Year C (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 C.
In this year of Saint Luke, his Gospel is read more often than the others. You can see how the Gospel of Luke is distributed throughout the year HERE. Three days 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 31. We listen to the parables of Jesus that prepare us for the inbreaking of God’s reign.
The Ordinary Time color of days that do not celebrate a particular feast is green. Major celebrations coming up include the Solemnity of All Saints and the 34th and final Sunday of the church year, 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 2016.
October 28 is 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.