Liturgical Calendar

Unit Note

Parts of this unit will not be presented sequentially. Since events of the liturgical season happen throughout the school year, lessons may be presented at a time that coincides with upcoming liturgical celebrations. For example, lessons on the liturgical season of Advent will be conducted before and during the season of Lent so students can better experience the glory of that liturgical season. 

Unit Highlights

Unit Introduction

Seasons, saints, and celebrations during the liturgical year are laid out in a yearly liturgical calendar. The liturgical year is made up of six seasons:

The mystery of Christ, unfolded through the cycle of the year, calls us to live his mystery in our own lives. This call is best illustrated in the lives of Mary and the saints, celebrated by the Church throughout the year. There is no tension between the mystery of Christ and the celebration of the saints, but rather a marvelous harmony. The Blessed Virgin Mary is joined by an inseparable bond to the saving work of her Son, and the feasts of all the saints proclaim the wonderful works of Christ in his servants and offer the faithful fitting examples for their imitation. In the feasts of Mary and of the saints, the Paschal Mystery of Christ is proclaimed and renewed.



Connection to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Paragraphs 512, 524-526, 540, 560, 1168-1173, 2177, 2180, 2185, 2187-2188, 2192-2193

Scripture Studied in This Unit

Activity 1: Make a Circle Map on the Liturgical Calendar.

Brainstorm, list, and/or draw:

Activity 2: Scripture to Memory

Pope St. John Paul II strongly encouraged that the faithful memorize important passages of Scripture. In the Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae, he wrote: “The blossoms ... of faith and piety do not grow in the desert places of memoryless catechesis.” When you have memorized important Scripture passages, the Word of God resides in your minds and hearts and is at the ready when you need it.

To respond to Pope St. John Paull II’s wish, you should write out and commit to memory some or all of the following Bible verses, which complement all the lessons in this unit. Take a few minutes each day to study them and practice recitation and writing. Before completing this unit, you will write out two or more of these verses, from memory. 

Explore different means of memorization, such as hanging important Scripture verses on your refrigerator at home, or on your bathroom mirror, reciting and discussing Scripture with your parents, using passages in conversation, and other creative means of use and memorization.