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Catholic Calendar of Saints and Holy Days

The liturgical year is full of special occasions to reflect on our faith and the great mysteries of Christianity. Below is an overview of some of the major Catholic holidays and celebrations:


Solemnities and Other Liturgical Holidays

  • January 1 : Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
  • Sunday between January 2-8: Epiphany
  • Date varies: Ash Wednesday - Marks the beginning of Lent
  • Sunday before Easter: Palm Sunday - Commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem
  • Thursday before Easter: Holy Thursday - Commemorates the Last Supper
  • Friday before Easter: Good Friday - Remembers the crucifixion and death of Jesus
  • Date varies: Easter Sunday - Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • 40 days after Easter: Ascension
  • 50 days after Easter: Pentecost - Celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles
  • Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday
  • Thursday after Trinity Sunday: Corpus Christi - Honors the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
  • August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • November 1: All Saints' Day - Honors all saints, known and unknown
  • Last Sunday of Ordinary Time: Christ the King - Honors Christ's dominion over all creation
  • December 8: Immaculate Conception
  • December 25: Christmas - Celebrates the nativity of Jesus


Other Major Celebrations and Devotions

  • 40 days before Easter: Lent - Period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving
  • Week before Easter: Holy Week - Remembers the final week of Jesus' life
  • Sunday after Easter: Divine Mercy Sunday - Honors Christ's divine mercy
  • May: Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • June: Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • October: Devotions to the Holy Rosary
  • November 2: All Souls' Day - Commemorates the faithful departed
  • 4 weeks before Christmas: Advent - Period of preparation for Christmas


Marian Apparitions and Feast Days

Apparitions of Mary are a significant part of Catholic devotional life. Celebrating the feast days of the various titles of Mary helps us remember her maternal care and her role in salvation history.

  • February 11: Our Lady of Lourdes – Commemorates the apparition of Mary at Lourdes
  • May 13: Our Lady of Fatima – Commemorates the first apparition of Mary at Fatima
  • July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Commemorates the giving of the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock
  • October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary – Commemorates the victory at the Battle of Lepanto and honors Mary's intercession through the rosary
  • October 12: Our Lady of the Pillar - Commemorates the apparition of Mary to St. James the Greater
  • December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe – Honors the apparition of Mary to St. Juan Diego


Selected Saint Feast Days

The feast days of popular and beloved saints are also special occasions to reflect on their lives and learn from their example of holiness.

  • February 5: St. Agatha – Virgin and martyr, patron saint of breast cancer patients
  • March 17: St. Patrick – Patron saint of Ireland
  • March 19: St. Joseph – Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • May 22: St. Rita of Cascia – Patron saint of impossible causes, difficult marriages, and parenthood
  • June 13: St. Anthony of Padua – Franciscan friar, Doctor of the Church, patron of lost items
  • July 11: St. Benedict – Founder of Western monasticism
  • July 22: St. Mary Magdalene – Disciple of Jesus, first witness to the Resurrection
  • July 26: St. Anne – Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • July 25: St. Christopher – Patron saint of travelers
  • September 29: Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael – Honors these three archangels
  • October 1: St. Thérèse of Lisieux – The "Little Flower" known for her "little way" of spiritual childhood
  • October 4: St. Francis of Assisi – Founder of the Franciscan Order
  • October 16: St. Gerard Majella – Redemptorist brother, patron of expectant mothers and unborn children
  • October 28: St. Jude – Patron of hope and impossible causes
  • November 17: St. Elizabeth – Mother of St. John the Baptist
  • December 6: St. Nicholas – Bishop of Myra, patron of children


Celebrating the lives of the saints and the special role of Mary in salvation history can help us grow in faith, hope, and love. Consider learning more about these saints and reflecting on their examples of holiness. A devotional item or rosary related to a particular saint can also be a great help in asking for their intercession.