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April 2019 - Overview for the Month

Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful: and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
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
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.

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 end of Lent, the Sacred Triddum, and the beginning of the Easter fall in April this year. During the first twenty days we are in Lent which is represented by the liturgical color purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart. Then we enter into the Easter in which the color changes to white, the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity, and innocence.

The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of April 2019

Doctors and their Collaborators in War Torn Areas
For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others. (See also Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network)

Feasts for April

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

2. Francis of Paola,Opt. Mem.
4. St. Isidore,Opt. Mem.
5. Vincent Ferrer,Opt. Mem.
7. Fifth Sunday of Lent,Sunday
11. Stanislaus of Cracow,Memorial
13. Martin I,Opt. Mem.
14. Palm Sunday,Sunday
18. Holy Thursday,Triduum
19. Good Friday,Triduum
20. Holy Saturday,Triduum
21. Easter Sunday,Solemnity
22. Monday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity
23. Tuesday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity
24. Wednesday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity
25. Thursday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity
26. Friday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity
27. Saturday in the Octave of Easter,Solemnity
28. Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy),Solemnity
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. Luke and are from Year C, Cycle 1.

April 7th - Fifth Sunday of Lent

This Gospel tells the story of the woman taken in adultry.

April 14th - Palm Sunday

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

April 21st - Easter Sunday

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

April 28nd - Divine Mercy Sunday

The Gospel relates the story of doubting Thomas.

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. Francis of Paola (April 2), St. Isidore (April 4), St. Vincent Ferrer (April 5), St. Stanislaus (April 11), St. Martin I (April 13), St. Bernadette (April 16), St. Catherine of Siena (April 29) and St. Pius V (April 30).

The feast of St. John Baptist de la Salle (April 7) falls on Sunday so is superseded the Sunday liturgy. The feasts of St. Anselm (April 21), St. George and St. Adalbert (April 23), St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (April 24), St. Mark (April 25), Our Lady of Good Counsel (April 26) and St. Louis Mary de Montfort and St. Peter Chanel (April 28) are 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)