Thursday, November 11, 2010

Romcal - Just What CyberCatholic Academicians Need!

I don't know about you, dear Academicians, but for years I have been manually adding the dates from Catholic liturgical calendars (the General Roman Calendar of Solemnities, Feast days, Memorials, etc.), into calendar programs like Outlook, iCal, Thunderbird  and Google Calendar.  A lot of work, but something I wanted to have available to me when I'd scan my calendar for upcoming appointments.
Well, Academicians, we can all save ourselves a lot of typing!  I just discovered Romcal!  I had not even imagined of a software app like Romcal yesterday, when I began the process of entering Catholic calendar events into the upcoming year's calendar (I use iCal, on an iMac).
It dawned on me (after an hour or so of typing) that there might be a solution for this available on the internet.  Long story shortened, after doing the search engine drill for an hour, I stumbled, gratefully, into
Romcal.  And without a hitch, I downloaded the 2011 and 2012 General Roman Calendar files and imported them into iCal -- and am living happily ever after!
Here's the description from the
Romcal site:

Romcal is a software package to generate the General Roman Calendar for any given Gregorian calendar year in various output formats. The program uses the revised liturgical calendar for the Western Church as approved by Paul VI in Mysterii Paschalis dated 14 February 1969, and implemented in the United States in 1972, although any year may be given to the program. The data files that support the program have been updated to include celebrations added to the calendar through 1995. While the liturgical year begins with the First Sunday of Advent, this program computes based on a calendar year.
The program is written in the C Programming Language and is designed and packaged for UNIX based operating systems.
Data files are provided for ease of modification to the PostScript®, HTML, and RTF output and the fixed celebrations of the year.
Please note that this program was developed as a mental exercise. No fee is charged for it, no warranty is given, and use is restricted to non-commercial applications. The author's employer has no association with this program. Please read the license and disclaimer.
  • All source code included
  • Free!
  • Plain text output
  • "List" format option for ease of import and parsing
  • PostScript® (including color) output option
  • HTML output option
  • RTF output option
  • iCalendar output option
  • Uses revised liturgical calendar of the Western Church
  • Valid for any year of the Gregorian Calendar
  • Easily updated for new fixed date celebrations (feasts, memorials, and optional memorials)
  • Easily updated HTML, RTF, and PostScript® prologues
  • Modular separation of calendar computation from output form
  • Stand-alone executable
  • Option for Epiphany on January 6
  • Option for Ascension on Sunday
  • Option for Corpus Christi on Thursday
  • Option to turn off Optional Memorials and Commemorations
  • Option for "today only" output
  • Option for a specific date output
  • Option for web page output.
My sincere thanks and highest praise to Kenneth G. Bath, the beneficent creator of Romcal.  As the Assistant Headmaster of this esteemed cyber-academy, I bestow a Catholic Jedi Academy cyber-honorary-degree upon Mr. Bath for his outstanding contribution to the maintenance of all good things Catholic!

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