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Holy Days of Obligation
July 2015 – August 2016


August 15, 2015, Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, falls on a SATURDAY in 2015, and       IS NOT  A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION.   The feast of the Assumption IS a day of obligation when it falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and NOT a day of obligation when it falls on Monday or Saturday.


November 1, 2015, Feast of All Saints, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2015 because it falls on a SUNDAY in 2015.  The Feast of All Saints IS a day of obligation when it falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and NOT a day of obligation when it falls on Monday or Saturday.

NOTE:  Monday, November 2, 2015 is celebrated as THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED (All Souls’ Day).


December 8, 2015, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2015 because it falls on a Tuesday in 2015. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is always a day of obligation, EXCEPT in years when December 8 falls on a Sunday.  Then the solemnity  is observed on December 9, but is not a day of obligation.


Christmas, December 25, 2015, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION.  Christmas IS ALWAYS a day of obligation.


January 1, 2016, The Octave day of Christmas: Feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, falls on a FRIDAY in 2016 and IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2016.  This feast IS a day of obligation when it falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Sunday but NOT a day of obligation when it falls on Monday or Saturday.


The Feast of The Ascension of the Lord is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.  This change is in effect every  year for dioceses in the Province of the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston. The Diocese of Beaumont is in the Province of Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston.


August 15, 2016, Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, falls on a MONDAY in 2016, and IS NOT  A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION. The feast of the Assumption IS a day of obligation when it falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and NOT a day of obligation when it falls on Monday or Saturday.


N.B.  Ritual Masses are connected to the celebration of certain Sacraments or Sacramentals.  They are prohibited on Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter, on Solemnities, on the days within the octave of Easter, on the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), on Ash Wednesday, and during Holy Week, and furthermore due regard is to be had for the norms set out in the ritual books or in the Masses themselves[GIRM372].

Office of Worship, June 2015