June: Ordinary Time

The month of June falls within the liturgical season of 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.

The month of June is dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of June 2024

For migrants leaving their homes: We pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys full of danger and violence, find welcome and new opportunities in the countries that receive them.

Focus of the Liturgy

The Gospel readings for June are from St. Mark. All Sunday readings are from Cycle B, and weekday readings are Year II.

June 2
Corpus Christi Sunday
Cycle B, Mk 14:12-16, 22-26: He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many."
June 9th
Tenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
Cycle B, Mk 3:20-35: "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."
June 16th
Eleventh Sunday
in Ordinary Time
Cycle B, Mk 4:26-34: The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
June 23rd
Twelfth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
Cycle B, Mk 4:35-41: He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm.
June 30th
Thirteenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
Cycle B, Mk 5:21-43: He took the child by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise!" The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.

Highlights of the Month

As we begin to feel the warmth of summer, we can reflect that we celebrate the feasts of Corpus Christi (June 2), the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 7) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 8). God is Love and the Sacred Heart of Jesus — present on earth in the Blessed Sacrament — is the human manifestation of God's Love for men. Appropriately June is considered the month for weddings where human hearts join and cooperate with the Creator in bringing forth new life. The family they create is a human reflection of the Blessed Trinity.

The saints that we will focus on this month are:

  • St. Justin (June 1),
  • St. Charles Lwanga & Companions (June 3),
  • St. Boniface (June 5),
  • St. Norbert (June 6),
  • St. Barnabas (June 11),
  • St. Anthony of Padua (June 13),
  • St. Romuald (June 19),
  • St. Aloysius Gonzaga (June 21),
  • Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More (June 22),
  • St. Paulinus (June 22),
  • Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24),
  • St. Josemaría Escrivá (June 26),
  • St. Cyril of Alexandria (June 27),
  • St. Irenaeus (June 28),
  • Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29)

From: catholic culture.org