Most of our lives are governed by a calendarwhether a
traditional planner or an electronic version. While my husband carries his electronic one and
syncs it with his computer, I manage quite well with my paper versions. My purse
is a bit full right now, though. For the next couple of months Im carrying two calendars:
one ends in December 04 and the other begins with January 05.
Soon my husband and I will be looking back over our family calendar
at the events of this year as we prepare our annual (and much-anticipated!) Christmas letter.
There have been births and deaths, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, Girl Scouts meetings,
dentist appointments, parish events and car repairs. Looking back over the events of the year,
we see the story of our familys life.
The Churchs calendar is full of stories as well: stories of Jesus and the
Church, and our own stories of faith. Far from being artificial or imposed, the Church year is a
structure that grew out of the experiences of real peoplefrom Abraham and Sarah in the Hebrew
Scriptures, to Jesus himself, through the earliest Christians, down to our present day.
As we prepare to begin a new liturgical year, it is good not only to prepare
our hearts for the Advent-Christmas season but also to enter into the experience of the Churchs
calendar with new openness for the ways God speaks to us through the biblical stories read at Sunday
Mass throughout the year. The most important of those stories is the Resurrection of Jesus. The
Resurrection is the center of our faith, making Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, the center of the
liturgical year. Every Sundaywhich we call the Lords Daythe Church keeps alive the memory
of the Lords Resurrection as we gather to celebrate the Mass.
The Catholic Update Video The Church Celebrates: The Liturgical Year and
provides an overview of the Churchs liturgical year and an explanation of
Sundays importance within it. In the teaching segment, Father Tom Richstatter, O.F.M., emphasizes
and explains that The Church year is the way we read the Bible. Click here (RealMedia
| Windows Media
see a video clip from the witness segment of The Church Celebrates: The Liturgical Year and Sunday
These everyday Catholics share their personal understanding of some aspect of the Church year.
Use this video with those participating in the RCIA and with other adults who
have an interest in learning more about the Churchs liturgical year (e.g., worship commissions,
liturgy planners, small groups). The story segment can also be used as a marriage preparation or
May you experience Gods grace and peace in the story of your own lives as
we come to the close of one Church year and embark on another.