St Bernadette’s Parish

Sunshine North

Under the Pastoral Care of the Paulist Missionaries

Feasts and Seasons

Year A 2019 - 2020 - The Year of  Matthew's Gospel

We follow a calendar based on a cycle of liturgical seasons including feasts and saints’ days
The Church Year began on the 1st December 2019, the First Sunday of Advent.  It is a period covering the four Sundays before Christmas during which we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth. 
The Christmas Season begins Christmas Day Wednesday 25th December 2019 and concludes on Monday 6th January 2020.  Wednesday 1st January 2020 is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. The Epiphany is celebrated on Sunday 5th January 2020 and Ordinary Time begins on Monday 13th January 2020 and ending on Shrove Tuesday 25th February.
Ash Wednesday is 26th February and begins the 40 days of Lent which are a time of preparation for the Celebration of Easter. In this time of penance we try to give more depth to our prayer and grow in compassion through fasting, self-denial and generosity.  Palm/Passion Sunday is on 5th April and marks the beginning of Holy Week:
The Easter Triduum (3 days) is the heart of the Liturgical year, from the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, until Easter Sunday morning.  Holy Thursday is 9th April, Good Friday is 10th April, the Easter Vigil Saturday 11th April and Easter Sunday is 12th April.
During the six weeks of the Easter Season (50 days) we also celebrate significant Church feasts:
The Ascension of the Lord  -  24th May
Pentecost  -  31st May
The Most Holy Trinity  -  7th June
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ  -  14th June
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus  -  19th June
Ordinary Time
Ordinary (Sunday) Time Year A resumes on the 12th Sunday the 21st June and continues until the Feast of Christ the King, which marks the end of Year A.  Feast days of significance during this time are…
Feast of St Bernadette's  -  16th April
Saint Mary of the Cross  -  8th August
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary  -  15th August 
St Therese of the Child Jesus  -  1st October
All Saints Day  -  1st November 
All Souls Day  -  2nd November 
Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe  -  22nd November
The cycle begins again with Advent 2021 on 29th November, Year B, year of Mark’s Gospel.      
St Bernadette's Parish School Sacrament Dates for 2020
Sacrament of First Eucharist  -  23rd & 24th May 2020
Sacrament of Confirmation  -  27th August 2020
Sacrament of Reconciliation  -  26th October 2020
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