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

Click the red button for additional resources

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 |

21 May

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

24 May World Communications Day | Resource  
1 September World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation | Resource  
18 October World Mission Day | Resource  
1 November Month dedicated to All Holy Souls  
15 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

28 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

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

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

Contact your Local Diocesan Offices for Family Life Ministries

3-10 May - National Vocations Awareness Week

Contact your local diocesan website.

25-31 May - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

They showed us unusual kindness. Resources

21 May - Mary, Mother of the Church

Inaugural memorial for Mary, Mother of the Church. 

21 June - Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants

Caritas Website

Welcome Songs for Refugees and Migrants

12 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  background to this feast.

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.

Celebration guide 2020 Here

Season of Creation 2 Revised. Here

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

6-12 September - Social Justice Week

This year we focus on Catholic Social Teaching.

Check out the Caritas Aotearoa website for details

In 2020 the we focus on Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Latest resources HERE

27 September - World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Theme: Forced like Jesus Christ to flee

4 October - Day of Celebration for Suzanne Aubert

Visit for more information.

11 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 2020 the focus is on Valuing the Vulnerable. Resources available Here. 

For resources linked to previous pro-life foci see

USSCB Respect Life Program Pro-life prayers

The 2019 theme had a focus on respect for all creation. Resources Here

12-18 October - Week of Prayer for World Peace

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

18 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

15 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 2020 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 2021 available in mid-October.

For those seeking the 2021 ORDO we suggest you contact Pleroma and they will manage your orders.

Stock will be available at the retail price  $22 each. Pleroma can offer quantity discounts.

For more information and orders click HERE 

To view all other Annuals 2021 available from Pleroma 






Resources for Prayer of Various Occasions

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

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