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FIFTH WEEK OF EASTER
28 Sunday Acts 14:21-27. Ps 144:8-13. Apoc 21:1-5. Jn 13:31-35. Lect I:517
Love shown in the members of the Church enables the community to be seen as disciples of Christ. Mutual love within the community overflows to the whole world. Christian charity helps to ease the burden of suffering and eliminate many of its causes.
29 Monday 1 Jn 1:5-2:2. Ps 102:1-4, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18. Mt 11:25-30. Lect II:1009.
St. Catherine of Siena, 1347-80, humble and dauntless Dominican tertiary who brought peace to her native Siena, to Italy, and to fourteenth-century Europe, spent all her energies for the Church, being able to achieve the Pope s return from Avignon to Rome. She is remembered also as a mystic and reformer of religious life. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1970 and Patron of Europe in 2000.
30 Tuesday Acts 14:19-28. Ps 144:10-13, 21. Jn 14:27-31. Lect I:522
As witnesses of the Risen One, the apostles - and Peter in particular - remain the foundation stones of His Church (CCC, 642).
St. Pius V, 1504-72. Dominican elected pope in 1565, he implemented the reforms of the Council of Trent, including the Breviary, Missal and Catechism. He is noted for his defence of Christendom against the Ottoman empire.
1 Wednesday Acts 15:1-6. Ps 121:1-5. Jn 15:1-8. Lect I:524
The apostles and teachers come together in search of unity of faith: The branches must remain part of the vine so that life will flow to them and they will bear fruit.
St. Joseph the Worker: Gn 1:26-2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24. Ps 89:2-4, 12-14, 16. Mt 13:54-58. Lect II:1013
2 Thursday Acts 15:7-21. Ps 95:1-3, 10. Jn 15:9-11. Lect I:526
Jesus loves His disciples with that same gift of love with which the Father loves Him. Genuine love means attending to the needs and weaknesses of others.
St. Athanasius. Born at Alexandria in 295, he fought ceaselessly against the Arian heresy, defending the true and equal divinity of Christ. As a result he had to endure much tribulation and he was several times sent into exile.
3 Friday 1 Cor 15:1-8. Ps 18:2-5. Jn 14:6-14. Lect II:1017
St. Philip asks to see and having seen, he tells the Good News to others. He wasborn at Bethsaida. Formerly a disciple of John the Baptist, he became a follower of Christ. St. James, the son of Alphaeus and a cousin of the Lord, ruled the Church at Jerusalem, wrote an Epistle and led a life of penance. He converted many of the people of Jerusalem to the faith and was martyred in the year 62.
4 Saturday Acts 16:1-10. Ps 99:1-3, 5. Jn 15:18-21. Lect I:531
The conflict between the believer and the world is part of the Christian s inheritance. The disciple cannot expect other than what his Master also received. It is better to be persecuted for doing right than simply to conform to the ways of the world.
St. Conleth, is believed to have come from the Wicklow area. While living Kildare. He was venerated as a great saint and Cogitosus in his Life of Brigid calls him bishop and abbot of the monks of Kildare. He was buried beside Brigid in the great church there.
Readings for Next Sunday: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29. Ps 66:2-3, 5-6, 8. Apoc 21:10-14, 22-23. Jn 14:23-29. Lect I:539. The second reading and Gospel of the Seventh Sunday of Easter may be used with the first reading and psalm of the Sixth Sunday. Acts 15:1-2, 22-29. Ps 66:2-3, 5-6, 8. Lect I:539 Apoc 22:12-14, 16-17, 20. Jn 17:20-26. Lect I:574