In anticipation of my Europe Pilgrimage in March, as you may have noticed, my recent posts have reflected Catholic travel items and this post is continues with that theme. As my trip quickly approaches I have been planning for a memorable and packed 2019 year.
If anyone knows me well, they know that I prefer paper and pencil when it comes to dates rather than using my phone. All dates on my Google Calendar are transferred into a hard copy planner. For some time, I have been experimenting with several planners from yearly planners, academic planners, monthly planners… the type varied from year to year. However, there is a pain when you go to Dollarama or Walmart to get a planner: you can’t get one with the Liturgical days and you have to write all the saints days by hand.
At the end of August, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and found a post on TAN’s Saints Calendar & 16-Month Planner. I immediately contacted TAN books and was in awe by the planner when it arrived weeks later, just days after the academic year started.
Taking the planner out of the package, I am greeted with St. Veronica, based on its description is an oil on canvas painting by Lorenzo Costa in 1508.
At first, I thought that TAN’s Saints Calendar & 16-Month Planner was simply a weekly planner. I was wrong. I am going to outline the contents of this packed planner:
- The Angelus and Regina Caeli Prayers printed in the inside front cover for easy access
- Saints’ days and non-movable feasts in the calendar
- List of patron saints
- List of the 36 Doctors of the Church and 14 Holy Helpers
- Monthly Calendars
- Weekly planner section
- 2018-2019 “Year at a glance” section
- Holy days and holidays in 2018, 2019 and 2020 lists
- Notes section
- Catholic ID cards and pocket 2019 calendars (2)
- 2020 and 2021 calendars
Wow, certainly a packed calendar. Some of the features here can speak for themselves but I want to go through the monthly and weekly planners themselves:
Monthly planner: Fair amount of space to put your own notes in the boxes. It indicates the Solemnities and important feast days of the year and even includes the “fish” symbols on Fridays as reminder of abstinence and a different coloured fish for fasting and abstinence days.
Weekly planner: At the beginning of each week, a short biography of a saint is introduced. Some saints are well known while some less known than others. Unlike the monthly planner calendars, the weekly planners contain not only the Solemnities and Feasts but also the days of the saints in three categories of calendars: the historical calendar, the traditional calendar and the new calendar. Therefore, this planner is not only ideal for “new” Catholics, post-Vatican II but ideal for traditional Catholics. On a practical level, I like the large numbers and the ample space for notes since I am a note-taking guy.
One mistake I found was March 19. Instead of indicating the 19, it indicates 29 instead. I looked to that date in the calendar since March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, my baptismal patron. That was the only error I found in the calendar.
One recommendation I would make is to add the Liturgical colour of the day. I know that with the many saints in the calendar, it may be somewhat difficult to do so, but perhaps after the name of the feast/the saint of either the new or traditional Liturgy, in brackets, the Liturgical colour could be indicated. For example, for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, the Liturgical colour could be indicated with a (W):
The Presentation of the Lord (New, Trad.)
Like most planners in stores, this planner is spiral-bound. This allows the planner to lay flat on one’s desk.
Generally looking at the date range, I like how it is both an academic and annual planner since it has weekly planning pages and calendars from September 2018-December 2019. This allows for a longer planning range.
On The Catholic Man’s Scale
This is a very good, packed Catholic planner with ample space for your own notes and needs. It is also a great devotional tool that will help Catholics grow closer in devotion to the Saints.
Stay tuned for many more reviews from The Catholic Man, especially in these months leading up to my Europe pilgrimage and Christmas Gifts series!