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April 2022 - Overview for the Month

by Catholic Culture Staff

Description

The month of April is dedicated to The Holy Spirit


Highlights

April 25
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 is the Easter season, a time to try this traditional 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

St. Mark

The winged lion, ancient symbol of St. Mark, refers to his Gospel, which informs us of the royal dignity of Christ.

St. Anselm

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).

St. Catherine of Siena

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 Spirit of the Lord hath filed the whole earth, alleluia.

Publisher & Date

Catholic Culture, July 26, 2021

The first fifteen days of the month fall during the season of Lent which is represented by the liturgical color violet or purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart. The remainder of April falls during the Easter season which is represented by the liturgical color 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 2022

For health care workers: We pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities. (See also http://popesprayerusa.net/popes-intentions/)


Feasts for April

2. Francis of Paola, Opt. Mem.
3. Fifth Sunday of Lent, Sunday
4. St. Isidore of Seville, Opt. Mem.
5. Vincent Ferrer, Opt. Mem.
10. Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, Sunday
14. Holy Thursday, Triduum
15. Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion, Triduum
16. Holy Saturday, Triduum
17. Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord, Solemnity
18. Monday within the Octave of Easter, Solemnity
19. Tuesday within the Octave of Easter, Solemnity
20. Wednesday within the Octave of Easter, Solemnity
21. Thursday within the Octave of Easter, Solemnity
22. Friday in the Octave of Easter, Solemnity
23. Saturday in the Octave of Easter, Solemnity
24. Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy), Solemnity
25. St. Mark, Feast
28. Peter Chanel (NZ, Feast); Louis Mary de Montfort, Opt. Mem.
29. Catherine of Siena, Memorial
30. Pius V; Marie de l'Incarnacion (Can), Opt. Mem.


Focus of the Liturgy

The Gospel readings for the first two Sundays in April follow the Lenten season from Cycle C, unless a parish has catechumens, they would then follow Cycle A. The Weekday readings follow the annual Lenten readings. The Triduum and the Easter season readings are yearly and remain the same each year.

April 3rd
5th Sunday of Lent

Year C, John 8:12-13: Jesus forgives the woman taken in adultery; "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

April 10
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Year C, Entry: Luke 19:28-40, Passion: Luke 22:14--23:56: The reading of the Passion of Our Lord from St. Luke's Gospel.

April 17
Easter Sunday

Year C, Vigil: Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-9: The Gospels recounts recounts the women and the Apostles' visits to the empty tomb of Christ on Easter morning.

April 24
2nd Sunday of Easter
of Divine Mercy

Year A B C, John 20:19-31: Jesus appears to the Apostles after the Resurrection, and the relating of the doubt of St. 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 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. Francis of Paola (April 2), St. Isidore of Seville (April 4), St. Vincent Ferrer (April 5), St. Mark, Evangelist (April 25), St. Peter Chanel (April 28),St. Louis Marie de Montfort (April 28), St. Catherine of Siena (April 29), and St. Pius V (April 30).


A Time of New Life

April boasts the most solemn and sublime events of human history: the Passion, Death, and 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)

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