We are often asked about the holy days of
obligation Masses that occur outside of the Sunday Mass. Here is a list of resource
to use in helping you become more familiar with them and why they are important
to the Church.
On every Sunday of the year, Catholics are
seriously obligated to attend Mass.
These holy days of obligation are to be
observed in Latin rite dioceses, with the following amendment:
Whenever January 1, the Solemnity of Mary,
Mother of god, August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the
Solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the precept to attend
Mass is abrogated. This decree was made December 13, 1991, by the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops.
January 1st – Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
August 15th – Assumption of Mary
November 1st – All Saints Day
December 9th – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 25th – The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
***The Solemnity of the Ascension – Formerly celebrated on the Thursday
of the sixth week of Easter, this holy day is now celebrated on the seventh
Sunday of Easter.