A Slice of Liturgical Life



This page is dedicated to the liturgical Catholic calendar and the various seasons (Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter) and feast days our family has celebrated in the past. Similar to our traditional calendars that are marked with four seasons, 12 months, 365 days, holidays and celebrations, the liturgical year is also marked with special seasons and feast days. This page is a summary of the seasons and feast days our family has celebrated since I started blogging in June 2010 and it is a ongoing work in progress.

The difference between our traditional 12 month calendar and the liturgical Catholic calendar is summed up well from Cyberfaith, "The purpose of the Liturgical Year Calendar is not to mark the passage of time, but to celebrate and understand more fully the entire mystery of Jesus Christ, from his incarnation and birth until his ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of his return in glory. During the course of a year, the paschal mystery-the passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus-is viewed from different angles, in different lights."

Some of our liturgical year celebrations have been small and simple, while others are more elaborate. But, no matter how simple or grand one celebrates our faith, the important part is that it is a faith-filled and fun time to embrace, cherish and celebrate the beauty and treasures of our Catholic faith in order to grow in personal holiness and evangelize to all the nations.

Liturgical Seasons

Advent

Advent - Some Ways Our Family Prepares
What God Wants For CHRISTmas and Kid-Sized Advent Wreath
Advent 2011: How Our Family Prepares
Advent in 2 Minutes and Why the New Roman Missal Changes?
Share your Gifts with Us at NOBH and Advent Calendars!
He's on His Way!
Advent 2012 Resources
Advent 2013: How We Keep Christ in Christmas
"O" Antiphons..."O" what are they?
"O" Antiphons Lapbook
"O" Antiphons Lapbook: 2014
More Advent Traditions We Are Enjoying...
Sock Baby Jesus...Handy Tree
Skirt...Gingerbread House
Family Fun Bucket for Christmas {Free Printables}
Advent 2014: How Our Family Prepares
7 Quick Takes on 12/13/14
Advent 2015 is Here! A Roundup of Advent Traditions to Prepare Our Hearts and Home
Advent Book Review and Read-Alouds

Christmas

Our "Handy" CHRISTmas Tree Skirt
"Bua Bark" and Sweet Pretzel Treats for CHRISTmas Gifts!
Silverware Stockings
LifeSaver Ornaments
Happy Birthday Jesus!
Valentine Candy Canes and CHRISTmas Crackers!
The Paperbag Christmas, a wonderful book!
Catholic Icing Posts Affordable Nativity Sets
Novena, Christmas Creche, Homemade Nativities
Homemade Gingerbread Cookies and Christmas Posts from the Past
Happy Birthday Jesus 2011!
What are the 12 Days of Christmas?
Our Handy Tree Skirt and Gingerbread House Fun!
What are the 12 Days of Christmas? 2012 Edition
Sock Baby Jesus...Handy Tree Skirt...Gingerbread House Fun
Need a Last Minute Christmas Gift?
What are the 12 Days of Christmas? 2013 Edition
Traveling Through the 12 Days of Christmas: Books that Make Great Gifts!
7 Quick Takes: 7 Simple Steps for NO Sew Silverware Stockings
From the Archives: Christmas Crafts and Baking
Our Family's Christmas Cards: Past & Present
Christmas 2014: Some Festivities (fun!) and Some Fever (not fun!)
Why Celebrating Christmas as a Season Makes Sense
Our Family's Christmas Cards...Past and Present and Parents Magazine Feature!
Christmas 2015 Highlights!
O Antiphons Lapbook and 12 Days of Christmas Books
Christmas 2016 Highlights! 
Our Family's Christmas Cards from 1997 to Present: 2016 Edition

Lent

Ash Wednesday and the Holy Season of Lent 2011
Magnetic Stations of the Cross
Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum 2011
Stations of the Cross Bags and Pretzels for Lent
Happy Mardi Gras! 2012
King Cake, Ash Wednesday, Lenten Traditions for our Family
Ash Wednesday and Lent 2013
Ash Wednesday, Lenten Traditions, and Link-Up All in 7 Quick Takes
King Cake for Fat Tuesday
Lenten Love Links
Christmas is Over, Feast Days and Lots of Lent Posts!
Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday: 2015 Plans
Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday 2015
7 Quick Takes: 7 Ways to Bury the "ALLELUIA"
How We Say the Stations of the Cross at Home and a Soccer Sunrise
Making Pretzels During Lent
Ash Wednesday and Our Family's Lenten Traditions 
My Latest EpicPew Post: 40 Facts You Wished Everyone Knew About Lent
Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras and Salt Dough Crown for Lent

Easter Triduum

Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum 2011
Holy Thursday Reflection: When We Eat This Bread
Good Friday Reflection, Art Showcase, and Feature Yourself Friday
Holy Saturday Reflection
Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum 2012
How Beautiful....
Palm Sunday Videos and Easter Triduum 2013
Our Family's Holy Week and Easter Activities
Holy Thursday Reflection and Video
Good Friday Reflection
Palm Sunday Videos, Easter Triduum, Holy Week Happenings 2014
Holy Week Happenings: Sunday/Monday: Pickle Ball {post 1 of 3}
Holy Week Happenings: Tuesday: Water Color Crucifix & Growing Easter Grass {post 2 of 3}
Holy Week Happenings: Wednesday: Spy Wednesday and Via Cruces {post 3 of 3}
A Symbolic Lunch for Good Friday
Our Family's Plans for Holy Week 2015 in 7 (Not Really) Quick Takes
Eastertide and Our Holy Week 2015 Recap: Photos and a Video
Half Marathon, Holy Week and Happy Easter 2016


Easter

Our Easter Egg Garland
Why We Celebrate Easter
(Eastertide) Art Showcase Link Up
Happy Easter 2012 !
Eastertide 2013
Eastertide 2014
Eastertide and Our Holy Week 2015 Recap: Photos and a Video
Half Marathon, Holy Week and Happy Easter 2016
Prayers for the Boyle Family and The Easter Season Continues...with a Symbolic Easter Tea Dinner


Feast Days and Celebrations 

January: Dedicated to the Most Holy Name of Jesus

January 1: Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
Virgin & Child

Mary, Marriage, Epiphany, and Happy Twenty Eleven!
Happy New Year with Mary and Epiphany!
Happy New Year 2013! Mary, Epiphany, and Top Ten Posts
Ringing in the New Year with Mary and Annual Homeschool Epiphany Party!
Happy New Year 2016! {Mary, Max, and Epiphany}

January 4: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton 
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Jan. 4th: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day (and a Few More of My EpicPew Posts)

January 6: Epiphany (celebrated the 12th day after Christmas)

Mary, Marriage, Epiphany, and Happy Twenty Eleven!
Happy New Year with Mary and Epiphany!
Happy New Year 2013! Mary, Epiphany, and Top Ten Posts
Ringing in the New Year with Mary and Annual Homeschool Epiphany Party!
2015 Epiphany "Season" For Our House
Happy New Year 2016! {Mary, Max, and Epiphany}
Epiphany Party and The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord
The Feast of the Epiphany and Baptism of our Lord (2017) 

January 31: Saint Don Bosco

St. Don Bosco Feast Day
St. John Bosco's Feast Day and My Dad's Induction to Hall of Fame!


February: Dedicated to the Most Holy Family

February 1: St. Brigid of Ireland


St. Brigid of Ireland's Feast Day: St. Brigid Crosses
3 Simple Ways to Celebrate St. Brigid of Ireland's Feast Day: February 1
Here's 31 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Saint Brigid of Ireland (guest post at EpicPew) 

February 2: Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas)

Ice Day, 6 Months Old and Feast Day of Saint Blaise
Christmas is Over, Feast Days and Lots of Lent Posts!
Celebrating Candlemas with Candles and Cookies: February 2, 2016
Celebrating the Presentation of our Lord (Candlemas) with Candles and Cookies: February 2

February 3: Saint Blaise

Ice Day, 6 Months Old and Feast Day of Saint Blaise
Christmas is Over, Feast Days and Lots of Lent Posts!
Getting our Throats Blessed in Honor of Saint Blaise's Feast Day: February 3


February 11: Our Lady of Lourdes

Wordless Wednesday: Park + Sun = Fun!
Celebrating February 11: Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day
Celebrating Our Lady of Lourdes: February 11 (2017)

February 14: Saint Valentine's Day


We {Heart} Jesus and Valentine Crafts
Happy Saint Valentine's Day! 2011
Happy Saint Valentine's Day! 2012
Saint Valentine's Day 2013
Past Saint Valentine's Day Posts
7 Quick Takes: 7 Simple Ways to Celebrate Saint Valentine's Day
St. Valentine's Lunch for My Valentines
10 Simple Valentine Food Ideas for Those You Love

February 22: Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

The feast of the Chair of St. Peter: February 22
Celebrating the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter: February 22

March: Dedicated to St. Joseph

March 17: Saint Patrick



Happy Saint Patrick's Day Printout!
Celebrating Husband's Birthday and Saint Patrick of Ireland with Recipe and SaintNook!
Review: "Set Sail With the Holy Trinity" Catholic Kidz Camp Week
Saint Patrick's Day: 2016
Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day: Books~DVD~Sweet Treats~Green Eggs~Craft


Breadmaking for our Annual Saint Joseph Altar and Celebration

To prepare for our annual Saint Joseph altar and celebration, our homeschool group participates in an afternoon of breadmaking as in these posts:

Breadmaking for St. Joseph Altar2011
Breadmaking for St. Joseph Altar 2012
Birthdays and St. Joseph Feast Day Celebrations!
Husband's Birthday and St. Joseph Celebration! 
2015 Breadmaking for St. Joseph's Altar and St. Casimir of Poland

March 19: Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph Feast Day Celebration! 2011
Alot to Celebrate... My First Half Marathon and St. Joseph!
Birthdays and St. Joseph Feast Day Celebrations! 
Husband's Birthday and St. Joseph Celebration!
St. Joseph's Feast Day and St. Joseph Altars
St. Joseph Altar and Feast Day Celebration: 2015


March 25: Feast of the Annunciation

The Feast of the Annunciation Coloring Page!
Happy Feast of the Annunciation! {Coloring Activity}
March 25: Feast of the Annunciation: EASY Coloring Pages and Craft, Waffles and a Video too!
Feast of the Annunciation 2016

April: Dedicated to the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Family

Divine Mercy Sunday (celebrated the 1st Sunday after Easter Sunday)

Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday and Canonization of Two Popes!
7 Quick Takes: 7 Ways to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with Children (and Adults too!)
Divine Mercy Sunday 2016

April 23: Saint George
 
Saint George and Dragon Veggie Platter in a 7 Quick Takes Post
 April 23: Feast Day of Saint George and the (Veggie) Dragon


May: Dedicated to Our Blessed Mother

Pentecost Sunday (celebrated 50 days after Easter) 
 
photo credit: Happy Saints
Pentecost Sunday 2012
Pentecost Sunday 2015 (with Pentecost Pancakes) and Memorial Day
Pentecost Sunday 2016:{Pancakes, Cupcakes, Soccer and Lots of Red} 

June: Dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (falls 19 days after Pentecost)

We {Heart} Jesus' Sacred Heart with Edible Art, Painting, and Book
June: Ways to Celebrate the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

July: Dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus


July 26: Saints Anne and Joachim (Mary's parents/Jesus' grandparents)

Saints Anne and Joachim: Celebrating Jesus' Grandparents and My Kids' Grandparents


August: Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

August 15: Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother and Craft
August 15th::Feast of the Assumption of Mary::Videos and Fun Crafts!

August 23: Saint Rose of Lima

Saint Rose of Lima Feast Day Celebration: 8.23.16

September: Dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows

September 5: St. Teresa (Mother Teresa) of Calcutta


10 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Canonization of Mother Teresa with Your Family
How Our Family Celebrated the Canonization of Mother Teresa!

September 8: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mother

Happy Birthday Mary-Our Edible Rosaries (2009/2010)
Happy Birthday Mary-Our Edible Rosaries Continued (2011)
My Pinterest Present and Edible Rosary for our Blessed Mother's Birthday! (2012)
Happy Birthday to Our Blessed Mother: Edible Donut Rosary and "M" Cake (2013)
7 Quick Takes: Pope Pictures, Confirmation, Our Blessed Mother's Birthday, Tea Time, 9/11, and Etc.(2015)
September 8: Happy Birthday to Mary, Our Blessed Mother! (2016)

September 14: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Simple Paint Project
 
September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows 


7 Quick Takes: Confirmation, War Room, Our Lady of Sorrows, Co-Op, Sunflower Cupcakes, 4H
September 15: Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows 

September 21: Saint Matthew


September 29: Michaelmas, The Feast of the Archangels
 
Celebrating Michaelmas, the Feast Day of the Archangels
September 29: How We Celebrated the Michaelmas/Feast of the Archangels

October: Dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary

October 1: Saint Therese of Lisieux 

A Slice of Liturgical Life: Celebrating a Few October Feast Days
A Slice of Liturgical Life: Our St. Therese of Lisieux Rose Cupcakes and Tray for Her Feast Day
October 1: Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower

October 2: Guardian Angels

A Slice of Liturgical Life: Celebrating a Few October Feast Days
A Slice of Liturgical Life: Feast of the Guardian Angels
October 2: Feast of Our Guardian Angels

October 4: Saint Francis of Assisi



A Slice of Liturgical Life: Celebrating a Few October Feast Days
A Slice of Liturgical Life: Celebrating Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
How We Celebrated Saint Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4 

October 5: Saint Faustina Kowalska 
 
A Slice of Liturgical Life: Feast Day of Saint Faustina

October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary

A Slice of Liturgical Life: Celebrating a Few October Feast Days
A Slice of Liturgical Life: Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7

October 13: Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun

 
Our Lady of Fatima and Miracle of the Sun {Fruit Platter}
A Slice of Liturgical Life: The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima (Sun Fruit Platter, DVD, Shining Light Doll and Art Project)
October 13: Miracle of the Sun at Fatima

October 18: Saint Luke and Saints Louis and Zelie Martin (St. Therese of Lisieux's parents) 

St. Luke's Feast Day and Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, St. Therese of Lisieux's Parents, are Canonized!

October 22: Saint John Paul II

Saint John Paul II's FIRST Feast Day Today!
7 Ways to Celebrate the Feast Day of Saint John Paul II
October 22: Feast Day of Saint John Paul II

Feast of Christ the King: The Last Sunday of the month of October which immediately precedes All Saints' Day


November: Dedicated to All Souls

November 1: All Saints' Day

I am Thankful for All Saints' Day
All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day Celebrations
Reformation Day: What the Original Protestant actually Taught
Some Halloween History
All Hallows' Eve and All Saints' Day Celebrations 2012
All Saints' Day 2013
7 Quick Takes: Braces OFF, My Win!, Corn Maze Fun, Little Pumpkin, Healthy Scare!, All Saints' Day
7 Quick Takes: Thankful Thursday Link-Up {Halloween, All Saints' Day, Mom's Birthday}
7 Quick Takes: 7 Reasons I Love the Saints and Saints Go Social!
All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day 2015
All Hallows' Eve (Halloween) Fun: 2016
All Saints' Day Celebration 2016

November 22: Saint Cecilia

December: Dedicated to the Immaculate Conception

December 6: Saint Nicholas

Happy Saint Nicholas Feast Day!
Celebrating St. Nicholas' Feast Day!
Celebrating St. Nicholas' Feast Day Today
Celebrating St. Nicholas Feast Day 2013!
7 Quick Takes: 7 Simple Ways to Celebrate Saint Nicholas' Feast Day!
Happy Feast Day of Saint Nicholas: 2015 Edition
Advent Feast Days: Dec. 6: Feast of St. Nicholas (2016)

December 8: Immaculate Conception

Explaining the Immaculate Conception to Kids (and Adults): 2010
Explaining the Immaculate Conception to Kids (and Adults): 2011
Explaining the Immaculate Conception to Kids (and Adults): 2012
Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2013
Advent Feast Days: Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception 2014
Advent Feast Days 2015: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Juan Diego, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Lucy and "O" Antiphons!
Advent Feast Days: Dec. 8: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (2016)

December 9: Saint Juan Diego

Advent Feast Days: St. Juan Diego, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint Lucy
Advent Feast Days 2015: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Juan Diego, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Lucy and "O" Antiphons!

December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe: 2010 
Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe: 2011
Celebrating 12.12.12 (Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe & Our New News!)
Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe: 2013
Advent Feast Days: St. Juan Diego, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint Lucy
Advent Feast Days 2015: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Juan Diego, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Lucy and "O" Antiphons!
Advent Feast Days: Dec. 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (2016)

December 13: Saint Lucy

St. Lucy's Feast Day: 2010
Today is Saint Lucy Feast Day!
Celebrating St. Lucy Feast Day....2012
Advent Feast Days: St. Juan Diego, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint Lucy
Advent Feast Days 2015: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Juan Diego, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Lucy and "O" Antiphons!
Advent Feast Days: Dec. 13: Feast of Saint Lucy (2016) 

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