This month, we learn about and meditate on
The Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Early Church,
The Acts of the Apostles, & The First Martyrs of the Church
We do our best to honor these Feasts and Solemnities
Saint Justin Martyr (June 1),
The Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 3),
The Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 4),
Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24),
Saints Peter and Paul (June 29),
and The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church (June 30)
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 immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.” And, “That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.”
Scripture Passage to Reflect On
“For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.
He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works but according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made manifest through the appearance of our savior Christ Jesus, who destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed preacher and apostle and teacher. On this account I am suffering these things; but I am not ashamed, for I know him in whom I have believed and am confident that he is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.” 2 Timothy 1:6-12
Ideas for this Month
Sacred & Immaculate Hearts
Celebrate the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary by making a heart-shaped dessert such as cakes, jellos, or cookies. This is such a fun and sweet project to do with kids! I also loved this Sacred Heart of Jesus tie-dye project by Motherly Loving! They look like a great activity for older kids.
Honoring the Early Martyrs
This month, we honor Justin, John the Baptist, Peter, Paul, as well as all of the martyrs of the early Church. We can reflect on their sacrifices as Christians and ask ourselves, "In what ways do I suffer for the sake of the Gospel? How can I be strengthened and sanctified through my suffering? How can I help others who are being persecuted for their Christianity?" With our children, we can introduce the concepts of martyrdom, talking about how people hurt Jesus and His followers. | More About Honoring the Martyrs in a few days...
What are some ways that you incorporate the liturgical year into your life? I'm always looking for fun ideas to add to our list! I'd love to hear yours!
I like to hang mine up somewhere I'll see it everyday so I can remember to focus our days and conversations around the themes, intentions, and scripture for the month.