However, Sunday, February 1st begins the Holy Season of Septuagesima and is Septuagesima Sunday in the Extraordinary Time of the Roman Calendar in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Yeah!
What a pity and I mean a pity that the Holy Season of Septuagesima was cruelly and unnecessarily erased from the Ordinary Form of the Calendar. My poor parishioners who only go to the Ordinary Form Mass will be caught off guard when Lent arrives and they have not spiritually prepared for it.
Now with the Extraordinary Form back in full swing, we have a split personality Church when it comes to the calendar, liturgy and Church. It doesn't have to be that way. Restore the holy season Septuagesima Holy Father. It wouldn't take but your word for it to be done.
As fate would have it, our first of the month Sunday 2 PM Extraordinary Form High Mass begins the wonderful holy season of Septuagesima. The color of the vestment is violet.
This is a brief description of Setuagesima and the Mass for Septuagesima on Sunday:
No one is quite sure why Septuagesima Sunday bears that name. Literally, Septuagesima means "seventieth" in Latin, but contrary to common error, it is not 70 days before Easter, but only 63. The most likely explanation is that Septuagesima Sunday and Sexagesima Sunday simply derived their names from Quinqagesima Sunday, which is 49 days before Easter, or 50 if you include Easter. (Quinqagesima means "fiftieth.")
In any case, it was common for early Christians to begin the Lenten fast immediately after Septuagesima Sunday. Just as Lent today begins 46 days before Easter, since Sundays are never a day of fasting (see "How Are the 40 Days of Lent Calculated?"), so, in the early Church, Saturdays and Thursdays were considered fast-free days. In order to fit in 40 days of fasting before Easter, therefore, the fast had to start two weeks earlier than today. (http://catholicism.about.com/od/holydaysandholidays/f/Septuagesima.htm)