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The month of May is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary
The month of May is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary
The first 24 days fall within the liturgical season of Easter, which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored). The remainder of the month (beginning the Monday after Pentecost) is in Ordinary Time which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection.
Highlights of the Month
As Spring blossoms forth and we are surrounded by new life, we spend this month full of the joy of our Easter celebration and in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit, our Consoler and Advocate.
1. Joseph the Worker, Opt. Mem.
2. Athanasius, Memorial
3. Fifth Sunday of Easter, Sunday
10. Sixth Sunday of Easter, Sunday
13. Our Lady of Fatima, Opt. Mem.
14. Ascension, Feast
15. Isidore the Farmer (USA), Opt. Mem.
17. Ascension or the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Solemnity
18. John I, Opt. Mem.
20. Bernardine of Siena, Opt. Mem.
21. Christopher Magallanes and companions; Eugene de Mazenod (Canada), Opt. Mem.
22. Rita of Cascia, Opt. Mem.
24. Pentecost; Whitsunday, Solemnity
25. Bede the Venerable; Gregory VII; Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Opt. Mem.
26. Philip Neri, Memorial
27. Augustine of Canterbury, Opt. Mem.
31. Trinity Sunday, Solemnity
The feasts of Sts. Philip and James (May 3), St. Damian the Leper (May 10), St. Matthias (May 14), and the Visitation (May 31) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy. The Solemnity of the Ascension (May 14) is celebrated on May 17 (Sunday) in some dioceses in the United States.
Focus of the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for all the Sundays in May are taken from St. John and St. Matthew and are from Year B, Cycle 1.
May 3rd - 5th Sunday of Easter - In today's Gospel Jesus says He is the vine and we are the branches.
May 10th - 6th Sunday of Easter - Christ gives the commandment to love as He loves.
May 14th – The Ascension of the Lord - In this Gospel Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit.
May 17th - 7th Sunday - Jesus prays that the apostles will be consecrated in the truth
May 24th - Pentecost Sunday - Jesus says the Spirit of truth will come and that everything the Father has is His.
May 31st - Trinity Sunday - Jesus tells the apostles to "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
A Time of Grace
The world is resplendent with Spring's increased light and new growth. It is Mary’s month in the Easter season and all of nature rejoices with the Queen of heaven at the Resurrection of the Son she was worthy to bear. During the remainder of Easter time, let us endeavor through the prayers of the Holy Liturgy and the Holy Rosary to deepen our gratitude for the mystery of our Baptismal rebirth in Christ.
"The month of May, with its profusion of blooms was adopted by the Church in the eighteenth century as a celebration of the flowering of Mary's maidenly spirituality…With its origins in Isaiah's prophecy of the Virgin birth of the Messiah under the figure of the Blossoming Rod or Root of Jesse, the flower symbolism of Mary was extended by the Church Fathers, and in the liturgy, by applying to her the flower figures of the Sapiential Books-Canticles, Wisdom, Proverbs and Sirach.
"In the medieval period, the rose was adopted as the flower symbol of the Virgin Birth, as expressed in Dante's phrase, 'The Rose wherein the Divine Word was made flesh,' and depicted in the central rose windows of the great gothic cathedrals-from which came the Christmas carol, 'Lo, How a Rose 'ere Blooming.' Also, in the medieval period, when monasteries were the centers of horticultural and agricultural knowledge, and with the spread of the Fransiscan love of nature, the actual flowers themselves, of the fields, waysides and gardens, came to be seen as symbols of Mary…" – John S. Stokes
"In the hierarchy of holiness it is precisely the 'woman', Mary of Nazareth, who is the 'figure' of the Church. She 'precedes' everyone on the path to holiness; in her person 'the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle'". — JOHN PAUL IIMulieris Dignitatem, 1988
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of May 2015
Universal: That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbors who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus. (See also Apostleshiop of Prayer International Website)
The Year of Consecrated Life
The Year of Consecrated Life, announced by Pope Francis, begins on the first Sunday of Advent 2014 and runs through February 2016. Resources will be available on the diocesan website and Facebook page for individuals, parishes, and others who wish to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. The resources and special events will provide an opportunity to see how men and women religious live.
Rachel's Vineyard Retreat for post-abortion healing
at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park
To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348 or visit www.ccpgh.org.
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
May 26 to Jun 4
Spiritual Directors: Rev. Joseph M. Mele, Rev. Kim J. Schreck
For more information please call Cathy Howe at 412-278-4673 or Chuck Wysor at Ambassador Travel Service at 412-366-7200 or Mary Ann Sarver at 412-486-8874. Visit Mother’s Pilgrims web site at www.motherspilgrims.com. Space is limited.
Ignatian Directed Retreat
Wed, Jun 17 7:00pm - Sun, Jun 21 12:00pm
St. Joseph Spirituality Center, Baden, offer a five-day Ignatian Directed Retreat, based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola. This is an opportunity for Scriptural-based prayer in a contemplative mode. The atmosphere is one of silence and quiet prayer. This retreat will include daily liturgy and daily individual retreat direction. Directors include Jesuit Father Phillip Fogarty and Sisters of St. Joseph Paula Drass, Catherine Higgins, and Diane McCalley. A fee of $320 includes meals, lodging, and daily individual direction.
To register, call Sister Marguerite Kropinak at 724-869-6585 by Wed, Jun 3.
4th Annual Peace, Love, Run Half Marathon & 5K Walk/Run
Sat, Jun 21
Half Marathon — 7:00am
5K Run/Walk — 7:45am
Register on-line at active.com or call Catholic Hospice at 1-866-933-6221. Half Marathon $45 early registration by Jun 10; $50 day of event. 5K Run/Walk $25 early registration by June 10; $30 day of event. This race benefits Catholic Hospice’s mission to provide quality end of life care to those in need regardless of insurance reimbursement or the patient’s ability to pay.
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