Want to Get ready for Sunday Mass?

By Fr. Mike Boutin - June 1, 2009

Next Sunday, June 7th, is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=1112 . Here's what Catholics teach about the Trinity: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15047a.htm

And in case you need a laugh today, and want to see how confusing the Trinity can be, watch this YouTube segment from the movie, Nuns on the Run: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBYs__VRqBs

The liturgical season is now Ordinary Time: not as in contrast to "extraordinary" time, since all time in Christ is extraordinary. Instead, we call it Ordinary Time, because the Sundays are "counted" (think ordinal numbers). The color for Ordinary Time is green, but the first two Sundays of Ordinary Time are special solemnities (Trinity on 6/7 and Body and Blood of Christ on 6/14) , and so the liturgical color is white or gold. The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity always comes on the Sunday after Pentecost, because it is with the Pentecost that "the Holy Spirit came in transforming power upon the disciples, and the life of faith that we know began: Jesus is no longer visible to our eyes, but he is present among us in wonderful ways through the power of the Holy Spirit." (p. 214, Sourcebook, 2009 http://www.ltp.org/p-1795-sourcebook-for-sundays-seasons-and-weekdays-2009-the-almanac-for-pastoral-liturgy.aspx)

Here are the readings for next Sunday: http://www.usccb.org/nab/readings/060709.shtml
Here are a few good sites for exegesis (an explanation of what the Biblical texts are trying to say):
http://liturgy.slu.edu/TrinityB060709/main.html http://www.textweek.com/yearb/trinityb.htm
http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/jun7.htm

Preachers, any good homily starters for Trinity Sunday, besides the shamrock? How do you get ready? Share your thoughts and suggestions on our discussion board: http://www.patheos.com/Engage/Discussion-Forum.xml?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a31dfef4e-4821-423a-b66d-9def1f179027Forum%3aedd52e41-e3b1-4454-8f35-c1177c016b93Discussion%3ae1daee1d-b123-415f-8e4d-e84aa270f802

General Liturgical Resources:
cf Living Liturgy 2009 http://www.litpress.org/Detail.aspx?ISBN=9780814627464

Companion to the Calendar: http://www.amazon.com/Companion-Calendar-Mary-Ellen-Hynes/dp/1568540116

General Preaching Links:
http://www.religiousresources.org/directory/cat.php?cat_id=84
http://www.catholicpreaching.com/
http://www.homilies.com/
http://www.preachingcoalition.org/
http://www.domcentral.org/preach/cathresources.htm
http://www.catholiclinks.org/homiliasenglish.htm

General Exegetical Links:
Preaching the Lectionary
http://www.amazon.com/Preaching-Lectionary-Word-Church-Today/dp/0814613519
Jerome Biblical Commentary: http://www.amazon.com/Preaching-Lectionary-Word-Church-Today/dp/0814613519
St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology http://www.salvationhistory.com/
http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/library_category/38/Catholic_Bible_Study.html
http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2007/01/scripture-commentary-by-fr-william-g.html
http://www.catholic-pages.com/dir/commentary.asp
General Intercessions (Prayers of the Faithful)
Here are some general principles: http://dsjliturgy.blogspot.com/2004/09/10-principles-for-writing-general.html
Good examples of intercessions for Trinity Sunday: http://liturgy.slu.edu/TrinityB060709/ideas_other.html
Here's some interesting examples of Trinity Sunday homilies (from all three years of readings) and preaching blogs worth exploring:
http://weedon.blogspot.com/2008/05/feast-of-holy-trinity.html
http://www.gracehouma.org/Web%20Docs/Sermons/2008/SermonTrinity_Sundaymay18,2008.pdf
http://www.rcan.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_ID=998
http://meynen.homily-service.net/ye2002/afholtri.htm
http://www.catholicpreaching.com/
http://www.homilies.com/
http://deacbench.blogspot.com/2009/02/its-general-mediocrity-of-catholic.html
http://www.americamagazine.org/blog/blog.cfm?blog_id=1
http://www.op-stjoseph.org/blog/tags/Word_to_Life