It seems like it’s past time to post this! If you are one of the bazillion people who visited last year’s post and subscribed to that Google calendar, you are all set, because I added the dates through 2013 way back in the summer. I put those in by hand, too! (Thanks to Romcal for the 2011 and 2012 files and the inspiration for my Google calendar.)
Take note of such fun liturgical twists as the Solemnity of the Annunciation in 2013 (April 8, the first available day to move it to since March 25 is the Monday of Holy Week) and that St. Kateri’s first memorial as a saint is unfortunately a Sunday (July 14), so it’s not technically her day. Who says being a Catholic doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat?
If you are not subscribed and you use Google Calendar (or another program that accepts the iCal format), you can download the .ics file and upload it. For Google Calendar, I used this method:
- On the left-hand side of the screen, click the small arrow next to “My calendars,” then choose “Create new calendar.” Mine is unsurprisingly named “Catholic Calendar.” You can fill out the other information if you want to, but it’s not necessary. Click the “Create calendar” button.
- Farther down on the left-hand side, click the small arrow next to “Other calendars” and choose “Import new calendar.” Find the .ics file you downloaded and upload the events to Catholic Calendar. (You can upload them to your main calendar if you want, but I prefer to be able to turn the Catholic Calendar off quickly and easily by keeping it separate.)
- All the U.S. Catholic holidays for 2011, 2012, and 2013 should be visible now as all-day events. If you click the name of each event, you can see the color of vestments and the rank of the day in the description. For more on ranking, see the Table of Liturgical Days.
Alternatively, you can visit the online version of the calendar and bookmark that or click the button in the bottom left-hand corner to add it to your Google Calendar. Clicking that button will add the events to your primary Google Calendar. I can’t remember if you have to confirm it first, so click with caution.
Happy worshiping, and happy Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception! Salve Regina!