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Religious Days of Note


Marian Feast Days

For Calendar Year 2012


     1st   Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God 

     3rd   Most Holy Name of Jesus

     6th   First Friday of the Month and the Epiphany of The Lord (2)

    7th    First Saturday of the Month

    8th    Celebration of the Epiphany of The Lord (2)

    9th    Baptism of The Lord (3)

    23rd  [Mary's Wedding] (4) and Day of Penance in the US (5)

    25th  Conversion of St. Paul

    26th  Sts. Timothy and Titus

    31st   St. John Bosco

(1) All Muslim religious Holy Days are dependent on Lunar cyclesthus are different every year. For more details on Special Muslim Days find the link at end of this Document.
(2) In 2012,This Solemnity falls on Sunday, January 8. The Epiphany is not a Holyday of Obligation in the United States, and so always falls on the Sunday between January 2 and 8 instead of January 6 (UNLYC, no. 37). The Mass and Office are both proper, and with the introduction of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, a new proper Vigil Mass for the Epiphany will be celebrated for the first time.
According to the Roman Missal, "Where the Solemnity of the Epiphany is transferred to Sunday, if this Sunday occurs on January 7 or 8, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the following Monday" (Proper of Time). Therefore, this Feast will take place on Monday, January 9, 2012. The First Week in Ordinary Time begins on the following day, Tuesday, January 10.
[  ]  Denotes Feast Days which do not appear in the most current Vatican Roman Missal
(5) January 22 has been designated by the U.S. Bishops as a "particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life." Because January 22 falls on a Sunday this year, the observance has been moved to Monday, January 23.


    Presentation of The Lord (Candlemas)

3rd    First Friday of the Month

4th    First Saturday of the Month and Mawlid al-Nabi (1)

11th   Our Lady of Lourdes

20th   [Our Lady of Tears]

22nd   Ash Wednesday

24th    Discovery of the  Head of John the Baptizer (Celebrated by the Orthodox Church)

(1) A Muslim celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam in 570 CE. Sunni Muslims observed it on the 12th of the lunar month of Rabi'-ul-Awwal in the Islamic calendar. Shi'a Muslims celebrate it five days later.


2nd    First Friday of the Month

3rd     First Saturday of the Month

7th     Feast of Purim (Defeat of plot to destroy the Jews of Persia)

19th   Feast of St. Joseph - Husband of Mary

24th   Gabriel the Archangel (traditional)

26th   Annunciation to Mary by Gabriel the Archangel

30th   Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary (Friday before Palm Sunday)



1st    Palm Sunday

5th    Last Supper. At sundown begins Passover

6th    Holy Friday, First Friday of the Month and First day of Passover

7th    Holy Saturday and First Saturday of the Month

8th    Easter Sunday

13th  At sundown the last day of Passover begins

15th   Divine Mercy Sunday

25th   St. Mark the Evangelist

26th   Mary, Mother of Good Counsel



1st     St. Joseph, Worker

3rd     Sts. Philip and James the Lesser - Apostles

4th     First Friday of the Month

5th    First Saturday of the Month

8th     [Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces]

13th   [Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament + First Apparition of Our Lady at Fátima]

14th   St. Matthias – Apostle

20th   Ascension of Our Lord

21st   [Mary, Mother of Light]

24th   [Mary, Help of Christians + Mary of the Path]

26th   Mary, Queen of the Apostles (Saturday during the Octave following Ascension Day) and First day of Shavout - (Feast of Weeks)

27th   Feast of Pentecost

30th   St. Joan of Arc (victim of fanaticism within the Roman Catholic Church)

31st   Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (used to be on July 2nd) + [Mary, Queen of all Saints + Our Lady of the Most Holy Mountain + Mary, Mother of Wonderful Love]


1st     First Friday of the Month

2nd    First Saturday of the Month

3rd    Trinity Sunday

7th   Feast of Corpus Christi 

9th    [Mary, Mother of Grace]

10th   Feast of Corpus Christi celebrated today for convenience purposes.

13th   St. Anthony of Lisbon (Padua)

15th   Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday after the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost)

16th   Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday after Sacred Heart of Jesus)

24th   Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist

27th   [Mary of Perpetual Help]

29th   Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul - Apostles

30th   First Martyrs of the Roman Church



3rd     St. Thomas - Apostle

4th     St. Elizabeth (Queen) of Portugal plus U.S. Celebration of Independence Day

5th     [Feast of the Seven Joys of Mary]

6th      First Friday of the Month

7th     First Saturday of the Month

9th     Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá (patroness of Colombia) plus [Mary, Miraculous Mother]

11th   St. Benedict - Patron of Europe

13th   [Mary, Mystical Rose (Rosa Mystica)] plus Revelation of the Secret of Fátima

16th   Our Lady of Mount Carmel + Scapular Feast Day

17th   [Feast of Mary's Humility]

20th   Ramadan (The holiest period in the Islamic year. This was the month in which the Qura'n was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is a time at which almost all Muslims over the age of 12 are expected to fast from sunup to sundown.) Based on sightability in North America, in 2012 Ramadan will start a day later - on Saturday, the 21st of July.

21st    Mary, Mother of Mercy (Saturday before 4th Sunday of July)

22nd   St. Mary Magdalene

25th    St. James the Greater - Apostle

26th    Saints Anne and Joachim - Grandparents of Jesus

28th   Mary, Queen of Peace


2nd     [Mary of the Angels]

3rd      First Friday of the Month

4th      First Saturday of the Month

5th      Feast of Our Lady of Snows - Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica - Rome

6th      Transfiguration of Our Lord, and Anniversary of the Nuclear Devastation in Hiroshima, Japan

13th   [Mary, Refuge of Sinners]

15th    Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

19th    Id al-Fitr (The day after the end of Ramadan. A time of rejoicing. Houses are decorated; Muslims buy gifts for relatives.)

22nd   The Queenship of Mary

24th     St. Bartholomew - Apostle

25th     Mary, Health of the Sick (Saturday before last Sunday in August)

29th     Martyrdom of John the Baptist


1st       First Saturday of the Month

2nd      Mary, Comfort of the Afflicted (Sunday after August 28th - Feast of St. Augustine)

3rd      [Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd]

7th      First Friday of the Month

8th      The Birthday of Our Lady

11th    Our Lady of Coromoto (patroness of Venezuela)

12th    [The Holy Name of Mary]

14th    The Triumph of the Cross (A date of even greater eschatological importance in the future.)

15th    Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

16th    Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year 5773) at sundown

21st    St. Matthew - Evangelist

23rd   Conception of John the Baptist (Celebrated by the Orthodox Church)

24th   Our Lady of Ransom

25th   Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement) at sundown

27th   [Mary, Protector of Orphans]

29th   Archangels Michael, Gabriel & Raphael

30th   First Day of Sokkot - (Feast of Tabernacles) at sundown


1st      Feast of the Veil of Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos (Celebrated by the Orthodox Church)

2nd     Guardian Angels

5th      First Friday of the Month and Traditional Catholic Church Day of Thanksgiving

6th      First Saturday of the Month

7th      Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and Shemini Atzeret at sunset-(Jewish Eighth Day of Solemn Assembly)

8th     Simchat Torah at sunset - Jewish Rejoicing of the Law

11th    [Feast of the Motherhood of Mary]

12th    Our Lady of the Pilar (Saragossa) and Traditional Catholic Church Day of Penance (Friday following Traditional Day of Thanksgiving)

13th    Miracle at Fátima

15th    St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)

16th   [Feast of Mary's Purity]

18th    St. Luke - Evangelist

20th   [Mary, Wonderful Mother]

26th   Eid al-Adha - Feast of Sacrifice or Day of Sacrifice - (In the Muslim calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Adha on the sunset of Thursday, the 25th of October) . (It recalls the day when Abraham intended to follow the instructions of God, and sacrifice his son Ishmael.)

28th   Sts. Simon and Jude - Apostles and [Mary, Mother of the Dying] (4th Sunday in October)


1st      All Saints Day

2nd     All Souls Day and First Friday of the Month

3th      First Saturday of the Month and [Our Lady of All Graces] (1st Saturday after All Saints Day)

8th     [Feast of Mary, Our Shelter]

9th     Dedication of Basilica of St. John of Lateran

15th   Al-Hijra/Muharram is the Muslim New Year 1432 (The beginning of the first lunar month.)

17th   [Mary, Mother of Divine Providence] (Saturday before 3rd Sunday in November)

18th   Consecration of the two Basilicas honoring St. Peter and St. Paul

21st   Mary's Presentation

22nd  Thanksgiving Day in the US

24th   Ashura (recalls an event circa 680-OCT-20 CE in Iraq when an army of the Umayyad regime martyred a group of 70 individuals who refused to submit to the Caliph. One of the martyrs was Imam Husain, the youngest grandson of Prophet Muhammad.)

25th   Christ the King

27th   [Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Paris)]

30th   St. Andrew - Apostle


1st      First Saturday of the Month

2nd     First Sunday of Advent

7th     First Friday of the Month

8th     Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady and First Day of Chanukah at sundown- (Beginning of Festival of Lights)

10th   [Our Lady of Loretto]

12th    Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas)

18th   [Mary's Expectation]

25th   Christmas Day

26th   St. Stephen - First Martyr

27th   St. John - Apostle and Evangelist

28th   Feast of the Holy Innocents

30th   Feast of Holy Family

31st   Last Day of the Year 2012 plus Silvester I, Pope (1st Pope after the deliverance of Catholic Church to Emperor Constantine)


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