Today is the Feast Saint Mark, Evangelist (died c. 68) and the Optional Memorial of Saint Pedro de San José Betancur, Founder (died 1667). As today is the 25th of April, this date is a Major Rogation Day in the Church, unless this date is Easter (in which case the Major Rogation Day is transferred to April 27). In the secular world we note that today is the Second Day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Today is the Optional Memorial Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr (died 1622). And today today is National Arbor Day, National Tax Freedom Day 2015, the 33rd anniversary of the Saturday in April 1982 when Richard and I met for the first time, and the first day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint George, Martyr (died about 304) and the Optional Memorial of Saint Adalbert of Prague, Bishop and Martyr (died 997). Today is also World Book and Copyright Day.
With no Saints to honor, today is the Lyrid Meteor Shower, Earth Day, and the birthday of my brother Michael in Seattle (1955).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Anselm, Bishop and Doctor (died 1109). Today is also Grounation Day, the second holiest date in the Rastafarian calendar (after Coronation Day on November 2).
We have no Saints to honor today, so we will note that today is 4-20 (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) and the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 which killed 11 workers and caused a major environmental disaster. As today is the Third Monday in April, today is the date of the 2015 Boston Marathon, and today is the birthday of my Internet friend Sonya in Colorado.
Today is the Third Sunday of Easter (Alleluia!), known as Jubilate Sunday, and the anniversary of my good friends Nedra and Shelby (1977).
This is the novel that we will be discussing at our Third Tuesday Book Club meeting (on April 21st, 2015); it is set in World War II Germany, and is a book that was not easy to read, not just because of the subject matter in general, but because I felt that the author tried far too hard to hit all the possible bases in war time Germany.
Today is the Remembrance of Venerable Cornelia Connelly, Religious (died 1879) and the birthday of my Internet friend Jessica in California.
With no Saints today, we can recall the events of this day in 1961, when United States military naval transports under the command of the CIA landed 1,300 Cuban exile ground troops at Playa Girón in the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) on the southern coast of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the Communist government of Fidel Castro.