Each year the Secretariat of Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops publishes the Liturgical Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America. This calendar is used by authors of ordines and other liturgical aids published to foster the celebration of the liturgy in our country.
The calendar is based upon the General Roman Calendar, promulgated by Pope Paul VI on Feb. 14, 1969, subsequently amended by Pope John Paul II, and the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America, approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.1 This calendar has been updated to reflect the names and titles of the various liturgical days in conformity with the “Roman Missal, Third Edition.”
“The General Instruction of the Roman Missal” reminds us that in the cycles of readings and prayers proclaimed throughout the year in the sacred liturgy “the mysteries of redemption are celebrated so as to be in some way made present.” Thus may each celebration of the Holy Eucharist which is served by this calendar be for the Church in the United States of America “the high point both of the action by which God sanctifies the world in Christ and of the worship that the human race offers to the Father, adoring him through Christ, the Son of God, in the Holy Spirit.”2
Sincerely in Christ,
— Rev. Msgr. Richard B. Hilgartner,
USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship
1For the significance of the several grades or kinds of celebrations, the norms of the Roman Calendar should be consulted (cf. Liturgy Documentary Series 6: Norms Governing Liturgical Calendars, Washington, DC: USCC, 1984). For information concerning the choice of texts and formularies, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal and the introduction to the 1998 revised Lectionary for Mass (cf. Liturgy Documentary Series 1: Lectionary for Mass, Introduction, Washington, DC: USCC, 1998) should be consulted.
2General Instruction of the Roman Missal, third edition, no. 16.