Saints and feast days

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  My comment has to do with the choices offered for various saints for feast days in the Liturgy of the Hours. I have been using an app on my mobile phone. Some days have several sets of individual scriptures based upon the feast choices for a particular day. Since this set of prayers is one I do while at home, I look at the listing of saints and choose one set of readings to use for the balance of that day. If listed, I frequently choose martyred saints. An app is a blessing for those unable to afford the three book print version set.

A:  What you are doing is perfectly fine. The calendar lists a number of optional memorials that may be observed at the parish mass or in private prayer. At mass, we often opt out and celebrate the ferial day. It lends more important to the saints with obligatory memorials.