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Schedule of Holy Days, Special Days of Prayer

July 13, 2017

The following are Holy Days of Obligation and Special days of Prayer for Liturgical Year 2017-2018.

Holy Days of Obligation

Dec. 8, 2017: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Friday)

Dec. 25, 2017: The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) (Monday)

Aug. 15, 2018: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Wednesday)

Nov. 1, 2018: Solemnity of All Saints (Thursday)

Jan. 1, 2018: The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, is on a Monday. According to the 1992 general decree of the USCCB, the precept to attend Mass is dispensed when this solemnity falls on a Saturday or a Monday. All the faithful are encouraged to attend Mass on this day but are not obliged.
The Ascension of the Lord is observed on Sunday, May 13, 2018, for our Metropolitan Province.


Special Days of Prayer

These are not days of obligation to attend Mass:

Jan. 1: Day of Prayer for World Peace

Jan. 22: Day of Prayer and Penance for Life (see below)

Feb. 18: Day of Prayer for the General Needs of Humankind. As this is also the First Sunday of Lent, the obligation to attend Mass stands.

Sept. 3: Day of Prayer for Human Rights and Labor (Labor Day)

Nov. 22: Day of Prayer for the Fruits of the Earth (Thanksgiving Day)

The faithful of the archdiocese are asked to observe these Special Days of Prayer in their devotions or other private prayer, in the general intercessions of the Mass and through the selection of other liturgically proper prayers for the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours. In all the dioceses of the United States of America, Jan. 22 is observed as a particular Day of Prayer and Penance for Life for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.

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