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
Probably 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:
On the top of the site, click on the “Calendar” hyperlink, which will take to to the liturgical calendar page.
Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on the “Add to Google Calendar” button.
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).
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