Saint Patrick's Catholic Church

List of Holy Days of Obligation


             Every Catholic who has attained the age of reason, and is not prevented by sickness or other sufficient cause, is obligated to rest from servile work and attend Holy Mass on the following days.  In so far as possible they are also to abstain from those labors and business concerns which impede the worship to be rendered to God, the joy which is proper to the Lord's Day, or the proper relaxation of mind and body.  (See Canon 1247)


All Sundays of the year  
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God January 1 (*Holy Day of Obligation)
The Ascension of our Lord 40 days after Easter (Holy Day of Obligation)
Assumption of Mary August 15 (*Holy Day of Obligation)
All Saints' Day November 1 (*Holy Day of Obligation)
Immaculate Conception December 8 (Holy Day of Obligation)
Christmas, The Nativity of our Lord December 25 (Holy Day of Obligation)

*At their November 1991 meeting, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops decided that whenever January 1, the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God or August 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin or November 1, the Feast of All Saints falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.  The action was confirmed by the Congregation for Bishops on July 4, 1992.

Although the obligation to attend when these three holy days fall on a Saturday or a Monday is abolished, the parishes are to continue to observe these holydays by scheduling one or more Masses at a convenient time so that people who wish to participate are able to do so.



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