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2022 Diocesan Liturgical Calendar of Solemnities, Feasts, and Other Observances


                                                                   NOVEMBER 2021

Nov. 28

First Sunday of Advent


Nov. 30

St. Andrew



Dec. 4

Ordination to the Diaconate

10am at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Sacramento

Dec. 7

Immaculate Conception and Closing of the Year of St. Joseph

6pm at St. Joseph Parish, Redding

Dec. 8

Immaculate Conception

Patroness of the United States

Solemnity; holy day of obligation


Dec. 25

Nativity of The Lord

Solemnity; holy day of obligation

Dec. 26

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph


Dec. 27

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist


Dec. 28

The Holy Innocents



Jan. 1

Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Solemnity; (not a holy day of obligation this year)

Jan. 2

Epiphany of the Lord


Jan. 9

Baptism of the Lord


Jan. 18

Ecumenical Worship Prayer Service


Jan. 18-25

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Diocesan observance (Statute 123 §3(a))

Jan. 21

Respect Life Mass

12pm, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

Jan. 22

National Day of Penance


Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. “In all dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when the 22nd falls on Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for the violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. (2000 GIRM, USCCB Adaptation, #373).   The Mass “For Peace and Justice” (no. 21 from “Masses for Various Needs”) should be celebrated with violet vestments as an appropriate liturgical observance for this day. (Diocesan Statute 123 §3(b)).

Jan. 23

Sunday of the Word of God (Third Sunday of Ordinary Time)


Jan. 25

Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle



Feb. 2

Presentation of The Lord


Feb. 2

World Day for Consecrated Life


Feb. 11

Our Lady of Lourdes

Optional memorial

World Day of the Sick

Feb. 12

World Marriage Day

9:30am, St. Lawrence Parish, North Highlands

Feb. 22

Chair of St Peter the Apostle


Feb. 19

World Day of the Sick Mass (11am at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Carmichael)


MARCH 2022

March 2

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins

March 5, 6

Rites of Election


March 9

Day of Reconciliation and Unity

A day of penance for negative attitudes and discrimination toward people of differing culture, ethnicity and race; and prayer for unity in our diversity, for equality, mutual respect and peace among all peoples. Observed on the 2nd Wed. in March.  (Statute 123 §3(c)).

March 13

Daylight Savings Time begins

“Spring” forward one hour.

March 17

St. Patrick

Feast; Co-Patron of the Diocese of Sacramento, along with Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Statute 123 §1(b)).

March 19

St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary


March 25

The Annunciation

Solemnity (not a day of abstinence in 2022 per Canon 1251))

APRIL 2022

April 7

Chrism Mass


April 10

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord


April 14

Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper


April 15

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)


April 16

Holy Saturday

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night may begin at or after 8:50 p.m.

April 17

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord


April 25

St. Mark, Evangelist


MAY 2022

May 3

Sts. Philip and James


May 8

World Day of Prayer for Vocations


May 14

St. Matthias


May 23, 24, and 25 Rogation Days “…to implore God’s mercy for more rain to bring an end to the drought in California, to bless the precious earth that nourishes us, and protect our forests and mountain communities during the coming months from the risks of wildfires.”

May 29

Ascension of the Lord


May 31

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


JUNE 2022

June 4

Ordination to the Priesthood

10am at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

June 4

Adult Confirmation

5pm at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento and at Sacred Heart Parish, Red Bluff

June 5



June 12

Most Holy Trinity


June 19

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ


June 23

Nativity of St. John the Baptist


June 24

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests


June 25

Ordination to the Diaconate

10am at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

June 26

Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (1889).


June 29

Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles


JULY 2022

July 6

St. Maria Goretti

A day of penance for sins and crimes against children and youth, including the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and other members of the Church; and prayer for the needs of children. (Statute 123 § 3d).

Optional memorial


July 22

St. Mary Magdalene


July 25

St. James, Apostle



Aug. 6

Transfiguration of The Lord


Aug. 10

St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr


Aug. 15

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Aug. 24

St. Bartholomew



Sept. 1

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation


Sept. 5

Labor Day


Sept. 8

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Sept. 14

Exaltation of the Holy Cross


Sept. 21

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist


Sept. 25

World Day of Migrants & Refugees


Sept. 29

Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels



Oct. 18

St. Luke


Oct. 23

World Mission Sunday


Oct. 28

Sts. Simon and Jude



Nov. 1

All Saints

Solemnity; holy day of obligation

Nov. 2

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)


Nov. 5

Adult Confirmation

5pm at St. Mary Parish, Vacaville and St. John the Baptist Parish, Chico

Nov. 6

Daylight savings ends

“Fall” back one hour.

Nov. 6-12

National Vocation Awareness Week


Nov. 9

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica


Nov. 13

World Day of the Poor


Nov. 20

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe


Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Day

Day of thanksgiving for the harvest and all our blessings (Statute 123 §2(d)).