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  
22 January

Word of God Sunday | Resource

13 March

Anniversary of Election of Pope Francis, 2013 

21 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  
22 October World Mission Day | Resource  
1 November Month dedicated to All Holy Souls  
19 November   World Day of the Poor | Resource  

The National Calendar for 2023 is available HERE

The National Calendar for 2024 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

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 2023 HERE. Compassion as a synodal exercise of healing.

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

12 February - World Marriage Day

Catholic Network of Marriage Educators HERE

Worldwide Marriage Encounter New Zealand HERE

22 February - Ash Wednesday

24 Feb - Day of Prayer and Penance for Victims of Abuse and Violence

Suggestions for Prayer of the Faithful

Sample Prayers Litany

Te Rōpū Tautoko - the group coordinating Catholic engagement with the Royal Commission

5 March - Children's Day (NZ) Te Rā o Ngā Tamariki

Link to National Childrens' Day NZ HERE

13 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

30 April to 6 May - National Vocations Awareness Week

Contact your local diocesan website.

21 May - World Communications Day

21-28 May - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2023

Theme 2023 is 'Be-Longing: Praying for Unity amidst injustice.'

21-28 May - Laudato si' Week 

Theme 2023 is 'Hope for the Earth: Hope for humanity.'

18 June - Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants

9 July - Day of Prayer for Seafarers

The Apostleship of the Sea New Zealand

Mission to Seafarers

A Prayer for Seafarers

23 July - World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 

15 August - The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 Patronal Feast of Aotearoa New Zealand.

1 September - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

This Day of Prayer initiates the Season of Creation 1 September – 4 October.

Pope Francis's Prayer in Union with Creation Here.

3-9 September - Social Justice Week

This year the SJW resources will feature the theme "Imagine peace for all - Peace begins with you."

1 October - Celebration Day for Suzanne Aubert

Visit for more information.

8 October - Day of Prayer to Support Life 

Support Life Sunday is an opportunity to focus together on how our Catholic tradition celebrates and protects human life. Theme this year A Consistent Ethic of Life - Te Kahu o te Ora.

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.

22 October - World Mission Sunday. (Collection 29 October)

"Hearts on Fire, Feet on the Move." Inspired by the Disciples on the road to Emmaus.

October Extraordinary Missionary month. Read more

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

19 November - World Day of the Poor. (Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Mass)

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."
2023 - “Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor” (Tob 4:7)





Aotearoa-New Zealand Ordo

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

ORDO for New Zealand & Australia 2024 now available.

For those seeking the 2024 ORDO we suggest you contact Pleroma and they will manage your orders.

Stock will be available at the retail price $27.99. Pleroma can offer quantity discounts.

For more information on making an order for Ordo 2024 from Pleroma click HERE

A link to view all other Annuals 2024 available from Pleroma click HERE

You can also order directly from Liturgy Brisbane, Australia via their website HERE







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

For Social Justice Week 2010 (12-18 September) New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are asking parish communities to commit to the equality of all people and reconsider how they can live out church ideals of inclusion and respect.

The theme – Your people will be my people: Creating inclusive and connected communities – builds on a booklet of the same name that the bishops recently sent to all parishes.

The booklet is designed to help parish councils respond to increasing cultural diversity in parishes, and reflects the bishops’ Pastoral Priorities Plan which seeks to encourage parishes to recognise the gifts and life that migrants and diverse cultures bring to the church.

The bishops’ social justice agency Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has produced a range of Social Justice Week resources, including a booklet with information and analysis of cultural diversity within the New Zealand church, and examples of how parishes are incorporating diversity into parish life.

Other resources include a CD-Rom for school students in years 1-13 called ‘No longer strangers: recognising our cultural diversity’, and material for parish liturgy committees, youth groups, children’s liturgy and newsletters.

“There are both blessings and tensions arising out of the growing number of different groups which are transforming the cultural identity of the church in Aotearoa New Zealand,” say the bishops.

“We share the concern expressed by Pope Benedict however that Catholic parishes remain unified, even while we celebrate increasing diversity. It is our hope that through Social Justice Week materials our community will be better equipped to embrace a future which brings together the best of the traditions of Maori, Pakeha and all our new arrivals”.

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference statement on Social Justice Week 2010 is available at