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

Click here to view the resource for the General Roman Calendar

1 January World Day of Peace | 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
18 October World Mission Day | Resource
19 November   World Day of the Poor | Resource

The National Calendar for 2018 is available in the related resources icon above.

 

Extraordinary Missionary Month - October 2019

Pope Francis has encouraged preparations for an "extraordinary missionary month" to be celebrated in October 2019. This month coincides with the centennial of a major document on missionary activity issued by Pope Benedict XV, in 1919.

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

Messages from Pope Francis for World Day of the Sick from Vatican website (includes 2018 message)

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

13th-20th May - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Invitation to Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from Cardinal John Dew

WPCU Introduction to Resources

WPCU 2018 Liturgy I

WPCU 2018 Liturgy II

WPCU 2018 Mass Prayers

WPCU 2018 Prayer

WPCU 2018 8 Days Prayer

WPCU 2018 Leaders Liturgy Guide

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

7 October - Day of Celebration for Suzanne Aubert

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Visit suzanneaubert.co.nz for more information.

14 October - Day of Prayer to Respect Life

USSCB Respect Life Program Pro-life prayers

14-21 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 14th and 21st 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 WeekOfPrayer@outlook.com 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).

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."
After the 2015-16 Year of Mercy, the Pope established the day to encourage new initiatives fostering encounter, friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance to the poor. Pope Francis is scheduled to offer a luncheon to 500 people attending the Mass and the Vatican said it hoped parishes would do something similar.

Find Pope Francis' Message 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.

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

November - 20th Anniversary of Ecclesia in Oceania in 1998

More information will be provided soon.

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 2018 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 2018 pages for the coming months are also available in the related resources icon above.

Contact

Catherine Nicol

Resources for Prayer of Various Occasions

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

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 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