Special Diocesan Observances
In the Diocese of Baton Rouge, there is one local diocesan-wide feast day. The "Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Joseph Cathedral" is observed throughout the diocese on September 30 with the rank of feast, unless September 30 falls on Sunday when the Ordinary Sunday observance takes precedence. (In the cathedral itself the day is always observed with the rank of Solemnity.)
Since the principal patronal feast of the diocese and of its cathedral is that of St. Joseph, which is already celebrated with the rank of Solemnity throughout the entire universal Church, there is no additional diocesan liturgical norm for the feast of St. Joseph on March 19. Bishop Muench's name-day is the Optional Memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine on September 17.
Each parish celebrates, with the rank of Solemnity, the "Anniversary of the Dedication" of its church-building. This observance is impeded only by liturgical days having greater precedence. Also, the feast or memorial of the titular patron of a parish is also celebrated as a Solemnity within that parish, even if of lesser rank in the universal calendar.
There are three special observances for the Diocese of Baton Rouge and the other six dioceses which make up the Metropolitan Province of New Orleans. The first is the Solemnity of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Patroness of Louisiana, observed on January 8 unless impeded by another solemnity (e.g., Epiphany or the Baptism of the Lord). The others are the optional Memorial of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R., on October 5, and the Feast of St. Martin de Porres, the secondary patron of the Province, on November 3.
The creation of the Diocese of Baton Rouge was announced by Blessed Pope John XXIII on July 22, 1961. The actual erection of the diocese and installation of the Most Reverend Robert E. Tracy as our First Bishop took place on November 8, 1961. Thus these days too are special to the community of the Christian faithful here. Finally, the diocese celebrates with Bishop Muench the special anniversaries in his life: his birth (December 28, 1942); his priestly ordination (May 18, 1968); his ordination as a bishop (June 29, 1990); the announcement of his transfer to Baton Rouge (December 15, 2001); and his installation as Fifth Bishop of Baton Rouge (March 14, 2002).
The particular liturgical calendar for the United States differs from the universal liturgical calendar in a number of ways (e.g., different days or ranks for certain weekday celebrations):
Additionally in the USA, Independence Day on July 4 and Thanksgiving Day on the Fourth Thursday of November may be observed using the appropriate liturgical texts found in the Roman Missal and Lectionary.