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April 2014 - Overview for the Month

The month of April is dedicated to The Holy Spirit. The first nineteen days of the month fall during the season of Lent which is represented by the liturgical color purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart. The rest of April falls in the Easter season in which white, the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity, and innocence, is the liturgical color.

The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of April 2014

General: That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources. (See also www.apostleshipofprayer.net)

Missionary: That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness. (See also www.apostleshipofprayer.net)

Feasts for April

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

2. Francis of Paola, Opt. Mem.
4. Isidore of Seville, Opt. Mem.
5. Vincent Ferrer, Opt. Mem.
6. Fifth Sunday of Lent, Sunday
7. John Baptist de la Salle, Opt. Mem.
11. Stanislaus of Cracow, Opt. Mem.
13. Palm Sunday, Sunday
17. Holy Thursday, Triduum
18. Good Friday, Triduum
19. Holy Saturday, Triduum
20. Easter Sunday, Solemnity
21. Easter Monday, Solemnity
22. Easter Tuesday, Solemnity
23. Easter Wednesday, Solemnity
24. Easter Thursday, Solemnity
25. Easter Friday, Solemnity
26. Easter Saturday, Solemnity
27. Divine Mercy Sunday, Solemnity
28. Peter Chanel (NZ, Feast); Louis Mary de Montfort; Gianna Molla, mother (Italy), Opt. Mem.
29. Catherine of Siena, Memorial
30. Pius V; Bl. Marie de l'Incarnacion (Can), Memorial

Focus of the Liturgy

The Gospel readings for the Sundays in April are taken from St. John and St. Matthew. All are from Year A, Cycle 2.

April 6th - Fifth Sunday of Lent

This Gospel tells the story of Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life.

April 13th - Palm Sunday

The Gospel is the reading of the Passion of Our Lord.

April 20th - Easter Sunday

This Gospel recounts Mary Magdalen and the apostles visit to the empty tomb of Christ on Easter.

April 27th - Divine Mercy Sunday

The Gospel relates the story of doubting Thomas.

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 saints that we will focus on this month — those who have already shared in the rewards of the Resurrection — are St. Francis of Paola (April 2), St. Isidore (April 4), St. Vincent Ferrer (April 5), St. John Baptist de la Salle (April 7), St. Stanislaus (April 11), St. Louis Mary de Montfort and St. Peter Chanel (April 28), St. Catherine of Siena (April 29) and St. Pius V (April 30).

The feasts of St. Bernadette (April 16), St. Anselm (April 21), St. George and St. Adalbert (April 23), St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (April 24), St. Mark (April 25) and Our Lady of Good Counsel (April 26), fall during Holy Week and Easter Week and are superseded by the Holy Days. The feast of St. Martin I (April 13) falls on Sunday so is superseded the Sunday 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)

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Highlights
April 3
St. Mark
St. Mark, the author of the second Gospel, was the son of Mary whose house at Jerusalem was the meeting place of Christians.
Recipe of the Month
Paasbrod
It's still the Easter season so try this raditional Easter bread from Holland which will impress your friends and family.
Activity of the Month
Home Altar Hangings
Altar hangings or banners are an excellent project to help older children to know and love the Easter to Pentecost season and to realize its greater significance.

Symbols
The winged lion, ancient symbol of St. Mark, refers to his Gospel, which informs us of the royal dignity of Christ.
Writer of the Christian classic, "Cur Deus Homo." This thirty-fourth Archbishop of Canterbury, amid difficulties with royalty, guarded the spiritual independence of the Church (represented by the ship symbol).
Among many diplomatic achievements, St. Catherine is known for effecting a reconciliation between the Florentine people and the Papacy. This emblem refers to her faith and charitableness.
The patron of England, a Christian warrior who is said to have suffered martyrdom in Palestine, during the Diocletian persecution. His shield was the badge of the English from the days of Richard Coeur-de-Lion on. It is for this reason these arms are borne by the Order of the Garter.