Why Catholics needn’t celebrate New Year’s Day

The following is excerpted from a December 29 Crisis Magazine article by Dusty Gates: On Friday, January 1, the secular world will observe “New Year’s Day.” The Catholic world will not, for two reasons. One is that we have a genuine religious feast day to observe, in celebration of Mary, the Mother of God. The second is that Catholics don’t find much use in celebrating the … [Read more...]

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In defense of holy days of obligation

Have we lost sight of what is fundamental?

The following comes from an August 13 Crisis Magazine article by Christian Brown: With the approach of the Solemn Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, American Catholics can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the work of the USCCB. For this year, the Assumption, a holy day of obligation, falls on a Saturday. Ordinarily, this would mean—horrors!—that the … [Read more...]

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Ascension Thursday… on a Sunday. Why?

Tooo haaard for people to go to Mass twice a week

The following comes from a May 13 Father Z's Blog post: The liturgical celebration of Ascension by the Latin Church has become a little confused in recent years. In the post-Conciliar calendar used with the Novus Ordo editions of the Missale Romanum for this coming Sunday we ought – in my opinion – to be observing the 7th Sunday of Easter. Ascension Thursday should fall, … [Read more...]

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