A – Highlights of the Month

July is usually hot and a time for relaxing. It is also the time when crops planted in the Spring are maturing and growing. Just as the crops are dependent upon summer rains not only to grow but to survive so our spiritual development is dependent upon our frequenting the sacraments and receiving the Blood of Christ.

The main feasts of this month are St. Junipero Serra (July 1), St. Thomas the Apostle (July 3), St. Elizabeth of Portugal (July 5), St. Maria Goretti (July 6), St. Benedict (July 11), St. Henry (July 13), Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha (USA – July 14), St. Bonaventure (July 15), St. Camillus (July 18), St. Mary Magdalene (July 22), St. Sharbel (July 24), St. James (July 25), Sts. Joachim and Anne (July 26), St. Ignatius of Loyola (July 31).

he feasts of St. Augustine Zhao Rong (July 9), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (July 16), St. Bridget (July 23) and St. Peter Chrysologus (July 30) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.