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Praised be Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph, now and forever.  Catholic calendars are now available, and to see a sample of what they look like you can use the links below to see how the 2011 calendar is formatted and presented.  Please let me know if you want the calendar in color or just in black and white.  If you do not have a color printer, the calendar will look better if you request the black and white version.

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Thank you for your prayers and financial help.

  

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If you read the following extracts from the Rubrics and find mistakes in the Calendar(s), please let me know so they can be corrected.  In case this Microsoft Word Document does not show correct formatting in this email, you can find the same information in the attached PDF file.  Please use the other PDF file(s) to view and/or print the calendar(s).  Thank You.  May Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph reward you in time and eternity.

Remember, that as every day of the year(s) come and go that lost time can never be found!  Some Saints took a vow never to lose time, and to always to do that which they thought was the best way to use all of the time God gave them.


ON BRINGING THE RUBRICS BACK TO A SIMPLER FORM

From: Handbook of Ceremonies for Priests and Seminarians by John Baptist Mueller.

Imprimatur: + JOSEPH E. RITTER   June 1, 1956.

Changes in the Calendar

A) SUNDAYS

  1. The Sundays of Advent and Lent and the other Sundays up to Low Sunday, and Pentecost Sunday as well, are observed as doubles of the I class.  They take precedence over every feast both in occurrence and in concurrence.

 3. Sundays which until now have been celebrated as semidoubles, are raised to the rank of doubles.  For the time being, however, the antiphons are not doubled.

 4. When the Office and Mass of a Sunday are not said on that Sunday, they are neither anticipated nor resumed.

5. If a feast of any title or mystery of Our Lord should occur on a Sunday throughout the year, the feast itself takes the place of the Sunday which is only commemorated.

454.  Sundays of Advent.

d) When the vigil of Christmas occurs on the fourth Sunday of Advent, the office is arranged as follows.  Vespers are the first vespers of the Sunday.  At matins, the inventory is Hodie scietis from the vigil; the hymn is the Verbum supernum; the antiphons, psalms, verses, lessons, and responsories of the first and second Nocturnes, as well as the antiphons and psalms of the third Nocturn, are from the office of the Sunday; the verse, lessons, and responsories of the third Nocturn are from the office of the vigil, but without the homily on the gospel of the Sunday being read as the ninth lesson.  At Lauds and the minor hours everything is as prescribed for the office of the vigil.  The office terminates with None.

The Mass is of the vigil, with a commemoration of the Sunday, with the alleluia and verse after the Gradual, with Credo, and the preface of the Trinity.


B) VIGILS

 6. The privileged vigils are:  those of Christmas and Pentecost.

 7. The common vigils are:  those of Our Lord’s Ascension, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, Saints Peter and Paul, and St. Lawrence.  All other vigils, even those listed on particular calendars, are suppressed.

 8. Common vigils which occur on a Sunday are not anticipated, but are omitted.

461.  Vigil of Christmas.  This is a privileged vigil.  Concerning its occurrence on the fourth Sunday of Advent see number 454 d.


C) OCTAVES

 9. Only the octaves of Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost are observed.  All others, whether found in the universal calendar or in particular calendars, are suppressed.

 10. Days within the octaves of Easter and Pentecost are raised to the rank of doubles.  They take precedence over all feasts and they do not admit of commemorations.

 11. The days within the octave of Christmas, although raised to the double rite, are celebrated as at present.

 12. On days from January 2 to 5, unless some feast should occur, the liturgy is that of the current ferial day with the simple rite.  In the Office the antiphons and psalms for all the hours and the verse of the nocturn are those of the current day of the week, as in the psalter.  The rest is as on the first day of January, except the lessons, which are the Scripture lessons of the day with their own responsories.  The Te Deum is also said.  The conclusion of the hymns and the versicle in the short response at Prime are as on Christmas day.  The Mass is that of January 1, without the Credo and without the proper Communicantes.

   Votive low Masses, as well as cotidianae low Masses for the dead, are forbidden

 13. The days from January 7 to 12 become ordinary (per annum) ferial days (with simple rite), and the octave of the Epiphany is suppressed.  In the Office the antiphons and psalms for all the hours and the versicle of the nocturn are those of the current day of the week as given in the psalter.  The rest is as on the feast of the Epiphany except for the lessons, which are the Scripture lessons of the day with their own responsories.  The Te Deum is said.  The conclusion of the hymns and the versicle at Prime are those of the Epiphany.  The Mass is that of the Epiphany, without the Credo and without the proper Communicantes.

   Votive low Masses as well as cotidianae low Masses for the dead, are forbidden.

 14. On January 13 occurs the commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ with the rite of a double major.  The Office and Mass are said as now found on the octave day of the Epiphany.

   However, if the Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ should fall on a Sunday, then the Feast of the Holy Family is observed without any commemoration.  The first Epistle to the Corinthians is begun (initium ponitur) on the preceding Saturday.

 15. The days after the Feast of Our Lord’s Ascension, up to but not including the vigil of Pentecost, became ferial days of paschaltide (with simple rite).  In the Office the antiphons and psalms for all the hours and the versicle of the nocturn are those of the current day of the week, as in the psalter.  The rest of the Office is that of Our Lord’s Ascension, except for the lessons which are the Scripture lessons of the day with their own responsories.  The conclusion of the hymns and the versicle at Prime are those of the Feast of the Ascension.  The Mass is that of the same feast, without the Credo and without the proper Communicantes.

 Votive low Masses, as well as cotidianae low Masses for the dead, are forbidden.

 On the vigil of Pentecost nothing is to be changed.

 16. The days of the suppressed octave of Corpus Christi, as well as those of the suppressed octave of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, become ordinary ferial days.

 On the Sundays formerly within the octaves of Ascension, Corpus Christi, and of the Sacred Heart, the Office is said as at present.


D) SAINTS’ FEAST DAYS

 17. Saints’ feasts, kept as semidoubles up till now, are to be celebrated as simple feasts.

 18. Saints’ feasts, kept as simples up till now, are reduced to a commemoration, without the historical lesson.

 19. On the ferial days of Lent and Passiontide, from Ash Wednesday until the Saturday before Palm Sunday, when any feast not of the 1st or 2nd class occurs, both the Office (in private recitation) and the Mass may be said either of the ferial days or of the feast.


469.  Last Sunday of December.  This is the Sunday within the octave of Christmas; it is a minor Sunday and of double right.  Occurring on or between December 25 and December 28, it is reposed as noted below.

b) If this Sunday falls on or between December 25 and December 28, no notice is taken of it on that day since the entire Sunday office with all its privileges even in occurrence is transferred to December 30 as though it happened to fall on that day.  But where December 30 is occupied by a feast of nine lessons, the office of the Sunday shall then be transferred to the least noble feast occurring on or between December 29 and December 31; where however all the feasts occurring on or between December 29 and December 31 are doubles of the first or second class, the office of the Sunday shall then be merely commemorated on the least noble of them; if in applying these norms there should arise the necessity of deciding between feasts of equal nobility, the office of the Sunday is then said or commemorated, as the case may be, on the first of these feasts to occur.

c) If this Sunday falls on or between December 29 and December 31, it is celebrated on that date with a commemoration of the occurring offices according to the rubrics; the Sunday office takes first and second Vespers; but in concurrence with a double of the first or second class the Sunday Vespers are merely commemorated, and even this commemoration is admitted in the first vespers of the Circumcision.

TITLE III - COMMEMORATIONS

 1. What is said here about commemorations holds both for the Office and for the Mass, in cases of occurrence as well as of concurrence.

 2. The following commemorations must never be omitted and have absolute precedence:

of any Sunday.

of a I class feast.

of the ferial days of Advent and Lent.

of the Ember Days of September.

of the Greater Litanies.

 3. Other commemorations which may occur are admissible provided that the orations do not exceed three in number.

 4. Besides and after the commemorations listed above under no. 2, this is the rule for commemorations:

No commemoration is allowed on Sundays of the I class, on I class feasts, on privileged ferial days and privileged vigils, nor in sung Masses, nor in solemn votive Masses.

Only one commemoration is allowed on II class feasts, and on other Sundays.

Only two commemorations are allowed on all other days, whether feast or ferial days.

 5. Commemorated feasts no longer enjoy: in the Office, their own versicle in the short responsory at Prime, and their own doxology in the hymns, except on the days mentioned in Title II, numbers 14-17.


VARIATIONS IN THE CALENDAR

 1.  “The rank and rite of the semidouble is suppressed.”

 2.  “Liturgical days now listed on calendars as semidoubles are to be observed as of simple rite, except the Vigil of Pentecost, which is raised to the rank of a double.”

 3.  “Saints’ feasts, kept as semidoubles up till now, are to be celebrated as simple feasts.”

 These feasts are as follows:

January 16.  St. Marcellus; 22. SS. Vincent & Anastasius; 23. St. Raymond of Penafort.

February - no semidoubles.

March 4. St. Casimir; 10. 40 Holy Martyrs; 28. St. John Capistran.

April 13. St. Hermenegild; 22. SS. Soter & Caius; 23. St. George.

April 26. SS. Cletus & Marcellinus.

May 12. SS. Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla, Pancratius; 16. St. Ubaldus;

May 20. St. Bernardine; 29. St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi.

June 10. St. Margaret, Queen.

July 3. St. Leo II; 8. St. Elizabeth; 10. Seven Holy Martyrs; SS. Rufina & Secunda; 13. St. Anaclete; 15. St. Henry; 17. St. Alexis;

July 28.  SS. Nazarius, Celsus, Victor & Innocent; 29. St. Martha.

August 3. Finding of St. Stephen; 8. SS. Cyriacus, Largus, Smaragdus; 25. St. Louis.

September 2. St. Stephen; 5. St. Laurence Justinian; 16. SS. Cornelius & Cyprian;

September 23. St. Linus; 27. SS. Cosmas & Damian; 28. St. Wenceslaus.

October 10. St. Francis B.; 13. St. Edward; 16. St. Hedwig.

November 12. St. Martin I; 13. St. Didacus; 17. St. Gregory Thaumaturgus.

December 2. St. Bibiana; 11. St. Damasus; 16. St. Eusebius.

 On these semidouble feasts now reduced to simples, the nine psalms of Matins will be said in order from the ferial day on which they fall.  The first and second lessons will be from the scriptura occurrens for the ferial day; the third lesson will be the historical “contracted” ninth lesson as given in the breviary, or, the fourth lesson in the case of saints who have only one historical lesson, as on the feast of St. Alexis, July 17.

 On feasts which lack historical lessons, as is the case on April 23, the feast of St. George, the third lesson is to be taken from the scriptura occurrens.

 4. “Saints’ feasts, kept as simples up till now, are reduced to commemorations, without the historical lesson.”

 These feasts are as follows:

January 19.  SS. Marius, Martha, Audifax & Abacus.

February 3. St. Blase; 14. St. Valentine; 15. SS. Faustin & Jovita; 18. St. Simeon.

March—None.

April 17. St. Anicetus.

May 14. St. Boniface; 30. St. Felix I.

June 2. SS. Marcelline, Peter, Erasmus; 9. SS. Primus & Felician;

June 15. SS. Vitus, Modestus, Crescentia; 20. St. Silverius.

July 11. St. Pius I; 21. St. Praxedes; 27. St. Pantaleon; 30. SS. Abdon & Sennen.

August 11. SS. Tiburtius, Susanna; 13. SS. Hippolytus, Cassian; 26. St. Zephyrinus.

September 1. St. Giles; 9. St. Gorgonius; 11. SS. Protus, Hyacinth; 26. SS. Cyprian & Justina.

October 1. St. Remy; 5. SS. Placidus & Comp.; 21. St. Hilarion; 25. SS. Chrisanthus and Darias; 26. St. Evaristus, Pope.

November—None

December—None

 An exception to the rule given above is made in favor of the Office of S. Mariae in Sabbato, which retains its rank as a simple Office and is not reduced to a commemoration (Question 7).  More under this title above, p. 398.

 5.  “On the ferial days of Lent and Passiontide, from Ash Wednesday  until the Saturday before Palm Sunday, when any feast not of the 1st  or 2nd  class occurs, both the Office (in private recitation) and the Mass may be said either of the ferial day or of the feast.”

   This privilege with regard to the Mass had already been granted by Pope St. Pius X in the revision of the Roman Missal in 1911 as indicated in Additiones et Variationes, I, 1.  It is now extended to the Office, in order to give priests the opportunity of celebrating the Lenten liturgy with greater intensity by entering into its spirit which is so aptly expressed in the daily ferial Office.

   When the ferial Office is said, everything is taken from the feria, without any historical lesson any saint commemorated.  On Wednesdays and Fridays, and Ember Saturday, even though a saint of double rank be commemorated, the preces feriales must be said at Lauds and Vespers.

   This recitation of the ferial Office on week days of Lent and Passiontide is forbidden on three days because of their rank; on the feast of St. Matthias, February 24, of St. Joseph, March 19, and of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, March 25.

 Ferial Offices resulting from the suppression of Octaves and Vigils (Decr. Gen. II, b & c).

 The following octave days have been suppressed:

July 6. SS. Peter and Paul; Nov. 8. Oct. All Saints; Dec. 15. Oct. Imm. Conc. Octave days of Ascension, Corpus Christi, Sacred Heart.  Octave days of particular feasts.

 The days within the suppressed octaves (formerly semidoubles are now ferial days:

January 7-12 (Epiphany); June 27 (St. John B.); July 4 (SS. Peter and Paul); August 18 (Assumption); December 9, 10, 12, 14 (Imm. Conc.).  Likewise days within former octaves of Ascension, Corpus Christi, and Sacred Heart when no feast of double rank occurs.

 The following vigils have been suppressed, and the Office is said of the occurring feria:

Jan. 5, V. of Epiphany; Feb. 23 or 24, V. of St. Mathias; July 24. V. of St. James; August 23, V. of Bartholomew; September 20, V. of St. Matthew; October 27, V. of SS. Simon and Jude; 31, V. of All Saints. November 29, V. of St. Andrew; December 7, V., of Imm. Conc., B.V.M.: 20, V. of St. Thomas.


OCCURRENCE AND CONCURRENCE

It frequently happens that two Offices or feasts (e.g., an Officium de tempore and an Officium de festo) occur on the same day (e.g., a feast falls on Sunday).  This is a case of “Occurrence.”  When two Offices following one upon another are joined in Vespers, which now happens rarely, we have a case of “Concurrence.”  It is therefore important to know the content of the various Offices in themselves, as well as the rules to be followed when they coincide) regulae occurrentiae et concurrentiae).

RULES FOR OCCURRENCE.

According to the Motu proprio, “Abhinc duos annos,” of October 23, 1913: No feast of the universal Church except those of the first and second class may be either permanently or accidentally (in an individual case) transferred.

Feasts of the first and second class are transferred to the next unimpeded day.  The following days are considered as impeded:  every Sunday, every other feast of the first and second class, and every day that excludes a feast of the first or second class (e.g., Ash Wednesday).

The festa duplicia (maiora and minora) celebrated in the universal Church may not be transferred (according to the general rule laid down above); hence on impeded days they are only commemorated.  Such an impeded feast is called a festum simplifactum.

 Exceptions:  a.  No commemorations are made on Sundays of the first class (the Sundays of Advent, of Lent to White Sunday, Pentecost Sunday), on feasts of the I class, on privileged vigils and ferials.

Only one commemoration is permitted on feasts of the II class and on the other Sundays of the year.

On all other days, whether festal or ferial, only two commemorations are permitted (Decr. Gen. II,

4.  Festa duplicia of individual dioceses and Orders are commemorated when they are accidentally impeded; in case they are permanently impeded in the entire diocese or Order, they are transferred to the next unimpeded day.  In case the feast is impeded only in certain localities of the diocese, the rule laid down in 3) above is to be followed.

RULES FOR CONCURRENCE

Since Vespers are said but once each day the concurring Vespers (Second Vespers of the preceding day and First Vespers of the succeeding feast) are either combined (Vesp. a cap. sequentis, commemor. praeced.), or one is omitted altogether, or at most commemorated (In Vesp. commemor. sequentis, or Vesp. Sequentis, commemor. praeced.).  The Ordo will indicate in individual cases the method of procedure according to the rules laid down in the table Quando Concurrit.


More information taken from Matters Liturgical of the ninth edition with the latest changes and updates.

454.  The four Sundays of Advent are now celebrated under double rite of the first class; they are preferred to every feast in concurrence and occurrence.

b) Any feast of the first or second class occurring on these Sundays is transferred.


The Office of the privileged vigil of Pentecost is raised to a double right.

The Office of the commemoration of All Souls is always said on November 2, unless November 2 is a Sunday; in the latter case the Office of the Sunday is said on November 2, while the Office of All Souls is said on November 3 to the exclusion of every other Office.

If the proper day of a feast is February 24, 25, 26, 27, or 28, it is celebrated in a leap year on the day following.

If a common vigil occurs on a Sunday, it is not to be anticipated on Saturday as heretofore but is to be omitted.

No commemoration is permitted in the Office of All Souls or during Holy Week or the octaves of Easter and of Pentecost; hence, if an occurring Office cannot be reposed or transferred according to the rubrics, it must be omitted entirely.

475.  Saturday Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary (January 2-5).  In the absence of an occurring nine lesson feast, the Saturday Office of the Blessed Virgin shall be said when any of the days from January 2 to January 5 inclusively fall on a Saturday.  The impeded Ferial is not commemorated.

If any of the days from January 7 to January 12 inclusively falls on a Saturday, the Saturday Office of the Blessed Virgin is to be said instead of the Ferial Office, provided that no nine lesson Office occurs.

The Saturday office of the Blessed Virgin is said on every Saturday during the season after Epiphany, and during the pre-Lenten season; unless a nine lesson feast occurs.  It has not been reduced to a commemoration.

This Saturday Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary cannot be said during the whole period of Lent and Passiontide, since the Ferial Office must be said on a day of simple right.

This Saturday Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is said on every Saturday from the Saturday after Low Sunday to the Saturday inclusively after Ascension, unless a nine lesson Office occurs.

This Saturday office of the Blessed Virgin is said on every Saturday throughout the season of Pentecost, unless a nine lesson feast or an ember Saturday or a vigil occurs.

If the first Sunday after Epiphany falls on January 13, the commemoration of the baptism of our Lord is that year entirely omitted; the Office and Mass of the Holy Family are said.

509.  Low Sunday.  This is a major Sunday, to be celebrated under double right of the first class.  In occurrence and concurrence this Sunday is preferred to every feast.  A double of the first or second class occurring on this Sunday is transferred to the first free day following, according to the rubrics.  Every other occurring feast is omitted entirely, so that such feasts cannot be even commemorated either in the Office or the Mass.  If this Sunday falls on April 25, the feast of St. Mark is transferred; but the Major Litanies are commemorated in the Mass.

The Major Litanies are celebrated on April 25, even if the feast of St. Mark which is also assigned to this day must be transferred according to the rubrics.  The only exception is when Easter Sunday falls on April 25; the Major Litanies are then celebrated on April 27 or the following Tuesday, even though the feast of St. Mark must be transferred to the first day after low Sunday that is free according to the rubrics.

517.  Rogation Monday.  This is the Monday before the feast of the Ascension.  It is a non-privileged major feria and is of simple rite.  It is the first day of the Minor Litanies.

f) Unless an office of double right occurs, the ferial Office and ferial Mass are said as explained in n. 514 and in n. 515 respectively.

g) If an office of major double or minor double right occurs on this day, the impeded ferial office is commemorated and Lauds according to the rubrics.

h) If a double of the first class occurs on this day, the feria is not commemorated either at Lauds or in the Mass.  On a double of the second class the feria is commemorated at Lauds and in the Mass according to the rubrics.

i) Private votive Masses and the daily Mass of Requiem may not be said as low Masses on Rogation Monday.  Other votive and a Requiem Masses are not forbidden if the right of the occurring Office permits.

518.  Rogation Tuesday.  It is a minor or simple feria and is of simple rite.

e) The ferial Office and Mass are said on this day, if no other Office occurs.

f) If any Office of simple or higher right occurs on this day, the ferial Office is not even commemorated.  When the ferial Office is impeded, the Rogation Mass cannot be said except in connection with the Rogation Procession.

g) When the ferial Office and Mass are impeded by the occurrence of an Office of simple or higher rite, the Rogation Mass must be commemorated according to the rubrics in n. 209 g; it is therefore omitted: on a double of the first class; and a solemn votive or sung Mass; if it would be the third oration in a Mass of double right of the second class; if it would be the fourth oration and any other Mass.

519.  Rogation Wednesday.  This is the Wednesday before the feast of the Ascension.  It is the vigil of Ascension, which is a common vigil of a simple right.  It is the third day of the Minor Litanies.

e) The vigil Office and Mass are said on this day, unless a feast of double right occurs.  The vigil Office and Mass are arranged as explained in n. 514 and in n. 515 d respectively.

f) If an Office of major double or minor double right occurs on this day, the impeded vigil Office is commemorated at Lauds according to the rubrics.

g) If a feast of double right of the second class occurs on this day, the impeded vigil Office is commemorated at Lauds according to the rubrics.

h) If a feast of double right of the first class occurs on this date, no notice of the vigil is taken either in the Office or in the Mass.

521.  j) The Novena in honor of the Holy Ghost must be celebrated publicly in all parochial churches and, if the local Ordinary so prescribes, in other churches and oratories also; this Novena must begin on the Friday following the feast of the Ascension.

523.  Vigil of Pentecost.  This is a privileged vigil, to be celebrated under double right.  An occurring double of the first or second class is transferred to the first day after Trinity Sunday, that is free according to the rubrics.  Any other occurring feast is to be entirely omitted both from the Office and from the Mass.

531.  Feast of the Sacred Heart. b) An occurring double of the first or second class is transferred to the first day following, that is free according to the rubrics; this holds, even if the occurring double of the first class is the feast of SS. Peter & Paul (June 29), the feast of the Sacred Heart being the nobler feast by reason of personal dignity.  A feast of major double or lower rite occurring on this feast is entirely omitted.  f) The public recitation of the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart are of obligation on this day in every church and in every public and semi-public oratory; the Act of Reparation is the prayer: Most sweet Jesus whose overflowing charity for men (Pius XI: Encycl. of May 8, 1928).

602.  October Devotions.  These devotions consist of five decades of the Rosary, the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, and the prayer To thee O blessed Joseph.  These prayers are of obligation from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2 inclusively in every cathedral and parochial church, in every public oratory dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and in other churches and oratories if designated by the Ordinary.

616.  December 8.  The Immaculate Conception – the octave of this feast has been suppressed.  If this feast occurs on the second Sunday of Advent, it shall be transferred to the day following.  In concurrence with the second Sunday of Advent, the Vespers will be of the Sunday with a commemoration of the Vespers of the Immaculate Conception.

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Fasting and Abstinence - Days

ABSTINENCE - Everyone over seven years of age is bound to observe the law of abstinence.

Complete abstinence is to be observed on Fridays, Ash Wednesday, the Vigils of the Immaculate Conception and Christmas, and on Holy Saturday. On days of complete abstinence meat, and soup or gravy made from meat, may not be used at all.

Partial abstinence is to be observed on Ember Wednesdays and Saturdays and on the Vigil of Pentecost.  On days of partial abstinence meat, and soup or gravy made from meat, may be taken only once a day at the principal meal.

FAST - Everyone over 21 and under 59 years of age is also bound to observe the law of fast on the weekdays of Lent, Holy Saturday, Ember Days, Vigils of Pentecost, Immaculate Conception and Christmas.  [NOTE: Holy Mother the Church never requires Her children to fast or abstain on any Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation.  Therefore, if a Holy Day falls on a Friday you are permitted to eat meat anytime of the day.]

On days of fast only one full meal is allowed.  Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength may be taken according to each one’s needs; but together they should not equal another full meal.

Which are the Ember weeks?

In winter, the third week of Advent;

In spring, the first week of Lent;

In summer, the week preceding the feast of the Blessed Trinity;

In autumn, the week following the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14th).


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The Catholic calendar for 2011 is now available.  However, before you go look at the new calendar why not take a little test to see how well you know your faith and the rubrics?  Most of us have been looking at the calendar for many years one day at a time.  How well do we remember what we read and see?

True or false: Pope Pius XII transferred the fast and abstinence laws from the vigil of the Assumption of Mary into heaven to the vigil of the Immaculate Conception of Mary?

Can you name two saints whose feast days are moved to a different day of the month when there

is a leap year?

The feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord was on a Friday in 2010.  The Nativity of Jesus Christ will be on a Saturday in 2010.  What day of the week will the circumcision of our Lord be celebrated in 2011?  What day of the week will the Nativity of Jesus be celebrated in 2011?  What day of the week will the circumcision of our Lord be celebrated in 2012?  What day of the week will the Nativity of Jesus be celebrated in 2012?

How many Ember Days are there during each year?

What determines the dates when you will find the Ember Days on the calendar?

What important part of the sacred liturgy traditionally takes place on Ember Saturdays?  A hint to help you answer this last question: remember there are five lessons before the epistle on Ember Saturdays.

Can you name at least six days during the year when the litany of the Saints is part of the liturgy?

Which days of the year are all priests permitted to offer three Masses?

During one of these days when priests are permitted to offer three Masses, there is a saint who is always commemorated during the second Mass.  This saint is also mentioned during the canon of every Mass.  Do you know the name of this saint?

Do you know what color the tabernacle veil is on the days when the priest wears black vestments?  Do you know the reason why?

What day of the year does the priest or bishop celebrating the liturgy wear two separate colors of vestments?  What are those two colors?

Can you name the two days of the year when the clerics are permitted to wear rose-colored vestments?

Can you give the Latin name for those two Sundays from the first word of the introit of the Mass when the clerics may wear rose-colored vestments?

Can you name the 12 Apostles who ate supper with Jesus Christ on Holy Thursday night?

Do you know what days of the year the Church celebrates the major feast day of the 11 Apostles who remained faithful?

Does it make sense that the Church designates the feasts of the Apostles as days on which bishops are consecrated?

Do you know which day of the year the Church normally celebrates the feast of the other two Evangelists who were not one of the 12 Apostles?  Hint, one of them has his feast day transferred in 2011.

Which Apostles had their feast day permanently transferred 11 days later when the feast of St. Joseph the Worker was introduced into the liturgy?

On what day does the Lenten Fast begin?

Excluding all Sundays during Lent, at what time and on what day does the Lenten Fast stop?

Is the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ever celebrated outside of the holy season of Lent?

Is the feast of St. Patrick ever celebrated outside of the holy season of Lent?

Does the Catholic Church ever oblige Her children to fast or abstain from meat on any Sunday of the year, for example: some year when the Vigil of Christmas falls on a Sunday?

Does the Catholic Church ever oblige Her children to fast or abstain from meat on any Holy Day of the year that falls on a Friday?

Are Catholics permitted to eat meat on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day in the USA?

Can bishops dispense the Catholics under their charge from the obligation to abstain from meat on Good Friday?

On whose feast day do we begin the Christmas prayer: “Hail and blessed be the hour...?”

What must one do to receive a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception and April 28?  Hint: whose feast day is April 28th?

When are the Holy Days of obligation in the United States of America?

When are the Holy Days of obligation in Canada?



To check your answers and to see the colored calendar for 2011 please click here.  However, if you do not have a printer that prints in colors your printed calendar will probably look better by using the black and white calendar found here.  

If you cannot find all of the answers to the above questions by looking at the Catholic calendars found on this web site, you are invited to join those of us who are reviewing The Catechism of the Council of Trent on Sunday afternoons.  Or you can click on this link to read the answers.


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