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Ecclesiastes 3:1 "All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven"

Seasonal Customs

Below are links to pages that describe customs, traditions, devotions, legends, and lore related to the traditional Catholic liturgical year per the 1962 Missal and calendar used by most traditional priestly fraternities. All Biblical references are to the Douay-Rheims with the Septuagint's Psalm numbering. The dates given in italics are movable, so they might come before or after the feasts that surround them as listed below. See also a list of novenas arranged by date for ease in marking your calendar. All of the referenced novenas are available on the Novenas page.

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Time After Epiphany
Time after Pentecost


December: dedicated to the Immaculate Conception

Advent Overview

Advent Wreath & Candles The four Sundays of Advent. The first Sunday will fall between 27 November and 3 December.

Nativity Scenes 1st Sunday of Advent

Advent Calendars 1-24 December

Jesse Trees 1-24 December

Rorate Masses Any time throughout Advent

Feast of St. Barbara 4 December

St. Nicholas Eve and Day 5 and 6 December

Feast of the Immaculate Conception 8 December

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 12 December

Feast of St. Lucy 13 December

Advent Embertide Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after 13 December (St. Lucy's Day)

Gaudete Sunday 3rd Sunday of Advent

The Golden Nights: O Antiphons 17-23 December


Christmastide Overview

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 24-25 December

Feast of St. Stephen the Deacon 26 December

Feast of St. John the Evangelist 27 December

Feast of the Holy Innocents (Childermas) 28 December

Feast of St. Thomas Becket 29 December

Feast of St. Sylvester 31 December

January: dedicated to the Holy Name and Childhood of Jesus

Feast of the Circumcision 1 January

Feast of the Holy Name 1st Sunday of the year, or 2 January if this Sunday falls on the 1st, 6th, or 7th

Twelfth Night 5 January

Feast of the Epiphany 6 January

Feast of the Holy Family 1st Sunday after the Epiphany

The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ 13 January

Time After Epiphany (Epiphanytide)

Time After Epiphany Overview

St. Agnes Eve & St. Agnes Day 20 & 21 January

February: dedicated to the Holy Family

The Eve and Feast of St. Brigid of Ireland 31 January and 1 February

Candlemas 2 February

Feast of St. Blaise 3 February

Feast of St. Agatha 5 February


Septuagesima Overview

Septuagesima Sunday and its Vigil 3rd Saturday and Sunday before Ash Wednesday (some time between 18 January and 22 February)

St. Valentine's Day 14 February      

Shrovetide 48 days before Easter, Shrovetide will begin on a date between 2 February and 8 March, inclusive.


Lent Overview

Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday will fall between 4 February and 10 March, inclusive.

Lenten Embertide Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the 1st Sunday of Lent

March: dedicated to St. Joseph

Feast of St. Patrick 17 March

Feast of St. Joseph 19 March

Laetare Sunday 4th Sunday of Lent

Passiontide begins:

Passion Sunday 2 Sundays before Easter Sunday

Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary Two Fridays before Easter

Feast of St. Gabriel the Archangel 24 March

Feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day) 25 March

April: dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament

Holy Week Begins:

Palm Sunday 1 Sunday before Easter

Spy Wednesday The Wednesday before Easter

The Sacred Triduum Begins:

Maundy Thursday The Thursday before Easter

Good Friday The Friday before Easter

Holy Saturday The Saturday before Easter


Eastertide Overview

Easter Sunday Easter will fall between 22 March and 25 April

Low Sunday The Sunday after Easter

The Feast of St. George 23 April

Rogation Day and Rogationtide 25 April and the 3 days before Ascension Thursday

Walpurgisnacht 30 April

May: dedicated to Mary

May Crowning 1 May (or early May)

Ascension Thursday 40 days after Easter

Vigil of the Pentecost & Pentecost (Whitsunday) 50 days after Easter

Whit Embertide Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after Pentecost

The Feast of St. Rita of Cascia 22 May

Feast of St. Joan of Arc 30 May

Queenship of Mary 31 May

Time After Pentecost

June: dedicated to the Sacred Heart

Time After Pentecost Overview

Trinity Sunday The Sunday after Pentecost

Feast of Corpus Christi The Thursday after Trinity Sunday

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua 13 June

Feast of the Sacred Heart The Friday a week after Corpus Christi

St. John's Eve & St. John's Day 23 & 24 June

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul 29 June

July: dedicated to the Precious Blood

Peter's Pence Collection The Sunday nearest to 29 June, the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul

Feast of the Visitation 2 July

Feast of St. Mary Magdalen 22 July

Feast of St. James the Greater 25 July

Feast of St. Martha 29 July

August: dedicated to the Immaculate Heart

St. Peter's Chains & The Holy Machabees (Lammas) 1 August

Feast of the Transfiguration 6 August

Feast of St. Lawrence 10 August

Feast of the Assumption (Marymass) 15 August

Feast of St. Roch (San Rocco) 16 August

Feast of King Saint Louis IX 25 August

The Decollation of St. John the Baptist 29 August

September: dedicated to the Seven Dolors of Mary

Feast of the Nativity of Mary 8 September

The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary 12 September

Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Roodmas) 14 September

Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady 15 September

Michaelmas Embertide Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the third Sunday in September

Feast of St. Januarius (San Gennaro) 19 September

Feast of St. Wenceslaus 28 September

Feast of St. Michael the Archangel (Michaelmas) 29 September

October: dedicated to the Holy Rosary

Feast of the Guardian Angels 2 October

Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux 3 October

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi 4 October

Feast of St. Gerard Majella 16 October

Feast of St. Raphael the Archangel 24 October

Feast of Christ the King The last Sunday of October

All Hallows' Eve (Hallowe'en) 31 October

November: dedicated to the Poor Souls

All Saints' Day (Hallowmas) 1 November

All Souls Day 2 November

Feast of St. Martin (Martinmas) 11 November

Last Sunday of Pentecost The first Sunday before Advent

Feast of St. Cecilia 22 November

St. Catherine's Day 25 November

The Eve and Feast of St. Andrew 29 and 30 November


For a list of Catholic movies that would be good to watch
throughout the liturgical year, see the Catholic Movies page of this site.


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