St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
April 29, 2017

Saints:

Daily Readings:

    First Option

  • First Reading

    Acts 6:1-7
    1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.
    2 And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.
    3 Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty.
    4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."
    5 And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Proch'orus, and Nica'nor, and Ti'mon, and Par'menas, and Nicola'us, a proselyte of Antioch.
    6 These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.
    7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
    1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.
    2 Praise the LORD with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
    4 For the word of the LORD is upright; and all his work is done in faithfulness.
    5 He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
    18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
    19 that he may deliver their soul from death, and keep them alive in famine.

  • Gospel

    John 6:16-21
    16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
    17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Caper'na-um. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
    18 The sea rose because a strong wind was blowing.
    19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat. They were frightened,
    20 but he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."
    21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

  • Second Option

  • First Reading

    1 John 1:5--2:2
    5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
    6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth;
    7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
    8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
    9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
    1 My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
    2 and he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

  • Responsorial Psalm

    Psalms 103:1-4, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18
    1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
    2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
    3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
    4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
    8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
    9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever.
    13 As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him.
    14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
    17 But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children,
    18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

  • Gospel

    Matthew 11:25-30
    25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;
    26 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
    27 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
    28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

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