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Holy Days of Obligation/Special Schedules

There are five (5) Holy Days of Obligation that are observed in our part of the United States:

  • Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1)
  • Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15)
  • Solemnity of All Saints (November 1)
  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)
  • Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Christmas (December 25)

Assumption, All Saints, and Immaculate Conception generally have the following schedule: 5:30pm Vigil Mass the evening before (cantor), and on the actual day, 6:30am (recited), 12:10pm (cantor), 6:30pm (choir/incense).

Christmas usually has vigil Masses at 5:00pm (families), 8:00pm, then a Midnight Mass (which is held at 12:00am), and Mass on Christmas Day is at 10:00am.

The schedule for Mary, Mother of God is often similar to a Sunday schedule with a Vigil Mass the evening before and two Masses on the morning-of. However, it varies year-to-year, so check the bulletin.

ASH WEDNESDAY: Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation but a majority of Catholics make it to Mass that day regardless. Masses with imposition of ashes are ordinarily held at 6:30am (recited), 12:10pm (cantor), and 5:30pm (choir/incense). There is no vigil Mass of Ash Wednesday.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER: Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper is at 7:00pm; Good Friday Liturgy is at 3:00pm, the Easter Vigil is at 8:00pm, and Easter Sunday Masses are at 8:30am and 11:00am.

BE SURE TO CHECK THE BULLETIN AND/OR CALL THE OFFICE TO VERIFY EACH HOLY DAY SCHEDULE. This is especially important since the obligation for some – not all! – of the Holy Days is abrogated when they fall on certain days of the week. Catholics should form the habit of attending every Holy Day even if there is not an obligation in a given year. However, it can be confusing and schedules do vary, so always check the bulletin and/or call! Our office may be reached at (205) 251-1279.