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Catholic Culture Liturgical Living

October 2022 — Overview for the Month

by Catholic Culture Staff


The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7.


October 18
St. Luke

St. Luke was a physician from Antioch and a disciple of St. Paul. He is the author of the third Gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles. In his Gospel he highlights the universality of salvation.

Recipe of the Month

Paella is a delicious, typical Spanish dish which has literally hundreds of ways to be prepared. Try making a version of this recipe in honor of the Spanish saint, Teresa of Avila, whose feast is October 15.

Activity of the Month
Sacrifice Beads

As a child, St. Thérèse the Little Flower had “sacrifice beads,” which were a small string of beads to help her count the “presents” she offered to God. Each time she would make a sacrifice such as letting someone else have their way, St. Therese would secretly reach into her pocket and “pull a bead” to Jesus on the Crucifix. Find out more about the sacrifice beads and implement the practice in the family.


St. Jude

The sailing vessel here represents the Church, which St. Jude (also known as Thaddeus or Lebbaeus) carried to many ports as he journeyed as a missionary.

St. Simon

The companion of St. Jude on many missionary journeys, St. Simon was known as a great fisher of men through the power of the Gospel.

St. Francis

St. Francis, the father of the Franciscan Order, for two years before his death bore the marks of the Lord's Passion upon his hands, feet and side. The tears on the cross represent the marks of the stigmata.

St. Ignatius of Antioch

A convert of St. John, reputedly consecrated Bishop of Antioch by St. Peter, St. Ignatius was an important link between the first and second centuries of the Church. He was the writer of seven epistles as he proceeded to his martyrdom when condemned by Trajan.

Thou, O daughter, art blessed of the Lord, for through thee have we been made partakers of the fruit of life.

Publisher & Date

Catholic Culture, June 17, 2021

October falls during the liturgical season known as Tempus per Annum or Ordinary Time (formerly Time After Pentecost), which is represented by the liturgical color green. Green is a symbol of hope, as it is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. The liturgical color green is worn during the praying of Offices and celebration of Masses of Ordinary Time.

The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of October 2022

For a Church open to everyone: We pray for the Church; ever faithful to, and courageous in preaching the Gospel, may the Church be a community of solidarity, fraternity and welcome, always living in an atmosphere of synodality. (See also

Feasts for October

1. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Memorial
2. Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
4. Francis of Assisi, Memorial
5. Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos; St. Faustina Kowalska, Opt. Mem.
6. Bruno; Bl. Marie Rose Durocher (USA), Opt. Mem.
7. Our Lady of the Rosary, Memorial
9. Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
11. St. John XXIII, Opt. Mem.
14. Callistus I, Opt. Mem.
15. Teresa of Jesus, Memorial
16. Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
17. Ignatius of Antioch, Memorial
18. Luke, Evangelist, Feast
19. John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and Companions (USA), Memorial
20. Paul of the Cross, Opt. Mem.
22. John Paul II, Opt. Mem.
23. Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
24. Anthony Claret, Opt. Mem.
28. Simon & Jude, Apostles, Feast
30. Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday

Focus of the Liturgy

The Gospels for the Sundays in October 2022 are taken from St. Luke from Year C, Weekdays follow Cycle II.

October 2nd
27th Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Jesus says "We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do."

October 9th
28th Sunday
in Ordinary Time

This Gospel tells of Jesus healing the ten lepers.

October 16th
29th Sunday
in Ordinary Time

The Gospel tells the parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge.

October 23rd
30th Sunday
in Ordinary Time

The Gospel tells the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector.

October 30th
31st Sunday
in Ordinary Time

The Gospel relates the story of Jesus meeting with Zacchaeus.

Highlights of the Month

October, as in all of Tempus per Annum, or Ordinary Time (formerly known as Time After Pentecost), the Liturgy does not focus on one particular mystery of Christ, but views the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. We follow the life of Christ through the Gospels, and focus on the teachings and parables of Jesus and what it means for each of us to be a follower of Christ.

This month the main liturgical feasts are St. Thérèse (October 1),
St. Francis of Assisi (October 4),
St. Faustina (October 5),
St. Bruno (October 6),
Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7),
St. John XXIII (October 11),
St. Callistus I (October 14),
St. Teresa of Jesus (October 15),
St. Ignatius of Antioch (October 17),
St. Luke (October 18),
Sts. John de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, and Companions (October 19),
St. Paul of the Cross (October 20),
St. John Paul II (October 22),
St. Anthony Mary Claret (October 24), and
Sts. Simon and Jude (October 28).

The memorial of the Guardian Angels (October 17) and optional memorials of St. Denis, St. John Leonardi and St. John Henry Newman (October 9), Sts. Hedwig and Margaret Mary Alocoque (October 16), St. John Capistrano (October 23) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.

Autumn Festivities

October usually is an enjoyable time of the year in the United States. The autumn season manifests itself with wonderful fall foliage in many parts of the country. The temperatures are cooler, inviting people outdoors for nature walks, apple or pumpkin picking. School routines are more established and football season is in full swing. The celebrations of the Church for the month of October are also wonderful and unique. The feasts of some of the most popular saints of the universal Church are celebrated during this month: St. Therese the Little Flower (France), St. Francis of Assisi (Italy) and St. Teresa of Avila (Spain). These saints come from different countries, and in honoring these saints we can include cultural dishes or activities from each country to make the feastday even more special. Read more about the lives of these saints. Perhaps the family can pick one virtue that each saint practiced well and try to implement it.

The feasts in October also include two of the most popular, time-honored devotions of Catholics, the devotion to the Holy Rosary (October 7) and the Guardian Angels (October 2). In October 2002 our Holy Father John Paul II wrote the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (the Rosary of the Virgin Mary)."

This letter introduced five new mysteries, called the Luminous or Mysteries of Light, which are (1) Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan, (2) Jesus' self manifestation at the wedding of Cana, (3) Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with the call to conversion, (4) the Transfiguration, and (5) the Institution of the Eucharist. Try to make a more concerted effort to pray the Rosary together as a family during the month of October, read the Apostolic Letter to understand the beauty of this devotion more deeply, and pray the Luminous mysteries.

Every person has a guardian angel assigned to them, and October 2 the Church celebrates the role of these Guardian Angels. We should show devout gratitude to God for placing these angels at our service. Having a guardian should give us confidence during all of life's difficulties. Every Catholic should know the Angele Dei (Angel of God) prayer and pray it often. The Directory on Popular Piety suggests that families pray it at morning and evening prayers or after the Angelus.

All Hallows' Eve or Halloween heralds the month of November with emphasis on the Communion of Saints, especially the Church Suffering (the Poor Souls in Purgatory) and the second coming of Christ or Parousia. This last day of October on the secular calendar is second only to Christmas in commercial preparations. The secular festivities center on ghouls, witches and devils, but the Christian counterpart focuses on the communion of saints and the Last Things. As Christians living a "Catholic Culture", we can try to explore the Christian roots of the Halloween festivities.

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