The month of April is dedicated to The Holy Spirit

The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of April 2024

For the role of women: We pray that the dignity and immense value of women be recognized in every culture, and for the end of discrimination that they experience in different parts of the world.


Feasts for April 2024

01. MONDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER, Solemnity

02. TUESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER, Solemnity

03. WEDNESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER, Solemnity

04. THURSDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER, Solemnity

05. FRIDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER, Solemnity

06. SATURDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER, Solemnity

07. SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (or SUNDAY OF DIVINE MERCY), Solemnity

08. ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD, Solemnity

14. THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, Sunday

21. FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY), Sunday

23. George; Adalbert, Opt. Mem.

24. Fidelis, Opt. Mem.

25. St. Mark, Evangelist, Feast

28. FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, Sunday

29. Catherine of Siena, Memorial

30. Pius V, Opt. Mem.


Focus of the Liturgy

The Mass readings for the Sundays of April follow the Easter season for Cycle B. The Weekday readings follow the annual Easter readings.

April 7th – Second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy

Year A,B,C: John 20:19-31: Eight days later Jesus appears to the Apostles after the Resurrection and the story of the doubt of St. Thomas.


April 14th – Third Sunday of Easter

Year B: Luke 24:35-48: Thus it was written that the Christ would suffer and rise form the dead on the third day.


April 21st – Fourth Sunday of Easter Good Shepherd Sunday

Year B: John 10:11-18: The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.


April 28th – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Year B: John 12:20-33: “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”


Highlights of the Month

As our Lenten journey comes to a close we prepare to follow Christ all the way to the cross and to witness His glorious Resurrection. Hopefully we have sacrificed and prayed so that we are now able to more fully reap the fruits of a well spent Lent. 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 feasts and saints that we will focus on this month — those who have already shared in the rewards of the Resurrection are:

Solemnity of the Annunciation will be celebrated on April 8 since the 25th falls on Monday of Holy Week. The feast was superseded by the Holy Week liturgy.

Sts. George and Adalbert (April 23),

St. Fidelis (April 24),

St. Mark, Evangelist (April 25),

St. Catherine of Siena (April 29),

and St. Pius V (April 30).

These feasts are superseded by Octave of Easter or Sunday liturgies:

St. Francis of Paola (April 2),

St. Isidore of Seville (April 4),

St. Vincent Ferrer (April 5),

St. John Baptist de la Salle (April 7),

St. Stanislaus of Cracow (April 11),

St. Martin I (April 13),

St. Peter Chanel and St. Louis Marie de Montfort, (April 28),

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