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Ordinary Time,
Year A (summer)

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.

In 2017 Ordinary Time resumes the day after Pentecost, Monday, June 5, and continues until the evening of Saturday, December 2, when Year B begins with the first Sunday of Advent. This page covers the summer, up to September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.


Ordinary Time in summer recounts the works and words of Jesus and points us toward November and the closing of the church year, when we celebrate the heavenly Jerusalem and the universal kingship of Jesus.

The Lectionary scripture readings at Sunday Mass are arranged in a three-year cycle. This is Year A, the year of Saint Matthew, when his Gospel is read more often than the others.You can see how the Gospel of Matthew is distributed throughout the year HERE. This summer, after two Sundays of solemnities (Trinity and Corpus Christi), we continue our Ordinary Time “counting” Sundays with Sunday 12, continuing through the summer to Sunday 23.

The weekday readings at Mass are divided over a two-year cycle. This is Year 1 of the weekday Lectionary.


The Ordinary Time liturgical color of Sundays and weekdays that do not celebrate a particular saint is green. The descriptions of lectionary readings and liturgical colors apply to the Roman usage of the Latin Church, not to the other Catholic churches (Ukrainian, Armenian, Maronite, etc.).

Sundays in Ordinary Time are sometimes replaced by a feast of higher rank. This summer the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, August 6, takes the place of the Eighteenth Sunday. Great feasts on weekdays are June 23, the the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; June 24, the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist; June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, apostles; August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation. Other special days are July 4, Independence Day and September 1, Labor Day.

Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a PDF of the Liturgical Calendar for 2017.


It’s really not so ordinary, so let’s celebrate Ordinary Time.

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 web page to help in your effort.

Together we go forward, following Jesus, with a song on our lips.

Day after day, we gather strength from our Savior’s Holy Spirit, as we walk the way of Jesus, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters forced into exile from their homelands, and those living in uncertainty and danger.

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