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January 2, 2017

Important religious dates for 2017

Note: Dates of special significance to the Redemptorists are highlighted in red; dates related to Marian feasts (except the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help) are highlighted in blue.


Mary in prayer

Jan. 5: Feast day, St. John Neumann 

Jan. 9: The Baptism of the Lord (transferred)

Jan. 14: Feast day, Blessed Peter Donders

Jan. 15: World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Jan. 18-25: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan. 22: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Feb. 2: Candlemas; World Day for Consecrated Life

Feb. 11: Our Lady of Lourdes; World Day of the Sick

March 1: Ash Wednesday

March 15: Feast day, St. Clement Hofbauer

March 20: St. Joseph (transferred)

March 25: The Annunciation

April 9: Passion Sunday

April 13: Holy Thursday

April 14: Good Friday

April 16: Easter

April 23: Divine Mercy Sunday

April 26 (1866): icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help restored to public veneration

May 7: World Day of Prayer for Vocations

May 13: Our Lady of Fatima

May 24: Day of Prayer for the Church in China

May 25: The Ascension (transferred to Sunday, May 28, in most U.S. dioceses)

May 28: The Ascension (transferred); World Communications Day

May 31: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

June 4: Pentecost Sunday

June 11: Trinity Sunday

June 18: Corpus Christi (transferred)

June 23: Sacred Heart of Jesus; World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests

June 27: Our Mother of Perpetual Help

June 28: Feast day, Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky and companions, Redemptorist martyrs of Ukraine

June 30: Feast day, Blessed Gennaro Maria Sarnelli

Aug. 1: Feast day, St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists

Aug. 15: The Assumption

Aug. 22: The Queenship of Mary

Sept. 8: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sept. 15: Our Lady of Sorrows

Sept. 26: Feast day, Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger

Oct. 5: Feast day, Blessed Francis X. Seelos

Oct. 7: Our Lady of the Rosary

Oct. 16: Feast day, St. Gerard Majella

Oct. 22: World Mission Sunday

Nov. 1: All Saints

Nov. 6: Feast day, Redemptorist martyrs of Cuenca, Spain

Nov. 5-11: National Vocation Awareness Week

Nov. 9 (1732): founding of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists)

Nov. 21: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Nov. 23: Thanksgiving

Nov. 28: Giving Tuesday


Dec. 3: Advent begins

Dec. 8: Immaculate Conception

Dec. 11 (1866): Pius IX gives the Redemptorists the mandate to “make [Our Mother of Perpetual Help] known throughout the world”

Dec. 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec. 25: Christmas 

Who are the Redemptorists?

Two thousand years ago Jesus said, “He sent me to preach the Good News to the poor.” Since 1732 the Redemptorists have followed in His footsteps, preaching the Word and serving the poor and most abandoned. Our congregation of missionary priests and brothers was founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Like the first Apostles, our mission—and our joy—is bringing the message of salvation to all people. As Redemptorists, we have a special devotion to crib, cross, Mary, and the Eucharist. To learn more, explore our website and connect with us on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.


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