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Holy Days of Obligation

Thursday 9 May
Ascension Day

Sunday 30 June
St Peter & St Paul

Thursday 15 August
The Assumption

Friday 1 November
All Saints

Wednesday 25 December
Christmas Day

Ordinary Weeks of the Year
Before Lent, weeks 1-6
After Pentecost, weeks 7-34


Begins on Ash Wednesday 14 February and is a day of fasting and abstinence. It continues until Holy Thursday on 28 March. Good Friday is on 29 March and is also a day of fasting and abstinence.

Easter Sunday

31 March.

Diocesan Calendar

Thursday 18 April
Dedication of the Cathedral (Feast)

Sunday 1 September
St Giles, Abbot (Memorial)

Wednesday 4 September
St Cuthbert, Bishop (Memorial)

Special Collections

Sunday 10 March

Papal & Episcopal charities (inc. SCIAF)

Sunday 21 April
Ecclesiastical Students’ Fund

Sunday 12 May
Apostolate of Communications

Sunday 16 June
Apostolate of Life

Sunday 30 June
Peter’s Pence

Sunday 20 October

Sunday 24 November
Scot Catholic Education Service

Calendar Proper to Scotland

Thursday 13 January
St Kentigern (Mungo) Bishop (Feast)

Sunday 10 March
St John Ogilvie, Priest and Martyr (Feast)

Sunday 17 March
St Patrick (Feast)

Sunday 9 June
St Columba, Abbot (Feast)

Monday 16 September
St Ninian, Bishop (Feast)

Friday 8 November
Blessed John Duns Scotus (Feast)

Saturday 16 November
St Margaret of Scotland, Secondary Patron (Memorial)

Saturday 30 November
St Andrew, Patron (Solemnity)


The Second Session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops takes place in Rome.

Other Key Dates*

Sunday 7 January
Day of Prayer for Justice & Peace

Thursday 18 January
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday 21 January
Sunday of the Word of God

Friday 2 February
World Day of Consecrated Life

Sunday 11 February
World Day of the Sick

Friday 16 February
Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse

Sunday 7 April
Divine Mercy Sunday

Sunday 21 April
World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Sunday 12 May
World Communications Day

*to June 2024

Information from the Liturgical Calendar for Scotland 2023-24, Burns Publications.