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Holy Days of Obligation

July 2017 – August 2018
and Other Important Dates in the Life of the Church

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.

November 1, 2017, Feast of All Saints, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2017 because it falls on a WEDNESDAY in 2017.  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, 2017, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2017 because it falls on a FRIDAY in 2017. 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, 2017, falls on a MONDAY in 2017 and IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION. Christmas IS ALWAYS a day of obligation

January 1, 2018, The Octave day of Christmas: Feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, falls on a MONDAY in 2018 and IS  NOT  A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2018.  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 May 13, 2018.  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, 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.

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, 26 November 2017, marks the end of the liturgical year.
  • First Sunday of Advent, 3 December 2017
  • Ash Wednesday, 14 February 2018
  • Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018
  • Pentecost Sunday, 20 May 2018

 

Office of Worship, August 2017