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Holy Days of Obligation 2018-09-06T12:56:52+00:00

Holy Days of Obligation

August 2018– August 2019
and Other Important Dates in the Life of the Church

August 15, 2018, Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, falls on a WEDNESDAY in 2018, 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.

November 1, 2018, Feast of All Saints, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2018 because it falls on a THURSDAY in 2018.  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:  Friday, November 2, 2018 is celebrated as THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED (All Souls’ Day).

December 8, 2018, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2018 because it falls on a SATURDAY in 2018. 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, 2018, falls on a TUESDAY in 2018 and IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION. Christmas IS ALWAYS a day of obligation.

January 1, 2019, The Octave day of Christmas: Feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, falls on a TUESDAY in 2019 and IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2098.  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.  The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord will be celebrated on June 2, 2019.  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.

The Feast of The Ascension of the Lord  is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.  The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord will be celebrated on June 2, 2019.  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.

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, November 25, 2018 marks the end of the liturgical year.
  • First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018.
  • Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019
  • Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019.

WHAT IS THE PROPER TIME FOR EASTER VIGIL, APRIL 20, 2019.

 “The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil takes place at night. It should not begin before nightfall; it should end before daybreak on Sunday.

 This rule is to be taken according to its strictest sense. Reprehensible are those abuses and practices that have crept into many places in violation of this ruling, whereby the Easter Vigil is celebrated at the same time of day that it is customary to celebrate anticipated Sunday Masses” (Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts, no. 78. Congregation for Divine Worship, January 16, 1988, quoting the Roman Missal).

According to a most ancient tradition, this night is one of vigil for the Lord, and the Vigil celebrated during it, to commemorate that holy night when the Lord rose from the dead, is regarded as the mother of all holy vigils. For in that night, the Church keeps vigil, waiting for the resurrection of the Lord, and celebrates the sacraments of Christian initiation.

Paschale Solemnitatis, no. 77

(quoting Exodus 12:42; St. Augustine, Sermon 219; and the Ceremonial of Bishops)

Office of Worship, August 2018