May. 25 Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter; Optional Memorial of St. Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor; St. Gregory VII, pope; St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin, Opt. Mem.

St. Bede was born in England. A Benedictine, he was “the most observant and the happiest of all monks.” His writings were so full of sound doctrine that he was… Read More

May. 24 Solemnity of the Ascension or the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Solemnity

At the end of His earthly life Jesus ascends triumphantly into heaven. The Church acclaims Him in His holy humanity, invited to sit on the Father’s right hand and to… Read More

May. 23 Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter, Weekday

Historically today is the feast of St. Julia of Corsica, also known as Saint Julia of Carthage, and more rarely Saint Julia of Nonza, was a virgin martyr. The date… Read More

May. 22 Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter; Optional Memorial of Saint Rita of Cascia, religious, Opt. Mem.

After eighteen years of married life, St. Rita lost, by death, her husband and her two sons. Called afterwards to the religious state, she professed the Rule of St. Augustine… Read More

May. 21 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord; Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter; Optional Memorial of St. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs; Optional Memorial of St. Eugene de Mazenod, bishop (Canada), Opt. Mem.

In the United States, the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia have retained the celebration of the Ascension on the proper Thursday while all other… Read More

May. 20 Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter; Optional Memorial of St. Bernardine of Siena, priest, Opt. Mem.

Born in 1380, St. Bernardine of Siena left the world at an early age in order to lead a hermit’s life. When he was twenty-two, he entered the Franciscan Order,… Read More

May. 19 Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter, Weekday

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Peter Celestine, founder of the Celestine Order who… Read More

May. 18 Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter; Optional Memorial of St. John I, pope and martyr, Opt. Mem.

John I was elected Pope in 523. The Arian King Theodoric sent him as his ambassador to Emperor Justin in Constantinople. On John I’s return, he was captured by the… Read More

May. 17 Sixth Sunday of Easter, Sunday

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me you will keep my commandments. I shall ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you… Read More

May. 16 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter, Weekday

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Ubaldus, Bishop of Gubbio. He is remembered in… Read More
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