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Holy Days of Obligation
July 1 2013 – June 30, 2014


• August 15, 2013, Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, falls on a THURSDAY in 2013, and IS 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, 2013, Feast of All Saints, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION because it falls on a FRIDAY in 2013.  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.

• December 8, 2013, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, IS NOT A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2013 because it falls on the Second Sunday of Advent, which takes precedence over the solemnity[GIRM59]The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is always a day of obligation, EXCEPT in years when December 8 falls on a Sunday, as in 2013. Then the solemnity  is observed on December 9, but is not a day of obligation.

• Christmas, December 25, 2013, IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION.
Christmas IS ALWAYS a day of obligation.

• January 1, 2014, The Octave day of Christmas: Feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, falls on a WEDNESDAY in 2014 and IS A HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION in 2014.  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.

N.B. Ritual Masses (Funeral Masses and Wedding Masses) may not be celebrated on solemnities.  Holy Days of Obligation are solemnities.  [GIRM372]