National Calendar 2024

Readings: Sundays Year B    Weekdays Year II

Mary, Holy Mother of God

1 Jan

World Day of Peace


14 Jan

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

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

21 Jan

Word of God Sunday


2 Feb

Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

Waitangi Day

6 Feb



11 Feb

World Day of Prayer for the Sick


13 Feb

World Marriage Day (Marriage Encounter)

Ash Wednesday

14 Feb


1st Friday of Lent

16 Feb

Day of Prayer and Penance for Victims of Abuse and Violence


3 Mar

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


13 Mar

Anniversary of Election of Pope Francis

Good Friday

29 Mar

Collection for the Holy Places

Easter Sunday

31 Mar

Sunday of the Resurrection


8 Apr

Day of Prayer for Family Life (Celebrated this day in place of 25 March which falls in Holy Week this year.)

4th Sunday in Easter Time



21 April Day of Prayer for Vocations - Seminary Collection

Anzac Day

25 Apr

National Day of Remembrance


St Peter Chanel

29 Apr

Proto-martyr of Oceania – Patron Saint of Oceania


28 Apr – 4 May

National Vocations Awareness Week

 Ascension Sunday

12 May

World Communications Day


12 – 19 May

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Pentecost Sunday

19 May


Trinity Sunday

26 May


Corpus Christi

2 Jun

The Holy Body and Blood of Christ


23 Jun Day of Prayer for Refugees & Migrants


30 Jun

Peter’s Pence Collection


14 Jul

Day of Prayer for Seafarers

 4th Sunday in July

28 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


8 –14 Sep

Social Justice Week


6 Oct

Day of Celebration for Venerable Suzanne Aubert


13 Oct

Day of Prayer to Support Life


29 Oct

World Mission Sunday-Collection

 All Saints Day

1 Nov


All Souls’ Day

2 Nov

Commemoration of all the Faithful departed


17 Nov

World Day of the Poor – Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Mass

Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

24 Nov

World Youth Day

1st Sunday of Advent

1 Dec

Sundays Year C; Weekdays Year I

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

20 – 21 Feb

NZCBC (Wellington)

28 Apr – 2 May

NZCBC (Dunedin)

3 – 4 Sep

NZCBC (Wellington)

10 – 14 Nov

NZCBC (Wellington)



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