Start 2023 strong by committing to grow in your Catholic faith and answering the call to be devoted to daily prayer. Our Catholic Guide to 2023 will lead you with the quotes, monthly devotions, and intentions to help you stay motivated each month of the year. Save or print this article so that you can reference it often throughout the year.
January | The Holy Name Of Jesus
“God freely created us that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever. God’s purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth, so that we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with him in heaven.”— St. Ignatius Loyola
The Holy Father’s Intention for January is for Educators: We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.
Holy Days: January 1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
February |Holy Family
Must you continue to be your own cross? No matter which way God leads you, you change everything into bitterness by constantly brooding over everything. For the love of God replace all this self-scrutiny with a pure and simple glance at God’s goodness.—St. Jane Frances de Chantal
The Holy Father’s Intention for February is for Parishes: We pray that parishes, placing communion at the centre, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.
Notable Days in February: Ash Wednesday | February 22
March | St. Joseph
Lenten practices of giving up pleasures are good reminders that the purpose of life is not pleasure.– Venerable Fulton Sheen
The Holy Father’s Intention for March is for victims of abuse: We pray for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering.
Notable Days in March: The Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord | March 25
April | The Blessed Sacrament and The Holy Spirit
“Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered… God exists: that is the real message of Easter.”– Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
The Holy Father’s Intention for April is for a culture of peace and non violence: We pray for the spread of peace and non violence, by decreasing the use of weapons by States and citizens.
Notable Days in April: Holy Week begins April 2 | Easter Sunday is April 8
May | The Blessed Virgin Mary
To petition Our Blessed Lady in our most urgent need, repeat, after the fashion of the Rosary, “Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me.”– St. Philip Neri
The Holy Father’s Intention for May is for church movements and groups: We pray that Church movements and groups may rediscover their mission of evangelization each day, placing their own charisms at the service of needs in the world.
Holy Days in May: The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord is May 21 and Pentecost is May 28.
June | The Sacred Heart Of Jesus
Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy.– St. Teresa of Calcutta
The Holy Father’s Intention for June is for the abolition of torture: We pray that the international community may commit in a concrete way to ensuring the abolition of torture and guarantee support to victims and their families.
Notable Days in June: The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is June 24 and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is June 25.
July | The Precious Blood
When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. This is the prayer: ‘O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.’ ”— St. Faustina Kowalska
The Holy Father’s Intention for July is for a Eucharistic life: We pray that Catholics may place the celebration of the Eucharist at the heart of their lives, transforming human relationships in a very deep way and opening to the encounter with God and all their brothers and sisters.
Notable Days in July: World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly is July 24.
August | The Immaculate Heart of Mary
“Be Not Afraid; my Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and your safe page to God.”— Our Lady of Fatima to Saint Lucia
The Holy Father’s Intention for August is for World Youth Day: We pray the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help young people to live and witness the Gospel in their own lives.
Holy Days in August: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is August 15.
September | The Seven Sorrows of Mary
“Some people imagine that in order to be holy you have to cultivate the sad side of life, choosing the darker prospect whenever the alternative comes up. Surely what holy people choose is the will of God, whether it happens to be dark or light. Holy people know—and know it better than others—that suffering must anyway occupy a fair slice of life. They accept this as normal, meeting their sorrows as calmly and cheerfully as they can.”—Fr. Hubert van Zeller, OSB
The Holy Father’s Intention for September is for people living on the margins:
We pray for those persons living on the margins of society, in inhumane life conditions; may they not be overlooked by institutions and never considered of lesser importance.
Notable days in September: Mary’s Birthday is September 8.
October | The Holy Rosary
“When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better.”—St. Anthony Mary Claret
The Holy Father’s Intention for October is for the Synod:
We pray for the Church, that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a lifestyle at every level, and allow herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the peripheries of the world.
Notable days in October: The Feast of St. John Paul II is October 22.
November | The Holy Souls In Purgatory
“Persevere in labors that lead to salvation. Always be busy in spiritual actions. In this way, no matter how often the enemy of our souls approaches, no matter how many times he may try to come near us, he’ll find our hearts closed and armed against him.”— St. Cyprian of Carthage
The Holy Father’s Intention for November is for the Pope:
We pray for the Holy Father; as he fulfills his mission, may he continue to accompany the flock entrusted to him, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Days in November: All Saints Day is November 1.
December | The Immaculate Conception
“Like the simple shepherds, let us protrate ourselves with faith and with love before the Manger. Let us offer, as our gifts, our good resolutions; let us offer our hearts and ask God to change them and make them entirely His forever.”— Cardinal Antonio Bacci
The Holy Father’s Intention for December is for persons with disabilities:
We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the centre of attention in society, and that institutions may offer inclusive programs which value their active participation.
Holy Days in December: December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Christmas is December 25.