2017 Liturgical Year

Diocese of Green Bay - Liturgical Year 2017

Selected Sundays, Feasts, and Holy Days

http://www.usccb.org/ (See calendar of Sunday and Daily Readings) - http://catholic-resources.org/Lectionary (detailed)




November 27 - Sunday FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT(Sunday, Year A, Weekday Cycle I; http://catholic-resources.org/Lectionary)

December 3 - Saturday FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, Priest, Diocean Patronal Feast (GB)

December 8 -Thursday THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF BVM (Solemnity), Holy Day of Obligation

December 25 - Sunday NATIVITY OF OUR LORD (Christmas), Holy Day of Obligation



January 1 - Sunday MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD (Solemnity), Holy Day of Obligation

March 1 - Wednesday, ASH WEDNESDAY (Day of Fast and Abstinence)

March 5 - Sunday, FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (Diocesan Rite Election; 1 PM and 5 PM; St Francis Xavier Cathedral, GB; Snow date: 2nd Sunday of Lent/March 12) - Daylight Savings Time begins - (Parishes Celebrate Rite of sending of Catechumans and Rite of Sending for Candidates attending Rite of Election prior to Rite of Election)


April 11 - Tuesday, DIOCESAN CHRISM MASS, (St. Francis Xavier Cathedral)

April 13 - Thursday, HOLY THURSDAY, MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER, (Parish Presentation of the Sacred Oils)

April 14 - Friday, GOOD FRIDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION, (Day of Feast and Abstinence)

April 15 - Saturday, HOLY SATURDAY, EASTER VIGIL (Vigil Earliest Start Time; 8:15 PM (CT))


May 28 - Sunday, THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD (GB) (Celebrated on the 7th Sunday of Easter)

June 3 - Saturday, Spring Diocesan Confirmation I; Cathedral, 6 PM

June 4 - Sunday, SOLEMNITY OF PENTECOST,  Spring Diocesan Confirmation II; Cathedral, 11:30 AM

June 11- Sunday, THE MOST HOLY TRINITY, (Solemnity)

June 18 - Sunday, THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (Solemnity) (Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity [USA])

August 15 - Tuesday, THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, (Solemnity), Holy Day of Obligation

October 8 - Sunday, Fall Diocesan Confirmation: Time/Location TBA

November 1 - Wednesday, ALL SAINTS DAY, Holy Day of Obligation

November 5 - Sunday, Daylight Savings Time Ends


December 3 -Sunday, FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Sunday Year B, Weekday Cycle IIhttp://catholic-resources.org/Lectionary/)

December 8 - Friday, SOLEMNITY OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY, Holy Day of Obligation

December 25-Monday, SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD, Holy Day of Obligation




Respect Life Mass I - Tuesday, January 24, 6 PM, St Pius X, Appleton, (March for Life Send-Off)

White Mass (Healthcare Professionals) - Sunday, February 26, 9 AM, SFX Cathedral, GB

Respect Life Mass II - Saturday, March 25,10 AM, SFX Cathedral, GB

Red Legal (Legal Professionals) - Sunday, March 26, 11 AM, SFX Cathedral, GB

Blue Mass (Public Safety Workers) - TBA

Policy for the Obligation for Mass

Celebration of the Holy Days for the United States of America

The Current Policy for the six Holy Days for the United States of America is as Follows:


Holy Days of Obligation only when they fall  on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Sunday:

January 1 (Mary, The Mother of God)

August 15 (The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven)

November 1 (The Solemnity of All Saints)

Ascension Sunday (Chancery Bulletin #239-IV) In the Green Bay Diocese the Solemnity is always celebrated on the Seventh Sunday of Easter which is a day of obligation.

December 8 (The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary) Always a day of obligation because it is the national patronal feast day, however if December 8 falls on a Sunday, the Solemnity is transferred to Monday, December 9.  When this happens, the obligation to attend Mass does not transfer and it is not a day of obligation.

- December 25 (Christmas) Is always a day of obligation.


When Holy Days occur on Saturday or Monday, and are not days of obligation, parishes are encouraged to have at least one mass so that those who wish to attend Mass on feast day- May do so.

Note that in the Diocese of Green Bay, weddings and funerals are not to be scheduled on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation without a dispensation from the Diocesan Bishop. The liturgical law is meant to protect the nature of the Sunday celebration and also helps those who are already asked to celebrate several liturgies on those days. (Chancery Bulletin #231-IV)

Additionally, please consult the General Instruction of the Roman Missal #s 359, 372 and 380 for information about weddings and funerals on Sundays and Solemnities. If the dispensation is given to having a wedding or funeral on that day:

  • use the readings and prayer texts of the day
  • for weddings on Sundays in Ordinary Time, one of the readings for the day may be replaced with a reading from the wedding Mass
  • consider having a liturgy outside of Mass

Easter Vigil - (earliest) start times: April 15, 2017: 8:15 PM CT;  March 31, 2018: 8:00 PM CT; April 20, 2019: 8:15 PM

Other Special Days of Prayer / Thanksgiving

January 18 - 22:  Week of Prayer Christian Unity

January 23, Monday: Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children

February 2, Thursday: World Day for Consecrated Life

February 11, Saturday: World Day for the Sick

May 1, Monday: World Justice and Peace, Law Day

May 7, Sunday: World Day for Vocations

May 14, Sunday: Mother's Day

May 29, Monday: Memorial Day

June 18, Sunday: Father's Day

July 4, Tuesday: Independence Day

September 1, Thursday: World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

September 4, Monday: Labor Day --Human Rights and Equality, Blessing Human Labor

September 18, Sunday: Catechetical Sunday

October 29, Sunday: Priesthood Sunday

November 5-11: National Vocation Awareness Week

November 11, Saturday: Veteran's Day

November 23, Thursday: Thanksgiving Day-Harvest and Fruits of the Earth