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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World Day of Prayer

“How many loaves have you?” Deuteronomy 8:7-10

Do you know about the Women’s World Day of Prayer? Until yesterday, I hadn’t. The WDP was started by a woman named Mary Ellen James in 1887 in response to the problems she saw new immigrants and other facing  in her day.

The World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical event, and its purpose to encourage woman to pray for each other and encourage one another. In particular, women are encouraged to pray for women in other countries and cultures. The World Day of Prayer is on the first Friday of March each year and is focused on a different country; this year being dedicated to praying for the people of Chili. (You can learn more about the World Day of Prayer here and here.)

So let us today pray for all join in for praying for all women, especially for the women of Chili!

(Linked to Fearless Friday.)