Monday, August 16, 2004

Diocesan Liturgical Calendar for 2004 - 2005

The Preacher and the Challenge of Technology
Wednesday to Saturday, September 15 - 18, 2004
San Jose Marriott

The Catholic Coalition on Preaching will be hosting its national conference in San Jose this year. This is the pre-eminent conference on Catholic preaching with over 20 speakers addressing the topic of the preacher and technology in the 21st century. Download the conference brochure (Adobe Reader required). Contact the Georgetown Center for Liturgy for registration information: 202-687-4420 or Jeffrey Price at liturgy@georgetown.edu.

National Catechetical Sunday
Sunday, September 19, 2004

Click here for prayer resources to celebrate this Sunday. Click here for the day's readings.

Justice Symposium
Saturday, September 25, 2004, 8a - 4:30p

Santa Clara University
This conference is co-sponsored by the Diocese of San Jose and the Bannan Center for Jesuit Education of Santa Clara University. The keynote address will be by Joan Rosenhauer of USCCB Social Development and World Peace, and several workshops will be available on global solidarity, peace building, the Catholic call to charity and justice, forming and supporting parish social justice ministries, community organizing, refugees and human trafickking. Included is a special luncheon awards celebration and an afternoon legislative briefing. Registration is limited, so please register early. Cost is $35 including lunch. $45 after September 17. For more info or to register, contact Sylvia Blanch at blanch@dsj.org or 408-983-0128.

Month of Prayer for the General Needs of Humankind
October 1 - 31, 2004
Bishop McGrath has designated October as a special time of prayer for the needs of all people. This may be a good time to encourage parishioners to begin a daily discipline of prayer or to increase the time they pray if they already pray daily.

Respect Life Sunday
Sunday, October 3, 2004
Click here for prayer resources to celebrate this Sunday. Click here for the day's readings.

42nd Anniversary of the Opening of Vatican II
Monday, October 11, 2004
Click here to learn more about this ecumenical council that changed the course of history.

26th Anniversary of the Election of Pope John Paul II
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Click here to learn more about Pope John Paul II.

Diocesan Workshop for Lectors
Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 7p - 9:30p
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph - Loyola Hall
New and veteran lectors are invited to learn new skills and become even better lectors for their parishes. This workshop will teach lectors fundamental and more advance skills in proclamation and will offer hands-on practice for participants. Bring your Lector Workbook or missalette with the readings for October 31 (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - click here for the day's readings). Registration is $5. To register, send your name, email address, phone number, and parish name to Rebeca Aldaz at aldaz@dsj.org or 408-983-0126.

Faith Formation Conference
Friday to Saturday, October 29 -30, 2004
Bill Graham Civic Center, San Francisco

This conference is co-sponsored by the Diocese of San Jose and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Keynote speakers: Fr. Ron Rohlheiser and Celina Rodriguez. For more information call 408-983-0127.

Solemnity of All Saints
Monday, November 1, 2004
When November 1 falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the obligation to participate in Mass does not hold. Thus, All Saints is not a holy day of obligation this year. Click here for the day's readings.

Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Thursday, November 4, 2004
Click here to learn more about the Cathedral's history.

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
Sunday, November 21, 2004
This is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time and the last Sunday of liturgical year C. Click here for the day's readings.

Days of Prayer for the Harvest and Fruits of the Earth
Monday to Wednesday, November 22 - 24, 2004
Bishop McGrath has designated these three days before Thanksgiving as special days to pray for the earth and for those who harvest and care for it, especially for the farmers of our local communities and for all people who are underfed because of poverty.

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 25, 2004

5th Anniversary of the Succession of Bishop Patrick McGrath to the See of San Jose, becoming the second Bishop of San Jose
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Click here to learn more about our Bishop.

First Sunday of Advent, Year A
Sunday, November 28, 2004
This Sunday begins the new liturgical year A. Click here for the day's readings.

41st Anniversary of the Approval of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
Saturday, December 4, 2004
The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (also known as Sacrosanctum Concilium) was the first document to be voted on by the members of Vatican II. It is a landmark document that established that the primary way Christians express who they are and who Christ is to the world is through the liturgy. It proclaimed that the liturgy is the fundamental way we learn how to be Catholic, where we strengthen our faith, how we build the Church, and when we most reflect Christ's healing and reconciling love (CSL 2). Click here to read this historical document of Vatican II.

Diocesan Evening Prayer for Peace
Tuesday, December 7, 2004, 7:30p
All are welcomed to participate in praying for peace in our world. This will be Evening Prayer (Vespers) from the Liturgy of the Hours, so all people of faith are invited to participate. Bishop Patrick McGrath will preside.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
Today is a holy day of obligation. Click here for the day's readings.

Diocesan Evening Prayer in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Friday, December 10, 2004, 7p
Beginning with processions from various parishes throughout the diocese, this evening of prayer, music, drama, and food celebrates Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

Third Sunday of Advent and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Sunday, December 12, 2004
The Sundays of Advent take precedence over the solemnities and feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thus, the readings and prayers for this Sunday are those for the Third Sunday of Advent, year A. However, references to Our Lady of Guadalupe can appropriately be incorporated into the homily, instructions, intercessions, and music for the day's Masses while keeping the liturgy's focus on Advent. Las Mañanitas may also be celebrated at dawn on Sunday morning.

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
Saturday, December 25, 2004
If Masses are celebrated on Saturday evening, they use the readings and prayers for the Feast of the Holy Family.

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God
Saturday, January 1, 2005
When January 1 falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the obligation to participate in Mass does not hold. Thus, January 1 is not a holy day of obligation this year. Masses on Saturday evening use the readings and prayers for the Solemnity of the Epiphany.

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday, January 2, 2005
Click here for the day's readings.

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Sunday, January 9, 2005
After the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Ordinary Time begins. Thus, the Masses for this day as well as the environment and music still should contain elements of the Christmas season. Click here for the day's readings.

Ordinary Time begins
Monday, January 10, 2005
This first week of Ordinary Time begins the weekday Lectionary Year 1 cycle.

24th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diocese of San Jose
Thursday, January 27, 2005

Diocesan Celebration of 25th and 50th Wedding Anniversaries
Saturday, February 5, 2005, 10a
Bishop Patrick McGrath invites all married couples and their families celebrating silver and golden wedding anniversaries to renew their vows at this annual Eucharistic liturgy. All couples who register for this event will also receive a certificate signed by Bishop McGrath commemorating the event. Registration forms will be sent to all parishes in November and can also be found in The Valley Catholic in its November/December issues.

Rehearsals for Rite of Election
Monday, February 7, 2005, 7p
Tuesday, February 8, 2005, 7p
Parish catechumenate directors, those carrying the Book of the Elect, and those calling out the names of the Elect for their parish are required to attend one of the two rehearsals for the Rite of Election.

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Click here for the day's readings.

First Sunday of Lent
Sunday, February 13, 2005
Click here for the day's readings. Make sure you celebrate the Rite of Sending this weekend for any of your catechumens who are ready to be baptized.

Rite of Election
Monday, February 14, 2005, 7:30p
Tuesday, February 15, 2005, 7:30p
Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 7:30p
All catechumens (adults and children) who are to be chosen to celebrate all three sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are invited to celebrate the Rite of Election with Bishop Patrick McGrath. The liturgy office will begin registrations for each parish in November. If you are a catechumenate director for your parish and have not been receiving email notices from the liturgy office, please send your email address to Diana Macalintal at macalintal@dsj.org.

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Thursday to Sunday, February 17 - 20, 2005
Click here for Congress information.

Third Sunday of Lent
Sunday, February, 27, 2005
Make sure you celebrate the First Scrutiny with your Elect this weekend. If you are celebrating the Scrutinies, the readings are for the Third Sunday of Lent, year A.

Fourth Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 6, 2005
Make sure you celebrate the Second Scrutiny with your Elect this weekend. If you are celebrating the Scrutinies, the readings are for the Third Sunday of Lent, year A.

Fifth Sunday of Lent
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Make sure you celebrate the Third Scrutiny with your Elect this weekend. If you are celebrating the Scrutinies, the readings are for the Third Sunday of Lent, year A.

Chrism Mass
Tuesday, March 15, 2005, 7:30p
All parishes are invited to celebrate this annual blessing of the oils of the catechumens and the sick and the consecration of the Sacred Chrism. Priests of the diocese will also renew their commitment to priestly service.

Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Click here for the day's readings.

Easter Triduum
Thursday to Sunday, March 24 - 27, 2005
The Easter Triduum is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. It begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper. reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday. Between the Mass of the Lord's Supper and the Easter Vigil, Mass may not be celebrated. The Easter Vigil must begin after nightfall. Nightfall begins on this day at 6:51 p.m. for San Jose. Thus Easter Vigil for 2005 may not begin before 7:00 p.m.

In the United States, although it is never permitted to celebrate the entire Easter Vigil more than once in a given church or to anticipate the Mass of Easter before the vigil, in those places where the local Ordinary permits the anticipation of Sunday Masses on Saturday evening, for pastoral reasons an additional Mass may be celebrated after the Mass of the Easter Vigil. Such a Mass may follow the liturgy of the word of the Mass of the Easter Vigil and other texts of that Mass and should include the renewal of baptismal promise (Sacramentary, Easter Sunday, During the Night, Easter Vigil, #3).

In the Diocese of San Jose, parishes may not celebrate more than one Easter Vigil. This means that on March 26, 2005, no Mass may be celebrated before the Easter Vigil, and there may be only one Service of Light (blessing of fire, first lighting of Easter Candle, and exsultet) and one blessing of the baptismal font per parish. The initiation of Elect ideally takes place at the one parish Easter Vigil though it may also be celebrated on Easter Sunday for pastoral reasons, and initiation sacraments are appropriately celebrated throughout the Easter season. Any additional Masses on the night of March 26, 2005 must be celebrated after the parish's one Easter Vigil and does not include the Service of Light or the blessing of the water in the baptismal font.

Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate
Saturday, April 9, 2005, 9:30a
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
The Diocese of San Jose will ordain its first candidates for the permanent diaconate since becoming a diocese in 1981.

Institute for Leadership in Ministry Graduation
Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 7:30p
Celebrate evening prayer with the newest set of graduates from the diocese's pastoral ministry institute.

Neophyte Mass
Friday, May 6, 2005, 7:30p
Bishop Patrick McGrath invites all who were baptized at the Easter Vigil and all who celebrated the sacraments of initiation during the Easter season, along with their friends, family, and fellow-parishioners to celebrate Eucharist together in Easter joy.

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Sunday, May 8, 2005
Click here for the day's readings.

Vigil Mass of Pentecost
Saturday, May 14, 2005
The readings and prayers for the Vigil of Pentecost are used at Saturday evening Masses. Click here for the day's readings.

Solemnity of Pentecost
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Click here for the day's readings.

Diocesan Confirmation of Adults
Sunday, May 15, 2005, 3:30p
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Adults who have been prepared by their parishes to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation are invited to participate in this Pentecost liturgy. The liturgy office will begin taking registrations in March. If you are a Confirmation director for your parish and have not been receiving email notices from the liturgy office, please send your email address to Diana Macalintal at macalintal@dsj.org.

Ordinary Time resumes
Monday, May 16, 2005
This day begins the 7th week in Ordinary Time.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Click here for the day's readings.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Sunday, May 29, 2005
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Ordination to the Priesthood
Saturday, June 4, 2005, 9:30a
Bishop Patrick McGrath will ordain several men to service for the diocese as presbyters.



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