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1 OFFICE OF WORSHIP NOTATIONS ON THE LITURGICAL CALENDAR for the ARCHDIOCESE OF SAINT PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS 2015 Prepared by the Office of Worship for use in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis 226 Summit Ave Saint Paul, MN T: F:

2 Page 2 HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION: The Solemnity of the Ascension has been permanently transferred to the following Sunday. (This year, this solemnity will be celebrated on Sunday, May 17, 2015). The other holy days of obligation are: December 8, 2014 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. January 1, 2015 Mary, Mother of God THE EASTER VIGIL: The first Mass of Easter, the Easter Vigil, is celebrated between nightfall of Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015 and daybreak of Easter Sunday, April 5, The General Norms for the Liturgical 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 celebrated 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. Individual parishes can check the following website to determine the time of nightfall on April 4, 2015: click on the USNO icon on the left of the page click Astronomical Applications click Data Service and go to Complete Sun and Moon Data for one day. On this website, nightfall is listed as End civil twilight which is 8:14pm on April 4, The Easter Vigil should not start before 8:15 pm on April 4, 2015 RITUAL MASSES: Ritual Masses are prohibited on the Sundays of Advent, Lent and the Easter season, on all solemnities including the days within the octave of Easter, on the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls), on Ash Wednesday, and during Holy Week. In addition, the norms in the ritual books or in the Masses themselves also apply (General Instruction of the Roman Missal (2011), no. 352ff). Rite of Marriage: Weekend wedding Masses are normally to be celebrated prior to any Saturday evening Masses of anticipation. For exceptional Saturday night or Sunday wedding Masses, consult the Missal for the appropriate prayers and readings. (Ritual Masses, IV, I) 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

3 Page 3 texts provided for the marriage celebration (nos ) may be chosen, except from Holy Thursday to Easter, on the solemnities of Epiphany, Ascension, Pentecost, or the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or on holy days of obligation. However, the Rite of Marriage outside 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 (Rite of Marriage, no 11). 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 the Easter season (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 380).

4 Page 4 LITURGICAL CALENDAR for the ARCHDIOCESE OF SAINT PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS 2015 YEAR B WEEKDAYS I NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014 Sunday, November 30, 2014 First Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 7, 2014 Second Sunday of Advent Monday, December 8, 2014 The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception this year Patronal Feast Day of the United States Ritual Masses are not permitted A Funeral Mass is not permitted Sunday, December 14, 2014-Third Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 21, 2014-Fourth Sunday of Advent Thursday, December 25, 2014-Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas) Sunday, December 28, 2014-Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph JANUARY 2015 Thursday, January 1, Mary, Mother of God (Octave Day of the Nativity of our Lord) Ritual Masses are not permitted A Funeral Mass is permitted Sunday, January 4, 2015 Epiphany

5 Page 5 Sunday, January 11, 2015 The Baptism of the Lord Feast FEBRUARY 2015 Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Ash Wednesday Ritual Masses are not permitted A Funeral Mass is permitted Sunday, February 22, 2015 First Sunday of Lent Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be celebrated at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and the Basilica of Saint Mary. The Parish Rite of Sending to the Bishop may be celebrated at a time prior to the diocesan Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. (RCIA, no 108). MARCH 2015 Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 Chrism Mass Cathedral of Saint Paul, 7pm Sunday, March 29, 2015 Palm Sunday Holy Week begins Thursday, April 2, Evening Mass of the Lord s Supper (Holy Thursday) Friday, April 3, Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday) Saturday, April 4, 2015 The Easter Vigil Sunset is at 8:14 pm Sunday, April 5, 2015 Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord MAY 2015 Sunday, May 17, The Ascension of the Lord Sunday, May 24, Pentecost

6 Page 6 Saturday, May 30, 2015 Ordination to the Priesthood Cathedral of Saint Paul, 10:00 am JUNE 2015 Monday, June 29, 2015 Solemnity of Peter and Paul, Apostles Patronal Feast of the Archdiocese AUGUST 2015 Saturday, August 15, 2015 The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Not a Holy Day of Obligation OCTOBER 2015 Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral of St Paul in the Cathedral May be commemorated as a Feast in all parishes in the Archdiocese NOVEMBER 2015 Sunday, November 1, 2015 The Solemnity of All Saints Monday, November 2, 2015 All Souls Day Sunday, November 22, Feast of Christ the King Last Sunday in Ordinary Time YEAR C WEEKDAYS II Sunday, November 30, 2015 The First Sunday of Advent Advent begins DECEMBER 2015 Sunday, December 6, 2015 The Second Sunday of Advent

7 Page 7 Tuesday, December 8, The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Patronal Feast day of the United States of America) Sunday, December 13, 2015 The Third Sunday of Advent Sunday, December The Fourth Sunday of Advent Friday, December 25, 2015 The Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas) Sunday, December 27, 2015 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph IMPORTANT ARCHDIOCESAN ANNIVERSARIES March 19 Anniversary (2013) Installation of Francis as Supreme Pastor of the Universal Church. May 2 Anniversary (2008) of Succession of Archbishop John C. Nienstedt June 24 Anniversary (1986) Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop Harry J. Flynn June 29 Anniversary (2009) Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Lee A. Piché July 9 Anniversary (1996) Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop John C. Nienstedt December 9 Anniversary (2013) Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens

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