This week we're taking an introduction to Liturgical Living & figuring it all out together. Today we're going to talk about Holy Days of Obligation - days when you really, actually do have to go to Mass. Although Mass can be a pain with toddlers and babies crawling all over you and trying to escape the pews at every second, actually being in church with them it's so important to bring up our children in the Church. We can do this!
There are actually several more Holy Days of Obligation in different areas around the world, but in the United States, we only have 6.
Including Sundays, Catholics in the United States are obliged to attend Mass on these special days every year:
- January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
- Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension
- August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- November 1, the solemnity of All Saints
- December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
- December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ