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1 Lectionary Sunday Cycle Year B Weekday Cycle Year II DECEMBER 2017 December 3 1 ST Sunday of Advent St Francis Xavier, Patron of Diocese December 8 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity Holy Day of Obligation Patron Saint of the United States Funeral Mass is not permitted December 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe, Feast December 22 Anniversary of the Death of the Most Reverend Joseph L. Imesch December 25 The Nativity of the Lord, Solemnity Holy Day of Obligation Funeral Mass is not permitted December 26-January 1 Days within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), Solemnities Marriage may be celebrated with the Mass of the Day, one reading from the on Monday - Saturday December 31 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Feast JANUARY 2018 January 1 The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord: Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God Not a Holy Day of Obligation January 7 The Epiphany of the Lord, Solemnity January 8 The Baptism of the Lord, Feast Day and final day of Christmas Time January 12 St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Virgin, Memorial January 22 Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (USA) 1

2 JANUARY 2018 (continued) Mass: For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life (#48/1A or B) from Masses & Prayers for Various Needs & Occasions (white vestment) OR Mass: For the Preservation of Peace & Justice (#30) (violet vestment) FEBRUARY 2018 February 2 The Presentation of Our Lord, Feast February 14 Ash Wednesday February 18 First Sunday of Lent Rite of Election at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, Joliet (2:00 p.m.) February 25 Second Sunday of Lent Penitential Rite for Baptized and Uncatechized Adults and Children of Catechetical Age (Optional Rite) MARCH 2018 March 4 Third Sunday of Lent First Scrutiny with the Elect (Year A Readings must be used at Mass where Scrutiny is celebrated) Presentation of the Creed is done during the week March 11 Fourth Sunday of Lent Second Scrutiny with the Elect (Year A Readings must be used at Mass where Scrutiny is celebrated) March 18 Fifth Sunday of Lent Third Scrutiny with the Elect (Year A Readings must be used at Mass where Scrutiny is celebrated) March 19 Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity Ritual may be substituted, and the nuptial blessing is used March 23 Ordination of Transitional Deacons, Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, Joliet (7:00 p.m.) 2

3 MARCH 2018 (continued) March 25 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Holy Week begins APRIL 2018 March 26 Monday of Holy Week Chrism Mass is celebrated at the Cathedral of St Raymond Nonnatus, Joliet (7:00 p.m.) March Weekdays of Holy Week Funeral Mass is permitted March 29 Thursday of Holy Week, morning and afternoon No Mass is permitted (see Ordo for exceptions) March 29-April 01 Holy Thursday evening through Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, The Sacred Paschal Triduum Sacraments are not celebrated except the non-communal forms of penance, anointing of the sick, and the sacraments of initiation during the Masses of Easter Funeral Mass is not permitted April 2 7 Days within the Octave of Easter, Solemnities Marriage may be celebrated with the Mass of the Day, one reading from the on Monday through Saturday April 8 Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday April 9 The Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity Marriage may be celebrated with the Mass of the Day, one reading from the Ritual may be substituted, and the nuptial blessing is used Funeral Mass is permitted April 15 Celebration of Adult Confirmation at Cathedral of St Raymond Nonnatus, (2:00 pm) 3

4 MAY 2018 May 10 Thursday, Easter Weekday in the Province of Chicago May 13 The Ascension of the Lord, Solemnity Replaces the Seventh Sunday of Easter in the Dioceses of the Providence of Chicago May 20 Pentecost Sunday, Solemnity Final day of the Easter Season May 26 Ordination of Priests, Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, Joliet (11:00 a.m.) JUNE 2018 May 27 The Most Holy Trinity, Solemnity Funeral Mass is permitted June 3 The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Solemnity June 8 The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity June 24 The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, Solemnity 4

5 JUNE 2018 (continued) June 29 Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Solemnity AUGUST 2018 August 15 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity Holy Day of Obligation August 31 St. Raymond Nonnatus, Patron of the Cathedral NOVEMBER 2018 November 1 All Saints, Solemnity Holy Day of Obligation Funeral Mass is not permitted November 2 The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed November 11 Call to Continuing Conversion at the Cathedral of St Raymond Nonnatus, Joliet (2:00 p.m.) November 25 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity 5

6 DECEMBER 2018 December 2 First Sunday of Advent December 8 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity Holy Day of Obligation Funeral Mass is not permitted December 22 Anniversary of the Death of the Most Reverend Joseph L. Imesch (For a complete Liturgical Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America go to or link through our Office website 6

7 LITURGICAL INFORMATION HOLY SATURDAY NIGHT---THE EASTER VIGIL The first Mass of Easter, the Easter Vigil, falls between nightfall of Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018 and daybreak of Easter Sunday, April 1, The General Norms for the Calendar Year and the Calendar, no. 21 states: The Easter Vigil, during the holy night when Christ rose from the dead, ranks as the mother of all vigils. Keeping watch, the Church awaits Christ s resurrection and celebrates it in the sacraments. Accordingly, the entire celebration of this vigil should take place at night, that is, it should either begin after nightfall or end before the dawn of Sunday. The sun sets at 7:17 p.m. in the Joliet area on Saturday, March 31, In light of this, the Easter Vigil may begin at 7:45 p.m. (this will insure that it is night when the Easter Fire is lit). HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as Holy Days of Obligation in the Dioceses of the United States are six, for the dioceses of the Province of Chicago we observe five since the Solemnity of the Ascension has been transferred to the following Sunday. January 1 Octave Day of Christmas, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary November 1 All Saints December 8 Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary December 25 Nativity of the Lord The Bishops of the United States decreed on December 13, 1991 (confirmed by the Apostolic See on July 4, 1992) that whenever January 1, August 15 and November 1 fall on a Saturday or a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated. RITUAL MASSES Ritual Masses are connected to the celebration of certain Sacraments or Sacramentals. They are prohibited on the Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter, on solemnities, on the days within the Octave of Easter, on the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, on Ash Wednesday, and during Holy Week. 7

8 RITES OF MARRIAGE If the marriage is celebrated on a Sunday or solemnity, the Mass of the Day is used with the nuptial blessing and the special final blessing according to the circumstances. When the wedding Mass may not be held, one of the readings from the texts provided for the marriage celebration may be chosen, except from Holy Thursday to Easter, on the solemnities of Epiphany, Ascension, Pentecost, or the Most Holy Body and Blood, or on Holy Days of Obligation. The Rite of Marriage outside of Mass may be celebrated on the above days except during the Easter Triduum. On the Sundays of the Christmas Season and in Ordinary Time, the entire wedding Mass may be used in Masses that are not parish Masses. When a marriage is celebrated during Advent or Lent or other days of penance, the special nature of these liturgical seasons are to be considered. FUNERAL MASSES Funeral Masses are not permitted on solemnities that are Holy Days of Obligation, Holy Thursday, the Easter Triduum, and the Sundays of Advent, Lent and Easter. Liturgical Calendar_2018.docx 8

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