Holydays of Obligation 2017

Holy Days of Obligation

Sunday, on which by apostolic tradition the paschal mystery is celebrated, must be observed in the universal Church as the primordial holy day of obligation. The Faithful are reminded that the following Feasts are Holy Days of Obligation upon which it is binding of the Faithful to hear Mass.

2017 All Sundays are of obligation Feast
January 1st Sunday The Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ New Year’s Day
January 6th Friday The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ Epiphany
February 2nd Thursday The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary Candlemass
March 1st Wednesday Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday*
April 9th Sunday The Triumphant Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem Palm Sunday
April 13th Thursday Holy Thursday Maundy Thursday
April 14th Friday Holy Friday Good Friday
April 15th Saturday Holy Saturday Holy Saturday
April 16th Sunday The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ Easter Sunday
May 25th Thursday The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ascension Day
June 4th Sunday Pentecost Pentecost Sunday
June 11th Sunday The Most Holy Trinity Trinity Sunday
June 15th Thursday Corpus et Sanguis Christi Corpus Christi
June 29th Thursday SS Peter & Paul, Apostles Peter & Paul
August 15th Tuesday The Dormition of the Mother of God The Assumption
November 1st Wednesday All Saints Day All Saints
November 2nd Thursday All Souls Day All Souls*
December 3rd Sunday First Sunday of Advent Advent Sunday
December 8th Friday The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Conception BVM
January 1st Monday The Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ New Year’s Day 2018
[*Feast not of strict obligation but of serious devotion]

Days of Devotion

On which it is earnestly recommended to hear Mass… The days in red text are of particular importance to the faithful of the Oratory communities in the South East of England commemorating local Saints and Patrons…

February 8th St Cuthman of Steyning, Confessor
 February 24th  St Matthias, Apostle
 March 1st  St David, Patron of Wales
 March 17th  St Patrick, Patron of Ireland
 March 19th  St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 March 21st  St Benedict, Abbot, Patron of Europe
 March 25th  Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
April 3rd St Richard of Chichester, Bishop & Confessor
 April 23rd  St George, Patron of England
 April 25th  St Mark, Evangelist
 May 1st  SS Philip & James, Apostles
 May 3rd  The Finding of the Holy Cross
May 19th St Dunstan of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor
 June 5th  St Boniface, Patron of Utrecht
 June 6th  St John before the Latin Gate
 June 11th  St Barnabas, Apostle
 June 24th  Nativity of St John the Baptist
 July 2nd The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 July 3rd  St Thomas, Apostle
July 24th St Lewinna, Virgin Martyr of Sussex
 July 25th  St James the Greater, Apostle
 July 26th  St Ann, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 August 6th  The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
 August 10th  St Laurence, Martyr
 August 16th  St Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 August 24th  St Bartholomew, Apostle
 August 29th  The Beheading of St John the Baptist
 September 8th  Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 September 14th  The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
 September 21st  St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
September 24th Our Lady of Walsingham
October 12th St Wilfrid of York, Apostle to the South Saxons
 September 29th  Michaelmass Day
 October 18th  St Luke, Evangelist
 October 28th  SS Simon & Jude, Apostles
 November 7th  St Willibrord of the Netherlands 
 November 30th  St Andrew, Apostle & Patron of Scotland
 December 21st  St Thomas, Apostle
 December 26th  St Stephen, Protomartyr
 December 27th  St John, Apostle & Evangelist
 December 28th  Holy Innocents
December 29th St Thomas of Canterbury, Bishop & Martyr

On which only one meal is allowed, and flesh meat is forbidden…

The Forty Days of Lent
The Ember Days, which are the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the:

First Week of Lent
Whitsun Week
Third Week in September
Third Week in Advent

The Vigils or Eves of:

SS Peter & Paul
The Assumption
All Saints

All Wednesdays and Fridays in Advent

On which it is forbidden to eat flesh meat…

The Sundays in Lent, unless dispensation be given (usual for England & Wales)
Every Friday, unless it be Christmass Day