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The Franciscan who used songs, games and dance to spread the Gospel

St Peter of St Joseph Betancurt

Saint of the week

St Peter of St Joseph Betancurt (April 25), born in Tenerife, ministered to the poor in Guatemala City

Daily readings: April 22 – 28

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

How the disciples’ alarm at the Risen Lord became a joy so great it left them dumbfounded

The word this week

Third Sunday of Easter: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Ps 4; 1 Jn 2:1-5; Lk 24:35-48

The Lourdes visionary who expected to be boiled on a grill in Purgatory

St Bernadette grew up uneducated, undernourished, and asthmatic

Saint of the week

St Bernadette (April 16) grew up in the direst extremes of poverty

Daily readings: April 15 – 21

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Form

The belief that Christ is Risen brings with it a new way of life

The word this week

Second Sunday of Easter: Acts 4:32-35; Ps 118; 1 Jn 5:1-6; Jn 20:19-31

The rich, handsome marquess who dedicated herself to the poor

San Anastasia church in Verona, the city where St Magdalen served the poor

Saint of the week

St Magdalen of Canossa (April 10)

Daily readings: April 8 – 14

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

We bring to Easter everything that has died within us, to the Father who alone raises us up to new life

The word this week

Easter Sunday: Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6-8; Jn 20:1-9

The saint who believed he was ‘a plague-spot in soul and body’

His sermons dwelled on the gloomier aspects of the faith

Saint of the week

St Vincent Ferrer (April 5) believed that Jews should be rooted out of Spain. His anti-Semitic sermons sparked riots that killed thousands