The Church’s Feasts and Seasons

The Church’s Feasts and Seasons 2020-2021

Year B: The Year of Mark’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 29 2020.

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 Wednesday December 25th and concludes on January 10th 2021

  • January 1st:  Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
  • January 6th: The Epiphany
  • January 10th: The Feast of The Baptism of the Lord

On Monday 11th January we begin Ordinary Time which ends on Shrove Tuesday 16th February 2021

Lent

Begins on Ash Wednesday 17th February 2021

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

March 28th: 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 1st: Holy Thursday
  • April 2nd: Good Friday
  • April 3rd: Easter Vigil
  • April 4th: Easter Sunday

The Easter Season

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

  • May 16th: The Ascension of the Lord
  • May 23rd: PENTECOST
  • May 24th: OUR LADY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS

Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time resumes on May 25 and continues until Feast of Christ the King, which marks the end of the Year B.

Feast days of significance during this time are:

  • May 30th: THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
  • June 6th: THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (Corpus Christi)
  • June 11th:  THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
  • June 12th: 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 – Oct 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 21st: Christ the King

The cycle begins again in Advent 2021, November 28th when we begin Year C – The Year of Luke’s Gospel