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      Feasts of the Season Winter 2018
                                           April 9
May 10 or 13
May 20
May 27
June 3
June 8
A Service of
Feasts of Spring
The Annunciation
On this day, we celebrate the appearance of the angel Gabriel to Mary to announce that God wanted her to be the mother of Jesus. We also celebrate Mary’s response:
“I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). NOTE: Whenever the normal date of the Annunciation (March 25) occurs during Holy Week, it is transferred to the Monday after the Second Sunday of Easter.
The Ascension of the Lord
This solemnity celebrates Jesus’ return to the Father. As he leaves, he tells his
followers to spread his message to all nations—a command he wants us to ful ll today. In most areas, this feast is observed on the Seventh Sunday of Easter
(May 13 in 2018). The archdioceses of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia have retained the traditional Ascension Thursday (May 10 in 2018), which remains a holy day of obligation in these provinces.
Pentecost Sunday
Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ followers, which changed fearful people into brave proclaimers of the message of the Risen Jesus. On this day, the birthday of the Church, the disciples baptized 3,000 new Christians.
The Most Holy Trinity
This feast honors the fact that there are Three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit— in one God. This truth was revealed to us in Scripture and is called a mystery because our human minds are not capable of completely understanding the Holy Trinity.
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
This feast (Corpus Christi in Latin) celebrates Jesus’ presence with his people in the Holy Eucharist. The site of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, was selected by Spanish explorers on this feast day.
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
This solemnity celebrates the fact that Jesus loves us with the warmth and devotion of a human heart like ours. Since Jesus is divine as well as human, he is not limited in the love he extends to each of us.
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