Choosing a Catholic Calendar
Choosing a Catholic Calendar
We all need to keep track of dates and appointments somehow; why not do so with a Catholic calendar? Aside from being a great organizational tool, Catholic calendars have the benefit of adding both beautiful Catholic imagery and information and a listing of important Catholic feast days – which are missing from many secular calendar options – to your planning and date keeping practices. Aquinas and More is excited to offer you great organizational products with a Catholic theme; with a variety of styles and features, there is sure to be a calendar that fits your specific needs.
Aquinas and More’s selection of Catholic wall calendars are primarily designed to serve the functions of keeping track of the dates of the month and holy days, providing some Catholic information and beautiful art, and being a place to jot down a few important personal dates, such as birthdays and anniversaries. The calendar grids on our Catholic wall calendars are chock full of Catholic dates and feast day information. There is some space for writing down little bits of information like “Mom’s Birthday,” “First day of school,” or “Leaving for vacation.” However, the grid is a standard size, not over-sized, grid, so if you are in need of something to write down daily appointments or tasks, you may be interested in also purchasing a desk or pocket planner (for more information, see below).
The Mary and the Saints Calendar measures approximately 8 ½” by 11” closed, or approximately 17” by 11” when open and hung on the wall. The Mary and the Saints calendar features a different, beautiful color image of Our Lady for each of the 12 months of the year, paired side by side with concise, informative “mini articles” on the Blessed Virgin, such as “The Holy Family in Nazareth,” and “The Queenship of Our Lady.” The Marian calendar also contains a section in the back with a guide to praying the rosary and some other favorite Catholic prayers. The calendar grid on the Mary and the Saints calendars contain all sorts of information for Catholics including saints days (marked whether it is from the new or traditional calendar or is a historical feast, and with the saint’s patronage in some cases), the Sundays of the liturgical year (ordinary time, Pentecost, Advent, etc), holy days of obligation and days of fast or abstinence. It also includes official U.S. holidays.
The God’s Universe calendar is a large sized (12” by 12” when closed) calendar of beauty. Simply graceful, each month an incredible image from the Hubble telescope is paired with a quote on science and God from some of the finest scientific minds in history. This calendar is more basic; it does not have the extra information regarding all the feast days of the saints so it can be easier to use for writing down important dates without getting overly cluttered.
The Beauty of Grace Calendar of Indulgences wall calendar is more than a calendar – it is also a devotional tool. This calendar contains information on what indulgences are, as well as month by month guides for prayer and how to obtain indulgences. All major feast days and Holy days of obligation are listed, as well as a guide as to when to fast or abstain from meat. Each month includes an inspirational Catholic image as well as a mini-article on basic defense of the faith – one topic per month. Since this calendar is large sized (12” by 12” when closed) there is more space for recording information than in the smaller Divine Mercy and Mary and the Saints calendars but if you require a resource to organize daily tasks, you will want to continue reading to learn about our desk calendars.
Desk Calendars and Catholic Planners
For the Catholic who is looking for more organizational capacity than is available in a basic wall calendar, a Catholic desk planner/calendar is the perfect choice:
- Basic Planners: The Keys to Grace Planner and Illustrated Saints Calendar are perfect for everyday use in the home, office, and for busy college students. Both are spiral bound, approximately 9” by 6,” and feature a one-week-per-two-pages format. They include pertinent Catholic information such as feast days, holy days of obligation, and notes on when to fast and abstain from meat. The sections allotted for each day allow plenty of room for jotting down appointments, birthdays, events, tasks, homework assignments or whatever you need to record and keep organized. The Keys to Grace Planner features lined pages. The Saints Calendar is unlined. The Keys to Grace Planner includes, like the Beauty of Grace wall calendar, a month by month guide to obtaining indulgences. The Illustrated Saints Calendar features short biographies of various saints, as well as beautiful black and white images of the Saints each week.
- Ecumenical and Liturgical Desk Calendars: Ideal for Deacons, Priests, and pastoral administrators and directors, Aquinas and More is pleased to offer the Word and Worship desk calendar. The calendar is roughly the size of a typical notebook and is spiral bound. Aside from feast days and holidays, it also include information such as the scripture references for the readings for each day. The Word and Worship Calendar also includes a daily suggestion for bible enrichment.The desk calendars utilizes the two-pages-per-one-week format and each day has a section for a.m. and p.m. Although the appointment calendar is tailored for parish use, it can be used by anyone. The section for writing down daily appointments is a bit larger than in the basic calendars (above). Anyone who needs the additional space for daily tasks and the a.m./p.m. designations, but still wants to stick with a Catholic planner would benefit from this one.
We are also pleased to offer a beautifully bound ecumenical Liturgical Desk Calendar. This is an easy-to-use two-pages-per-one-week style calendar measuring 6 ½” by 9 ½”. It includes not only Catholic Holy days and U.S. and Canadian Civic holidays, but also lists Protestant, Orthodox, and Jewish holy days. This ecumenical feature makes it ideal for use in multi-faith environments such as military bases, airports, hospitals, and universities.
- Pocket Catholic Calendars: The pocket or checkbook style calendars are great for tucking into purses, briefcases, backpacks and other places where a full size desk calendar might be impractical. They measure about 6” by 3” and are available with a variety of beautiful Catholic art images on the cover. They list all major feast days and holy days of obligation, but do not list all the smaller feast days as a wall calendar such as the Beauty of Grace Wall Calendar does. They feature the two-page-per-one-week format, but being much smaller than the full size desk calendars, they do not have quite as much space for writing down daily tasks. The handy size makes these pocket planners ideal for use in keeping track of important dates, scheduling lunch dates, doctor’s appointments and other such tasks. The compact planner would probably work well for a middle school or high school student to keep track of assignments, due dates, and school events, but a college student would probably benefit more from the larger desk size planner.
- Perpetual Calendars: Perpetual Desk Calendars are intended for devotional use, not as an organizational tool. They are compact, perennial calendars that include an inspirational message or passage from scripture for each day. They include the date of the month (January 1st, etc) but not the day of the week so that they can be used over and over or passed on to a friend or loved one you want to share the inspirational messages with. These perpetual calendars are ideal to place on your desk at work or at home, so that you can begin the day by taking a moment to reflect on the words of Christ, a saint, or other holy person.
Year of Grace Circular Liturgical Calendar
The Year of Grace Circular Liturgical Calendar (available either as a wall poster or in notebook size) is great as a teaching tool whether in the parish, the classroom, or in the home. The months are designated, but the circular format emphasizes the importance of the liturgical year. Different colors denote the different church seasons, and solemnities, feasts, fast days, and memorials of the saints are marked.