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HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION: Days on which Catholics are obliged under pain of mortal sin to attend Mass and to abstain from all unnecessary servile work. Every SUNDAY in the year is a Holy Day of Obligation. There are ten holy days of obligation listed by Rome. In the United States six, besides Sundays, are celebrated. The number varies from country to country because conferences of bishops are free to set their country's holy days - with the Vatican's approval. Current practice is to retain at least two: Christmas and one feast honoring Mary. (In the United States, as shown below, Epiphany and The Body and Blood of Christ are transferred to the nearest Sunday; and the obligation is removed from the feasts of St. Joseph and Saints Peter and Paul.)

In the United States the holy days of obligation are:

Mary, Mother of God January 1
Ascension Forty days after Easter
Assumption August 15
All Saints November 1
Immaculate Conception December 8
Christmas December 25
Epiphany  (S)
The Body and Blood of Christ  (S)
St. Joseph  (R)
Saints Peter and Paul  (R)

 

 
 

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