Liturgical Calendar

 

General Calendar Guidelines
Anticipated Masses of Sundays and Holy Days (Christmas included) are to take place in the evening after 4:00p (cf. Canon 1248.1).

Funeral Masses may be celebrated on any day except for Solemnities that are holy days of obligation, Thursday of Holy Week (Holy Thursday), Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, and the Sundays of Advent, Lent, and the Easter season. (Cf., General Instruction of the Roman Missal, #380.) On these days when the Funeral Mass may not be celebrated, the body of the deceased may be brought to the church and the Funeral Liturgy Outside of Mass (Order for Christian Funerals, #177ff) may be celebrated.

On days when ritual Masses are permitted, one of the wedding Masses with its proper readings may be celebrated. On days when ritual Masses are not permitted, one of the readings may be chosen from those provided in the Lectionary for Mass for the ritual Mass for weddings. On the following days, the Mass of the day, with its proper readings and vestment colors, is celebrated, the nuptial blessing included, and, as circumstances suggest, the proper solemn blessing used:

      • Easter Triduum
      • Christmas; Epiphany; Ascension; Pentecost; Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter season
      • Ash Wednesday; weekdays of Holy Week
      • solemnities of the Lord, of Mary, and saints listed in the General Calendar; All Souls
      • solemnities of the principal patron of the city or state, of the dedication of a particular church and its anniversary, of the title of a particular church, of the title or of a founder or of a principal patron of a religious order or congregation

If the Mass in which the sacrament of Marriage is celebrated is a regular parish Mass, the Mass of the day is celebrated, even on the Sundays of the Christmas season and of Ordinary Time. The ritual Mass for Marriage is not permitted on Holy Days on which the precept to attend Mass is abrogated, since these days still rank as solemnities. With the exception of the Easter Triduum, the Rite of Marriage Outside of Mass is always permitted, regardless of the feast or solemnity.

Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens / Rite of Welcoming

The Rite of Acceptance and the Rite of Welcoming may be scheduled and celebrated several times a year. To give adequate focus to both the rites and to the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, Sundays in Ordinary Time are better options for celebrating these rites. Note that the Rite of Welcoming (for those already baptized but uncatechized) is optional; the Rite of Acceptance (for those unbaptized) is required for adults and children who have reached catechetical age who are seeking to be baptized.

Rite of Election

The Rite of Election is required for all catechumens ready for initiation at the next Easter Vigil. At the Diocese of San José Rite of Election, each parish presents its Book of the Elect in which the catechumens sent to the Rite have signed their names during the (optional) parish Rite of Sending. Note: The Diocese of San José does not celebrate a separate Rite of Calling the Candidates to Continuing Conversion for baptized but uncatechized adults, nor does it combine this rite with the Rite of Election. However, baptized candidates are encouraged to participate in the Rite of Election as members of the faithful, giving their assent to the testimony for the catechumens and praying for them in the intercessions.

Scrutinies

Three scrutinies are required for all the Elect. Only with the Bishop’s permission may a scrutiny be omitted (RCIA, #20). When the scrutinies are celebrated, Cycle A readings and the proper prayers for the Ritual Mass (Christian Initiation, The Scrutinies, found in the Sacramentary) must be used (RCIA, #146). It is inappropriate to adapt the scrutinies for readings other than the Cycle A readings. Note: Baptized candidates do not participate in the scrutinies except as members of the faithful.

Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is the principal time to initiate the Elect. By Canon Law (866), priests who baptize a person who has reached the age of reason must also confirm and give Eucharist to that person in the same celebration. No additional faculties are required. Note: Priests must receive faculties to confirm already-baptized Catholics.

Reception of Baptized Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church

This rite may be celebrated on any appropriate Sunday as soon as the candidate is ready. It is preferable that reception not take place at the Easter Vigil (National Statutes for the Catechumenate, #33). Priests who receive candidates must also confirm them as part of the rite (no additional faculty is required), unless the person received has already been validly confirmed (RCIA, #481).

On days when ritual Masses are permitted, the ritual Mass for Confirmation, with its proper readings, may be celebrated. If the ritual Mass is not celebrated, one of the readings may be taken from those provided in the Lectionary for Mass for the ritual Mass of Confirmation. When Confirmation is celebrated on any of the following days, the Mass of the Day, with its proper readings and vestment colors, is celebrated:

      • Easter Triduum
      • Christmas; Epiphany; Ascension; Pentecost; Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter season
      • Ash Wednesday; weekdays of Holy Week
      • solemnities of the Lord, of Mary, and saints listed in the General Calendar; All Souls
      • solemnities of the principal patron of the city or state, of the dedication of a particular church and its anniversary, of the title of a particular church, of the title or of a founder or of a principal patron of a religious order or congregation

The final blessing proper to the ritual Mass may always be used.

“It is also appropriate that children receive their First Communion on one or other of the Sunday of Easter” (Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Paschal Feast, #103).

“Apart from exceptional cases, it is not particularly appropriate for First Communion to be administered on Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper. Another day should be chosen instead, such as a Sunday between the Second and Sixth Sunday of Easter, or on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, or the Sundays of Ordinary Time, since Sunday is rightly regarded as the day of the Eucharist” (Redemptionis Sacramentum, #87).

A parish patron’s or title’s feast day and the parish church’s anniversary of dedication are celebrated as solemnities in that parish. The anniversary of the church’s dedication and the solemnity of the patron or title of a church may be transferred to all Masses of a Sunday if:

      • the Sunday is in Ordinary Time, and
      • the anniversary of dedication is of that particular church
      • or the solemnity is of the principal patron of that specific place or of the title of that particular church.

It may not be transferred if:

      • the transfer would be to a Sunday of Advent, Christmas, Lent, or the Easter season,
      • or to one on which any solemnity of the Lord, of Mary, or of the saints listed in the General Calendar falls;
      • or if the celebration involves the anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral church or the patron of a region or nation or a secondary patron.

 

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Holy Days of Obligation in the United States of America

Sunday is the principal holy day of obligation.

The United States Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy has provided the following exception to this Holy Day of Obligation: When January 1 falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the obligation to participate in Mass is removed.

In the Diocese of San Jose, January 1 is observed as a day of prayer for world justice and peace.

      • Wednesday, January 1, 2014*
      • Thursday, January 1, 2015*
      • Friday, January 1, 2016

*For 2014 and 2015, Bishop McGrath has dispensed the obligation, although the faithful are still encouraged to participate in Mass on this day.

Except in the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is always transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

The readings and prayers for the Ascension of the Lord take the place of the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

      • Sunday, June 1, 2014
      • Sunday, May 17, 2015
      • Sunday, May 8, 2016

The United States Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy has provided the following exception to this Holy Day of Obligation: When August 15 falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the obligation to participate in Mass is removed.*

      • Friday, August 15, 2014
      • *Saturday, August 15, 2015 (no obligation)
      • *Monday, August 15, 2016 (no obligation)

The United States Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy has provided the following exception to this Holy Day of Obligation: When November 1 falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the obligation to participate in Mass is removed.*

      • *Saturday, November 1, 2014 (no obligation)
      • Sunday, November 1, 2015
      • Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The United States Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy has provided the following exception to this Holy Day of Obligation: When December 8 falls on a Sunday, the observance is transferred to Monday, December 9, and there is no obligation to participate in Mass.

Because Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the patron saint of the United States of America, when December 8 falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the obligation to participate in Mass remains.*

      • *Monday, December 8, 2014
      • Tuesday, December 8, 2015
      • Thursday, December 8, 2016

Regardless of the day of week, December 25 is always a holy day of obligation.

      • Wednesday, December 25, 2013
      • Thursday, December 25, 2014
      • Friday, December 25, 2015
      • Sunday, December 25, 2016

 

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Special Observances Proper to the Diocese of San Jose

In the Diocese of San Jose, January 1 is observed as a day of prayer for world justice and peace.

Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco on January 25, 1989. Bishop McGrath is the second bishop of San Jose.

Santa Clara County was established as the Diocese of San Jose by Pope John Paul II on January 27, 1981.

Felipe de Jesús is the first martyr of the Americas and the patron saint of Mexico City. His feast day is celebrated as a Memorial in the universal calendar.

Each diocese may establish special days of prayer for specific intercessions. The Diocese of San Jose asks all the faithful in the diocese to pray especially during the month of March for the human rights and equality of all people.

Saint Joseph is the principal patron of the Diocese of San Jose; observed as a Solemnity in the universal calendar.

Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco on June 29, 1978. Bishop DuMaine was the first bishop of San Jose.

Bishop McGrath was named coadjutor bishop of San Jose by Pope John Paul II on June 30, 1998, and became the ordinary of the diocese upon the retirement of Bishop Pierre DuMaine on November 27, 1999.

Our Lady of Refuge is the patroness of the Californias; observed in the state of California on July 5 and celebrated as a Feast in the Diocese of San Jose and as a Solemnity in the parish of Our Lady of Refuge.

Saint Clare is the secondary patroness of the Diocese of San Jose; observed as a Solemnity in the city of Santa Clara and as a Feast in the Diocese of San Jose.

Observed as a Solemnity in the city of Cupertino and as a Memorial elsewhere in the Diocese of San Jose.

Each diocese may establish special days of prayer for specific intercessions. The Diocese of San Jose asks all the faithful in the diocese to pray especially during the month of October for the general needs of all people.

Saint Joseph Church was designated as the second cathedral of the Diocese of San Jose in 1990; observed as a Solemnity of the Cathedral and as a Feast elsewhere in the Diocese of San Jose.

Each diocese may establish special days of prayer for specific intercessions. The Diocese of San Jose asks all the faithful in the diocese to pray especially during the the three days before Thanksgiving for the harvest and fruits of the earth.

Bishop McGrath was named coadjutor bishop of San Jose by Pope John Paul II on June 30, 1998, and became the ordinary of the See of San Jose upon the retirement of Bishop Pierre DuMaine on November 27, 1999.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas; observed as a Solemnity in the city of San Jose (originally called El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe) and as a Feast elsewhere in the Diocese of San Jose.

 

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Liturgical Calendar Notes for 2014

    • 1: Sunday – First Sunday of Advent, Year A
 
    • 8: Sunday – Second Sunday of Advent
 
    • 9: Monday – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (not a holy day of obligation)
      • Color: white
      • When December 8 falls on a Sunday, the observance is transferred to Monday, December 9, and there is no obligation to participate in Mass.
      • The Optional Memorial of Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, December 9, is omitted this year.
 
    • 12: Thursday – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
      • Color: white
      • Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas; observed as a Solemnity in the city of San Jose (originally called El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe) and as a Feast elsewhere in the Diocese of San Jose.
 
    • 15: Sunday – Third Sunday of Advent
 
    • 22: Sunday – Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
    • 25: Wednesday – Solemnity Nativity of the Lord (holy day of obligation)
 
    • 29: Sunday – Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

    • 1: Wednesday – Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (obligation dispensed in the Diocese of San Jose)
      • In the Diocese of San Jose, January 1 is observed as a day of prayer for world justice and peace.
      • For 2014, Bishop McGrath has dispensed the obligation, although the faithful are still encouraged to participate in Mass on this day.
 
    • 5: Sunday – Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
 
    • 12: Sunday – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
      • After the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Ordinary Time begins.
 
    • 18: Saturday – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins
 
    • 19: Sunday – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 20: Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday
 
    • 22: Wednesday – Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (United States)
      • In all dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.
      • Color: green, white, or violet
      • Readings: those of the day or any of the following readings: Gn 1:1—2:2 (41) or 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31 (vol. II, 499) or Is 49:1-6 (587) or Rom 11:33-36 (121) or Eph 1:3-14 (104) or Eph 3:14-21 (vol. III, 476) or Col 1:12-20 (162) or 1 Jn 3:11-21 (208)/Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 (414) or Mk 9:30-37 (134) or Lk 1:39-56 (622) or Lk 17:11-19 (144) or Lk 23:35-43 (162) or Jn 1:1-5, 9-14, 16-18 (755) or Jn 6:24-35 (113), or the Lectionary for Ritual Masses (vol. IV), the Mass “For Peace and Justice,” nos. 887-891
      • Mass: The Mass “For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life” (no. 48/1 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions), celebrated with white vestments, or the Mass “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice” (no. 30 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions), celebrated with violet vestments.
 
    • 25: Saturday – Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Most Reverend Patrick J. McGrath
      • Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco on January 25, 1989. Bishop McGrath is the second bishop of San Jose.
      • Today is his 25th anniversary of Episcopal Ordination.
      • The following intercession may be included in the Masses this day:
            For our Bishop Patrick as he celebrates his 25th anniversary of ordination to the Order of Bishops:

         

            for continued fidelity in proclaiming the Gospel of Christ and teaching the faith of the Apostles;

         

            for unfailing devotion to building up the Church and strengthening the unity of the People of God;

         

            for prophetic compassion to those in need;

         

          for abundant blessings of the Holy Spirit poured out upon him. We pray to the Lord.
 
    • 26: Sunday – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 27: Monday – Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of San Jose
      • Santa Clara County was established as the Diocese of San Jose by Pope John Paul II on January 27, 1981.

    • 2: Sunday – Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
      • Color: white
      • The blessing of candles may take place on this day.
 
    • 6: Thursday – Memorial of Saint Paul Miki, Felipe de Jesús, and Companions
      • Felipe de Jesús is the first martyr of the Americas and the patron saint of Mexico City. His feast day is celebrated as a Memorial in the universal calendar.
 
    • 9: Sunday – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 16: Sunday – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 23: Sunday – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Each diocese may establish special days of prayer for specific intercessions. The Diocese of San Jose asks all the faithful in the diocese to pray especially during the month of March for the human rights and equality of all people.

 
    • 2: Sunday – Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 5: Wednesday – Ash Wednesday
      • Lent begins on this day.
 
    • 9: Sunday – First Sunday of Lent
 
    • 16: Sunday – Second Sunday of Lent
 
    • 19: Wedneday – Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
      • Saint Joseph is the principal patron of the Diocese of San Jose; observed as a Solemnity in the universal calendar.
 
    • 23: Sunday – Third Sunday of Lent
      • On this day, the first of three Scrutinies is celebrated. When the Scrutiny is celebrated, readings from Year A must be used (see RCIA, #146). Proper prayers for the Scrutinies are in the Roman Missal, under “Ritual Masses,” For the Conferral of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: For the First Scrutiny.
 
    • 25: Tuesday – Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
 
    • 30: Sunday – Fourth Sunday of Lent
      • On this day, the second of three Scrutinies is celebrated. When the Scrutiny is celebrated, readings from Year A must be used (see RCIA, #146). Proper prayers for the Scrutinies are in the Roman Missal, under “Ritual Masses,” For the Conferral of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: For the Second Scrutiny.

    • 6: Sunday – Fifth Sunday of Lent
      • On this day, the third of three Scrutinies is celebrated. When the Scrutiny is celebrated, readings from Year A must be used (see RCIA, #146). Proper prayers for the Scrutinies are in the Roman Missal, under “Ritual Masses,” For the Conferral of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: For the Third Scrutiny.
 
    • 13: Sunday – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
 
    • 17: Thursday – Holy Thursday
 
    • 18: Friday – Good Friday
 
 
    • 20: Sunday – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
 
    • 27: Sunday – Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)

    • 4: Sunday – Third Sunday of Easter
 
    • 11: Sunday – Fourth Sunday of Easter
 
    • 18: Sunday – Fifth Sunday of Easter
 
    • 25: Sunday – Sixth Sunday of Easter
 
    • 29: Thursday – Easter weekday
      • The Solemnity of the Ascension is transferred to the following Sunday
      • The following readings are used: Acts 18:1-8/Jn 16:16-20 (Lectionary 294)

    • 1: Sunday – Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
      • Except in the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is always transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
      • The readings and prayers for the Ascension of the Lord take the place of the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
 
    • 7: Saturday – Vigil of Pentecost
      • At the usual Saturday evening Mass, the Vigil Mass for Pentecost (simple form) is used, unless the extended form is used.
      • There is a new option to use an extended form of the Vigil Mass for Pentecost, which includes four Old Testament readings and corresponding psalms
      • Be sure to inform the homilist, lectors, and psalmist which readings will be used for the Vigil Mass.
      • The dismissal at the end of the Vigil Mass includes the double “Alleluia.”
 
    • 8: Sunday – Solemnity of Pentecost
      • Pentecost is the conclusion of the Easter Season.
      • The dismissal at the end of Mass on this day includes the double “Alleluia.”
      • After the final Mass of the day, the Paschal Candle is extinguished. It is desirable to keep the Paschal Candle in the baptistery with due honor so that it is lit at the celebration of Baptism and the candles of those baptized are lit from it.
 
    • 9: Monday – Ordinary Time resumes with the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
 
    • 15: Sunday – Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
 
    • 22: Sunday – Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
 
    • 24: Tuesday – Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
 
    • 27: Friday – Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
 
    • 29: Sunday – Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
      • Color: red
 
    • 29: Sunday – Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Most Reverend R. Pierre DuMaine
      • Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco on June 29, 1978, Bishop DuMaine was the first bishop of San Jose.
 
    • 30: Monday – Anniversary of the transfer Most Reverend Patrick J. McGrath to the Diocese of San Jose
      • Bishop McGrath was named coadjutor bishop of San Jose by Pope John Paul II on June 30, 1998, and became the ordinary of the diocese upon the retirement of Bishop Pierre DuMaine on November 27, 1999.

    • 4: Friday – Independence Day
      • Color: green or white
      • Readings: readings of the day or any readings from Ritual Masses: “For the Country” or “For Peace and Justice”
      • Mass: Independence Day (USA)
 
    • 5: Saturday – Feast of Our Lady of Refuge (San Jose)
      • Color: white
      • Our Lady of Refuge is the patroness of the Californias
      • Observed in the state of California on July 5 and celebrated as a Feast in the Diocese of San Jose and as a Solemnity in the parish of Our Lady of Refuge.
 
    • 6: Sunday – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 13: Sunday – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 20: Sunday – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 27: Sunday – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    • 3: Sunday – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 10: Sunday – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 11: Monday – Memorial of Saint Clare (Feast in the Diocese of San Jose)
      • Saint Clare is the secondary patroness of the Diocese of San Jose.
      • Observed as a Solemnity in the city of Santa Clara and as a Feast in the Diocese of San Jose.
      • Color: white
 
    • 15: Friday – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
      • Today is a holy day of obligation.
      • When August 15 falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the obligation to participate in Mass is removed.
 
    • 17: Sunday – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 24: Sunday – Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 31: Sunday – Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    • 1: Monday – Labor Day
      • Readings: readings of the day or any readings from Ritual Masses: “For the Blessing of Human Labor”
      • Mass: from Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions: “For the Sanctification of Human Labor”
 
    • 7: Sunday – Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 14: Sunday – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
      • Color: red
      • Saturday night anticipated Masses: use readings and prayers for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
 
    • 18: Thursday – Memorial of Saint Joseph of Cupertino (San Jose)
      • Celebrated as a solemnity in the parishes, missions, and institutions in the city of Cupertino
      • Readings: readings of the day or any readings from the Common of Pastors
 
    • 21: Sunday – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
      • Designated as Catechetical Sunday in the United States
 
    • 28: Sunday – Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Diocese of San Jose asks all the faithful in the diocese to pray especially during the month of October for the general needs of all people.

 
    • 5: Sunday – Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
      • Designated as Respect Life Sunday in the United States (always observed on the first Sunday of October)
 
    • 12: Sunday – Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 19: Sunday – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 26: Sunday – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
      • Designated as World Youth Day worldwide (always observed on the last Sunday of October)
 
    • 31: Friday – eve of All Saints
      • Masses on Friday evening use the readings and prayers for the Solemnity of All Saints.

    • 1: Saturday – Solemnity of All Saints
      • Not a holy day of obligation in 2014
      • Masses the night before on Friday evening use the readings and prayers for the Solemnity of All Saints.
      • All the Masses during the day on Saturday use the readings and prayers for the Solemnity of All Saints.
      • The parish’s usual Saturday evening Mass uses the readings and prayers for the Commemoration of All Souls
      • If desired for pastoral reasons, a Mass of All Saints Day outside the usual Mass schedule may be celebrated on Saturday evening.
      • Since Saturday is a common day for the celebration of Marriage in the United States, it should also be noted that Ritual Masses are forbidden on All Saints Day (General Instruction of the Roman Missal [GIRM], #372). While the Ritual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage is forbidden, the Mass of the day with the ritual itself and the nuptial blessing could be celebrated. Alternatively, the Rite of Marriage outside Mass could also be used if the celebration of Marriage is to take place on this day.
      • Funeral Masses may be celebrated on this day (see GIRM, #380).
 
    • 2: Sunday – Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
      • Color: white, violet, or black
      • Saturday night anticipated Masses: use readings (from the Ritual Masses: “Masses for the Dead”) and prayers for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
      • The Gloria is omitted at Mass on this day.
      • Ritual Masses are forbidden on All Souls’ Day.
 
    • 4: Tuesday – Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph (San Jose)
      • Celebrated as a solemnity in the Cathedral parish and as a feast elsewhere in the Diocese of San Jose
      • Readings: Common of a Dedication of a Church (choose 3 readings when celebrated as a Solemnity)
      • Mass: Common of the Dedication of a Church
      • The Gloria is included.
      • The Creed is included when celebrated as a solemnity.
 
    • 9: Sunday – Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
      • Color: white
      • Saturday night anticipated Masses: use readings and prayers for the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
 
    • 16: Sunday – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
    • 23: Sunday – Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
 
    • 24 to 26: Monday to Wednesday – Days of Prayer for the Harvest and the Fruits of the Earth (San Jose)
      • The Diocese of San Jose asks all the faithful in the diocese to pray especially during the the three days before Thanksgiving for the harvest and fruits of the earth.
 
    • 27: Thursday – Thanksgiving Day
      • Color: green or white
      • Readings: readings of the day or any readings from Ritual Masses: “In Thanksgiving to God”
      • Mass: Thanksgiving Day (USA)
 
    • 27: Thursday – Anniversary of the succession of Most Reverend Patrick J. McGrath as Bishop of San Jose
      • Bishop McGrath was named coadjutor bishop of San Jose by Pope John Paul II on June 30, 1998, and became the ordinary of the See of San Jose upon the retirement of Bishop Pierre DuMaine on November 27, 1999.
 
    • 30: Sunday – First Sunday of Advent, Year B
      • Color: violet

 

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Diocese of San Jose Parish Feasts

    • January 28: Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish (Palo Alto)
    • February 6: Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish (San Jose)
    • March 19: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph Parish (San Jose); San Jose Chinese Catholic Mission under the patronage of Saint Joseph (Santa Clara)
    • April 8: Saint Julie Billiart Parish (San Jose)
    • Easter Sunday: Church of the Resurrection Parish (San Jose)
    • May 1: Saint Joseph [the Worker] Parish (Mountain View)
    • May 2: Saint Athanasius Parish (Mountain View)
    • Saturday before Ascension Sunday: Queen of Apostles (San Jose)
    • Seventh Sunday of Easter: Church of the Ascension Parish (Saratoga)
    • Pentecost Sunday: Holy Spirit Parish (San Jose)
    • Sunday after Pentecost: Most Holy Trinity Parish (San Jose)
    • 19 days after Pentecost: Sacred Heart Parish (Saratoga); Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish (San Jose)
    • June 1: Saint Justin Parish (Santa Clara)
    • June 13: Saint Anthony [of Padua] Parish (San Jose)
    • June 17: Saint Brother Albert Chmielowski Polish Mission (San Jose)
    • June 24: Saint John the Baptist Parish (Milpitas)
    • June 25: Saint William [of Vercelli] Parish (Los Altos)
    • July 4: Saint Elizabeth [of Portugal] Parish (Milpitas)
    • July 5: Our Lady of Refuge Parish (San Jose)
    • July 6: Saint Maria Goretti Parish (San Jose)
    • July 9: Our Lady of Peace Parish (Santa Clara)
    • July 25: Saint Christopher Parish (San Jose)
    • July 28: Saint Victor [Pope Victor I] Parish (San Jose)
    • August 4: Saint John [Mary] Vianney Parish (San Jose)
    • August 6: Church of the Transfiguration Parish (San Jose)
    • August 8: Catholic Community at Stanford under the patronage of Saint Dominic (Palo Alto)
    • August 10: Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish (Santa Clara)
    • August 11: Saint Clare [of Assisi] Parish (Santa Clara)
    • August 15: Saint Mary of the Assumption Croatian Mission (San Jose); Saint Mary Parish (Gilroy)
    • August 22: Queen of Martyrs Vietnamese Catholic Center (San Jose)
    • September 12: Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish (Alviso)
    • September 14: Holy Cross Parish (San Jose)
    • September 16: Saint Cyprian Parish (Sunnyvale)
    • September 18: Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish (Cupertino)
    • September 20: Holy Korean Martyrs Parish (San Jose)
    • October 4: Saint Francis of Assisi Parish (San Jose)
    • October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary Church, part of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish (Palo Alto)
    • October 15: Santa Teresa [of Jesus, aka of Avila] Parish (San Jose)
    • October 28: Saint Simon [and Jude] Parish (Los Altos)
    • November 4: Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph (San Jose)
    • November 10: Saint Leo the Great Parish (San José)
    • November 11: Saint Martin of Tours Parish (San Jose); Saint Martin Parish (Sunnyvale)
    • November 13: Saint Frances [Xavier] Cabrini Parish (San Jose)
    • November 15: Saint Albert the Great Church, part of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish (Palo Alto)
    • November 22: Our Lady of LaVang Parish (San Jose)
    • November 25: Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish (Morgan Hill)
    • Last Sunday in Ordinary Time: Christ the King Parish (San Jose)
    • December 6: Saint Nicholas Parish (Los Altos)
    • December 8: Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish (Los Gatos)
    • December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (San Jose)
    • December 13: Saint Lucy Parish (Campbell)
    • Sunday after Christmas: Holy Family Parish (San Jose)
    • December 29: Saint Thomas of Canterbury [aka Thomas Becket] Parish (San Jose)

    • Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph Parish (San Jose): March 19
    • Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph (San Jose), anniversary of dedication: November 4
    • Catholic Community at Stanford under the patronage of Saint Dominic (Palo Alto): August 8
    • Our Lady of Peace Parish (Santa Clara): July 9
    • Christ the King Parish (San Jose): Last Sunday in Ordinary Time
    • Church of the Ascension Parish (Saratoga): Seventh Sunday of Easter
    • Church of the Resurrection Parish (Sunnyvale): Easter Sunday
    • Church of the Transfiguration Parish (San Jose): August 6
    • Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish (San Jose): February 6
    • Holy Cross Parish (San Jose): September 14
    • Holy Family Parish (San Jose): Sunday after Christmas
    • Holy Korean Martyrs Parish (San Jose): September 20
    • Holy Spirit Parish (San Jose): Pentecost Sunday
    • Most Holy Trinity Parish (San Jose): Sunday after Pentecost
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (San Jose): December 12
    • Our Lady of LaVang Parish (San Jose): November 22
    • Our Lady of Refuge (San Jose): July 5
    • Our Lady of the Rosary Church, part of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish (Palo Alto): October 7
    • Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish (Alviso): September 12
    • Queen of Apostles Parish (San Jose): Saturday before Ascension Sunday
    • Queen of Martyrs Vietnamese Catholic Center (San Jose): August 22
    • Sacred Heart Parish (Saratoga): 19 days after Pentecost
    • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish (San Jose): 19 days after Pentecost
    • Saint Albert the Great Church, part of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish (Palo Alto): November 15
    • Saint Anthony [of Padua] Parish (San Jose): June 13
    • Saint Athanasius Parish (Mountain View): May 2
    • Saint Brother Albert Chmielowski Polish Mission (San Jose): June 17
    • Saint Catherine of Alexandria Parish (Morgan Hill): November 25
    • Saint Christopher Parish (San Jose): July 25
    • Saint Clare [of Assisi] Parish (Santa Clara): August 11
    • Saint Cyprian Parish (Sunnyvale): September 16
    • Saint Elizabeth [of Portugal] Parish (Milpitas): July 4
    • Saint Frances [Xavier] Cabrini Parish (San Jose): November 13
    • Saint Francis of Assisi Parish (San Jose): October 4
    • Saint John the Baptist Parish (Milpitas): June 24
    • Saint John [Mary] Vianney Parish (San Jose): August 4
    • Saint Joseph [the Worker] Parish (Mountain View): May 1
    • Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish (Cupertino): September 18
    • Saint Julie Billiart Parish (San Jose): April 8
    • Saint Justin Parish (Santa Clara): June 1
    • Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish (Santa Clara): August 10
    • Saint Leo the Great Parish (San Jose): November 10
    • Saint Lucy Parish (Campbell): December 13
    • Saint Maria Goretti Parish (San Jose): July 6
    • Saint Martin Parish (Sunnyvale): November 11
    • Saint Martin of Tours Parish (San Jose): November 11
    • Saint Mary Parish (Gilroy): August 15
    • Saint Mary of the Assumption Croatian Mission (San Jose): August 15
    • Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish (Los Gatos): December 8
    • Saint Nicholas Parish (Los Altos): December 6
    • Saint Simon [and Jude] Parish (Los Altos): October 28
    • Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish (Palo Alto): January 28
    • Saint Thomas of Canterbury [aka Thomas Becket] Parish (San Jose): December 29
    • Saint Victor [Pope Victor I] Parish (San Jose): July 28
    • Saint William [of Vercelli] Parish (Los Altos): June 25
    • San Jose Chinese Catholic Mission under the patronage of Saint Joseph (Santa Clara); March 19
    • Santa Teresa [of Jesus, aka of Avila] Parish (San Jose): October 15

 

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