Catholic Liturgical Calendars help engage you in the spiritual life of the Church

Snow is falling in the northeast and, can you believe it? Time for a new liturgical calendar for your phone or tablet. The start of a new liturgical year is always the first Sunday of Advent which falls on December 2 this year in the Roman Catholic calendar. If you’d like a liturgical calendar to help you engage in the life of the Church a little bit more, take a look at what the digital Catholic world offers!

We will look at two formats of Liturgical Roman Catholic Calendars

  • regular Digital to add to your device’s calendar 
  • built within an App on your device

Not Roman Catholic but another Rite? See iCal below.

A note of caution: As with all liturgical calendars, many variations unique to your country/diocese may not be taken into account in these digital versions. Updates may lag. Errors are common. It is a good idea to double-check with the official liturgical calendar of your country (Here’s the USA’s). But remember that your diocese will have variations as well.

Both Ordinary and Extraordinary (traditional 1962) Roman Calendars are included in our listing.

If you just want to add a Roman Catholic Liturgical calendar (biased to America) to your Google or iCal calendar, click one of these links courtesy of Universalis web site:

Google Calendar 

iCal Calendar

The year’s liturgical calendar will automatically download and should automatically open your device’s calendar with a message verifying you want to download the year’s calendar. Approve this, and the calendar will automatically load. On mobile devices, you will be shown each day as an “event” to load. Approve all, and the entire year’s calendar of events loads. Within the calendar “event” each day, a link is provided for you to the Universalis web site which you can open to see the color of the day and other specific information for the day (linked in that page).

e-Ordo ($19.95/year) This is an electronic Roman Catholic Liturgical calendar for the United States  that can be imported into most digital calendars and platforms (PC, Mac, smartphones, and tablets) delivered via .zip file. Just download, extract the files, and import to your calendar application of choice. Purchase direct from their web site. December 2, 2018 through November 24, 2019. English language.  As with a printed Ordo, you get:

• colors
• seasons
• feasts, solemnities, memorials and optional memorials
• all readings and alternative readings are listed for every day of the week
• information about the Liturgy of the Hours.
• the designation as to whether or not the Creed and/or the Gloria are said.

You can edit local variants to the universal liturgical calendar after it is imported.

Variety of Catholic Calendars at  iCal share (free annual subscription). If your calendar app supports iCal, these calendars will import by superimposing their events into your calendar. Go to their web site linked above and choose the category you’re interested in or just type “Catholic” in search. Examples of what you will find: liturgical calendars for different Catholic Rites and for various religious orders. Roman Catholic Calendars include a light version that only includes Sundays, major feasts and solemnities, and a Traditional Roman Catholic Calendar according to the 1962 Missal for both Mass and the Breviary. You have to re-subscribe each year by going back to the site and downloading the next year’s calendar.

We offer two popular U.S. Calendars below from iCal for your convenience.

Roman Catholic Calendar for iCal–(free annual subscription)  A Roman Catholic calendar of feast days, memorials, solemnities and holy days of obligation (United States). Includes links to find out more about saints and feast days of the Church. Very easy to download and install especially if you use iCloud.

Roman Catholic Calendar 1962

From developers: This calendar contains the feast days of the General Roman Calendar as it was in 1962, following the reforms that Pope John XXIII introduced with his motu proprio Rubricarum instructum of 23 July 1960. The 1962 edition of the Roman Missal was authorized as an “extraordinary form of the Roman Rite” by the 7 July 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI.

Apps containing Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar

Universalis ($13.33) Apple (including Apple Watch!), Android — Roman Calendar, Liturgy of the Hours, Roman Missal (English 3rd Edition), Saint of the Day, and more! For other platforms, you can go to their web site where they suggest setting up the daily email service, or  creating your own e-book of their extensive offerings to read on your device. Of course, you can view everything on line for free; it is set up for mobile viewing. Once you download the App, you get it all forever–equivalent of 5,000 pages! And this one-time subscription covers all your devices. YOU GET… liturgical calendar for every year from 1970 to 2300 and beyond. Feasts and celebrations according to the General Calendar and the local calendars of the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Ireland, and others. Also features “About Today” pages giving more information about the saint of the day.


iPieta.($2.99) Full version for Apple | Android  versions split up into several lite apps. TWO liturgical calendars are offered: the Ordinary Roman Calendar and also Extraordinary Roman Calendar (1962). This major app is loaded with so much more! It is a valuable addition to your mobile device.


Laudate  (Free) Apple and AndroidKindle Fire This probably is the #1 free Catholic app because it is the most comprehensive with many resources packed into a scrolling list on the home page. Among other resources, it offers a Roman Catholic liturgical calendar with the most basic information for the day. Available in English, Español, Português, Italiano, Bahasa and Polski, Slovenian. This is one of our recommended essential apps for your mobile device.


Liturgical Calendar Android only (free) While not a thing of beauty, this app form of the Liturgical Calendar contains all the basic information you need each day–season, holy day, feast, saint, liturgical color. Get calendar dates of the seasons, holy days and liturgical feasts. The Liturgical Calendar application is in English language. Developer has stated for quite some time that multiple languages will be added and published in the future. Video promoting this app here.

Catholic Liturgical Calendar (Free) Android only. Here’s a basic calendar app that one of our Catholic APPtitude members shared. If you’re looking for a stand-alone simplified calendar with daily Mass readings and a go-to listing of the seasons and holy days, this is for you. Readings are offered on background colors that correspond with the liturgical color of the day. Great idea, but it makes for difficult reading, especially in red. Additional offerings include the order of Mass, popular prayers, holy days listing, liturgical seasons listing.

iMissal ($4.99)  Apple | Android | Blackberry | Kindle Fire | Windows Phone version is $6.99. Contains a Roman Catholic liturgical calendar with bias to American calendar. It opens up to the correct day so you don’t have to hunt, and it offers information like color of the day, designations of Feast or Solemnity etc, and saint(s) of the day. Just enough information for general information, but offers no variants for dioceses, archdioceses.


Saint of the Day ($2.99) Apple  St. Anthony Messenger’s most popular Web feature since 1997 is now available as an iPhone app! Saint of the Day allows you to carry the wisdom of the saints with you everywhere you go. SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio option included; Saints for every day of the year; Revised and updated to include both new and classic saints; Extensive searchable database (by saint or cause); List of patron saints; Interactive calendar


The Proper Calendar for the United States of America in pdf format from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is at this link. Spanish liturgical titles for seasons and Proper of Saints along with patronal feasts for various South American countries are listed.

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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website,, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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