The Seasons of Our Faith
The liturgical year, or the church calendar, is the arrangement of the Church’s celebrations around the important events in the life of Christ. The church year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, the season of awaiting Christ’s coming and continues until the feast of Christ the King.
From the time of the Apostles, Christians have gathered together on Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In the course of time, weeks were organized into two “seasons” which are Lent/ Easter and Advent/Christmas.
Between the seasons of Lent/Easter and Advent/ Christmas we have two periods of non-seasonal time, “Ordinary Time,” so named for the Latin ordo, “the order of things.”
All Time Belongs to God
To recognize this, the Catholic Church marks the passage of time with a cycle of seasons and feast days that invites us, year after year, to deepen our relationship with Jesus. In this section you will find information on the seasons and feasts of the liturgical year and ways to help you celebrate them.