2021 is Year B in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 1 in the weekday cycle.
Resources for October 2021:
Friday, October 1
St. Thérèse of Lisieux lived in late 19th century France. She is also called “The Little Flower of Jesus”. For her, the path to holiness was “doing of the least actions for love”.
Saturday, October 2
Each of us has a guardian angel who watches over us. October 2 is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels.
Sunday, October 3
The readings for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B focus on marriage and relationships. The sacrament of marriage and theology of the body are obvious choices for discussion this weekend. The need for friendship is also touched…
Monday, October 4
St. Francis of Assisi was a 13th century Italian. He was the son of a wealthy merchant, but he gave away his possessions and started a religious order. October 4 is his feast day.
Tuesday, October 5
St. Faustina is known for her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Her family had ten children and was very poor. She joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and experienced several visions of Jesus. She is…
Thursday, October 7
October 7 is the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of Victory. This feast day commemorates a victory at sea to fend off Turkish invaders in the 16th century. Europeans were encouraged to…
Sunday, October 10
The readings for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B challenge us to focus on trusting in God instead of in our material goods. This weekend’s discussion could focus on not being too attached to things and spending…
Friday, October 15
October 15 is the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, a Carmelite mystic, and doctor of the Church. Along with St. John of the Cross she worked to reform the Carmelite order which she felt was too lax.
Saturday, October 16
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was a 17th century mystic. She was a Visitation nun. When she started having visions of Jesus, members of her order and theologians did not believe her. Eventually her visions were accepted.
Sunday, October 17
The readings for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B speak of the cost of discipleship. Humility, sacrifice, and mercy are topics for these readings.
Tuesday, October 19
The North American Martyrs were a group of eight Jesuits who served as missionaries to the Hurons in Canada. Their feast day is October 19.
Sunday, October 24
The readings for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B make us think of how we are blind and how Jesus can give us new vision. Sight, healing, and answering the call of Jesus are themes for this…
Thursday, October 28
St. Jude is called the saint of lost causes. St. Simon is the “other Simon”, also known as Simon the Zealot or Simeon. It is thought that he and St. Jude traveled to Persia to preach the gospel there. Both…
Sunday, October 31
The readings for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B help us think of God’s commandments and if we are following them just in our heads or also in our hearts. The Ten Commandments, the call to love,…