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

Universal Calendar

1 January World Day of Peace
13 March Anniversary of Election of Pope Francis, 2013
28 May World Communications Day
1 September World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
18 October World Mission Day
19 November   World Day of the Poor

The National Calendar for 2018 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.

14 October - Day of Prayer to Respect Life

Family Life International New Zealand: Pro-life prayers

USSCB Respect Life Program Pro-life prayers

21 October - World Mission Sunday

Prayer of the faithful for World Mission Sunday 2017 from Society for the Propagation of Faith, Canada

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

19 November (33rd 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."

Find Pope Francis' Message here.

Aotearoa-New Zealand Ordo

Order information and pages for coming months are available here.

This Ordo is distributed by the National Liturgy Office on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference. It offers relevant page numbers of the New Zealand Roman Missal and Companion, The Interim Holy Week Book and the Jerusalem Bible Lectionary.

The NZ Ordo 2017 is now published. You find the information about the Ordo and how to order it by clicking on the related resources icon above.

NZ Ordo 2017 pages for the coming months are also available in the related resources icon above.


Ramona Cortes, NLO Liturgy Assistant