It’s that time again! Even though I never actually re-hung my Nuns Having Fun calendar after I moved, I have had my Catholic dates all ready to go since I first made the Catholic Calendar years ago.
This year’s liturgical oddities:
- All Saints’ Day is on a Saturday, so it is not obligatory, unfortunately. But All Souls’ Day is on a Sunday, so that gets top billing.
- St. Kateri’s feast day will be properly observed this year for the very first time. Blessed John Paul II will be a saint by the time his feast rolls around in October, so that should be particularly delightful!
- If Immaculate Conception 2013 had you totally confused, next year will be more straightforward. It will be on December 8 again, and although that is a Monday, it will be a Holy Day of Obligation. The obligation is only lifted when the date is transferred. That also means San Juan Diego has his memorial back, on December 9.
Here’s the good part: If you subscribed to the Catholic Calendar in 2011, 2012, or 2013, you should be set for 2014 now. I added the 2014 information last night.
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. You can add the dates to your primary calendar (the one linked to your Gmail address), but then you lose the ability to turn the Catholic Calendar on and off. I like that option, so I recommend this method:
- On the left-hand side of the screen, click the small arrow next to “My calendars,” then choose “Create new calendar.” I call mine “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.” Browse to the .ics file you downloaded and upload the events to your Catholic Calendar.
- All the U.S. Catholic holidays since 2011 should be visible now as all-day events. If you click the name of each event, you can see the liturgical color and the rank of the day in the description. If you want to know more about ranking (and understand why the Immaculate Conception was moved to Monday and not obligatory in 2013), see the Table of Liturgical Days.
If you don’t use Google Calendar or an .ics-friendly program, you can bookmark a single-page, fullscreen online version. If you click the button in the bottom right-hand corner, Google will add the Catholic Calendar to your primary Google Calendar. I can’t remember if you have to confirm it first, so click with caution.
For more information about the U.S. dates for the 2013 liturgical year (and all of the 2014 calendar year), you can read this very helpful PDF published by the USCCB. Don’t say your bishops never did anything nice for you.
Thanks to Romcal for the original idea and the backend data!