Liturgical Calendar

A Liturgical Calendar guides us, like pilgrims, one day at a time, through the liturgical year – which is the life of Christ, lived out in liturgical time – in the time and in the memory of the Church. Each day has its own name, colour, readings, texts and observance according to its time and place in the calendar.

Universal and National Calendars

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Universal Calendar

Click here to view the resource for the General Roman Calendar

1 January World Day of Peace | Resource  
26 January

Word of God Sunday | Resource

13 March

Anniversary of Election of Pope Francis, 2013 | Resource

21 May

Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church | Resource

28 May World Communications Day | Resource  
1 September World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation | Resource  
20 October World Mission Day | Resource  
1 November Month dedicated to All Holy Souls  
17 November   World Day of the Poor | Resource  

The National Calendar for 2020 is available in the related resources icon above.


Resources for Days of Prayer

In the National Calendar, put out annually by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, several dates are designated as a Day of Prayer for particular intentions.

2 February - Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

Messages from Pope Francis for World Day for Consecrated Life

National Religious Vocation Conference (USA) description and resources, including video and prayer card

USCCB description and resources, including prayer of the faithful

11 February - World Day of Prayer for the Sick

Message from Pope Francis for World Day of the Sick 2020 from Vatican website here 

National Association of Catholic Chaplains resources, including prayer cards, prayer of the faithful, a healing service in a hospital setting, world day of the sick programme

Catholic Health Association of the United States resources, including prayer card, video reflection

16 February - Day of Prayer and Penance for Victims of Abuse and Violence

Suggestions for Prayer of the Faithful

Sample Prayers Litany

23 February - Prayer for Peace

Prayer for Peace, requested on this day by Pope Francis

4 March - Oranga Tamariki - Day of Prayer for Children NZ

Day of Prayer For Children 2018

Related to United Nations Universal Children's Day

13th March - Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

Mass for the Pope - NZ Roman Missal pg. 1245

9th April - Day of Prayer for Family Life

General Audience of Pope Francis on 25 March 2015: Prayer for the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Local Diocesan Offices for Family Life Ministries

3-9 June - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

WPCU Introduction to Resources

WPUC 8 Day - Prayer 1

WPUC 8 Day - Prayer 2

WPCU 2019 Liturgy I

21 May - Mary, Mother of the Church

Inaugural memorial for Mary, Mother of the Church. Locate the texts for Celebration in the New Zealand Church here.

17 June - Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants

Caritas Website

2018 Message from Pope Francis

Welcome Songs for Refugees and Migrants

8 July - Day of Prayer for Seafarers

The Apostleship of the Sea New Zealand

Mission to Seafarers

A Prayer for Seafarers

22 July - Feast of St Mary Magdalene

Click here to view the resource.

5-12 August - National Vocations Awareness Week

Contact your local diocesan website.

15 August - The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Holy Day of Obligation. Patronal Feast of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Readings at the Vigil Mass:

New Zealand Roman Missal 2010 pg. 953 ff

L1:956, L2:1082

Readings at the Mass during the Day:

New Zealand Roman Missal 2010 pg. 955 ff

L1:958, L1:1084

1 September - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

This Day of Prayer initiates the Season of Creation 1 September – 4 October. This link provides a great resource for the season.

See also Pope Francis's Prayer in Union with Creation here.

8-14 September - Social Justice Week

This year, the 8th to the 14th of September, we focus on fairness.

'Do unto others what you would have them do to you. (Matt 7:12)

Individuals and communities are invited to use the See-Judge-Act method to reflect on what is fair and unfair in their own context and act toward fairness in our world. Click here to learn more.

6 October - Day of Celebration for Suzanne Aubert

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Visit for more information.

13 October - Day of Prayer to Respect Life

Respect Life Sunday is an opportunity to focus together on how our Catholic tradition celebrates and protects human life.

In 2019 the focus is on Care of the Environment. Resources will be available soon. 

For resources linked to previous pro-life foci see

USSCB Respect Life Program Pro-life prayers

13-20 October - Week of Prayer for World Peace

Religious communities throughout New Zealand are encouraged to celebrate the Week both in their own observances and together with people of different faiths.

The Week will be observed in New Zealand between 13th and 20th October this year. A leaflet has been produced by the New Zealand organising committee with prayers, readings and affirmations from many faiths to use each day. The theme of the leaflet is developed for worldwide distribution by the Week of Prayer for World Peace multi-faith committee based in Great Britain.

Leaflets may be ordered by sending a cheque made out to WPWP to: Week of Prayer for World Peace, c/- Paddy Payne, 161 Seatoun Heights Road, Wellington 6022. Or email or phone 021-505-215. Internet banking details are: WPWP 06-0561-0072821-000

The cost of the leaflets is: 100 for $40;  50 for $25;  20 for $12;  10 for $7;  1 for $1.50 (all prices include postage and packing).

20 October - World Mission Sunday

Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World

Message from Pope Francis. Read.

October Extraordinary Missionary month. Read more

'What is World Mission Sunday?' video from Missio UK

17 November (34th Sunday in Ordinary Time) - World Day of the Poor

This first World Day of the Poor Pope Francis has said, "It is my wish that Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance."
“The hope of the poor will not perish for ever” (Ps 9:19).

These words of the Psalm remain timely. They express a profound truth that faith impresses above all on the hearts of the poor, restoring lost hope in the face of injustice, sufferings and the uncertainties of life. Pope Francis' Message for 2019 World Day of the Poor here

 Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and the Society of St Vincent de Paul have jointly produced a video on behalf of the Wellington Archdiocese for the First World Day of the Poor, available to view online via the Caritas YouTube Channel: @caritasaotearoanz from 19 November 2017.



Aotearoa-New Zealand Ordo

The ORDO is an indispensable aid in the preparation of liturgies throughout the year.

ORDO for New Zealand & Australia 2020 now available.

For those seeking the 2020 Ordo we suggest you contact Pleroma and they will manage your orders.

Stock is now available and retail at $22 each.

Click here for more information. 

To order just email Pleroma


For enquiries email Cathie Nicol

Resources for Prayer of Various Occasions

Find here the resources for prayer specific to current affairs, specific times and various other occasions.
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Let us Lament

Check out what the Auckland Diocesan Liturgy Centre published in the June 2018 edition of Liturgy. 
Click here to view the resource.

Welcome Songs for Refugees and Migrants

If your church is a member of One License or CCLI, you are encouraged to report your usage there as you would customarily do. At the end of this collection you can find copyright information.
This resource can also be found in the National Days of Prayer page on this site.
Click here to view the resource.

Prayer for Elections

Currently the world faces change of power and direction through elections. This resource was created for the 2017 New Zealand Election and can be adapted for all other elections.
Click here to view the resource.

Prayer for Mycoplasma Bovis

Until recently New Zealand was one of two countries that did not have cattle infected by the Mycoplasma bovis cattle disease. The outbreak is interconnected with our Catholic faith. Click here for a prayer for the time of turmoil that our farmers are in.

Prayer for Families

The overall theme for this year’s World Meeting of Families is “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World.” Before Cardinal John Dew flew to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, he created this prayer: Click here.

Prayer for Protection Against Fires

Find resources here: Click here to view a resource. Click here to find an additional resource.

Prayer in Light of Sexual Abuse Scandals: A Holy Hour

In light of events of sexual abuse, find here a resource of prayer: Holy Hour For the Purification of the Clergy and Ministers of the Church, and In Reparation for Sins Against Chastity and the for the Abuse of Clerical Power. See also  Pope Francis's letter to the People of God.

Prayer for Hope

For the victims, survivors and rescue workers of the Queensland and Victorian floods, Christchurch earthquake, Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and for all those in civil wars in the Middle East. This resource serves all disasters and dire times where hope is needed.
Click here to view the resource.

Prayer Upon Returning Home After the Hurricanes

Credited to Michael Kwatera, O.S.B. Click here to view the resource.

A Prayer for Seafarers

July 8th serves as the Day of Prayer for Seafarers. This resource can be used anytime.
Click here to view the resource

Prayer for Those Seeking Work

Many people struggle to find work; those people have gifts and talents that could be used in their work. Click here for a Prayer for Those Seeking Work.

Prayer for Students

Students all around the world face great pressure. They require blessings to devote themselves to their study. Click here for a prayer for Students.

Prayer for a Recent Natural Disaster

Every so often natural disasters shake peoples lives around the world. Find here a resource of prayer in times of a natural disaster.

Prayer for Protection from a Volcano

Click here to view the resource.

A Prayer in Union with Creation

Click here to view Pope Francis' prayer for the Season of Creation