Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin

April 30 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Siena.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 Sienna, in the Tuscan district, is the favored place where, in 1347, St. Catherine first saw the light of this world. Her life from her childhood, was a continual exercise of the choicest virtues, … Read more

Second Sunday after Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Today is the Second Sunday after Easter. by Fr. Raphael Frassinetti, 1900   Gospel. John x. 11-16. At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. But the hireling and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, … Read more

Saint Peter of Verona, Martyr

April 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter of Verona.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877   St. Peter, upon whom God bestowed a truly apostolic zeal, was born at Verona in the year 1205. His parents were Manicheans, but he himself evinced from his earliest youth an aversion to … Read more

Saint Hugh of Cluny, Abbot

April 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Hugh of Cluny.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Hugh was born at Semur (Brionnais in the Diocese of Autun), 1024. The eldest son of Count Dalmatius of Semur and Aremberge (Aremburgis) of Vergy, Hugh was descended from the noblest families in Burgundy. Dalmatius, devoted to war and … Read more

Saint Paul of the Cross, Confessor

April 28 Today is the feast day of Saint Paul of the Cross.  Ora pro nobis. from the Roman Breviary Paul of the Cross was born at Ovada in Liguria [northern Italy], and was descended from a noble family of Castellazzo near Alessandria [Piedmont]. The brilliance of his future holiness was foreshown by a wonderful … Read more

Saint Louis de Montfort, Confessor

April 28 Today is the feast day of Saint Louis de Montfort.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Louis was born at Montfort, 31 January, 1673.  He was born poor, in the village of Montfort in Brittany, France. He was the oldest of eight children. Louis exhibited a desire for the Lord from an early age, often times … Read more

Saint Zita, Virgin

April 27 Today is the feast day of Saint Zita.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Zita was born to a poor working family in a village in Tuscany, Monsagrati. She was raised by her pious and hard-working parents, and taught to realize that there were more important things than gold or money—Christian virtues of love, kindness, … Read more

Saint Peter Canisius, Doctor of the Church

April 27 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter Canisius.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Joseph Deharbe S.J., 1881   Amongst the great saints of this period who exercised their ministry in the countries about Germany, combating heresy and vice, guiding the erring and sinners on the way of salvation, and showing themselves true … Read more

Our Lady of Good Counsel

April 26 Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Records dating from the reign of Paul II (1464-71) relate that the picture of Our Lady, at first called “La Madonna del Paradiso” and now better known as “Madonna del Buon Consiglio”, appeared at Genazzano, a town about twenty-five miles southeast of … Read more

Saint Mark, Evangelist, Apostle, Martyr

April 25 Today is the feast day of Saint Mark.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger Two Saints by the name of Mark, are mentioned in Holy Writ. The first is Mark the Evangelist, whose festival we celebrate today. The other is Mark, surnamed John, who assisted St. Paul and St. Barnabas in … Read more

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