April 2016 - Overview for the Month

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.

The month of April is dedicated to The Holy Spirit. The entire month falls during the Easter season. The liturgical color is 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 2016

Universal: That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor. (See also Apostleship of Prayer)

Evangelization: That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts. (See also Apostleship of Prayer)

Feasts for April

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

1. Easter Friday, Solemnity
2. Easter Saturday, Solemnity
3. Divine Mercy Sunday, Solemnity
4. Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity
5. Vincent Ferrer, Opt. Mem.
7. John Baptist de la Salle, Opt. Mem.
10. Third Sunday of Easter, Sunday
11. Stanislaus of Cracow, Opt. Mem.
13. Martin I, Opt. Mem.
17. Fourth Sunday of Easter, Sunday
21. Anselm, Opt. Mem.
23. George; Adalbert, Opt. Mem.
24. Fifth Sunday of Easter, Sunday
25. St. Mark, Feast
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 are from Year C, Cycle 2.

April 3rd - Divine Mercy Sunday

The Gospel relates the story of doubting Thomas.

April 10th - 3rd Sunday of Easter

Jesus revealed himself to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.

April 17th - 4th Sunday of Easter

The Gospel is about Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

April 24th - 5th Sunday of Easter

Jesus gives the commandment to love one another.

Highlights of the Month

After our solemn commemoration of the last days and death of Our Lord we will spend 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. Stanislaus (April 11), St. Martin I (April 13), St. Bernadette (April 16), St. Anselm (April 21), St. George and St. Adalbert (April 23), St. Mark (April 25), Our Lady of Good Counsel (April 26), St. Louis Mary de Montfort and St. Peter Chanel (April 28), St. Catherine of Siena (April 29) and St. Pius V (April 30).

The feast of St. Francis of Paola (April 2) falls during Easter Week and is superseded by the Holy Days. The feast of St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (April 24) 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)