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May the presence of the Risen Lord transform empty hearts

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 (Year A)

The saint who carried water to the Last Supper

A winged lion in a stained-glass window symbolises St Mark the Evangelist

Saint of the week

St Mark the Evangelist (April 25) is traditionally thought to be the interpreter of the Apostle Peter

The saint who lived in the ruins of the Colosseum

St Benedict Joseph Labre was rejected by the Trappists because they thought he was ‘too delicate’

Saint of the week

St Benedict Joseph Labre (April 16) was the eldest of 15 children

Daily Readings: April 13-19

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

At the beginning of Holy Week we open our lives to Christ

The word this week

Palm Sunday, Mt 21:1-11; Is 50:4-7; Ps 22; Phil 2:6-11; Mt 26:14 – Mt 27:66 or Mt 27:11-54 (Year A)

Daily Readings: April 6 – 12

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Christ summons us from the darkness of sin and fear

The word this week

Fifth Sunday of the Year, Ez 37:12-14; Ps 130; Rm 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45 (Year A)

The saint who was accused of treason

A detail from the Murder of St Stanislaus by the Polish painter Jan Matejko

Saint of the week

St Stanislaus of Szczepanów (April 11) was one of the earliest native Polish bishops

The saint who is celebrated for ‘building’ up the Church

St Vincent Ferrer, centre, is shown in a detail from a polyptych by Giovanni Bellini in Venice

Saint of the week

St Vincent Ferrer (April 5) worked as Master of the Sacred Palace for Benedict XIII

Daily Readings: March 30 – April 5

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms