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  1. 30th April 2017
  2. 23rd April 2017
  3. 16th April 2017
  4. 09th April 2017

 


  April  2017 - Overview for the Month

 
 
The month of April is dedicated to The Holy Spirit. Depending on the year (see list of feasts below), either part or all of April falls during the Easter season. Once Lent ends, for which the liturgical color is purple (a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart), the season of Easter ushers in the liturgical color of white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored).

The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of April 2017
Young People:
That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

Feasts for April
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of April are:

02. Fifth Sunday of Lent,Sunday
04. St. Isidore,Opt. Mem.
05. Vincent Ferrer,Opt. Mem.
07. John Baptist de la Salle,Opt. Mem.
09. Palm Sunday,Sunday
13. Holy Thursday,Triduum
14. Good Friday,Triduum
15. Holy Saturday,Triduum
16. Easter Sunday,Solemnity
17. Easter Monday,Solemnity
18. Easter Tuesday,Solemnity
19. Easter Wednesday,Solemnity
20. Easter Thursday,Solemnity
21. Easter Friday,Solemnity
22. Easter Saturday,Solemnity
23. Divine Mercy Sunday,Solemnity
24. St. Fidelis,Opt. Mem.
25. St. Mark,Feast
28. Louis Mary de Montfort; Gianna Molla, mother (Italy),Opt. Mem.
29. Catherine of Siena,Memorial
30. Third Sunday of Easter,Sunday

Focus of the Liturgy

The Gospel readings for April are taken from St. Matthew and St. John. All are from Year A, Cycle 1.

April 2nd - 5th Sunday of Lent This Gospel tells the story of Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life.
April 9th - Palm Sunday The Gospel is the reading of the Passion of Our Lord.
April 16th - Easter Sunday This Gospel recounts Mary Magdalen and the apostles visit to the empty tomb of Christ on Easter.
April 23rd - Divine Mercy Sunday The Gospel relates the story of doubting Thomas.
April 30th - 3rd Sunday of Easter The Gospel relates the story of the disciples encountering Jesus on the road to Emmaus.
 
Highlights of the Month     After our solemn commemoration of the last days and death of Our Lord we will spend the remainder of the month of April celebrating. As Spring breaks forth even nature will join us as buds and blooms begin to surface and we spend this month basking in the joy of the Resurrection. We continue throughout the entire month our cry, "Christ is risen, Christ is truly risen." The Feast of Divine Mercy offers us the opportunity to begin again as though we were newly baptized. The unfathomable mercy of God is made manifest today if we but accept His most gracious offer. Easter is the feast of feasts, the unalloyed joy and gladness of all Christians. This truly is "the day that the Lord has made." From Sunday to Sunday, from year to year, the Easters of this earth will lead us to that blessed day on which Christ has promised that He will come again with glory to take us with Him into the kingdom of His Father.

The saints that we will focus on this month — those who have already shared in the rewards of the Resurrection — are St. Isidore (April 4), St. Vincent Ferrer (April 5), St. John Baptist de la Salle (April 7), St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (April 24), St. Mark (April 25), Our Lady of Good Counsel (April 26), St. Louis Mary de Montfort and St. Peter Chanel (April 28) and St. Catherine of Siena (April 29).

The feasts of St. Francis of Paola (April 2), St. Bernadette (April 16), St. George and St. Adalbert (April 23) and St. Pius V (April 30) fall on Sunday so are superseded the Sunday liturgy. The feasts of St. Stanislaus (April 11) and St. Martin I (April 13) are superseded by the Holy Week liturgies. The feast of St. Anselm (April 21) is superseded by the Easter Week liturgy.
 
A Time of New Life     
April boasts the most solemn and sublime event of human history: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ – the Paschal mystery. Though the way to the Resurrection was the Via Crucis, the Sacrificial Lamb of God is now and forever Christ our Light, the Eternal high priest of the New Covenant. And his sorrowful mother, the Stabat Mater of Good Friday, is now the jubilant Mother of the Regina Caeli.

We the members of Christ’s Mystical Body exalt in the mystery by which we were redeemed. If in Baptism we were buried with Christ, so also will we share in his resurrection. By his death we were reborn; “by his stripes we were healed.” (Is 53:5) Easter, the epicenter of time, is the event that links time and eternity. It is indeed “the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.” (Ps 118:24)

 taken from http://www.catholicculture.org/