Here is a rule for everyday life: Do not do anything which you cannot offer to God. ~ St. Jean Marie Vianney
We follow the Traditional Calendar of the Extraordinary Form so it can be a challenge to find printables and other resources to correspond. I will usually make our own supplements if needed but time is hard to come by these days. To my delight, Crusaders for Christ offers a number of traditional Catholic printables.
In the post-Vatican II liturgy (Ordinary Form), a revised liturgical calendar was created. Certain feast days previously celebrated were removed from the calendar and some liturgical seasons were excised (i.e. the season of Septuagesmia, which is the pre-Lenten season). A restructuring of the readings of Mass was accomplished, creating a three-year cycle of readings for Sundays and a two-year cycle of readings for weekdays. In the celebration of the Extraordinary Form, however, the liturgical calendar of feasts is according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. Maintaining the one-year cycle of readings and propers that was organized by Pope St. Gregory the Great in the 6th century, the Traditional Latin Mass clings to the ancient traditions of the Roman Church.
Catholic Student Planners by Crusaders for Christ
We use Crusaders for Christ Student Planner for our children grades 5 and up. They provide a beautiful free printable with gorgeous images of the saints. It is not a true Liturgical Calendar but it does list saints included in the St. Andrew Daily Missal, Imprimatur 1951 and Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, Imprimatur 1925. They include text from Fr. Lasance’s The Catholic Girls Guide, The Young Man’s Guide, and My Prayer Book (Imprimaturs 1905 and 1950 respectively).
This year my children helped to customize their planner covers. They used an image of their patron saint provided by Catholic Saints Online for the front and saint info for the back cover. My boys used Altar Boy responses or images for their back covers, Server’s Cheat Sheet provided by Sancta Missa.
The planners can be inserted into a binder or bound with a spiral/comb binder. We have done both but opted for a comb bound planner this year. I have found that my children use what they create so whatever you decide, it helps to have the child be a part of the process.
What do you use for school planners? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to see your creations, be certain to share a picture and feel free to tag me on IG @joyfilledfamily .
Below are additional resources for a student planner and digital Liturgical Calendar.
- Digital Liturgical Calendar – Digital download, ready to be used in your Outlook, Google Calendar, Mac Calendar and more! This calendar contains all the same information as our standard calendar, but with the added benefit of a short explanation of that day’s feast or saint! Start your day at your desk – or on your phone – with the Church’s teaching. It’s well worth the price of $2.50.
- Digital Liturgical Calendar 1962 — If you use Google Calendar, you can add the 1962 liturgical calendar by going to this link and clicking on the “+” sign in the bottom right corner (it will say “Add to Calendar” when you mouse over it). This will populate all of the 1962 feast days to your Google Calendar, which you can sync with your smartphone calendar. FREE
- Saints Calendar & 16 Month Daily Planner Spiral Bound – This is our favorite printable calendar/planner. I keep one at home for daily reference and Dad keeps one at work. TAN calendars contain special feasts and fascinating Catholic traditions. They are marked with days of Fasting, special Saints Days, and the Sundays of the Liturgical Year for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Calendar. $16.95
- Catholic Planner Academic Edition – This is for those that follow the Novos Ordo Calendar. FREE
- Student Planner Prayers – A list of prayers that I’ve included in our planners this year.
- Catholic Planner Pinterest Board
- Planner Covers – These are to be used for personal use only.