World Day of Prayer for Vocations (This Sunday)

Just want to give you a heads up that this Sunday (April 17, 2016) is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

It is so important to pray for vocations. I am sure we all know that the Church needs more men and women in service to the Lord. As someone who spend a signficant amount of time discerning a religious vocation, I can attest that it is a beautiful and fulfilling life! I may not have had a vocation but I have never regretted my time with the Little Sisters.

And, if you are a parent, please be open to your child having a possible vocation. I was blessed to have parents who supported my decision to discern a vocation. However, during my time with the Little Sisters, I saw so many parents who disapproved (and actively opposed) their daughters’ vocation. This opposition caused a lot of pressure and angst that affected the women’s ability to truly discern God’s plan for them.

For information and prayers for vocations go here and here.

 

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

Image by Pezibear (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

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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