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2021 Diocesan Liturgical Calendar of Solemnities, Feasts, and Other Observances

 

                                                                   NOVEMBER 2020

Nov. 29

First Sunday of Advent

 

Nov. 30

St. Andrew

Feast

DECEMBER 2020

Dec. 8 (Tues.)

Immaculate Conception

Patroness of the United States

Solemnity; holy day of obligation

 

Dec. 12 (Sat.)

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Solemnity; Co-Patron of the Diocese of Sacramento, along with St. Patrick. (Statute 123 §1(b)).

Dec. 25 (Fri.)

Nativity of The Lord

Solemnity; holy day of obligation

Dec. 26

St. Stephen

Feast

Dec. 27

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Feast

Dec. 28

The Holy Innocents

Feast

JANUARY 2021

Jan. 1

Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Solemnity; holy day of obligation

Jan. 3

Epiphany of the Lord

Solemnity

Jan. 10

Baptism of the Lord

Feast

Jan. 18-25

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Diocesan observance (Statute 123 §3(a))

Jan. 19

Ecumenical Prayer Service

 

Jan. 22

National Day of Penance

 

Respect Life Mass at the Cathedral 12:10pm

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. “In all dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when the 22nd falls on Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for the violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. (2000 GIRM, USCCB Adaptation, #373).   The Mass “For Peace and Justice” (no. 21 from “Masses for Various Needs”) should be celebrated with violet vestments as an appropriate liturgical observance for this day. (Diocesan Statute 123 §3(b)).

Jan. 24

Sunday of the Word of God

 

Jan. 25

Conversion of St. Paul

Feast

FEBRUARY 2021

Feb. 2

Presentation of The Lord

World Day for Consecrated Life

Feast

Feb. 11

Our Lady of Lourdes

Optional memorial

World Day of the Sick

Feb. 22

Chair of St Peter the Apostle

Feast

Feb. 17

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins

Feb. 20, 21

Rites of Election

 

MARCH 2021

March 10

Day of Reconciliation and Unity

A day of penance for negative attitudes and discrimination toward people of differing culture, ethnicity and race; and prayer for unity in our diversity, for equality, mutual respect and peace among all peoples. Observed on the 2nd Wed. in March.  (Statute 123 §3(c)).

March 14

Daylight Savings Time begins

“Spring” forward one hour.

March 17 (Wed)

St. Patrick

Solemnity; Co-Patron of the Diocese of Sacramento, along with Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Statute 123 §1(b)).

March 19 (Fri)

St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Solemnity

Mar 23 (Tue)

Chrism Mass

Moved due to The Annunciation

March 25 (Thu)

The Annunciation

Solemnity

Mar 28

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

 

APRIL 2021

April 1

Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper

 

April 2

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

 

April 3

Holy Saturday

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night may begin at or after 8:35 p.m.

April 4

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

 

April 25

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

 

MAY 2021

May 3

Sts. Philip and James

Feast

May 14

St. Matthias

Feast

May 16

Ascension of the Lord

Solemnity

May 22

Adult Confirmation

Cathedral; Sacred Heart, Red Bluff

May 23

Pentecost

 

May 31

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast

JUNE 2021

June 11 (Friday)

Sacred Heart of Jesus

World day of prayer for the sanctification of priests

Solemnity

June 24

Nativity of St. John the  Baptist

Solemnity

June 27

Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (1889).

Solemnity

June 29

Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Solemnity

JULY 2021

July 3

St. Thomas

Feast

July 6

St. Maria Goretti

A day of penance for sins and crimes against children and youth, including the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and other members of the Church; and prayer for the needs of children. (Statute 123 § 3d).

Optional memorial

 

July 22

St. Mary Magdalene

Feast

AUGUST 2021

Aug. 6

Transfiguration of The Lord

Feast

Aug. 10

St. Lawrence

Feast

Aug. 15 (Sun)

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Solemnity

Aug. 24

St. Bartholomew

Feast

SEPTEMBER 2021

Sept. 1

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

 

Sept. 6

Labor Day

 

Sept. 8

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast

Sept. 14

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Feast

Sept. 21

St. Matthew

Feast

Sept. 26

World Day of Migrants & Refugees

 

Sept. 29

Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael

Feast

OCTOBER 2021

Oct. 18

St. Luke

Feast

Oct. 24

World Mission Sunday

 

Oct. 28

Sts. Simon and Jude

Feast

NOVEMBER 2021

Nov. 1 (Mon.)

All Saints

Solemnity; not a holy day of obligation this year

Nov. 2 (Tue.)

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)

 

Nov. 7-13

National Vocation Awareness Week

 

Nov. 6

Adult Confirmation

Vacaville; Chico

Nov. 7

Daylight savings ends

“Fall” back one hour.

Nov. 9

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Feast

Nov. 14

World Day of the Poor

 

Nov. 21

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Solemnity

Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Day

Day of thanksgiving for the harvest and all our blessings (Statute 123 §2(d)).