Feasts and Solemnities,

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Feast Days, or Holy Days are days which are celebrated in commemoration of the sacred mysteries and events recorded in the history of our redemption; in memory of the Virgin Mother of Christ; or of His apostles, martyrs, and saints. A feast not only commemorates an event or person, but also serves to excite our spiritual life by reminding us of the event it commemorates. At certain times Jesus Christ invites us to His vineyard: He is born in our hearts at Christmas; on Good Friday we nail ourselves to the cross with Him; at Easter we rise from the tomb of sin; and at Pentecost we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Every religion has its feasts, but none has such a rich and judiciously constructed system of festive seasons as the Catholic Church. The succession of these seasons form the Ecclesiastical Year, in which the feasts of Our Lord form the ground and framework; and the feasts of the Blessed Virgin and the Saints form the ornamental tracery.

 

Holy Days of Obligation for 2008

Date

Feast Day

Jan 1, 2008 * Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
May 1, 2008 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Aug 15, 2008 * Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven
Nov 1, 2008 * Solemnity of All Saints
Dec 8, 2008 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
Dec 25, 2008 Solemnity of the Birth of the Lord (Christmas)

* Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.

 

All Feasts and Solemnities

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  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God (1 January)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (Sunday after the first Saturday in January)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Optional Memorial of the Holy Name of Jesus (3 January)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (First Sunday after Epiphany)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul (25 January)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Presentation of the Lord (2 February)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Blase (3 February)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Ash Wednesday (Wednesday of the seventh week before Easter)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of The Chair of Saint Peter (22 February)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Optional Memorial of Saint Patrick (17 March)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary (19 March)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (25 March)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of Easter (Sunday following the Pascal Full Moon)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Mark (25 April)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Peregrine (1 May)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saints Philip and James (3 May)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Ascension of the Lord (Ascension Thursday, forty days after Easter)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Matthias (14 May)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of Pentecost (Pentecost Sunday, seven weeks after Easter)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (1st Sunday after Pentecost)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth (31 May)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity, Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi, 2nd Sunday after Pentecost)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday after Corpus Christi)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday after Corpus Christi)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist (24 June)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (29 June)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle (3 July)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene (22 July)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Apostle, Saint James the Greater (25 July)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (6 August)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Lawrence (10 August)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary (15 August)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Memorial of the Queenship of Mary (22 August)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle (24 August)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8 September)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Exaltation (Triumph) of the Holy Cross (14 September)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows (15 September)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (21 September)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael (29 September)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary (7 October)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist (18 October)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles (28 October)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of All Saints Day (1 November)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (2 November)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Dedication of the Latern Basilica in Rome (9 November)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of Christ the King (Last Sunday in Ordinary time, Sunday before Advent)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle (30 November)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (8 December)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr (13 December)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (25 December)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint Stephen, first Martyr (26 December)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of Saint John the Evangelist and Apostle (27 December)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Holy Innocents (28 December)
  littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Feast of the Holy Family (Sunday after Christmas or 30 December)

 

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