The Diocese of Des Moines

notes on the liturigical calendar


The Year of Grace 2018
Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines


Lectionary: Sunday Year B (Matthew) / Weekday Year II

An asterisk (*) denotes a weekday holy day of obligation


December 3, 2017: First Sunday of Advent

*December 8 (Friday): Immaculate Conception, Solemnity

December 9 (Monday): Optional Memorial of St. Juan Diego

December 12 (Tuesday): Our Lady of Guadalupe


Christmas Time                                                                                                          

*December 24-25 (Sunday-Monday): Christmas Vigil/Day

December 31: Feast of the Holy Family

January 1, 2018 (Monday): Mary, Mother of God

January 6-7 (Saturday-Sunday): The Epiphany of the Lord Vigil/Day

January 8 (Monday): The Baptism of the Lord


Ordinary Time                                                                                                            

January 14: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 18-25: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 22: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (Monday,opt. violet vestments)

January 25 (Thursday): Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle

January 25: Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Joseph Charron, C.PP.S. (1990)

February 2 (Friday): Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas; white)

February 3 (Saturday): Optional Memorial, St. Blaise, Blessing of Throats



February 14: Ash Wednesday

February 17 (Saturday): Rite of Election/Call to Continuing Conversion, 7 pm (Council Bluffs)

February 18: First Sunday of Lent

February 18: Rite of Election/Call to Continuing Conversion, 1:30 & 4:00 p.m. (Cathedral)

February 25: Second Sunday of Lent (Penitential Rite)

March 4: Third Sunday of Lent (First Scrutiny)

March 11: Fourth Sunday of Lent (Second Scrutiny)

March 13 (Tuesday): Anniversary of Election of Pope Francis (2013)

March 18: Fifth Sunday of Lent (Third Scrutiny)

March 19 (Monday): Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity

March 23: Chrism Mass, Friday, 7 pm, Cathedral of St. Ambrose

March 25: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

March 26: Anniversary of Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Richard E. Pates (1990)



The Sacred Paschal Triduum                                                                              

Holy Thursday: March 29

Good Friday: March 30

Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil: March 31 (Earliest Easter Vigil start time: 8:00 pm)

Easter Sunday: April 1


Easter Time                                                                                                                  

April 8: Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday,

April 9 (Monday): Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity

May 12-13: Solemnity of the Ascension Vigil/Day, tr. from May 10; replaces 7th Sun. of Easter

May 19-20: Pentecost Vigil/Day


Ordinary Time                                                                                                            

May 27 (Sunday): Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

May 29: Anniversary of Installation of Bishop Richard Pates (2008)

June 3 (Sunday): Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

June 8 (Friday): Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, (Friday)

June 8: World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests

June 10: Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 24 (Sunday): Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist

June 29 (Friday): Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

August 4 (Saturday): Ordination to the Diaconate, Cohort XV, Saint Ambrose Cathedral

*August 14-15 (Tues.-Wed.): Solemnity of the Assumption BVM Vigil/Day

August 22 (Wednesday): Queenship of Mary, Principal Patroness of the Diocese of Des Moines, Feast

September 8 (Saturday): Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 14 (Friday): Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Oct. 11: Anniversary of Dedication of Cathedral, Feast in Diocesan Churches; Solemnity in Cathedral

*November 1 (Thursday): Solemnity of All Saints

November 2 (Friday): The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

November 9 (Friday): Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

November 25 (Sunday): Solemnity of Christ the King


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