Feast Days during the week

Tuesday 27th, St. Asicus, Patron of Diocese of Elphin, he accompanied St. Patrick on his journeys. He was left in charge of the Church in Elphin which Patrick is said to have founded.

Wednesday 28th, St. Peter Chanel (1803-1841) is honoured as the first martyr in Oceania; St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort (1673-1716) preached missions and cared for the poor and the sick. His writings concern the role of Mary in salvation and he strongly promoted the Rosary.

Thursday 29th, St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) Virgin and Doctor of the Church, Patron of Europe. A Dominican tertiary, she brought peace to her native Siena, to Italy and to 14 century Europe. Spending all her energy on the Church, she managed to achieve the return of the papacy to the Rome from Avignon. She is remembered as a mystic and a reformer of religious life. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970 and Patron of Europe in 2000.

Friday 30th, St. Pius V (1504-1572). Elected Pope in 1565 he implemented the reforms of the Council of Trent, including the Breviary, Missal and Catechism. Noted for his defence of Christendom against the Ottoman Empire.

Saturday May 1st St. Joseph the Worker. Instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955, proposes the example and intercession of St. Joseph as worker and patron of workers. On this date many countries celebrate the dignity of human labour.