Holy Days of Obligation

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

EucharistThe following are Holy Days of Obligation (days on which Mass attendance is required) in 2014 for Latin Rite Catholics in the United States:

January 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
April 20 - Easter Sunday
June 1 - The Ascension of the Lord
August 15 - The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
[November 1 - All Saints]*
December 8 - Immaculate Conception
December 25 - Christmas

* When the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and All Saints fall on a Saturday or Monday, U.S. Catholics of the Latin Rite are not obligated to attend Mass that day.

NOTE: Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Thanksgiving ARE NOT Holy Days of Obligation, although church attendance on those days is strongly encouraged.

DAYS OF FASTING AND ABSTINENCE

The following are days of fasting and abstinence in 2014 for Latin Rite Catholics in the United States:

March 5 - Ash Wednesday
April 18 - Good Friday

In addition, all Fridays during Lent between March 5 and April 18, 2014 are days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Rite Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

 

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