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Posted: June 22 2012 at 12:03pm | IP Logged Quote mommy4ever

I'm in the middle of creating my ultimate calendar. the one I currently use is no longer being printed, but it didn't include any of the important dates of the Church. I can't get some of the other calendars as they don't ship to Canada. So I decided to create my own. And it's going fantastic!!!

Now I would really really really love to include some Liturgical items on it. What are important dates? Is there a list out there?

When my family calendar is done, I'm going to create my weekly planner, and include those same dates. It will be so much easier to plan Feasts and such.


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Posted: June 22 2012 at 8:16pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

This is a question directed right at my speech I'm giving in less than 2 weeks in Denver at the RMCHEC, so while it's fresh in my mind, I'm happy to answer. Probably too much information....

The Church has a General Roman Calendar, and then each country (we'll say US for this example) follows most of those dates, and then has a national calendar, which includes special feast days related to our country, like Elizabeth Seton, John Neumann...

There is an order of precedence, which is presented in the Table of Liturgical Days, taken from General Norms of the Liturgical Calendar.

I use the general word "feast" to count as every day in the Liturgical year that has a saint or special commemoration attached to it. But there are categories and order of precedence: Solemnity, Feast, Memorial, and Optional Memorial.

The highest feasts of the church are Solemnities, and all holy days of obligation are Solemnities. There are only 18, plus All Souls, in the year:
December 8, Immaculate Conception
December 25, Nativity of Our Lord
January 1, Mary, Mother of God
January 6 or second Sunday after Christmas, Epiphany
March 19: St. Joseph
**March 25: Annunciation (2013 will be April 8)
March 31: Easter
April 7: Divine Mercy Sunday
May 9 or 12: Ascension
May 19: Pentecost
May 26: Most Holy Trinity
June 2: Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
June 7: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 24: Nativity of John the Baptist
June 29: St. Peter and Paul
August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 1: All Saints
November 2: All Souls (not a solemnity, but treated as one)
November 25: Christ the King (this one moves)

Sundays are the next ranking. Only Solemnities override the liturgy for Sundays. This Sunday is an example, as it will be the Birth of John the Baptist, and not the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. But there is an exception to this rule, as the Sacred Triduum and Easter and the Easter Octave cannot be bumped, as they are higher than all the rest of the Solemnities, so the dates of St. Joseph and Annunciation are sometimes moved to give the solemnity full honor.

Feasts are next. There are 26 in the year total.
5 our Lord, 3 Marian (including OLG. Some are crossover, like Holy Family and Presentation are not counted as Marian, but could be)
11 apostles, 2 evangelists
3 First Martyrs (Laurence, Holy Innocents, Stephen),
Feast of the Archangels; Dedication of the Church of St. John Lateran.

Sometimes feasts are not celebrated, if they fall on Sundays or during Holy Week or octave of Easter.

November 30: St. Andrew the Apostle
December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe (US)
December 26: St. Stephen, First Martyr
December 27: John the Apostle
December 28: Holy Innocents
Sunday in the Octave of Christmas: The Holy Family
Sunday or Monday after Epiphany, Baptism of Our Lord
January 25: Conversion of St. Paul
February 2: Presentation of the Lord
February 22: Chair of St. Peter
April 25: Mark the Evangelist
May 3: Philip and James, Apostles
May 14: Matthias, Apostle
May 31: Visitation
July 3: Thomas the Apostle
July 25: James the Apostle
August 6: Transfiguration of Our Lord
August 10: Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
August 24: Bartholomew, Apostle
September 8: Birth of BVM
September 14: Triumph of the Holy Cross
September 21: Matthew, the Evangelist
September 29: Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, archangels
October 18: Luke, Evangelist
October 28: Simon and Jude, Apostles
November 9: Dedication of Lateran Basilica

Then there are Memorials and Optional Memorials throughout the year on the General Roman Calendar. There are quite a few.

Other important dates for 2013:
Ash Wednesday: February 13
Palm Sunday: March 24
Holy Thursday: March 28
Good Friday: March 29

I mark Solemnities and Feasts on my calendar, and try to go to Mass for at least the Solemnities. I also mark any patron saint days or special family saints.

There are several sites you can scroll through to get the calendar. Some are easier to read than others. Wikipedia

Women for Faith and Family

Churchyear.net Visually well-laid out.


I tried to check my dates...I was using an older calendar and went back and tried to fix the correct dates for 2012-2013, but I might have missed a few.

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Posted: June 23 2012 at 7:24am | IP Logged Quote CrunchyMom

AWESOME Jen! Thanks for the easy overview and reference.

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Posted: June 23 2012 at 9:54am | IP Logged Quote amarytbc

Thanks, Jen! It's so helpful to see it listed like that.
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