Information about upcoming Holy Days of Obligation

There is some confusion about Holy Days of Obligation with the way they fall in this year’s calendar.

All Saints is traditionally a Holy Day of Obligation. But since it falls on a Monday in 2021, the obligation is dispensed. Of course, you are welcome – and encouraged – to attend Mass that day out of devotion.

All Souls’ Day is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but many people make plans to attend Mass this day to remember the loved ones in their lives who have gone before us.

Christmas Day, also a Holy Day of Obligation, falls on Saturday. Attending Mass on Friday, Dec. 24, or Saturday, Dec. 25, fulfills your holy day obligation. However, a Catholic is also obliged to attend Sunday Mass on December 26, even after attending a Christmas Mass.

The same scenario occurs the next week when the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, another Holy Day of Obligation, falls on Saturday. Attending Mass on Friday, Dec. 31, or Saturday, Jan. 1 will fulfill your obligation. As with Christmas, a Catholic is obliged to attend a Sunday Mass in addition to the holy day.

 

Upcoming holy day/holiday schedule:                 

 Monday, Nov. 1 – All Saints

  • 7 a.m. at the North Church
  • If you’re not able to make the morning time, St. Joseph Parish in Grafton will offer a Mass at 6 p.m. that day.

Tuesday, Nov. 2 – All Souls

  • 7 a.m. at the South Church
  • 9 a.m. at the North Church. Following the 9 a.m. Mass, everyone is invited to a reception in the church hall. This will be a time to remember the loved ones we have lost and who remain forever in our hearts and prayers.

Thursday, Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving Day

  • 8:30 a.m. at the North Church. This is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but it is a wonderful opportunity to attend Mass in gratitude for all of God’s generous gifts.

 Wednesday, Dec. 8 – Immaculate Conception of Mary

  • 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the North Church.

 Friday, Dec. 24 – Anticipated Masses for Christmas

  • 4 p.m. at both the North and South churches
  • 6:30 p.m. at the North Church
  • 10:30 p.m. at the North Church

Saturday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day

  • 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the North Church
  • Please note: there will be NO 4:30 p.m. Mass on Dec. 25.

 Friday, Dec. 31 – Anticipated Mass for Solemnity of Mary

  • 7 a.m. at the South Church
  • 4:30 p.m. at the North Church

Saturday, Jan. 1 – Solemnity of Mary

  • 9 a.m. at the North Church
  • Please note: the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Jan. 1 is for the Epiphany.