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HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION AND DIOCESAN FEAST DAYS

In 1991 the Bishops of the United States requested approval from Rome to lift the obligation to attend Mass on the Solemnities of the Assumption, Al Saints and Mary, Mother of God, when they fall on a Saturday or Monday. In 1992 Rome gave their approval to this request. The following information is given in order to help clarify some of the confusion concerning our Holy Days of Obligation.

January 1    Mary, Mother of God is a holy day of obligation when it fall on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday. When it falls on a Saturday or Monday it is a holy day without obligation.

Ascension  has been transferred to the Seventh Sunday of East and is a holy day of obligation.

August 15   Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a holy day of obligation when it fall on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday. When it falls on a Saturday or Monday it is a holy day without obligation. 


November 1  All Saints Day is  a holy day of obligation when it fall on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday. When it falls on a Saturday or Monday it is a holy day without obligation.

December 8   Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is always a day of obligation, expect in years when December 8 falls on Sunday and the solemnity is observed on December 9.

December 25   Christmas is always a holy day of obligation. 

What about Weddings and Funerals on Holy Days?

WEDDING MASSES   may not be said on Sundays in Advent, Lent and Easter Season, solemnities (both of precept, Holy Days of Obligation, and not of precept), days within the octave of Easter (Saturday after Easter), All Souls Day, Ash Wednesday, and during Holy Week. On these days the Mass is of the day and the nuptial blessing is given. In addition to the nuptial blessing, one of the readings of the day may be changed.

FUNERAL MASSES   may be celebrated on any day except solemnities that are days of oblicagion (on Holy Days in which th obligation is lifted Funeral Masses may be said,) Holy Thursday and the Easter Triduum.

Calendar for the Proper Diocese and the Selection of Proper Masses

In 1991 the Bishops of the United States requested approval from Rone to lift the obligation to attend Mass on the Solemnities of the Assumption, Al Saints and Mary, Mother of God, when they fall on a Saturday or Monday. In 1992 Rome gave their approval to this request. The following information is given in order to help clarify some of the confusion concerning our Holy Days of Obligatinon.

January 10 
Commemoration of the death of Bishop Romeo Blanchette 
                     (diocesan celebration on the Sunday closest to the 10th)


January 12  St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

April 9  Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus

August 31  St. Raymond Nonnatus,  principal Patron of the Cathedral

December 3  St. Francis Xavier, Patron of the Diocese