Holy Days of Obligation

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Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church are commemorations that include a duty to attend Mass at any of the more than 100,000 Catholic churches around the world.

The holy days of obligation change slightly each year because if they fall on or near a Sunday, then they may not be included for a particular year):

In 2012, a total of four:

  • Wednesday, August 15 - Assumption of Mary
  • Thursday, November 1 - All Saints (rather than the paganized "Halloween")
  • Saturday, December 8 - Immaculate Conception - patron feast day for the United States
  • Tuesday, December 25 - Christmas

In 2013, a total of four:

  • Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - Mary, Mother of Jesus (rather than the pagan "New Yesr's Day")
  • Sunday, May 12, 2013 - Ascension of the Lord - a holy day, transferred to Sunday
  • Thursday, August 15, 2013 - Assumption of Mary
  • Friday, November 1, 2013 - All Saints (rather than the paganized "Halloween")
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - Christmas

In 2014, a total of ___:

  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - Mary, Mother of Jesus - a holy day of obligation

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