The church marks time in a different way than the rest of the world. The year tells the story of God and is divided into two great cycles: the Cycle of Light and the Cycle of Life. Each cycle contains seasons of preparation, celebration, and service. The first includes Advent, Christmas, and the Sundays after the Epiphany. The second includes Lent, Easter, and the Sundays after Pentecost.
Holy Days include those festivals that punctuate the seasons as well as those that recall the faithful who have walked this way before us.
In every time and place God calls women, men, and children to holiness. This vocation, rooted in our baptism, is the summit of Christ’s work in us. In the commemoration of saints the Church celebrates
Christ’s victory in the lives of particular individuals who have inspired their own and succeeding generations.