Fish Eaters: The Whys and Hows of Traditional Catholicism

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.

And a note to homemakers: No Catholic in the world celebrates all of these feasts to the fullest, with the recipes and crafts and traditions. Don't put too much pressure on yourself in this regard. Keep Sundays, holy days of obligation, and penitential days (Fridays, Embertides, Rogation Days, etc.) always, and then focus on the feasts of the Saints that are most important for your family given their temperaments, patron saints, ethnicity, etc.

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Time After Epiphany
Time after Pentecost


December: dedicated to the Immaculate Conception

The Season of 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

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

Gaudete Sunday 3rd Sunday of Advent

Las Posadas 16-24 December

Novena de Aguinaldos 16-24 December

The Golden Nights: O Antiphons 17-23 December

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle 21 December


The Season of 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

Childermas: the Feast of the Holy Innocents 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)

The Season of Time After Epiphany Overview

The Chair of Unity Octave 18 - 25 January

Feast of St. Sebastian 20 January

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


The Season of Septuagesima Overview

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

February: dedicated to the Holy Family

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

Candlemas 2 February

Feast of St. Blaise 3 February

Feast of St. Agatha 5 February

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 11 February

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


The Season of Lent Overview

Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday - the Easter Vigil. Ash Wednesday will fall between 4 February and 10 March, inclusive.

Feast of St. Valentine 14 February

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

March: dedicated to St. Joseph

Laetare Sunday 4th Sunday of Lent

Passiontide begins:

Passion Sunday 2 Sundays before Easter Sunday

Friday of Sorrows: Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary Two Fridays before Easter

Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas 7 March

Feast of St. Patrick 17 March

Feast of St. Joseph 19 March

Feast of St. Benedict of Nursia 21 March

Feast of St. Gabriel the Archangel 24 March

Lady Day: the Feast of the Annunciation 25 March

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


The Season of Eastertide Overview

Easter Sunday Easter will fall between 22 March and 25 April

April: dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament

Feast of St. Mary of Egypt 2 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

Feast of St. Catherine of Siena 30 April

Walpurgisnacht and the Feast of St. Walburga 30 April and 1 May

May: dedicated to Mary

May Crowning 1 May (or early May)

Ascension Thursday 40 days after Easter

The Supplica: Prayer of Petition to Our Lady of Pompeii 8 May

Feast of St. Dymphna 15 May

Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer 15 May

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

Ember Days: Whit Embertide Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after Pentecost

The Feast of St. Rita of Cascia 22 May

Time After Pentecost

June: dedicated to the Sacred Heart

The Season of Time After Pentecost Overview

Trinity Sunday The Sunday after Pentecost

Feast of Corpus Christi The Thursday after Trinity Sunday

Feast of St. Joan of Arc 30 May

Queenship of Mary 31 May

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

Feast of St. Columba (Colmcille, Columcille) 9 June

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua 13 June

St. Germaine Cousin (Ste. Germaine de Pibrac) 15 June

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

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul 29 June

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

July: dedicated to the Precious Blood

Feast of the Most Precious Blood 1 July

Feast of the Visitation 2 July

Sicily: U Fistinu: Feast of Saint Rosalia
10-15 July

Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 16 July

Feast of St. Mary Magdalen 22 July

Feast of St. James the Greater 25 July

Feast of St. Anne 26 July

Feast of St. Martha 29 July

August: dedicated to the Immaculate Heart

Lammas: The Feast of St.Peter's Chains and of The Holy Machabees
1 August

Feast of St. Dominic 4 August

Our Lady of the Snows 5 August

Feast of the Transfiguration 6 August

Feast of the Fourteen Holy Helpers 8 August

Feast of St. Lawrence 10 August

Marymass: Feast of the Assumption 15 August

St. Michael's Lent 15 August - 29 September

Feast of St. Roch (San Rocco) 16 August

Feast of St. Joachim 16 August

Hungary: St. Stephen's Day 20 August

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 22 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 King St. Stephen I of Hungary 2 September

Feast of St. Rosalia 4 September

Feast of the Nativity of Mary, and Our Lady of Covadonga 8 September

Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary 12 September

Roodmas: Exaltation of the Holy Cross 14 September

Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady 15 September

Feast of St. Hildegard of Bingen 17 September

Feast of St. Januarius (San Gennaro) 19 September

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

Feast of Our Lady of Ransom 24 September

Our Lady of Walsingham 24 September

Feast of Saints Isaac Jogues, John de Brébeuf, and Companions (the "North American Martyrs" or "Canadian Martyrs") 26 September

Feast of St. Wenceslaus 28 September

Michaelmas: the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel 29 September

October: dedicated to the Holy Rosary

The Supplica: Prayer of Petition to Our Lady of Pompeii 1st Sunday of October

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 the Most Holy Rosary (Our Lady of Victory) 7 October

Feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 11 October

Feast of St. Teresa of Avila 15 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

Hallowe'en: All Hallows' Eve 31 October

November: dedicated to the Poor Souls

Hallowmas: All Saints' Day 1 November

All Souls Day 2 November

Martinmas: the Feast of St. Martin 11 November

Feast of Mother Cabrini 13 November

Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary 19 November

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 21 November

Feast of St. Cecilia 22 November

Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria 25 November

Last Sunday of Time After Pentecost The first Sunday before Advent

The 1,000 Hail Mary Devotion 29 November - 22 December

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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