Celebrating Catholic Feast Days in April (with FREE Calendar)

Hello Mamas, here’s a new post for the Catholic feast days in April, as part of the series I’m making to help us plan our family’s liturgical year accordingly.

Check the first three posts I have in this series if you haven’t yet:

As a Catholic, I find great comfort in the liturgical year and the rich traditions it offers. April is a particularly special month as it is filled with significant events and celebrations in the Catholic calendar.

From Holy Week and Easter to the patron saints of the month, there is much to explore and reflect on. Join me as we delve into the significance of these Catholic feast days observed in April and discover how they can inspire and deepen our faith.

Learning More About Catholic Feast Days in April

The Month of April:  Dedicated to The Holy Eucharist and The Holy Spirit

A graphics with Bible, Chalice, and dove.

The month of April is dedicated to the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Spirit in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church.

With Easter’s celebration fresh in our minds, April provides an opportunity for us to learn more about the mysteries of the Eucharist, commemorating the Last Supper, where Jesus instituted the sacrament of his body and blood.

This month also invites us to learn more about the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, whose presence and guidance are significant in the life of the Church and its faithful.

Liturgical Year: Catholic Feast Days in April

photo of the Divine Mercy with texts on the left: Catholic Feast Days in April
April DatesFeast Days
April 2Saint Francis of Paola, Patron Saint of Sailors and Naval Officers
April 5Saint Vincent Ferrer, Patron Saint of Builders and Construction Workers
April 7Divine Mercy Sunday
April 7Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers and Educators
april 13Saint Pope Martin I
April 16Saint Bernadette Soubirous
April 16Saint Benedict Joseph Labre
April 21Saint Anselm of Canterbury
April 23Saint George, Patron Saint of England
April 24Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen
April 25Saint Mark, Evangelist and Author of the Gospel of Mark
April 28Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, Patron Saint of Mothers, Physicians, and Unborn Children
April 29Saint Catherine of Siena, Patron Saint of Nurses and Against Fire

Divine Mercy Sunday – April 7

Divine Mercy Sunday must be one of the most important April feast days. For 2024, Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated on April 7. It’s always celebrated the Sunday after Easter which means the the date is different every year.

This special day is all about remembering God’s great love and mercy for everyone. It’s like a big celebration of how much God cares about each person.

Photo of a copy of Understanding Divine Mercy by Fr. Chris Alar - one of the most important Catholic Feast Days in April
My copy of Understanding Divine Mercy by Fr. Chris Alar – a very good book if you are like me who don’t know much about Divine Mercy.

Divine Mercy Sunday is based on the teachings of St. Faustina. She said that Jesus appeared to her and told her that he wanted a special day to remind people of his mercy. Catholics believe that on this day, if they ask for forgiveness and trust in God’s mercy, their sins will be forgiven, and they will receive God’s love.

Copy of the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
My copy of Divine Mercy in My Soul – the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska.

People celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday by going to church, praying, and asking for God’s mercy. It’s a day filled with hope and gratitude for the love and forgiveness that God offers to everyone.

Some Saint Feast Days in April

April is a month that celebrates the lives of several patron saints whose lives, contributions, and intercessions are very inspiring for the faithful. Some of the patron saints of April include:

April 2 – Saint Francis of Paola

Saint Francis of Paola is a beloved saint known for his special connection to sailors and naval officers. Born in Italy in the 15th century, he lived a life devoted to prayer, humility, and service to others. Francis was deeply inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ and felt called to live a life of extreme simplicity and piety. He founded the Order of Minims, a religious order dedicated to living a life of austerity and contemplation.

Saint Francis of Paola’s compassion extended beyond the monastery walls. He became known for his miraculous deeds and acts of charity, including healing the sick and comforting the afflicted. But perhaps his most renowned attribute was his ability to calm storms at sea. Sailors and naval officers revered him as their patron saint, believing that his intercession could protect them from the dangers of the ocean.

April 5 – Saint Vincent Ferrer

Saint Vincent Ferrer, born in Valencia, Spain, in 1350, was a Dominican friar known for his preaching, miracles, and dedication to spreading the Gospel.

From a young age, Vincent showed great piety and devotion to God. He entered the Dominican Order and studied theology, becoming a skilled preacher known for his powerful sermons. Vincent traveled extensively throughout Europe, preaching to large crowds and converting many people to Christianity.

Vincent was gifted with the ability to perform miracles, which he used to demonstrate the power of God and strengthen people’s faith. He was known to heal the sick, raise the dead, and even convert hardened sinners through his prayers and intercession.

Vincent also had a deep love for the poor and marginalized. He dedicated much of his life to serving the sick, feeding the hungry, and caring for those in need, embodying the teachings of Jesus Christ to love and serve others.

Saint Vincent Ferrer died in 1419 at the age of 69. He was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church in 1455 and is remembered as a patron saint of builders, fishermen, and orphanages. 

April 7 – Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Saint John Baptist de La Salle is a cherished saint celebrated for his remarkable commitment to education and aiding underprivileged children. Originally from France during the 17th century, he dedicated himself to the noble task of educating and nurturing the youth.

Influenced deeply by the teachings of Jesus Christ, Saint John felt a profound calling to serve those in need, particularly young people facing adversity.

He firmly believed in the transformative power of education to uplift individuals and communities. With this conviction, Saint John established schools and provided training for teachers, aiming to offer quality education to disadvantaged children who lacked access.

April 13 – Saint Pope Martin I

Saint Pope Martin I, born in Todi, Italy, was Pope during a tough time in the 7th century. He was known for his strong leadership, unwavering faith, and commitment to sticking to the Church’s teachings.

During his time as Pope, Saint Pope Martin I faced big challenges, especially about what the Church believed. He bravely defended the true Christian beliefs against different wrong ideas, like Monothelitism, which said Jesus only had one will, not two: one human and one divine.

Saint Pope Martin I gathered the Lateran Council in 649 to talk about these arguments. Even though he got opposition and threats to his safety, he didn’t give up on saying that Jesus was both fully human and fully God.

Sadly, Saint Pope Martin I got put in jail and sent away from his home by the Byzantine Emperor Constans II, who liked the wrong idea of Monothelitism. But Saint Pope Martin I kept on believing what he thought was right, even though it caused him a lot of pain.

He died as a martyr in 655 while still far from home. His bravery in sticking to what he believed about Jesus earned him a place as a saint in the Catholic Church. Saint Pope Martin I is remembered as a brave leader who didn’t give in when things got tough, always staying true to the Church’s teachings and inspiring others to stay strong in their faith.

April 16 – Saint Bernadette Soubirous

Saint Bernadette Soubirous, born in Lourdes, France, in 1844, was a humble and devout young girl who became known for her visions of the Virgin Mary.

At the age of 14, Bernadette had a series of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a grotto near her home. During these visions, Mary appeared to Bernadette as a beautiful lady, dressed in white with a blue sash and a rosary in her hands. Mary spoke to Bernadette with kindness and love, revealing herself as the Immaculate Conception.

Despite facing skepticism and disbelief from others, Bernadette remained steadfast in her testimony of the visions. She endured questioning and scrutiny from local authorities and Church officials but never wavered in her faith.

Bernadette’s visions attracted thousands of pilgrims to Lourdes, seeking healing and spiritual consolation. The spring that appeared in the grotto during one of the apparitions became a place of pilgrimage and prayer, where many people experienced physical and spiritual healing.

Throughout her life, Bernadette remained humble and obedient to God’s will. She joined the Sisters of Charity of Nevers and lived a life of prayer, simplicity, and service to others.

Saint Bernadette Soubirous died in 1879 at the age of 35. She was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church in 1933 and is remembered as a patron saint of illness, poverty, and shepherds. 

April 16 – Saint Benedict Joseph Labre

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre was a special saint known for his simple and humble life. He was born in France in the 18th century and spent much of his life wandering from place to place, living as a homeless person. Benedict had a deep love for God and wanted to live a life of extreme poverty and devotion.

Despite his lack of material possessions, Benedict found joy in serving others and praying fervently. He would often spend hours in prayer, seeking to deepen his connection with God. People were touched by his kindness and devotion, and many sought his guidance and prayers.

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre is remembered for his profound humility and his willingness to embrace a life of poverty for the sake of his faith. Even though he lived a simple life, his devotion to God and his compassion for others continue to inspire people today. He is honored as a patron saint of the homeless and those who live in extreme poverty.

April 21 – Saint Anselm of Canterbury

Saint Anselm of Canterbury was a wise and thoughtful saint who lived in the 11th century. He was known for his deep thinking and writings about God and faith.

Anselm was born in Italy but spent much of his life in England. He became a monk and later became the Archbishop of Canterbury, a very important position in the Church.

Anselm believed that it was possible to understand more about God by using our minds and thinking carefully. He wrote many books explaining his ideas about God’s existence and how we can understand God better through reason and faith.

One of Anselm’s most famous ideas is called the “ontological argument,” which tries to prove that God exists just by thinking about what God is. It’s a pretty complicated idea, but it shows how deeply Anselm thought about God and faith.

Anselm is also remembered for his devotion to prayer and his care for the people he served. He believed that everyone should have a chance to learn about God and grow in their faith.

Today, Saint Anselm of Canterbury is honored as a great thinker and theologian. His writings continue to inspire people to explore their beliefs and deepen their understanding of God.

April 23 – Saint George

Saint George was a soldier in the Roman army who became a Christian and was martyred for his faith. According to legend, Saint George saved a town from a deadly dragon by slaying the beast and converting the townspeople to Christianity. Saint George is the patron saint of England and is celebrated on April 23.

The feast day of Saint George is huge here in Catalonia, famously known as Sant Jordi – who is also considered as the patron saint of Catalonia since the 15th century. Women receive a flower as a gift, while men receive a book, and the schools often have plays about Sant Jordi. I look forward to watching the play at my kids’ school every year because it makes me learn more about the legend of Saint George and the dragon.

April 24 – Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Fidelis of Sigmaringen, also known as Saint Fidelis, was a courageous and dedicated saint who lived in the 17th century. He was born in Germany and became known for his strong faith and commitment to helping others.

Fidelis studied law and became a lawyer, but he felt called to serve God in a different way. He joined the Capuchin Franciscan Order, where he devoted himself to prayer, serving the poor, and preaching the Gospel.

As a preacher, Fidelis fearlessly spoke out against corruption and injustice, often challenging powerful people to change their ways and live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. He traveled to different towns and villages, spreading the message of love and forgiveness.

Fidelis’s boldness and unwavering faith made him enemies among those who opposed his message of truth and justice. Sadly, he was martyred for his beliefs while preaching in Switzerland. Despite facing persecution and violence, Fidelis remained steadfast in his commitment to God and his mission to share the Gospel with others.

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen is remembered as a martyr and a model of courage and faithfulness. His life inspires people to stand up for what is right, even in the face of adversity, and to live with compassion and love for others.

April 25 – Saint Mark the Evangelist

Saint Mark the Evangelist was a special saint who shared the story of Jesus with others. He lived a long time ago, around the same time as Jesus. Mark wasn’t one of Jesus’ 12 apostles, but he traveled with them and learned a lot from them.

Mark wrote one of the four books in the Bible called the Gospel of Mark. This book tells the story of Jesus’ life, teachings, and miracles. Mark’s Gospel is known for its fast-paced and action-packed style, focusing on Jesus’ powerful deeds and teachings.

Mark traveled to different places, spreading the message of Jesus to people who hadn’t heard it before. He faced many challenges and dangers along the way but remained dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

Today, Saint Mark the Evangelist is remembered as a brave and faithful follower of Jesus. His Gospel continues to inspire people worldwide to learn about Jesus and follow his teachings. Mark is honored as the patron saint of many things, including notaries, lawyers, and painters.

April 28 – Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla was a remarkable woman known for her dedication to faith, family, and medicine. She was born in Italy in 1922 and grew up in a loving family. Gianna studied medicine and became a doctor, where she cared deeply for her patients, treating them with kindness and compassion.

Gianna was also a devoted Catholic who believed in the sanctity of life. She married Pietro Molla and together they had three children. During her fourth pregnancy, Gianna faced a difficult choice when doctors discovered she had a serious medical condition. Despite the risks to her own life, Gianna chose to protect the life of her unborn child and refused medical treatments that could harm the baby.

Tragically, Gianna died shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Gianna Emanuela. Her selfless sacrifice and unwavering commitment to life earned her sainthood in the Catholic Church.

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla is now revered as a patron saint of mothers, physicians, and unborn children. Her life serves as a powerful example of faith, love, and courage, inspiring people around the world to cherish the gift of life and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

April 29 – Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine of Siena, born in Italy in 1347, was a remarkable woman known for her deep faith, mystical experiences, and tireless work for the Church and the poor.

From a young age, Catherine showed a strong devotion to God. She dedicated herself to a life of prayer and service, often spending hours in solitary prayer and meditation.

Catherine had mystical experiences in which she felt a special closeness to God. She believed that God spoke to her and guided her in her mission to serve others.

One of Catherine’s most significant contributions was her involvement in the Church and politics of her time. She played a key role in persuading Pope Gregory XI to return the papacy to Rome from Avignon, France, where it had been for several decades. Her efforts helped to reunite the Church and restore its authority.

Catherine also cared deeply for the sick and poor. She often visited hospitals and homes to care for those in need, showing them compassion and love.

Despite facing opposition and criticism, Catherine remained steadfast in her beliefs and continued to work for the good of others. She wrote many letters and treatises on theology and spirituality, which are still studied and admired today.

Saint Catherine of Siena died in 1380 at the age of 33. She was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church in 1461 and is remembered as a patron saint of Italy (along with St. Francis of Assisi) and firefighters. 

FREE Printable Liturgical Calendar For April 2024

Just like the previous months, I made a Liturgical calendar for April with some of the known feast days. I didn’t put all the feasts that were mentioned in the table above, so you have the freedom to write the feasts that you want to celebrate in your family. As always, choose feast days according to your family’s practices, origins, and choices.

photo of the free April 2024 Catholic Liturgical Calendar

As usual, this April printable calendar is in A4 size, just like the previous ones. But if you are using a different paper size, just adjust the settings to “fit in paper size”, so you can print it without problems.

Final Thoughts On Catholic Feast Days In April

I’m glad that I am making this series about the different Catholic feast days for each month of the liturgical year because it makes me learn new things about my Catholic faith, as well as new saints that I haven’t heard of before. Their stories are an inspiration as I strive for holiness in my own life and let us continue sharing our faith with others, especially with our children and families. 

I hope that feast days and the lives of the saints in April will help all of us as we continue with our journey of living liturgically. What feast days are you already celebrating at home in April? What else do you want to add? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

BEFORE YOU GO…

Summer is fast approaching and if you are looking for summer activities for Catholic kids and families, these posts might interest you:

31 Catholic Staycation Ideas For Families: A Catholic Family Vacation Without Leaving Home

55 Affordable And Fun Family Staycation Ideas That Will Keep Your Kids Entertained All Summer Long (with FREE Printable)

How to Survive Long Car Rides with Toddlers (15 Helpful Tips)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *