When is Her Feast
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.