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A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year

Various authors including Kathy Coffey and Donna M. Crilly

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Companion to the Calendar, Second Edition is your guide to the Catholic observances of the liturgical seasons and times, the saints, and popular devotions. Through the explanations in this resource, parish catechists, teachers in Catholic schools, those who prepare the liturgy, and the Catholic faithful will discover how the mystery of Christ is revealed to us throughout the Catholic liturgical year and all of the observations which fill our days.

This resource includes:

  • •   Theological and historical reflections on the liturgical seasons and times
  • •   Biographies of the saints and blesseds on the liturgical calendars for the United States of America and Canada
  • •   Biographies of Americans declared venerable whose beatification is still pending
  • •   Additional biographies of popular saints venerated and honored by particular cultures and regions
  • •   Explanations of popular Catholic devotions that are celebrated seasonally or on assigned dates
  • •   Other Catholic observances that occur throughout the year such as Catholic Schools Week, Respect Life Sunday, and Vocation Awareness Week

In addition to the commentaries surrounding Catholic liturgical and devotional lives, this resource includes information about:

  • •   Civic holidays in the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, and Australia
  • •   Orthodox Christianity
  • •   Jewish and Islamic celebrations

Kathy Coffey, Donna M. Crilly, Mary G. Fox, Mary Ellen Hynes, Julie M. Krakora, Corinna Laughlin, and Robert C. Rabe contributed to this resource.

“This book invites our full and active participation in one of the most essential liturgical traditions of the Church: the marking of time. It both forms and informs readers in faith as it invites us to explore the liturgical year while bringing the wisdom of the tradition in conversation with our global culture.”

—Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, PhD,
Assistant Professor of Liturgy, Catechesis and Evangelization,
Loyola University New Orleans


“A great resource and a must have on the bookshelf of every catechist...This brief but detailed explanation of the liturgical times, various saints and the glimpse into Orthodox, Jewish, and Islamic Days, allows this book to great reference for those who want to better understand the Catholic calendar or who are in the position of educating others. A great resource of information that can be incorporated in any lesson plan for all ages.”

—Giuseppina M. Pignato,
Catechist, St. Anne Parish, Oswego, IL