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 2019 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 2019
January 01, 2019 Solemnity of Mary,
Mother of God- No, Not Obligatory this year by exception.
Wednesday, August 15, 2019 Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary- Yes, Obligatory
November 01, 2019 All Saints’ Day- Yes, Obligatory
December 08, 2019 Feast of the
Immaculate Conception-Yes, Falls on a Sunday and will be celebrated on Monday Dec. 9. Not obligatory this year by exception
December 25, 2019 Christmas- Yes, Obligatory