Saint and Feast Days in May 2016

Boy, May came quick! There are a lot of fun and wonderful feast days this month such as Ascension, Pentecost and the Visitation of Mary. I am hoping to make an effort to fully celebrate these days, both liturgically and at home.

Saint & Feast Days in May 2016

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In addition to these days, we are getting a new bishop in my diocese (Metuchen) tomorrow, May 3. I will definitely be watching the installation! Anyway, here are the saint and feast days for May:

Saints and Feasts

May 4: St. Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

May 3: Sts. Philip & James, Apostles (feast)

May 5: Ascension of the Lord (Solemnity & holy day of obligation) Some dioceses transfer feast to the following Sunday.

May 6: First Friday Devotions (optional)

May 7: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

May 8: Mother’s Day & Ascension of our Lord celebrated in some dioceses.

May 10: St. Damien de Veuster, priest (optional memorial)

May 12: Sts. Nereus & Achilleus, martyrs (optional memorial)

May 12: St. Pancras, martyr (optional memorial)

May 13: Our Lady of Fatima (optional memorial)

May 14: St. Matthias, apostle (feast)

May 15: Pentecost (Solemnity)

May 18: St. John I, pope & martyr (optional memorial)

May 20: St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (optional memoria)

May 21: St. Christopher Magallanes, priest & Companions, martyrs (optional memorial)

May 22: Most Holy Trinity (Solemnity)

May 25: St. Bede the Venerable, priest & doctor of the church (optional memorial)

May 25: St. Gregory VII, pope (optional memorial)

 May 25: St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin (optional memorial)

May 26: St. Philip Neri, Priest (obligatory memorial)

May 27: St. Augustine of Canterbury (optional memorial)

May 29: Corpus Christi (Solemnity)

May 31: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (feast)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

May is traditionally dedicated to The Blessed Mother

May 1: 6th Sunday of Easter

May 5: National Day of Prayer, Holocaust Remembrance Day, & Cinco de Mayo (USA)

May 8: Mother’s Day

May 21: Armed Forces Day (USA)

May 23: Victory Day (Canada)

May 30: Memorial Day

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Ascension Thursday

Jesus Ascension(Image in Public domain)

“When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11

Today is the beautiful feast day of the Ascension. It is the day we celebrate when Jesus took his rightful place – Ascending into heaven of His own power – at the right hand of the Father. It is also a reminder for us that someday, after the final judgement, will be reunited into our glorified body and live forever with Jesus in heaven (or eternally separated from Him in hell.)

Because of its significance, the feast of the Ascension is a holy day of obligation. From what I have read on about.com, all the dioceses of the US – except Boston, New York, Hartford, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia – have transferred the obligation to the following Sunday, June 1. HOWEVER, here in NJ,  the Metuchen and Trenton Dioceses are maintaining the obligation for today, the actual feast day, and so may many others. Therefore, if you are not certain if the feast is celebrated today or Sunday in your church, I encourage you to contact your local parish office.

To read more about this glorious feast go here, here and here.

Ancient Catholic Prayer for the Ascension

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God,
that we who believe
Thine only-begotten Son our Redeemer,
to have ascended this day into heaven,
may ourselves dwell in spirit amid heavenly things. Amen.

(From the Roman Missal [6th-8th Century]. Found this beautiful prayer here.)