How to Easily Add the Catholic Liturgical Calendar to Google Calendar

How to Easily Add the Catholic Liturgical Calendar to Google Calendar

Updated for 2011!

Big thank you to Catholic Faith Education for providing this update on their site: "Very easy to do indeed and in only a few clicks. Note that the Universalis Web site has been redesigned since this blog article was written and the link to the yearly calendar is now situated on the left hand side and not at the top of the page as indicated in the article."

One of the staples of Catholicism is its liturgical calendar. The Catholic liturgical calendar takes us on a journey through the life of Christ, the saints, and the Church every year - and helps to share in the joys and sorrow that are intrinsic to the human experience. Wouldn't it be nice to have access to the liturgical calendar in your Google Calendar without having to input each day yourself? Well it's possible, and very easy!

Universalis Gives You the Liturgical Calendar Online

catholic papal seal for the productive catholic siteProbably the most notable online source for everything liturgical is Universalis.  Universalis offers the Catholic Calendar, daily and Sunday Mass readings, and the Liturgy of the Hours online.  All of the texts are in the New Jerusalem translation, so it's a bit hard to use them in a group if you are in the United States, but the resources offered by Universalis are fantastic for individual use. Of course, the Catholic calendar can be used at anytime by anyone in the United states since there aren't any texts associated with it.

Importing the Liturgical Calendar into GCal with Universalis

Importing the liturgical calendar for 2010 (and any other year) couldn't be easier.  All you have to do is the following:

how to import the catholic liturgical calendar into google calendar

On the top of the site, click on the "Calendar" hyperlink, which will take to to the liturgical calendar page.



bottom of the universalis page where you can import into google calendar

Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on the "Add to Google Calendar" button.


google calendar import warning for the liturgical calendar

You will see a pop up that asks if you are sure that you want to add the calendar.  Press "Yes, add this calendar" (duh).


productive catholic liturgical calendar

That's it!  Now you should have the the Catholic liturgical calendar in your Google Calendar.  You should be able to see it in your shared calendars, and can easily remove or hide it if your calendar gets too cluttered

*Update* Thanks to Rosamundi, here is how you can also get the Catholic Calendar via iCal:

Next to the Google Calendar link there is a link to download in vCalendar/iCal format. Click on that and save it to your computer desktop. I use the Lightning add-on for Thunderbird as my calendar, and I clicked on “File” and chose “import calendar” from the menu. Browse to where you saved the iCalendar file, and it imports.

*One More Update* via Marie and Brito:

Marie:"Oh and I used Safari and I just clicked on the link and it brought me right into iCal."

Brito: Had a hard time since the site has been updated. So here are the links as of 1/2010.

Calender in HTML
http://www.universalis.com/calendar.htm

For Google Calendar:
http://www.google.com/calendar/render?cid=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.universalis.com%2FGeneral%2Fvcalendar.ics

iCal:
http://www.universalis.com/vcalendar.ics

Thanks guys!

Very easy to do indeed and in only a few clicks. Note that the Universalis Web site has been redesigned since this blog article was written and the link to the yearly calendar is now situated on the left hand side and not at the top of the page as indicated in the article.
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31 Comments

  • Gina

    Reply Reply September 6, 2009

    Thank you so much, this was so helpful!! I posted your link on my FB page and I'll be passing thre link on to all of the moms on my Catholic Mom's Group! As a convert Catholic, its hard to keep track of Feast Days...not anymore! Thanks so much and God bless!

  • Dean Soto

    Reply Reply September 7, 2009

    You are welcome Gina! I am so glad that it was helpful! Let me know if there is anything else hard to keep track of and I'll find an easy way of doing it. Oh, and by the way, welcome home!

  • Mary Beth

    Reply Reply October 15, 2009

    Thank you for your easy instructions. Since I already use Universalis every day, it was easy enough to do- I had just not paid attention to the Google button at the bottom of the page. (You were the first site that popped up under my query "Google Catholic Calendars". THANK YOU and God bless!Mary Beth Ohio

  • Dean Soto

    Reply Reply October 15, 2009

    Hi Mary Beth! You are welcome! Yeah, I felt like I was kind of cheating when I wrote this post because Universalis made it so darn easy. But, their placement of the button to do so was so hidden, that it most people (including me) didn't know about it. I love Universalis, but not having to go to their site to view the Catholic Calendar everyday is great.Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comment! God bless! =)

  • Name

    Reply Reply October 25, 2009

    Thanks for this tip!!

  • Dean Soto

    Reply Reply October 25, 2009

    No problem! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mary Kay

    Reply Reply December 6, 2009

    thank you! So helpful!

  • Matthew Warner

    Reply Reply January 15, 2010

    Great stuff! Thanks so much!

  • Marie

    Reply Reply January 15, 2010

    Anyone know of a way to add one to iCal?

  • rosamundi

    Reply Reply January 15, 2010

    Marie, next to the Google Calendar link there is a link to download in vCalendar/iCal format. Click on that and save it to your computer desktop. I use the Lightning add-on for Thunderbird as my calendar, and I clicked on "File" and chose "import calendar" from the menu. Browse to where you saved the iCalendar file, and it imports.

    • Dean Soto

      Reply Reply January 15, 2010

      Awesome. Thanks for the iCal hack. I will update the post with it and a link to your site tonight! God Bless!

    • Marie

      Reply Reply January 19, 2010

      Sweet! Just found this & posted it on Twitter. I know there's some Mac using Catholics who'd want to know this.

      Oh and I used Safari and I just clicked on the link and it brought me right into iCal.

  • Brito

    Reply Reply January 27, 2010

    Had a hard time since the site has been updated. So here are the links as of 1/2010.

    Calender in HTML
    http://www.universalis.com/calendar.htm

    For Google Calendar:
    http://www.google.com/calendar/render?cid=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.universalis.com%2FGeneral%2Fvcalendar.ics

    iCal:
    http://www.universalis.com/vcalendar.ics

    • Dean Soto

      Reply Reply January 27, 2010

      Awesome man, thanks! I posted your links!

    • Rich

      Reply Reply November 4, 2012

      Brito,

      Thank you for posting these links. Using the google calendar link made this very simple to add to my google calendar. Then it was a simple matter of selecting a checkbox to sync it to the android phone calendar.

      Thanks!

  • Sean McGaughey

    Reply Reply February 13, 2010

    Hi Dean: Today I was working on adding an event calendar on my Catholic Roundup site. I'm also working on a site for my Knights of Columbus council. This tutorial was just the ticket for what I was doing.

  • Rose Paz Wierenga

    Reply Reply February 17, 2010

    Thank you! This is very useful!

  • Rayy0

    Reply Reply August 18, 2010

    Thanks this helps alot lord willing google will catch on as well :-)

    • Dean Soto

      Reply Reply August 24, 2010

      You are welcome! thanks for visiting. I WISH Google were a Catholic company lol.

  • Sue

    Reply Reply June 2, 2011

    Great tip thanks! Can you tell me if there is a way to post prayers on my calendar as it syncs with my phone. I am looking for reminders to pray at specific hours like the Angelus, the Divine Mercy, certain psalms throughout the day, etc....

    • Dean Soto

      Reply Reply June 3, 2011

      No problem!! Do you mean that you'd like to use your google calendar to create prayer events with reminders and sync them with your phone? What kind of phone do you have?

      Easy way to sync anything on your google calendar with you phone is to go here: http://www.google.com/mobile/sync/

      I would just create events that correspond to the prayers you want to do during the day. =)

  • henry b. hisona

    Reply Reply July 5, 2011

    i do hope it will bring us good.

    • henry b. hisona

      Reply Reply July 5, 2011

      can your site be kind enough to provide to provide calendar of the day for roman catholic?

      • deansoto

        Reply Reply July 27, 2011

        Hi Henry,

        Do you mean to have a calendar on this actual site? =)

        Dean

  • Jackie

    Reply Reply September 16, 2011

    Any tips for those who use a yahoo calendar???

    Many thanks!
    Jackie

    • Dean Soto

      Reply Reply September 22, 2011

      Hi Jackie!

      Thanks for the comment! There is an iCal option on the page that lets you add the liturgical calendar to any calendar that uses iCal. That's what I would use. =)

      You may have to copy the link and add it to the yahoo calendar manually.

      Dean

  • Grant

    Reply Reply November 29, 2011

    That's a nice service Universalis has provided, but I can't imagine stumbling on it if it weren't for you posting these instructions. Thanks!

  • J Ortiz

    Reply Reply February 8, 2012

    Calendar does not go farther than 2013.

  • Paul J.

    Reply Reply May 16, 2012

    To add to iCal with iCloud:
    1) Open iCal on Mac. Click on FILE then NEW CALENDAR and choose iCloud.
    2) Then name the calendar (i.e., Catholic Liturgical Cal) and choose a color
    3) Go to the universals website. Click on YEARLY CALENDAR on the left side menu. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Download in vCalendar/iCal format." If using Safari, this will open up the file.
    4) It will give you the option to add the calendar to an existing calendar. Choose the new calendar you just created.

    Now you have a Catholic liturgical calendar with iCloud and thus synced to all your devices.

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