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Holy Days of Obligation

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - All Saints' Day
This feast honors all the saints, known and unknown.  This feast was first celebrated on May 13, 610, when Pope Boniface IV proclaimed the day Feast of All Holy Martyrs in Rome. The intent was to honor all martyrs who were not included in local records. In 835, Pope Gregory IV changed the date and name to November 1 and Feast of All Saints.   There are many saints who are not popularly known or who are not celebrated during the liturgical year.  This feast day provides an opportunity to remember and celebrate their lives.


Saturday, December 8, 2018 - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
The Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is the belief that God preserved Mary from any inclination to sin, the inheritance of original sin passed on to all humankind from Adam and Eve.  Even though Mary was conceived in the normal way by her parents, she was preserved from original sin and redeemed by God’s grace from the moment of her conception. Mary is indeed “full of grace.” The official teaching of the Church says: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all original sin.”  What Christ does for everyone who calls upon his name and is baptized (Acts 2:38; 4:12; Romans 10:13) he did for his mother when she was conceived. “By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.”


Tuesday, December 25, 2018-Nativity of the Lord-CHRISTMAS DAY

All Sundays are obligatory for the faithful to participate in the Mass

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Ascension of Jesus

Thursday, August 15, 2019 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, November 1, 2019 All Saints' Day

Monday, December 9, 2019 The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Christmas

Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God; or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin; or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the obligation to attend Mass is lifted. The faithful, however, are encouraged to attend Mass on those days.