Holydays of Obligation 2020

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.

DATEDAYAll Sundays are of obligation
01 JanTueThe Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2020AD
06 JanMonThe Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ
02 FebSunThe Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary
26 FebWedAsh Wednesday*
05 AprSunThe Triumphant Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem
09 AprThuMaundy Thursday
10 AprFriGood Friday
11 AprSatHoly Saturday
12 AprSunThe Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ
21 MayThuThe Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ
31 MaySunPentecost Sunday
07 JunSunThe Most Holy & Blessed Trinity
11 JunThuFestum Sanctissimi Corporis Christi
29 JunTueThe holy Apostles SS Peter & Paul
15 AugSatThe Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos
01 NovSunAll Saints’ Day
02 NovMonAll Souls’ Day
29 NovSunThe First Sunday of Advent
08 DecTueThe Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary*
25 DecFriThe Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
01 JanFriThe Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2021AD
[*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 8thSt 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 3rdSt 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 19thSt Dunstan of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor
 June 5thSt 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 24thSt 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 24thOur Lady of Walsingham
October 12thSt Wilfrid of York, Apostle to the South Saxons
 September 29th Michaelmass Day
 October 18th St Luke, Evangelist
 October 28th SS Simon & Jude, Apostles
 November 7thSt 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 29thSt 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:

  • Whitsunday
  • SS Peter & Paul
  • The Assumption
  • All Saints
  • Christmass

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