In our sickness we need a Savior, in our wanderings a guide, in our blindness someone to show us the light, in our thirst the fountain of living water that quenches forever the thirst of those who drink from it. We dead people need life, we sheep need a shepherd, we children need a teacher, the whole world needs JESUS!

(St. Clement of Alexandria)

June–Month of the Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Palma de Mallorca – The painting of the Heart of Jesus in the church, Iglesia de Santa Teresa de Jesus.

The Heart of the Incarnate Word is deservedly and rightly considered

the chief sign and symbol of that threefold love

with which the divine Redeemer unceasingly loves

His eternal Father and all mankind.

It is a symbol of that divine love which

He shares with the Father and the Holy Spirit

but which He, the Word made flesh,

alone manifests through a weak and perishable body,

since “in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

It is, besides, the symbol of that burning love which, infused into His soul,

enriches the human will of Christ and enlightens and governs its acts

by the most perfect knowledge derived both from the beatific vision

and that which is directly infused.

Pope Puis XII, Encyclical On Devotion to the Sacred Heart



“I am lost in the universe, but in God I find myself again,

and I cannot stray out of this ample bosom, outside of which is nothing.

Invisible arms support the horizon; I feel the life of my infinite God.

I understand that the “inaccessible” is close to us,

that “the inexorable” has a soul our own is akin: “ We are also His offspring.”

And so I am fearless when at evening I open my window on the gulf of darkness.

But how inhuman and how false the night would be if it did not speak to us of God!

It is not without importance at the foot of the Cross,

which reconciles all extremes, to notice how the heavens

—especially the heavens at night—are related to the mystery of the soul.”

(Heaven-What Jesus Saw from the Cross—A.G. Sertillanges;  Pg 213-214)


First Sunday of Advent December 1, 2024 CYCLES —

LECTIONARY FOR MASS Sunday Cycle YEAR B December 3, 2023 to November 24, 2024

Weekday Cycle CYCLE II  May 20 to November 30, 2024

Sunday Cycle YEAR C December 1, 2024 to November 23, 2025

The cycles given above have been used in the preparation of this calendar. The readings from the Proper of Time and Proper of Saints have been used for all Solemnities and Feasts since they must take the place of the weekday readings for those respective days. The readings from the weekday cycle generally are to be used even on days on which a Memorial or Optional Memorial of a Saint occurs. The exceptions to this rule are the Memorials or Optional Memorials which have “proper readings” (usually only the Gospel) assigned to them in the Lectionary for Mass and which must be used on those days. Substitutions from the Commons or Proper of Saints may be made for the other readings suggested for those Memorials or Optional Memorials. The Priest Celebrant, however, should not omit “too often or without sufficient cause the readings assigned for each day in the weekday Lectionary” (Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass, no. 83). In this calendar, Optional Memorials are designated by the use of italics within brackets. The Scripture citations and Lectionary numbers for all readings are from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition (1998/2001), and the Lectionary for Mass Supplement (2017), which are based on the Ordo Lectionum Missæ, editio typica altera (1981), as emended. The spellings of the names of Saints and Blesseds are from the Roman Missal, Third Edition (2011), based on the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia emendata (2008).

What is the Liturgy of the Hours?

“Seven times a day I praise you.” – Psalm 118(119):164

The Lord has commanded us to pray without ceasing, and this is what the Hours help us do.

Morning Prayer – at the start of the day’s work and the coming of the light.

Daytime Prayer – at mid-morningnoon and in the afternoon, to unite us with the one for whom and through whom we are working.

Evening Prayer – at the end of the day’s work, to offer up what we have done.

Night Prayer – last thing at night, to commend our souls to God.

And finally, there is the magnificent Office of Readings, at whatever time of day is best for us to reflect on the mystery of salvation, with the help of Scripture and the writings of the Fathers of the Church.

“The purpose of the Divine Office is to sanctify the day and all human activity.” – Apostolic Constitution, Canticum Laudis.

The Liturgy of the Hours is the richest single prayer resource of the Christian Church, with prayers, psalms and readings for each of the Hours, changing each day and through the seasons.

But such riches come at a price. With more than a thousand different Hours every year, the books are thick and using them is complex. So complex that it is rare to find anyone reciting the Hours apart from the clergy and religious. Which is not as it should be. This treasure is too marvellous to be the exclusive possession of our servants:

“The Office is… the prayer not only of the clergy but of the whole People of God.” – Apostolic Constitution, Canticum Laudis.

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About Today

Biographies and reflections: saints and feasts of the day from all over the world.

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Readings at Mass

For each day and the week ahead. The texts are the ones used in the UK: the Jerusalem Bible and the Grail psalms. You can get more translations from the apps and programs.

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Liturgy of the Hours

The prayer of the universal Church, seven times a day.

Office of Readings · Morning Prayer (Lauds) · Mid-Morning Prayer (Terce) · Midday Prayer (Sext) · Afternoon Prayer (None) · Evening Prayer (Vespers) · Night Prayer (Compline)




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