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Sundays and Holy Days

All Dates this Month

2023 is Year A in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 1 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in April 2023 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

Sundays and Holy Days in April 2023

Palm Sunday Year A – Passion Sunday

Sunday, April 2

The readings for Palm Sunday Year A (Passion Sunday) focus on the stark contrast between the crowds love for Jesus and then their act of abandonment. So these readings would lead us to reflect on Jesus’ act of sacrificial love

Holy Thursday

Thursday, April 6

On Holy Thursday, Catholics remember the last supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles. This marks the establishment of the sacrament of the Eucharist (Holy Communion). This day also commemorates the establishment of the priesthood. The washing of the feet reminds us how Jesus instructed us to love and serve one another.

Good Friday

Friday, April 7

On Good Friday, Catholics remember the death by crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is a solemn day of fast and abstinence. Traditionally mass is not celebrated on Good Friday. Instead a service with a reading of the passion of Jesus Christ, veneration of the cross, and distribution of communion (consecrated on Holy Thursday) is held.

Holy Saturday

Saturday, April 8

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. There is no “Holy Saturday” mass. A prayer service, such as morning prayer from Liturgy of the Hours, may be offered.

Easter

Sunday, April 9

Easter is the most significant celebration in the church year. Catholics celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It begins with the celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday evening. Easter is actually an octave, lasting eight days. Easter tells us that death does not have the final word and that God never abandons us.

Divine Mercy Sunday Year A

Sunday, April 16

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.

3rd Sunday of Easter Year A

Sunday, April 23

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.

4th Sunday of Easter Year A – Good Shepherd Sunday

Sunday, April 30

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.


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