When is Her Feast Day?

The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Thérèse the Little Flower, on October 1st. This date was chosen because Thérèse died on September 30th. Following the ancient custom of celebrating their entrance into heaven the next day, October 1st was chosen as the day to celebrate Thérèse's life and eternity. Some people may remember that her Feast Day was previously October 3rd. That date was established for several reasons, including a packed liturgical calendar. In the liturgical renewal of the 1970's, when the calendar of saints was updated and refined, St. Thérèse's feast was properly moved to the more appropriate October 1st date. It is interesting to note that St. Thérèse's home church in France celebrates her Feast Day on the last Saturday of September, no matter what the date.