Holy Days of Obligation

Holy Days of Obligation

In the Catholic Church, Holy Days of Obligation are the days on which the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. They have also to abstain from unnecessary works, “which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body.” (canon 1247 of the Code of Canon Law).

The list of Days of Obligation includes all Sundays in all countries. Some feasts,e.g. Easter, are always celebrated on Sundays, so they are always obligatory. The number of additional Days of Obligation vary between countries, from 1 in Hong-Kong to 10 in Vatican.

Holy Days of Obligation in the 2018 Year
All the Days of Obligation observed in the United States are listed below.
All Sundays are obligatory for the faithful to participate in the Mass.

Holy Day Obligatory in 2018
Monday, January 01, 2018 Solemnity of Mary,
Mother of God- No, Not Obligatory this year by exception.

Feast of the Ascension is celebrated in New Orleans and many other dioceses on a Sunday. This year it is Sunday, May 13.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary- Yes, Obligatory

Thursday, November 01, 2018 All Saints’ Day- Yes, Obligatory

Saturday, December 08, 2018 Feast of the
Immaculate Conception-Yes, Obligatory

Monday, December 25, 2018 Christmas- Yes, Obligatory