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  
24 January

Word of God Sunday | Resource

13 March

Anniversary of Election of Pope Francis, 2013 

16 May

World Communications Day | Resource 

24 May Memorial of the Blessed virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Resource   
1 September World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation | Resource  
31 October World Mission Day | Resource  
1 November Month dedicated to All Holy Souls  
14 November   World Day of the Poor | Resource  

The National Calendar for 2022 is available HERE

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

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

Suggestions for Prayer of the Faithful

Sample Prayers Litany

7 March - Day of Prayer for Children Aotearoa New Zealand

13th March - Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

Mass for the Pope - NZ Roman Missal pg. 1245

25 March - Day of Prayer for Family Life

Contact your Local Diocesan Offices for Family Life Ministries

25 April -1 May - National Vocations Awareness Week

Contact your local diocesan website.

16-23 May - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021

24 May - Mary, Mother of the Church

Inaugural memorial for Mary, Mother of the Church. 

20 June - Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants

11 July - Day of Prayer for Seafarers

The Apostleship of the Sea New Zealand

Mission to Seafarers

A Prayer for Seafarers

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.


Season of Creation 2 Revised. Here

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

12-18 September - Social Justice Week


3 October - Day of Celebration for Suzanne Aubert

Visit for more information.

10 October - Support Life Sunday

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

For resources linked to previous pro-life foci see

USSCB Respect Life Program Pro-life prayers

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.

31 October - World Mission Sunday

October Extraordinary Missionary month. Read more

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

14 November - 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

21 November - Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 




Aotearoa-New Zealand Ordo

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

ORDO for New Zealand & Australia 2022 available in mid-October.

For those seeking the 2022 ORDO we suggest you contact Pleroma and they will manage your orders.

Stock will be available at the retail price $24.99. Pleroma can offer quantity discounts.

For more information on Ordo 2022 from Pleroma click HERE

A link to view all other Annuals 2022 available from Pleroma click HERE

You can also order directly from Liturgy Brisbane, Australia by emailing







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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Prayer during the Royal Commission - December to January 2021

Offer these prayers for inclusion in the Prayer of the Faithful during Advent and the Sundays in the new year .

Click here to download a pdf

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 Protection Against Fires

 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