National Calendar 2023

Readings: Sundays Year A    Weekdays Year I

Mary, Holy Mother of God

1 Jan

World Day of Peace


8 Jan

Mass celebrated at Totara Point to mark anniversary of first Mass in New Zealand by Bishop Pompallier on Jan 13 1838

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

22 Jan

Word of God Sunday


2 Feb

Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

Waitangi Day

6 Feb


Our Lady of Lourdes

11 Feb

World Day of Prayer for the Sick


12 Feb

World Marriage Day (Marriage Encounter)

Ash Wednesday

22 Feb


1st Friday of Lent

24 Feb

Day of Prayer and Penance for Victims of Abuse and Violence


5 Mar

Day of Prayer for all Children – Te Rā o Ngā Tamariki / Children's Day (NZ)


13 Mar

Anniversary of Election of Pope Francis


25 Mar

Day of Prayer for Family Life

Good Friday

7 Apr

Collection for the Holy Places

Easter Sunday

9 Apr

Sunday of the Resurrection


25 Apr National Day of Remembrance

St Peter Chanel

28 Apr

Proto-martyr of Oceania – Patron Saint of Oceania

4th Sunday in Easter Time

30 Apr

Day of Prayer for Vocations - Seminary Collection


30 Apr – 6 May

National Vocations Awareness Week

 Ascension Sunday

21 May

World Communications Day


21 – 28 May

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Pentecost Sunday

28 May


Trinity Sunday

4 Jun


Corpus Christi

8 Jun

The Holy Body and Blood of Christ


18 Jun Day of Prayer for Refugees & Migrants


2 Jul

Peter’s Pence Collection


9 Jul

Day of Prayer for Seafarers

 4th Sunday in July

23 July

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

15 Aug

Patronal Feast for New Zealand


1 Sep

Day of Prayer for Care of Creation


3 – 9 Sep

Social Justice Week


1 Oct

Day of Celebration for Venerable Suzanne Aubert


8 Oct

Support Life Sunday


29 Oct

World Mission Sunday (22 Oct) - Collection (29 Oct)

 All Saints Day

1 Nov


All Souls’ Day

2 Nov

Commemoration of all the Faithful departed


19 Nov

World Day of the Poor – Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Mass

Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

26 Nov

World Youth Day

1st Sunday of Advent

3 Dec

Sundays Year B; Weekdays Year II

Christmas Day

25 Dec



Note: When a Day of Prayer (listed in the right-hand column) falls on a Sunday or coincides with a Feast Day, it may be sufficient to offer a simple remembrance in the introduction to the Mass or a brief mention in the homily or in the Prayer of the Faithful. “Local” days are indicated in italics.

NZ Catholic Bishops Conference

Meeting Dates

22 – 23 Feb


7 – 11 May

NZCBC (Auckland)

31 Aug – 1 Sep

NZCBC (Wellington)

5 – 9 Nov

NZCBC (Wellington)



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