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What are holy days of obligation? The Code of Canon Law provides the following general norm for the Latin Rite of the universal Church: Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery, or Mass, is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost of holy day of obligation in the universal Church. Also to be observed are the day of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Epiphany, the Ascension of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Holy Mary Mother of God and her Immaculate Conception and Assumption, Saint Joseph, the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul and finally, All Saints.
On December 13, 1991 the members of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States of America made the following general decree concerning holy days of obligation for Latin rite Catholics: In addition to Sunday, the following days to be observed as holy days includes:
NOTE: Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Sunday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.
MONTHLY CATHOLIC CALENDAR.
Click on the link below to find a monthly listing of not only the readings and Catholic saints of the day, but also suggested daily prayers and reminders for all Catholic holy days of obligation.
DAILY READINGS FROM THE CATHOLIC MASS.
Note: Consists of three readings on Sundays and two on other days of the week.
CATHOLIC SAINT OF THE DAY.
Catholic saints are human people who lived extraordinary lives of holiness. Each saint the Church honors responded to God's invitation to use his or her unique gifts for the spreading of God's Kingdom. God calls each of us to be saints! Click on the link below to learn more about the Catholic Church's featured saint for the day.