Saints and Feast Days in April 2016

It’s almost April! Here are the saints and feasts that are coming up:

Saints and Feast Days in April 2016

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Saints and Feasts

April 1: First Friday Devotions (optional)

April 2: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

April 3: Divine Mercy Sunday

April 4: The Annunciation of the Lord (solemnity – Usually March 25 but it was Good Friday)

April 5: St. Vincent Ferrer, priest (optional memorial)

April 7: St. John Baptist de la Salle, priest (obligatory memorial)

April 11: St. Stanislaus, bishop & martyr (obligatory memorial)

April 13: St. Martin I, pope and martyr (optional memorial)

April 17: World Day of Prayer for Vocations

April 21: St. Anselm, bishop & doctor of the church (optional memorial)

April 23: St. George, martyr (optional memorial)

April 23: St. Adalbert, bishop & martyr (optional memorial)

April 25: St. Mark, evangelist (feast)

April 28: St. Peter Chanel, priest & martyr (optional memorial)

April 28: St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, priest (optional memorial)

April 29: St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

April 30: St. Pius V, pope (optional memorial)

 Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

April is traditionally dedicated to The Blessed Sacrament

April 1: All Fool’s Day

April 22: Earth Day

April 27: Administrative Professionals Day (USA)

April 29: National Arbor Day

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Question of the week: Who is your favorite saint?

This is hard to answer, because I have a few! I would have to say the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph St. Martin de Porres, St. Josemaria Escriva,  and St. Jeanne Jugan are my top five. But, if I HAD to pick out of these five I would say St. Joseph. He always comes through for me when I need him and with my husband Michael on the road a lot, I know St. Joseph is watching over us. 🙂

Saint Martin de Porres

“Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

This week we will be celebrating two big feasts of the church: All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. However, instead of focusing this post on one of them, I want to mention another (optional) memorial that’s this week: Saint Martin de Porres.

Saint Martin has a special place in my heart. I was first introduced to him when I first got involved with the Little Sisters of the Poor. Then when I became a novice and took my religious name, it was Sister Elizabeth Martin – after Saint Martin de Porres.

He had to endure a lot of injustice in his life. He was the son of a free black woman and a Spanish Grandee; but, his father did not recognize St. Martin as his son until St. Martin was eight. He lived in abject poverty; but, never let the scars of life embitter him. He trusted in the Lord. He gave to those who were poorer than himself. He was goodness and kindness personified.

Saint Martin was also one of those saints that received extraordinary graces and even had the gift of bi-location. How cool is that? 😉 More importantly, he lived a life of prayer and penance, was charitable, and so humble that when he eventually sought entrance into the Dominican order, he didn’t think himself worthy enough to become a brother. He asked to be a lowly lay helper (although the community “made” him become a brother several years later).

We can strive to imitate many of his virtues and ask him to help us to trust in the Lord when we are faced with injustice or difficulties in life. St. Martin de Porres, pray for us!

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