Category: Easter

  • Fifth Sunday of Easter

    Fifth Sunday of Easter

    Only a few of us Catholics have received the Sacrament of Holy Orders and so are part of the hierarchical and sacramental priesthood whose offices are bishop, priest, and deacon. But every one of us, by nature of our Baptism, still has a share in Christ’s priesthood through the reality of the common priesthood of…

  • Trinity Sunday

    Trinity Sunday

    Next Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, commemorating the central truth not just of our Catholic faith but of all reality.  The Lectionary readings 166 are here.  For a Doctrinal Homily Outline with the following themes, click here: Central idea: The Most Holy Trinity.  Doctrine: The mystery of the Trinity.  Practical application: Living…

  • Pentecost


    Pentecost is the event “where God the Father ‘through his Word, pours into our hearts the Gift that contains all gifts, the Holy Spirit’” (CCC 1082, HD 56). St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that “Gift” is a proper name of the person of the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and Son as love. Thomas…

  • The Ascension or Seventh Sunday of Easter

    The Ascension or Seventh Sunday of Easter

    Christ is in heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. He is the way: he is both our destination and the road by which we travel. We can be with him by being like him.  We who are on the earth-side of this way can say to him, I’ll do…

  • Sixth Sunday of Easter

    Sixth Sunday of Easter

    The readings for Lectionary 57 are here.  The Homiletic Directory offers the following Catechism points and themes for the Sixth Sunday of Easter: CCC 2746-2751: Christ’s prayer at the Last Supper CCC 243, 388, 692, 729, 1433, 1848: the Holy Spirit as Advocate/Consoler CCC 1965-1974: the New Law fulfills the Old CCC 865, 869, 1045, 1090,…

  • Fifth Sunday of Easter

    Fifth Sunday of Easter

    The Gospel reading from St. John for the Fifth Sunday of Easter is short but profound. It is Christ’s New Commandment. I give you a new commandment: love one another.As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.This is how all will know that you are my disciples,if you have love for…

  • Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Fourth Sunday of Easter

    The Lectionary 51 readings are some of the most consoling we encounter in Sacred Scripture. Christ and the Father are one. We belong to them. God will wipe every tear from our eyes. Each of the two outlines from the archives focuses on the central idea that Christ is the Good Shepherd. One of them,…

  • Third Sunday of Easter

    Third Sunday of Easter

    Lectionary readings for the Third Sunday of Easter is no. 48. The Gospel reading is from John: Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearance to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberius. From the archives, here is a full updated outline with the following foci: Central Idea: Christ is our King, but Peter and the Apostles are his princes.  Doctrine: The primacy…

  • Second Sunday of Easter

    Second Sunday of Easter

    The Second Sunday of Easter is also called Divine Mercy Sunday. Lectionary readings (45). The Gospel from John is (1st) Our Lord’s appearance to the apostles on Easter evening with his gift to them of the power to forgive sins and (2nd) His appearance the following Sunday and his encounter with Thomas. For a full…

  • Easter Sunday

    Easter Sunday

    Here are links to four outlines for Easter Sunday. The Easter Vigil readings The joyful resurrection of Christ and of us The Lord’s Day and walking with the Holy Spirit The Resurrection of Christ and our resurrection Please note that Doctrinal Homily Outlines will quit Facebook at the end of April. To receive notices of…

  • Eucharist: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

    Eucharist: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

    Central idea: The Holy Eucharist. Doctrine: The Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Practical application: Worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist.

  • The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

    The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

    The Blessed Trinity: Revelation, Theology, and Devotion