Ordinary Time, Year B (autumn)
At this time of year “no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated, but rather the mystery of Christ itself is honored in its fullness, especially on Sundays. This period is known as Ordinary Time” (Universal Norms, 43). The word Ordinary is used because we use ordinal numbers to count the Sundays and the weeks, rather than name them.
This page covers the fall season, beginning on the Sunday nearest September 14, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and continuing to the end of October. There will be another page for November, because of a shift of emphasis in the Sacred Liturgy
The scripture readings at Mass are arranged in a three-year cycle. This is Year B.
In this year of Saint Mark, his Gospel is read more often than the others. You can see how the Gospel of Mark is distributed throughout the year HERE. The day before the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14, we continue our Ordinary Time “counting” Sundays with Sunday 24, continuing through Sunday 30. We hear the teachings of Jesus on his way to Jerusalem.
The Ordinary Time color of days that do not celebrate a particular feast is green.
Sundays in Ordinary Time are sometimes replaced by a feast of higher rank. This year the Solemnity of All Saints (white), takes the place of Sunday 31. The final Sunday of the church year, the 34th Sunday, is also the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe [Christ the King].
Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a PDF of the Liturgical Calendar for 2015.
On the evening of Wednesday, October 28, we gather with Bishop Rhodes to celebrate our parish solemnity of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles.
We are called to follow Jesus in our daily lives, to conform ever more closely to him, to evangelize and bring the Gospel to the whole world. Use our parish web pages, subscribe to our parish app and check out our Facebook page to help in your effort.