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Holy Days of Obligation

Question When are the Holy Days of Obligation?

Answer For the Novus Ordo rite the Holy Days are as follows:

In Australia:

"The following holy days are to be observed in Australia:

  • The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
  • the Epiphany,
  • the Ascension of Christ,
  • the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ,
  • the feast of the Assumption of Mary the Mother of God.

When the feast of the Assumption falls on a Saturday or a Monday, no obligation is attached to the feast for that year;

Of these feasts, the Epiphany, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ and the feast of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul are transferred to the following Sunday; the feast of the Ascension of Christ is transferred to the 7th Sunday of Easter;

While they are warmly recommended, no obligation is attached to the feasts of Mary the Mother of God, her Immaculate Conception and the feasts of St. Joseph, of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul and of all Saints."


In Canada:

"In accordance with the prescriptions of c. 1246, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops hereby decrees that the holydays of obligation to be observed in Canada are: all Sundays of the year, Christmas Day, the Feast of Mary, Mother of God.

The feasts of the Epiphany, the Ascension, the Holy Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) will be transferred to the following Sunday."


In the United States:

"In accord with c. 1246, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops decrees that the holydays of obligation to be observed in the United States are the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God; the solemnity of the Ascension; the solemnity of the Assumption; the solemnity of All Saints; the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception; the solemnity of Christmas. The solemnity of the Epiphany shall be transferred to the first Sunday following January 1st; the solemnity of Corpus Christi shall be observed on the second Sunday following Pentecost. When the solemnities of Mary, Mother of God, the Assumption, and All Saints fall on a Saturday or a Monday they will not be observed as holy days of obligation."


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