The Church’s Feasts and Seasons

The Church’s Feasts and Seasons 2021-2022

Year C: The Year of Luke’s Gospel

We follow a calendar based on a cycle of liturgical seasons including feasts and saints’ days.

We are constantly nourished by the story of Jesus and guided by our ancestors in the faith, living witnesses of God’s unchanging love.

Advent

The Church year begins on The First Sunday of ADVENT November 28 2021.

Advent is a period covering the four Sundays before Christmas during which we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth, His coming into human history, & His ever constant coming into our lives and world, until finally there is a new heaven and a new earth.

The Christmas Season

Begins Christmas Day Saturday December 25th and concludes on January 9th 2022

  • January 1st:  Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
  • January 6th: The Epiphany
  • January 9th: The Feast of The Baptism of the Lord

On Monday 10th January we begin Ordinary Time which ends on Shrove Tuesday 1st March 2022

Lent

Begins on Ash Wednesday 2nd March 2022

The forty days of Lent are a time of spiritual renewal and preparation for the celebration of Easter

Over this time of penance we strive to give more depth to our prayer, and grow in compassion through fasting, self-denial and acts of generosity and kindness

Easter

April 10th: Palm or Passion Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week

The Easter Triduum (3 days) is the heart of our Liturgical Year, from the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, until Easter Sunday morning.

  • April 14th: Holy Thursday
  • April 15th: Good Friday
  • April 16th : Easter Vigil
  • April 17th: Easter Sunday

The Easter Season

During the six weeks of the Easter Season (50 days) we celebrate significant Church feasts:

  • May 24th: OUR LADY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS
  • May 29th: The Ascension of the Lord
  • June 5th: PENTECOST

Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time resumes on June 6 and continues until Feast of Christ the King, which marks the end of the Year C.

Feast days of significance during this time are:

  • June 12th: THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
  • June 19th: THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (Corpus Christi)
  • June 24th:  THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
  • June 25th: The Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • June 24th: THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
  • June 29th: SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
  • August 6th: Transfiguration of the Lord
  • August 8th: ST MARY OF THE CROSS
  • August 15th: The Feast of the Assumption
  • September 1st – October 4th: Season of Creation
  • September 8th: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • October 1st: St Therese of Lisieux
  • October 4th: St Francis of Assisi
  • November 1st: All Saints Day
  • November 2nd: All Souls Day
  • November 20th: Christ the King

The cycle begins again in Advent 2022, November 27th when we begin Year A The Year of St Matthew’s Gospel