Why the Assumption makes the holy day cut

This Wednesday is a holy day of obligation: the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when we celebrate the fact that Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life

According to the Code of Canon Law, there are 10 holy days of obligation in the universal Church, though very few countries or dioceses actually require the faithful to observe all 10. Certain areas have holy days other than those on the Canon Law list. In most of the U.S. there are only five (in addition to every Sunday, of course): Mary the Mother of God, the Assumption, All … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]