The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Since the 16th century Catholics have assigned entire months to special devotions. This entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Times, which is represented in the color of green. The Gospel readings for the Sundays in August, Year A, Cycle 2 come from the Gospel of St. Matthew.


August 1: Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori

“Perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with God’s.”

– St. Alphonsus Liguori

August 4: St. John Vianney


“We have nothing of our own but our will. It is the only thing that God has so placed in our own power that we can make an offering of it to him.”

– St. John Vianney

August 5: Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major

August 6: Transfiguration of the Lord

The Church of the Transfiguration , Mount Tabor in Israel. Photo taken by Emily Jaminet

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,*then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

Matthew 17: 5

August 7: First Friday (and St. Sixtus II- Pope)

I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in My disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

St. Margaret Mary – First Friday

August 8: St. Dominic, Priest

“God has never, refused me what I have asked.” – Let us all turn to Our Blessed Mother and seek her help and guidance. 

– St. Dominic

August 12: Feast of St. Jane Frances de Chantal  

“Cordial love of the neighbor does not consist in feelings. This love flows not from a heart of flesh but from the heart of our will.”

– St. Jane Frances de Chantal 

August 14: St. Maximilian Kolbe

“We therefore surely give great pleasure to the Mother of God and draw down upon ourselves and our families many blessings from God when we recite the rosary-

St. Maximilian Kolbe 

August 15: Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.

CCC 966

August 19: Feast of John Eudes

O Heart all loveable and all-loving of my Saviour, be the Heart of my heart, the Soul of my soul, the Spirit of my spirit, the Life of my life and the sole principle of all my thoughts, words, and actions, of all the faculties of my soul and of all my senses, both interior and exterior. Amen.

– St. John Eudes

August 20: St. Bernard Abbot

St. Bernard Abbot (1091-1153): Full of these sentiments, always spoke of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as an inexhaustible source of all blessings: ” O Most sweet Jesus,” “what riches Thou hast contained in Thy Sacred Heart, and how easy it is for us to enrich ourselves when we possess in the Blessed Eucharist this infinite treasure.” p. 81 of The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

St. Bernard Abbot

August 21: St. Pius X, Pope

“Father Mateo, not only do I permit you, but I command you to give your life for this work of social salvation “to spread the devotion Enthronement of the Sacred Heart throughout the world.”

– Pope Pius X

August 22: Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“From the earliest ages of the catholic church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother’s solicitude over the entire world, just as she is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen.”

– Pope Pius XII

August 24: St. Bartholomew

Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel. ”

John 1 :49

August 27: St. Monica

“Nothing is far from God.”

St. Monica

August 28: St. Augustine

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

– Confessions of St. Augustine

August 29: The Passion of St. John the Baptist

” I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, Make straight the way of the Lord.”

– John 1: 23