St. Bernadette was a young French girl to whom Our Lady of Lourdes appeared in a series of apparitions in 1858. Although her reports of the apparitions were initially not believed and she was ridiculed, eventually led to a shrine being built in Lourdes France. It has become a popular pilgrimage site for people seeking healing from the water in the spring there.
St. Benedict was a monk who founded a dozen monasteries in the 5th century. He was also the twin brother of St. Scholastica. Benedict is primarily known for writing a set of rules which monks follow.
St. Agnes of Rome was born in the year 291. Many eligible young men sought to marry her. But she saw herself as the spouse of Jesus. When she continued to resist, she was condemned to death and was martyred at the age of 13.
The feast of the Ascension of the Lord 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 on our service to the Kingdom of God and evangelization. Here are some ideas for youth ministry, your home, and your Sunday School.
The readings for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B focus on God’s mercy. Some possible themes for this weekend are God’s how we should pursue God’s mercy and for others. Here are some ideas.
The readings for Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A call us to look for how God is working in our lives. So discipleship and service are topics for this weekend. We could also spend some time thinking about how we have seen God’s love in our own lives.
The readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter for 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. We can consider how we might serve the Lord and what our vocation might be.
The readings for the Fourth Sunday in Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday) for year A remind us that Jesus Christ leads us through the gate of salvation. Discussion points for this weekend might include discernment and discipleship. Here are some ideas.
The readings for the 3rd Sunday in Easter for Year A encourage us to truly walk the path of discipleship. Fellowship, and letting God lead are themes for this weekend.
The readings for Divine Mercy Sunday (2nd Sunday of Easter) for Year A help us reflect on the boundless mercy of God. Some topics for this weekend include how we see ourselves and others as God’s family. We also consider God love for us. Here are some ideas.