Call to Holiness: April

Scripture Focus:

  • April 19, 2019 Good Friday: (At stations of the cross at noon or 3pm service) “He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.” (Isaiah 52)
  • “Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” (John 19)

Catholic Social Teaching:

Call to Family, Community and Participation

The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society—in economics and politics, in law and policy—directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.

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      • Say a special prayer for the families who lost a loved one today.
      • Send a card or note to a friend who might have experienced a death or loss just to communicate your love and concern and that their loss is not forgotten.
      • Call a friend who has lost a loved one, just to say “I am thinking of you.”
      • Make, meal, dessert or care package to bring to a friend who is grieving.
      • Remember the 7 stages of mourning: Shock, Denial, Anger, Guilt, Pain and Sorrow, Release and Resolution, Recovery
      • Accompany a friend to a doctor’s appointment or chemotherapy treatment.
      • Make the Stations of the Cross as a family, either at home or at Church, and talk about what Mary must have been feeling when Jesus died.

Saint of the Month:

The Saints with Jesus at the Cross

St. Veronica

By tradition, she is known as the woman who wiped Jesus’ face as he was led to Calvary. Various legends explain where she went afterwards, all of which regard her as a holy woman. There are also relics that claim to be Veronica’s veil, bearing a miraculous image of Christ on it. (The name Veronica comes from the Latin/Greek phrase vera icon, “true image.”) One of these relics is kept in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and is often displayed on the 5th Sunday of Lent. Her feast day is July 12.

St. Simon of Cyrene

It is believed that Simon, at first a reluctant bystander when he was pressed into service to help Jesus carry his burden, became a changed man after bearing the wood of the cross and gazing into the eyes of the suffering Jesus. Little is known of what happened to Simon after the crucifixion, but tradition says that he and his sons became faithful disciples. This is deduced from the fact that Mark mentions the sons, Alexander and Rufus, by name (Mark 15:21), which seems to indicate that they were known figures in the early Church.  His feast day is December 1.

St. Dismas

Only mentioned in the Gospel of Luke, the “good thief” defended Jesus on the cross from the mockery of the other thief. Jesus saw the faith and repentance of the thief and boldly proclaimed, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Based on this statement of Jesus, the early Church recognized he was in heaven and therefore, a saint. Unnamed in the Gospel, he is given the name Dismas in an apocryphal account. His feast day is March 25, which was considered the traditional date of the crucifixion.

St. Longinus

After Jesus expired on the cross, a centurion pierced the side of Jesus and blood and water flowed out. It is believed that at that moment he became a faithful Christian. He is recorded in Mark as saying, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39) His name is not mentioned in Scripture, but he was given the name Longinus in later accounts. Various legends surround his life and some believe he was martyred by order of Pontius Pilate. His feast day is March 15.

St. Joseph of Arimathea

A wealthy man of Israel, he provided his own prepared tomb for Jesus’ body. The tomb became the site of Jesus’ resurrection. It is recorded in John that he was, “a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews” (John 19:38). Some traditions claim he traveled to Britain with the Holy Grail and founded a monastery at Glastonbury. His feast day is March 17.