2023 is Year A in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 1 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in May 2023 here.
Wednesday, May 3
We really don’t know a lot about these two apostle. James, called James the Lesser to distinguish him from James the son of Zebedee. Philip is mentioned in the gospel most in relation to his doubts about Jesus. But both…
Sunday, May 7
The readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter Year A tell us that we are called to follow Jesus and serve him, even though we don’t know where that might lead us.
Wednesday, May 10
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, May 13
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…
Sunday, May 14
The readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter Year A remind us that God is always with us and always caring for us, no matter where we are or what the circumstance. So some possible themes for this Sunday are…
Sunday, May 14
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.
Sunday, May 21
The readings for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year A remind us that even though Jesus is not with us in his human body, we are still connected to him and to each other in prayer.
Sunday, May 21
The feast of the Ascension of the Lord Year A commemorates the day that Jesus Christ ascended into heaven. He also gave the Great Commission, that all of the world should be saved. So this is a day to focus…
Thursday, May 25
Even during his own lifetime people respected St. Bede for his faith and wisdom. He was called “venerable” by those around him.
Friday, May 26
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…
Sunday, May 28
The Spirit is obviously the main focus for the Mass readings for Pentecost Year A. Empowered by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we go out to the world to preach the message of Jesus Christ. This is the birthday…
Monday, May 29
The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church recalls 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…
Wednesday, May 31
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…