St Bernadette’s Parish

Sunshine North

Under the Pastoral Care of the Paulist Missionaries

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Feasts and Seasons

Year B 2017 - 2018 - The Year of  Mark's Gospel

We follow a calendar based on a cycle of liturgical seasons including feasts and saints’ days
The Church Year began on the 3rd December 2017, 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 Monday 25th December 2017 and concludes on Monday 8th January 2018.  Sunday 1st January 2018 is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. The Epiphany is celebrated on Sunday 7th January 2018 and Ordinary Time begins on Monday 10th January 2018 and ending on Shrove Tuesday 13th February.
Ash Wednesday is 14th 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 25th March 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 29th March, Good Friday is 30th March, the Easter Vigil Saturday 31st March and Easter Sunday is 1st April.
During the six weeks of the Easter Season (50 days) we also celebrate significant Church feasts:
The Ascension of the Lord  -  13th May
Pentecost  -  20th May
The Most Holy Trinity  -  27 May
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ  -  3rd June
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus  -  8th June
Ordinary Time
Ordinary (Sunday) Time Year B resumes on the 10th Sunday the 10th June and continues until the Feast of Christ the King, which marks the end of Year B.  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 (Thursday)
All Souls Day  -  2 November (Friday)
Our Lord Jesus Christ the King of the Universe  -  25th November
The cycle begins again with Advent 2018 on 2nd December, Year C year of Luke’s Gospel.      
St Bernadette's Parish School Sacrament Dates for 2018 
Sacrament of First Eucharist  -  28th and 29th April
Sacrament of Confirmation  -  12th August 
Sacrament of Reconciliation  -  29th October
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