Holy Days of obligation…. the Catholic Church seems to be the only one (among so many others) that has Holy Days of Obligation.
We have feasts, solemnities, memorials…
Which of these are obligatory?
Well, the most important is Sunday.
Every Sunday is a Holy Day of obligation.
Here’s what the Catechism says.
2192 “Sunday … is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church.”
1389 “The Church obliges the faithful to take part in the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and feast days and, prepared by the sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive the Eucharist at least once a year, if possible during the Easter season.”
There you go. That’s the end of that, right?
No. Nice try.
2177 “The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life.”
This is so important it’s one of the PRECEPTS OF THE CHURCH.
The first precept: “You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.”
According to the Catechism, there are five precepts, though just a quick search of the Internet shows some think there are more. (The Church really doesn’t demand much from us.)
Alright, so Sunday, get to it. Go to Mass. Easy.
What about these Holy Days they speak of?
These days vary in the different Rites and by country.
In the United States, it even varies by diocese.
According to EWTN, beside Sunday (every Sunday), the Holy Days of obligation in the U.S. are:
1) January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
2) Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension
3) August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
4) November 1, the solemnity of All Saints
5) December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
6) December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
The Canon lists 10 for the universal Church, including the six above plus:
The Epiphany, Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, St. Joseph and Sts. Peter and Paul.
(I was at Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ by accident… a nice accident. I didn’t even look at my Catholic calendar and just went to Mass that day.)
Anyway, in Hawaii, the only Holy Days are the Nativity (Christmas) and the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
Interesting, but local rule by Bishops and conference is another topic.
If any of the Holy Days occur on a Saturday or a Monday, they are typically transferred to the following or preceding Sunday (so you don’t have to go two days in a row).
I have a few saints I depend on for prayer and help regularly, and I like to go to Mass on their memorial days. It’s another, special chance to say thank you for their hard work on my behalf.
I know St. Joseph was behind me finding my current job. St. Matthias is constantly coming up on my petitions. My guardian angel as well, during the feast of the guardian angels.
There are all sorts of Marian holidays and celebrations all over the calendar. Depending on your priest, he may choose to celebrate those memorials on selected weekdays or the major memorials.
I think if you’re close with your priest, you can ask and he’d oblige you.
These days all start to mean something with a serious Catholic calendar (that you look at!). But all the dates can be found online as well.
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Special intention list for the weekend:
Pope Francis, of course, our cardinals and the seat of St. Peter, for visitors to the Vatican that they stay safe during this busy time in our Church
God bless our Holy Father and the global Catholic Church.
If you aren’t praying the Novena to St. Joseph… why?
Find it. And start praying. Like I say, he’s a workhorse.
Remember how I said I was doing Insanity workouts three days a week?
Yeah, that didn’t happen. I was done on Sunday. Just couldn’t force myself to do it. So instead of just having one day off a week (Tuesday), I’m having Sundays off, too. I’ll have three Nerd Fitness workouts and two Insanity workouts. Which is what I did last week and what I’m shooting for this week.
In the future, I can try for more. I don’t want to overwhelm myself at the beginning of this Insanity workout schedule.
My boyfriend’s birthday is tomorrow. We’re going to get Chicago-style deep dish pizza, and I’ll be making him brownies, and we’ll probably drink some wine… I might ask him to teach me to play video games just for fun.
I got to see a small chicken farm today. So fun. The framer gave me a dozen eggs. Nice.
I’m quite the slacker on the Quick Takes. Some weeks I’ve stressed about the list so much, this week, I don’t even know what I’ve written in 1 through 5, and that’s OK. Not the stressing, but the not knowing.
It’s just something that I need to work on… focusing on my blog writing, that is. Among other things.
I’ve been reading studying the Sacred Congregation’s Inter Insigniores, and I’ll be posting my thoughts in several posts over the next several weeks. Get excited for that!
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In an effort to not make this list me-centered, here is my special intention list for the weekend:
-my boyfriend as I try to ease him into a serious marriage conversation and as he searches for a job that he at least likes, preferably loves.
-the editorial and advertising teams at my newspaper… we won 8 awards at a statewide ceremony earlier this month!
-Catholics practicing Lent in the secular world… stay strong, spread the Gospel with your life.
Now back to being about me. Sorry.
I cleaned out my room Tuesday night. It needed a good vacuuming and a bit of reorganization. I moved two things around and it has already made all the difference in the way I feel when I’m getting ready for work.
I had my gym bag packed already on Tuesday night for the gym on Wednesday (I finally went back after being sick).
It’s amazing how being organized and clean can affect my mood. I wasn’t frazzled getting ready. I hope I can keep the room like that… I need to remember to put my clothes away, not hang them on the back of chairs.
I’m working on making the Reading List that I posted Tuesday a monthly segment here. I’m going to keep better track this month and post (I hope) on the first Tuesday in April. A first Tuesday reading list. There you go.
If you haven’t noticed, check it out now: I changed my goal page.
And I’ve added to it twice since I changed it up. I listed some serious goals on it (and checked off some already!).
At the bottom is a link for Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness and his Epic Quest. He’s a great role model for goal setting.
I actually picked a goal to work on and am on it now.
“Win an award for a fictional piece.” I have a time line created. Now I just need to organize the few scraps I already have written and get to it. The contest I’m submitting to limits it to 7,500 words. I have 3,080 at the time of this writing.
I watched part of Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster Wednesday night.
It was awesome.
Then I came to work on Thursday, and one of my coworkers who hadn’t watched it, didn’t know what it was about (how???) and didn’t know anything about unmanned drones killing Americans (on American soil!) called Paul an idiot.
Interesting. This made me so upset. I can’t even describe how I felt. It was horrible.
The fact that this man is an experienced journalist, and he would just make a call like that without investigation of any kind into the top just blew me away.
Blew me away. It blew me so far away, that I wrote an entire post about it.
I started those Insanity workouts this week. Wow am I sore.
I’m using it as a supplement to my weight lifting routine, so I’m not following the calendar strictly. I’ll only be doing Insanity on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and I’ll be lifting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays will be my day off because that’s our production day. Who knows what I’ll do if I ever start working for a weekly. All in good time.
Today is the Feast of St. John of God. And looking at (all) my Catholic calendar(s), I see that St. Joseph is coming up in less than two weeks! He’s one of my favorites. He’s really a workhorse.
Anyway, about St. John of God: here.
He’s the Patron Saint of Booksellers! Awesome.
Saint John of God, help us to act out of love as soon as we feel the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Help us learn to fight the little voices in our heads and hearts that give us all sorts of practical reasons to wait or delay in our service of God. Amen.
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