This year’s calendar for 2024 presents the intriguing storytelling art of Sally Wern Comport. Her illustrations of five conversion stories—five transformative encounters with Jesus—call us to reflect more deeply on our own ongoing conversion to Christ. How are we experiencing Christ’s call in this moment of life? The pictures also invite us to learn more about the way the Church welcomes and forms new Catholic Christians through the newly revised Order of Christian Initiation of Adults. Whether you support the conversion process of seekers from the pews by your participation in the rites that take place at Mass, or are actively involved in OCIA in some way, we can all be grateful that this ministry is constantly renewing the Church.
The illustrations of these conversion stories may remind us of various moments in our lives in Christ. At the center of the calendar, Zacchaeus is looking down at Jesus from high up in the tree where he has climbed to get a better look at him. This is the moment he hears Jesus calling him, and when his life is beginning to change forever (Luke 19:1-10). In the four corners we see other people who are being transformed: the woman at the well by conversation (John 4), the man born blind through a healing (John 9:1–12), Mary, Martha, and the crowd who witness the raising of Lazarus (John 11:1–45), and the first disciples as they are called by Jesus (Matthew 4:18–22). Each one hears a call or attracted or compelled in some way.
The circular display of the liturgical year makes its key features easily understandable. We can see at a glance the liturgical seasons in their characteristic colors, Sundays on the outer rim, and the days and weeks radiating from the center.
Use the Year of Grace notebook version in many ways:
- Use as handouts for children and adults in classrooms or in catechetical or formation sessions to teach about the liturgical year
- Give laminated copies to households in the parish and school to use as placemats.
- Along with the poster calendar, post one in every classroom, meeting room, and in the church vestibule to teach about the liturgical year.
- Present to first communicants and Confirmation candidates in preparation sessions.
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