About the Liturgy

Just as a typical calendar has four seasons, twelve months, fifty-two weeks, and 365 days that include holidays, solemn days, commemorative days, and days that are just “average,” the Liturgical Year Calendar of the Church uses similar terms and measurements.

The Liturgical Year is also marked by special seasons—Advent, Christmas, Lent, The Triduum or Three Days, Easter, and Ordinary Time. The Liturgical Year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which usually occurs around the beginning of December or the end of November, and ends on the feast of Christ the King.

However, 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.

To take a closer look at the liturgical seasons, visit the Liturgical Seasons page.

To hear how our clergy applied each week’s Mass readings to our lives, visit the Mass Times & Homilies page.

To become a part of the liturgical celebration, visit the Liturgy & Worship ministries page.

Dress Code for Liturgical Ministers

Lay persons serving as Liturgical Ministers at a Liturgical Celebration should be dressed in a manner representative of the cultural norms of our society for attendance at a Celebration.  In our society, a suitable test for determining whether you are properly dressed for a Liturgical Celebration is to ask yourself whether you are dressed properly for a daytime Wedding. Specific dress code guidelines are provided.

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