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In the Eucharist Christ becomes for us all that the Father had been for him

The word this week

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Dt 8:2-3, 14B-16A; Ps 147; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6:51-58 (Year A)

The Holy Spirit, at work within us, reaches from the head to the heart

The word this week

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Ex 34:4B-6, 8-9; Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56; 2 Cor 13:11-13; Jn 3:16-18 (Year A)

Daily readings: June 15-21

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint who is venerated as the first English martyr

A 13th-century manuscript at Trinity College Library, Dublin, shows the executioner’s eyes falling out as he kills the saint

Saint of the week

St Alban (June 22) is venerated by Anglicans, Catholics and Orthodox Christians

Daily readings: June 1 – 7

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Ascension marks our new beginning in Christ

The word this week

The Ascension of the Lord, Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20 (Year A)

The saint who chopped down a sacred oak

An image from the Fulda Sacramentary depicts the martyrdom of St Boniface

Saint of the week

St Boniface (June 5) was named after a fourth-century martyr from Tarsus in Syria

Daily readings: May 25-31

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

To experience Christ’s Resurrection is to know that we are loved by the Father

The word this week

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Ps 66; 1 Pet 3:15-18; Jn 14:15-21 (Year A)

The saint who began the society that became the Oratory

A painting depicts St Philip Neri levitating while celebrating Mass

Saint of the week

St Philip Neri (May 25) was beatified in 1615 and canonised just seven years later