Holy Days of Obligation

August 2016 – August 2017
and Other Important Dates in the Life of the Church

August 15, 2016, Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, falls on a MONDAY in 2016, and IS NOT A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION. The feast of the Assumption IS a day of obligation when it falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and NOT a day of obligation when it falls on Monday or Saturday.

November 1, 2016, Feast of All Saints, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2016 because it falls on a TUESDAY in 2016.  The Feast of All Saints IS a day of obligation when it falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and NOT a day of obligation when it falls on Monday or Saturday.

NOTE:  Wednesday, November 2, 2016 is celebrated as THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED (All Souls’ Day).

December 8, 2016, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2016 because it falls on a THURSDAY in 2016. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is always a day     of obligation, EXCEPT in years when December 8 falls on a Sunday. Then the solemnity  is observed on December 9, but is not a day of obligation.

Christmas, December 25, 2016, falls on a Sunday in 2016 and, as such, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION.  Christmas IS ALWAYS a day of obligation.

January 1, 2017, The Octave day of Christmas: Feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, falls on a SUNDAY in 2017 and IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2017.  This feast IS a day of obligation when it falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Sunday but NOT a day of obligation when it falls on Monday or Saturday.

The Feast of The Ascension of the Lord is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.  This change is in effect every  year for dioceses in the Province of the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston, and the Diocese of Beaumont is in the Province of Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston.

August 15, 2017, Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, falls on a TUESDAY in 2017, and IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION.   The feast of the Assumption IS a day of obligation when it falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and NOT a day of obligation when it falls on Monday or Saturday.

N.B. Ritual Masses are connected to the celebration of certain Sacraments or Sacramentals.  They are prohibited on Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter, on Solemnities, on the days within the octave of Easter, on the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), on Ash Wednesday, and during Holy Week, and furthermore due regard is to be had for the norms set out in the ritual books or in the Masses themselves [GIRM372].

Other important dates:

  • The Feast of Christ the King, Sunday, 20 November 2016, marks the end of the liturgical year.
  • First Sunday of Advent, 27 November 2016
  • Ash Wednesday, 1 March 2017
  • Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017
  • Pentecost Sunday, 4 June 2017
  • The Body and Blood of Christ (Sunday), 18 June 2017

 

Office of Worship, June 2016