Holy Days of Obligation and Liturgical Celebrations


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Holy Days of Obligation and Liturgical Celebrations

To be observed in the Diocese of Orange


Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God,
The Bishops of Region 11 have determined that due to the pastoral reality and the pastoral hardships resulting from the obligation to attend Mass on January 1, the obligation of attending Mass has been dispensed. Please note that January 1st is not a Holy Day of Obligation in the Diocese of Orange.  It remains a Holy Day of Obligation for the Universal Church.  It is recommended that the parish have a special Mass or two to inaugurate the New Year, according to local custom and local parochial needs.
Not Holy Day of Obligation

Sunday, January 5, 2014
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Ash Wednesday

Monday, April 14, 2014
Chrism Mass at St. Columban Church

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter Sunday of The Resurrection of the Lord

Sunday June 8, 2014
Pentecost

Thursday, August 15th, 2014
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Solemnity of All Saints
Ritual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage is forbidden on Solemnities.  The Mass of the Day is used with the nuptial blessing.
Not a Holy day of Obligation this year.

Monday, December 8, 2014
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation


Thursday, December 25, 2014
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Holy Day of Obligation


2013-2014 Advisory Calendar
alt 2013- 2014 Calendar Advisory Memo




    What are the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States?


    At their plenary assembly in November 1991, the members of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved two motions, which affect the observance of holy days of obligation in the dioceses of the United States. They decided that whenever  August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.

    The action was confirmed by the Conference for Bishops on July 4, 1992 (Prot. N. 296/84) and the letter of confirmation was signed by Bernardin Cardinal Gantin, Prefect, and Archbishop Justin Rigali, Secretary. Pope John Paul II approved and confirmed the same on the same date.