Liturgical Calendar October Overview


The month of November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory, whose feast is celebrated on November 2. The entire month of November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.

The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of November 2019
Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East: That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together. (See also

Feasts for November
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of November are:
01. All Saints, Solemnity
02. All Souls, Feast
03. Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
04. Charles Borromeo, Memorial
09. Lateran Basilica, Feast
10. Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
11. Martin of Tours; Veterans Day (USA), Memorial
12. Josaphat, Memorial
13. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Memorial
15. Albert the Great, Opt. Mem.
16. Margaret of Scotland; Gertrude, Opt. Mem.
17. Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
18. Churches of Peter and Paul; Rose Philippine Duchesne (USA), Opt. Mem.
21. Presentation of Mary, Memorial
22. Cecilia; , Memorial
23. Clement I; Columban; Bl. Miguel Agustín Pro (USA), Opt. Mem.
24. Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe , Solemnity
25. Catherine of Alexandria, Opt. Mem.
30. Andrew, Feast

Focus of the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for the Sundays in November 2019, are taken from St. Luke and are from Year C, Cycle 1.

November 3rd – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this Gospel, Jesus visits the home of Zacchaeus.

November 10th – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
This Gospel recounts the Sadducees questioning Jesus about the Resurrection.

November 17th – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel is about the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem and the second coming of Christ.

November 24th – Solemnity of Christ the King
The Gospel recounts the story of the good thief.

Highlights of the Month
During November, as in all of Ordinary Time (Time After Pentecost), the Liturgy signifies and expresses the regenerated life from the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is to be spent on the model of Christ’s Life and under the direction of His Spirit. As we come to the end of the Church year we are asked to consider the end times, our own as well as the world’s. The culmination of the liturgical year is the Feast of Christ the King. “This feast asserts the supreme authority of Christ over human beings and their institutions…. Beyond it we see Advent dawning with its perspecitive of the Lord’s coming in glory.”— The Liturgy and Time, A.G. Mortimort

This month the main feasts are the Solemnity of All Saints (November 1), All Souls (November 2), St. Charles Borromeo, (November 4), Lateran Basilica (November 9), St. Martin of Tours, (November 11), St. Josaphat (November 12), St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (November 13), St. Albert the Great (November 15), Sts. Margaret of Scotland and Gertrude (November 16), Presentation of Mary (November 21), St. Cecilia (November 22), Sts. Clement I and St. Columban (November 23), St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions (November 24), St. Catherine of Alexandria (November 25), the Solemnity of Christ the King (November 24) and St. Andrew (November 30).

The feasts of St. Martin de Porres (November 3), St. Leo the Great (November 10), and St. Elizabeth of Hungary (November 17), are superseded by the Sunday Liturgy.

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