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April 7

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter Mass Readings Featured Saints St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle – St. Peter’s Basilica, RomeSt. John Baptist de la Salle, priest (†1719). Fundou a Congregação dos Irmãos das Escolas Cristãs, para instrução de meninos pobres. St. Hermann Joseph, priest (†1241/1252). Religious from the Premonstratensian monastery of Steinfeld, Germany; he stood out for his love of the Blessed...

April 6

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter Mass Readings Featured Saints Blessed Michael Rua – Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, Turin (Italy)Blessed Michael Rua, priest (†1910). Disciple and first successor of St. John Bosco; he gave great impetus to the Salesian Order. St. Peter of Verona, priest and martyr (†1252). Born to Manichean parents, he embraced the Catholic Faith and entered the...

April 5

Monday in the Octave of Easter Mass Readings Featured Saints St. Vincent Ferrer preaching to Mohammedans, – St. Peter’s Cathedral, Vannes (France)St. Vincent Ferrer, priest (†1419). This Spanish Dominican distinguished himself as a great missionary preacher of conversion and penance at a time when Christianity was torn by the Western Schism. St. Gerald, abbot (†1095). Entered monastic life in  Corbie, his...

April 1

Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper Mass Readings Featured Saints Blessed Charles of Austria, king (†1922). After suffering with Catholic heroism the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after the First World War, he died in exile on the Iseland of Madeira, Portugal. St. Mary of Egypt, penitent (†fifth century). A public sinner from Alexandria who, out of curiosity, embarked...

March 31

Wednesday of Holy Week Mass Readings Featured Saints St. Agilulfus – Church of the Dormition, Jerusalem (Israel)St. Agilulfus, bishop (†751/752). Bishop of Cologne, Germany, renowned for his preaching and holy life. St. Balbina, virgin and martyr (†c. 130). Of noble birth, she received numerous marriage proposals, but remained faithful to her vow of virginity. She was imprisoned together with her father, by...
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