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Jewish, Christian and Muslim (*)

Religious Days of Note

and

Marian Feast Days

For Calendar Year 2011


JANUARY

 1st    Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God  and First Saturday of the Month

 3rd   Most Holy Name of Jesus 

 6th   Epiphany of The Lord

7th   First Friday of the Month

23rd  [Mary's Wedding] (**)

25th  Conversion of St. Paul 

31st   St. John Bosco

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(*) All Muslim religious Holy Days are dependent on Lunar cycles thus are different every year. For more details on Special Muslim Days find the link at end of this Document.
(**) [ ]  Denotes Feast Days which do not appear in the most current Vatican Roman Missal

 

FEBRUARY

 2nd  Presentation of The Lord (Candlemas)

4th   First Friday of the Month

5th  First Saturday of the Month

11th  Our Lady of Lourdes

15th  Mawlid al-Nabi Mawlid al-Nabi (A Muslim celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam in 570 CE. Sunni Muslims observed it on the 12th of the lunar month of Rabi'-ul-Awwal in the Islamic calendar. Shi'a Muslims celebrate it five days later.)

20th  [Our Lady of Tears]

24th  Discovery of the Head of John the Baptizer (Celebrated by the Orthodox Church)



MARCH

4th   First Friday of the Month

5th  First Saturday of the Month

9th  Ash Wednesday

19th   Feast of St. Joseph - Husband of Mary and Feast of Purim (Defeat of plot to destroy the Jews of Persia)

24th   Gabriel the Archangel (traditional)

25th   Annunciation to Mary by Gabriel the Archangel


APRIL

1st   First Friday of the Month

2nd  First Saturday of the Month

15th   Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary (Friday before Palm Sunday)

17th   Palm Sunday

18th  At sundown begins Passover

19th  First day of Passover

21st  Last Supper

22nd Holy Friday

23rd   Holy Saturday

24th   Easter Sunday (at sundown the last day of Passover begins)

25th   St. Mark the Evangelist

26th   Mary, Mother of Good Counsel

 

MAY

1st   Mercy Sunday  and St. Joseph, Worker

3rd   Sts. Philip and James the Lesser - Apostles

6th   First Friday of the Month

7th  First Saturday of the Month

8th   [Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces]

13th 
 [Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament + First Apparition of Our Lady at Fátima]

14th   St. Matthias - Apostle

21st   [Mary, Mother of Light ]

24th   [Mary, Help of Christians + Mary of the Path]

30th   St. Joan of Arc (victim of fanaticism within the Roman Catholic Church)

31st   Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (used to be on July 2nd) + [Mary, Queen of all Saints + Our Lady of the Most Holy Mountain + Mary, Mother of Wonderful Love]

 

JUNE

2nd Ascension of Our Lord (Transferred to Sunday, June 5th, 2011 in most dioceses of the United States)

3rd  First Friday of the Month

4th  First Saturday of the Month and Mary, Queen of the Apostles (Saturday during the Octave following Ascension Day)

7th  First day of Shavout - (Feast of Weeks)

9th  [Mary, Mother of Grace]

12th  Feast of Pentecost

13th  St. Anthony of Lisbon (Padua)

19th Trinity Sunday

23rd   Feast of Corpus Christi (Transferred for convenience purposes to Sunday, June 26, 2011)

24th  
Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist

27th   [Mary of Perpetual Help]

29th   Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul - Apostles

30th   First Martyrs of the Roman Church

 

JULY

1st   First Friday of the Month and Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday after the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost)

2nd  First Saturday of the Month and Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday after Sacred Heart of Jesus)

3rd   St. Thomas - Apostle

4th   St. Elizabeth (Queen) of Portugal plus U.S. Celebration of Independence Day 

5th   [Feast of the Seven Joys of Mary]

9th   Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá (patroness of Colombia) plus [Mary, Miraculous Mother]

11th  St. Benedict - Patron of Europe

13th  [Mary, Mystical Rose (Rosa Mystica)] plus Revelation of the Secret of Fátima

16th  Our Lady of Mount Carmel + Scapular Feast Day

17th  [Feast of Mary's Humility]

22nd  St. Mary Magdalene

23th  Mary, Mother of Mercy (Saturday before 4th Sunday of July)

25th   St. James the Greater - Apostle

26th  Saints Anne and Joachim - Grandparents of Jesus

28th  Mary, Queen of Peace

 

AUGUST

1st  Ramadan (The holiest period in the Islamic year. This was the month in which the Qura'n was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.  It is a time at which almost all Muslims over the age of 12 are expected to fast from sunup to sundown.)
 
2nd
   [Mary of the Angels]

5th   First Friday of the Month and Feast of Our Lady of Snows - Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica - Rome

6th   Transfiguration of Our Lord, First Saturday of the Month and Anniversary of the Nuclear Devastation in Hiroshima, Japan

13th   [Mary, Refuge of Sinners]

15th  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

22nd The Queenship of Mary

24th  St. Bartholomew - Apostle

27th  Mary, Health of the Sick (Saturday before last Sunday in August)

29th  Martyrdom of John the Baptist

30th  Id al-Fitr (The day after the end of Ramadan. A time of rejoicing. Houses are decorated; Muslims buy gifts for relatives.)


SEPTEMBER

2nd  First Friday of the Month

3rd  First Saturday of the Month  and [Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd]

4th Mary, Comfort of the Afflicted (Sunday after August 28th - Feast of St. Augustine)

8th  The Birthday of Our Lady

11th  Our Lady of Coromoto (patroness of Venezuela)

12th  [The Holy Name of Mary]

14th  The Triumph of the Cross (A date of even greater eschatological importance in the future.)

15th  Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

21st   St. Matthew - Evangelist

23rd  Conception of John the Baptist (Celebrated by the Orthodox Church)

24th  Our Lady of Ransom

27th  [Mary, Protector of Orphans]

28th  Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year 5772) 

29th  Archangels Michael, Gabriel & Raphael


OCTOBER

 1st   Feast of the Veil of Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos (Celebrated by the Orthodox Church) and  First Saturday of the Month

 2nd   Guardian Angels

 5th   Traditional Catholic Church Day of Thanksgiving 

 7th   Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, First Friday of the Month and Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement)

 8th   Traditional Catholic Church Day of Penance (Friday following Traditional Day of Thanksgiving)

11th   [Feast of the Motherhood of Mary

12th   Our Lady of the Pilar (Saragossa) and First Day of Sokkot  - (Feast of Tabernacles)

13th   Miracle at Fátima 

15th   St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) 

16th   [Feast of Mary's Purity]

18th   St. Luke - Evangelist

19th   Shemini Atzeret -(Jewish Eighth Day of Solemn Assembly)

20th   [Mary, Wonderful Mother] and Simchat Torah - Jewish Rejoicing of the Law

23rd   [Mary, Mother of the Dying] (4th Sunday in October)

28th   Sts. Simon and Jude - Apostles
 

NOVEMBER

1st    All Saints Day

2nd   All Souls Day

4th   First Friday of the Month

5th    First Saturday of the Month and [Our Lady of All Graces] (1st Saturday after All Saints Day)

6th   Eid al-Adha - Feast of Sacrifice or Day of Sacrifice - (In North America starts on November 17th) . (It recalls the day when Abraham intended to follow the instructions of God, and sacrifice his son Ishmael.)

8th [Feast of Mary, Our Shelter]

9th
   Dedication of Basilica of St. John of Lateran

18th
  Consecration of the two Basilicas honoring St. Peter and St. Paul

19th  [Mary, Mother of Divine Providence] (Saturday before 3rd Sunday in November)

20th Christ the King

21st  Mary's Presentation 

25th  Thanksgiving Day in the U.S

26th  Al-Hijra/Muharram is the Muslim New Year 1432 (The beginning of the first lunar month.)

27th  [Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Paris)] and First Sunday of Advent

30th St. Andrew - Apostle

 

DECEMBER

2nd   First Friday of the Month

3rd   First Saturday of the Month

5th
 Ashura  (recalls an event circa 680-OCT-20 CE in Iraq when an army of the Umayyad regime martyred a group of 70 individuals who refused to submit to the Caliph. One of the martyrs was Imam Husain, the youngest grandson of Prophet Muhammad.) (*)

8th   Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady

10th   [Our Lady of Loretto]

12th   Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas)

18th   [Mary's Expectation]

20th  First Day of Chanukah - (Beginning of Festival of Lights) 

25th   Christmas Day  and Feast of Holy Family

26th   St. Stephen - First Martyr

27th   St. John - Apostle and Evangelist 

28th   Feast of the Holy Innocents

31st   Last Day of the Year 2011 plus Silvester I, Pope (1st Pope after the deliverance of Catholic Church to Emperor Constantine)

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