 19: “Their message goes out through all the earth.”
  • Second ReadingGalatians 1:11-20: “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin. For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
  • Gospel John 21:15-19: “Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’”

For Mass during the Day

  • First ReadingActs 12:1-11: “Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, ‘Get up quickly.’”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 34: “The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.”
  • Second Reading2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18: “I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”
  • Gospel Matthew 16:13-19: “Simon Peter said in reply, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’”

Persecutor to Apostle

St. Paul of Tarsus might be one of the most studied writers in history. Paul taught us that we are dependent on God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul experienced the power of conversion himself. We are also called to conversion.

In this video, Dr. Scott Hahn explains that conversion is an ongoing, lifelong, daily experience. And this saint is our guide and example.

Why Catholics Have a Pope

Fr. Mike Schmitz goes all the way back to Genesis to explain why Catholics have a pope. God established the kingdom of Israel with the twelve sons of Jacob. Centuries later, he appointed David as the king who would unite this kingdom. Centuries after that kingdom was divided, Jesus established a new kingdom by appointing the twelve apostles.

To unite this new kingdom, which is the Church, he appointed Peter as his vicar here on earth. Jesus is the king, but he gave the keys of the kingdom to him.


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