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April 2026: Mass Readings and Resources

April 2026 is Year A in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 2 in the weekday cycle.. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in for April 2026 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

April 2026

Click on the title for Mass readings for the day, resources, homilies, reflections, and more.

Wednesday April 1, 2026

Wednesday of Holy Week

The gospel for Wednesday of Holy Week tells the story of Jesus' betrayal by Judas Iscariot. In this passage, we see the intimate setting of the Last Supper, where Jesus is gathered with his disciples to share a meal before his crucifixion. As they are eating, Jesus announces that one of them will betray him. Judas responds by asking if it is him, and Jesus confirms that it is.

Thursday April 2, 2026

Holy Thursday

On Holy Thursday, Catholics remember the last supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles. This marks the establishment of the sacrament of the Eucharist and the priesthood.

Friday April 3, 2026

Good Friday

On Good Friday, Catholics remember the death by crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is a solemn day of fast and abstinence.

Saturday April 4, 2026

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is the day between Good Friday and Easter. It is a mix of both sorrow for the suffering of Jesus Christ and expectation of his rising.

Sunday April 5, 2026

Easter Sunday

Easter is the most significant celebration in the church year. Catholics celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter is actually an octave, lasting eight days.

Monday April 6, 2026

Monday in the Octave of Easter

The Gospel passage for Monday in the Octave of Easter tells of Mary Magdalene and the other Mary's encounter with the risen Jesus. Joy and hope that comes with the Resurrection. The women's fear and confusion are replaced by a profound sense of awe and worship when they see Jesus alive again. Jesus' words of comfort and reassurance, "Do not be afraid," remind us that He is with us always, even in our most difficult and frightening moments.

Tuesday April 7, 2026

Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

The gospel for Tuesday in the Octave of Easter recounts the story of Mary Magdalene visiting the tomb of Jesus on the morning of the third day after his crucifixion, only to find it empty. She is overcome with grief and confusion until Jesus appears to her, revealing himself as the risen Lord.

Wednesday April 8, 2026

Wednesday in the Octave of Easter

The readings for Wednesday in the Octave of Easter invite us to reflect on our faith, doubt, evangelization, Eucharist, and hospitality.

Thursday April 9, 2026

Thursday in the Octave of Easter

The readings for Thursday in the Octave of Easter invite us to reflect on the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus in our faith. Through his resurrection, Jesus conquered death and sin, and opened the way to eternal life for all who believe in him.

Friday April 10, 2026

Friday in the Octave of Easter

The readings for Friday in the Octave of Easter invite us to reflect on the power of faith in Jesus Christ and the transformative impact of encountering his presence in our lives.

Saturday April 11, 2026

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

The gospel for Saturday in the Octave of Easter tells the story of Jesus' appearance to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection and his commissioning of the apostles to preach the gospel to all nations.

Sunday April 12, 2026

Divine Mercy Sunday Year A

The readings for Divine Mercy Sunday Year A (2nd Sunday of Easter) help us reflect on the boundless mercy of God. Some topics for this weekend include how we see ourselves and others as God's family. We also consider God love for us. Here are some ideas.

Monday April 13, 2026

Monday of the 2nd Week of Easter

In the gospel for Monday of the 2nd Week of Easter, Jesus emphasizes the need for spiritual rebirth in order to enter the Kingdom of God. This rebirth comes through faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. As Catholics, we understand this to mean that our salvation is not something we can achieve through our own efforts, but is a gift from God that we receive through faith.

Tuesday April 14, 2026

Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

The readings for Tuesday of the 2nd week of Easter provide us with insights into the nature of Christian discipleship, the importance of faith, and the virtues of charity and generosity.

Wednesday April 15, 2026

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

In the readings for Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter, we see contrasting situations of persecution and redemption, highlighting the power of faith and the love of God. In Acts 5:17-26, the apostles are arrested for proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, and their lives are threatened. Despite the opposition they face, they remain steadfast in their faith and trust in God. In John 3:16-21, we hear of God's ultimate act of love, as He sent His only Son to die for our sins, so that we may have eternal life through Him.

Thursday April 16, 2026

Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter

The readings for Thursday of the 2nd week of Easter highlight the significance of following God's commands and acknowledging the authority and divinity of Jesus. They also illustrate the negative outcomes of disobeying or rejecting the truth and emphasize the importance of believing in Jesus as the means to attain eternal life. Overall, these readings emphasize the importance of being faithful to God and having trust in Jesus Christ as the way to salvation.

St. Bernadette Soubirous

St. Bernadette Soubirous was a young French girl to whom Our Lady of Lourdes appeared in a series of apparitions in 1858. Although her reports of the apparitions were initially not believed and she was ridiculed, eventually led to a shrine being built in Lourdes France. It has become a popular pilgrimage site for people seeking healing from the water in the spring there.

Friday April 17, 2026

Friday of the 2nd Week of Easter

The readings for Friday of the 2nd Week of Easter remind us of God's ability to use even the smallest of offerings for His great works. In the Gospel, we see Jesus take five barley loaves and two fish, a meager amount of food, and use them to feed thousands of people. Similarly, in the first reading, we see the early Christian community giving what they could to spread the good news, and God using their offerings to bring about great growth.

Saturday April 18, 2026

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Easter

The readings for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Easter highlight the importance of trust in God's power and provision, recognizing and utilizing the gifts of others, empowering others to serve the community, delegation of tasks to better serve the community, and prioritizing the primary mission.

Sunday April 19, 2026

3rd Sunday of Easter Year A

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter Year A encourage us to truly walk the path of discipleship. Fellowship, and letting God lead are themes for this weekend.

Monday April 20, 2026

Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter

In the readings for Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter, we are reminded of the importance of bearing witness to Christ through our words and actions.

Tuesday April 21, 2026

Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

The readings for Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter help us to reflect on the themes of faith, rejection, and perseverance in the face of persecution.

St. Anselm of Canterbury

St. Anselm of Canterbury was a remarkable figure in medieval Christian theology and philosophy, known for his adherence to the monastic lifestyle and his willingness to stand up against powerful politicians. He was also a passionate advocate for the poor, speaking out against the slave trade and dedicating much of his life to helping those in need.

Wednesday April 22, 2026

Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

The readings for Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter offer important insights and teachings for Catholics to reflect upon, including the early Church's perseverance despite persecution and Jesus' proclamation as the bread of life.

Thursday April 23, 2026

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

In the readings for Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter, we see how the Holy Spirit leads and guides believers to encounter others and to come to faith in Jesus Christ. We also see the importance of scripture in understanding and proclaiming the gospel, and the centrality of Jesus Christ as the source of salvation and eternal life.

St. George

St. George, also known as George of Lydda, is a revered saint in the Christian faith. He lived in the late 3rd and early 4th century in what is now modern-day Turkey. He was a Roman soldier and is remembered for his bravery and his unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. His story is one of courage and devotion, and has endured for centuries.

Friday April 24, 2026

Friday of the 3rd Week of Easter

The readings for Friday of the 3rd Week of Easter emphasize the themes of conversion, transformation, and the power of Jesus' message.

Saturday April 25, 2026

St. Mark the Evangelist

St. Mark the Evangelist, the author of the Gospel of Mark, is revered in the Catholic Church for his commitment to spreading the Gospel message and founding the church in Alexandria, Egypt. His legacy serves as an inspiration for Christians to follow in his footsteps by sharing the message of Jesus Christ and living a life of service to God and others.

Sunday April 26, 2026

4th Sunday of Easter Year A - Good Shepherd Sunday

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter Year A (Good Shepherd Sunday) remind us that Jesus Christ leads us through the gate of salvation.

Monday April 27, 2026

Monday of the 4th Week of Easter

The readings for Monday of the 4th Week of Easter invite us to reflect on the themes of inclusion and unity in the context of our faith.

Tuesday April 28, 2026

Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter

In the readings for Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter, we are reminded of the importance of trusting in God's plan for our lives, even when we face challenges and uncertainty.

Thursday April 30, 2026

Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter

The readings for Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter call us to continue the missionary work of Jesus and his disciples, spreading the good news of the gospel to all corners of the world.

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