Liturgical Living: August 2016 (Overview)

These monthly summaries are based on the USCCB's Liturgical Calendar and the Church's monthly devotions, alongside some of my own ideas that we use in our home. If you are new to the Church like we are, start small with one or two feast days per month and then grow your family traditions as you can! I've made up a free printable of this page (at the bottom of this post) that I like to hang up on our wall, that way I'll remember the feast days and be inspired throughout the month. This is meant to be an encouraging way to walk in step with the Church (not to be a burden!). 

August 2016

This month, we learn about and reflect on:

The Immaculate Heart of Mary,  

The Divinity of Christ,

Sacrificial Love, 

Women & Mothers of the Church

and Mary, Queen of Heaven


We do our best to honor these Feasts and Solemnities

  • St. Alphonsus Ligouri (August 1),
  • St. John Mary Vianney (August 4)
  • Dedication of St. Mary Major (August 5),
  • The Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6)
  • St. Sixtus II and Companions and St. Cajetan (August 7)*,  
  • St. Dominic (August 8)
  • St. Teresa Benedicta (August 9),  
  • St. Lawrence (August 10)
  • St. Clare (August 11),
  • Jane Frances de Chantal (August 12),
  • Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus (August 13),
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe (August 14)*,
  • The feast of the Assumption (August 15) -- Holy Day of Obligation
  • St. Stephen of Hungary (August 16),
  • St. John Eudes (August 19),
  • St. Bernard (August 20)
  • St. Pius X (August 21)*,
  • The Queenship of Mary (August 22),
  • St. Rose of Lima (August 23),
  • St. Bartholomew (August 24),
  • St. Louis of France (August 25),
  • St. Monica (August 27),
  • St. Augustine (August 28)*
  • The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (August 29)

* superseded by the Sunday Liturgy.

This Month’s Liturgical Season is Ordinary Time
Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. - USCCB

The Holy Father’s Intentions for This Month
"That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.”
And, “That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.”


Scripture for the Month

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.” - Romans 6:13