Holy Days of Obligation

What are the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States?

In November 1991, the members of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved two motions, which affect the observance of holy days of obligation in the dioceses of the United States. They decided that whenever January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.

The action was confirmed by the Conference for Bishops on July 4, 1992 (Prot. N. 296/84) and the letter of confirmation was signed by Bernardin Cardinal Gantin, Prefect, and Archbishop Justin Rigali, Secretary. Pope John Paul II approved and confirmed the same on the same date.


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1 Jan 2014 (Wednesday):  The Solemnity, Mary, Mother of God.  This is a holy day of obligation when it falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday.

5 Mar 2014:  Ash Wednesday.  This is not a holy day of obligation but marks the beginning of Lent.

29 May 2014 (Thursday):  Ascension of the Lord.  This is celebrated on the 40th day after Easter commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven.

15 Aug 2014 (Friday):  The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Solemnity.

1 Nov 2014 (Saturday):  
All Saints, a Solemnity.  This day is a holy day of obligation when it falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday.

8 Dec 2014 (Monday):  Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is always a Holyday of Obligation except when it falls on a Sunday in which case it is celebrated as a Solemnity on the following Monday, but not as a Day of Obligation. 

25 Dec 2014 (Thursday):  Nativity of the Lord, The Solemnity of Christmas has always been a Holyday of Obligation, regardless on what day of the week it occurs.

Find additional information on the Holy Days (Canon 1246) on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Last Updated:  29 Dec 13    

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