Holy Days

Holy Week leading up to Easter, the feast of the Resurrection of the Lord and the highest feast of the year, is full of opportunities to worship the Lord, remembering his passion, death and glorious Resurrection from the dead. This is the heart of our faith.

Holy days of obligation are important feast days observed by attendance at Mass and, as far as possible, rest from unnecessary servile work. The number and dates of these vary among countries. Along with the Feast of Easter, in the United States we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Jan. 1; Ascension of Our Lord, 40 days after Easter; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Aug. 15; All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1; Mary’s Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8; and the Birth of Jesus, Dec. 25.