Holy Days of Obligation

Holy days of obligation  are days on which the faithful are expected to attend Mass, and engage in rest from work and recreation, according to the Third Commandment.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 20:8-11

Holy Days of Obligation

Holy Days of Obligation for Latin Rite Catholics in the United States – 2019

  • January 1
    Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
  • Easter Sunday
  • The Ascension of the Lord Celebrated forty days after Easter or the following Sunday (in the Province of Baltimore, which includes the Diocese of Arlington, the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated in place of the Seventh Sunday of Easter)
  • August 15
    The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • November 1
    All Saints
  • December 8
    Immaculate Conception
  • December 25