Pope Saint Anicetus, the 11th pope, succeeded St. Pius towards the year c. 153, and reigned till about 168. He condemned Montanism, conferred with St. Polycarp on the Paschal date controversy, and forbade priests from growing their hair. He was martyred and is venerated on April 17.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous is the saint of Lourdes, France. Visionary and messenger of the Immaculate Conception, she told us the very words of the Virgin Mary. She spoke words teaching of the merits of prayer, penance, poverty and church. In the first and most widely recognized Marian apparition of modern times, a personal message was delivered also to Bernadette—She would not find happiness in this world, but only in the next.
Called “the Holy Washerwoman,” a noblewoman who devoted herself to the poor of Strasbourg, France. The daughter of a duke and wife of Huno of Hunnaweyer, she even washed the poor, hence her name. She was canonized in 1520 by Pope Leo X.
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, the first Sunday of Holy Week within the Lenten Season, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem preceding his passion. As he entered, the people of Jerusalem recognized Jesus as their king, saying "Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"
Pope Saint Martin I (649-55) convened a council which condemned the teaching of Monothelism. The Byzantine emperor sent soldiers to kidnap the Pope from the Lateran Basilica. He died shortly thereafter, tortures and cruel treatment having taken their toll. He is the last of the early popes to be venerated as a martyr.
Pope Saint Julius I (337-352) reigned shortly after the Council of Nicaea and was a defender of Orthodoxy against the Arians. He was a supporter and protector of St. Athanasius . His feast day is April 12
Saint Stanislaus (1030 – 1079) was Bishop of Kraków. He was martyred by Polish King Bolesław II the Bold. He is one of the patrons of Poland.
Saint Michael de Sanctis (1591–1625), was a Discalced Trinitarian priest from Catalonia. He led a life of prayer and mortification. He was devout towards the Holy Eucharist, and is said to have been experienced ecstasies several times during Consecration.
Saint Mary Cleophas was one of the “three Marys” who followed Our Lord and stood at the foot of the Cross on Calvary and who went to the tomb.
Saint Julie Billiart (12 July 1751 — 8 April 1816) was the founder and first Superior General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Saint Julie was best-known for her charity. Her whole soul was echoed in the simple and naive formula which was continually on her lips and pen: Ah, qu'il est bon, le bon Dieu! (How good is the good God).