Diocesan Calendar

The Diocesan Calendar for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

From the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.

Charlotte Diocese Events in Red.

 Preparation for the Jubilee of Mercy

Thursday, November 5, 2015: In Service Program at the Catholic Conference Center with Fr. Patrick Winslow
Exploring the Jubilee of Mercy: Merciful Like the Father
• Exploring the Biblical Concept of Jubilee
• The Theology of Mercy
• Details of the Jubilee of Mercy

December 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Opening and blessing of the Holy Door in the Cathedral of St. Patrick 

Sunday, December 13, 2015
III Sunday of Advent
Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. John Lateran and in the Cathedrals of the world

January 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
Virtue: Faith (St. Joseph)
Spiritual Work of Mercy: To instruct the Ignorant (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)
Corporal Work of Mercy: To feed the hungry (St. Maximilian Kolbe)

Friday, January 1, 2016
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
World Day for Peace
Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major

Tuesday, January 19, – Thursday, January 21, 2016
Jubilee for those Engaged in Pilgrimage Work

Friday, January 22, 2016
March for Life, Washington, D.C.

Monday, January 25, 2016
Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul
Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
Jubilee Prayer in Parishes for Catechumens of the Diocese
Jubilee sign of the Holy Father: Witness of the works of mercy

February 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
Virtue: Hope (St. John Vianney)
Spiritual Work of Mercy: Counsel the doubtful (St. Francis de Sales)
Corporal Work of Mercy: Give drink to the thirsty (St. Peter Claver)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the Day for Consecrated Life
Jubilee for Consecrated Life and the closing of the Year for Consecrated Life
Jubilee Prayer in Parishes for all in Consecrated Life

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Mass for all in Consecrated Life, Cathedral of St. Patrick

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Ash Wednesday
Sending forth of the Missionaries of Mercy, St. Peter’s Basilica
Penance Services and Scheduled Confessions throughout the Diocese during Lent

Sunday, February, 14, 2016
Jubilee Prayer in Parishes for All Called to the Vocation of Holy Matrimony – Engaged and Married

Monday, February 22, 2016
Feast of the Chair of St. Peter
Jubilee for the Roman Curia
Jubilee for Diocesan Curia
Jubilee sign of the Holy Father: Witness of the works of mercy

March 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
Virtue: Charity/Love (Bl. Theresa of Calcutta)
Spiritual Work of Mercy: To admonish sinners (St. St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Corporal Work of Mercy: To clothe the naked (St. Martin of Tours)

Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2016
“24 Hours for the Lord” with a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica on the afternoon of Friday, March 4

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Jubilee for Youth (ages 13 – 18)
Bishop’s Lenten Youth PilgrimageBuilding a Culture of Mercy
Belmont Abbey, NC

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Palm Sunday
The Diocesan Day for Youth in Rome
Jubilee sign of the Holy Father: Witness of the works of mercy

April 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
Virtue: Prudence (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Corporal Work of Mercy: To shelter the homeless (Bl. Pier Giorgio)
Spiritual Work of Mercy: To bear wrongs patiently (St. Isaac Jogues)

Sunday, April 3, 2016
Divine Mercy Sunday
Jubilee for Those Who Are Devoted to the Spirituality of Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy Celebrations in Parishes

Sunday, April 24, 2016
V Sunday of Easter
Jubilee for Young Boys and Girls (ages 13 – 16)
To profess the faith and construct a culture of mercy
Jubilee sign of the Holy Father: Witness of the works of mercy

May 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
Virtue: Justice (St. Thomas More)
Spiritual Work of Mercy: To give forgive offences willingly (St. Maria Goretti)
Corporal Work of Mercy: To visit the sick (Bl. Damien of Molokai)

Sunday, May 27-29, 2016
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Italy
Jubilee for Deacons
Jubilee for Deacons – Jubilee Prayer in Parishes for Deacons

June 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
Virtue: Fortitude (St. Bernadette)
Spiritual Work of Mercy: To comfort the afflicted (St. Marianne Cope)
Corporal Work of Mercy: To ransom the captive (St. John Paul II)

Friday, June 3, 2016
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Jubilee for Priests
160 years since the introduction of the Feast by Pius IX in 1856

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Jubilee Prayer in Parishes for Priests

Sunday, June 12, 2016
XI Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jubilee for Those Who Are Ill and for Persons with Disabilities
Jubilee Prayer in Parishes for Those Who Are Ill and for Persons with Disabilities
Jubilee sign of the Holy Father: Witness of the works of mercy

July 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
Virtue: Temperance (St. Theresa of Lisieux)
Spiritual Work of Mercy: To pray for the living and the dead (St. Faustina)
Corporal Work of Mercy: To bury the dead (St. Catherine of Siena)

Tuesday, July 26 – Sunday, July 31, 2016
To conclude on the XVIII Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jubilee for Young People
World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland
Jubilee Prayers daily in each parish for the Pilgrims to World Youth Day and for Young Adults to Develop a Culture of Mercy

August 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
Beatitudes (Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati)

September 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
Commandments and Conscience: Living Mercy  (St. Aphonsus Liguori)

Sunday, September 4, 2016
XXIII Sunday of Ordinary Time
Memorial of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta – September 5
Jubilee for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy
Jubliee Prayer in Parishes for All Workers and Volunteers in our Diocesan and Parish Ministries of Mercy

Friday, September 9 – Saturday, September 10, 2016
Jubilee for Pilgrims to the 12th Annual Eucharistic Congress
Charlotte Convention Center and St. Peter’s Church
Charlotte, NC
“Be Merciful As Your Father is Merciful” (Lk. 6: 36)

Sunday, September 25, 2016
XXVI Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jubilee for Catechists
Jubilee for Catechists – Blessing of Catechists in Parishes

October 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
World Missions – Global Works of Mercy from the Church (Saints of the Missions)

Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, 2016
Saturday and Sunday after the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
Marian Jubilee

November 2016

Catechetical Formation Focus for the Month:
Mary, Mother of Mercy 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Solemnity of All Saints
Holy Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in memory of the faithful departed.

Sunday, November 6, 2016
XXXII Sunday of Ordinary Time
In St. Peters Basilica, the Jubilee for Prisoners
Jubilee Prayer in Parishes for Prisoners, Families, Chaplains and Volunteers in Prison Ministry
Mass with Bishop Jugis for Those Celebrating Silver and Golden Jubilees (Tent. Date)

Sunday, November 13, 2016
XXXIII Sunday of Ordinary Time
Closing of the Holy Doors in the Basilicas of Rome and in the Dioceses of the world

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Closing of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy