Cold & Flu Season 2017-18 - Each year, with the onset of the cold and flu season, it is important that parishes consistently communicate to the faithful the importance of good health practices at Mass rather than react to the news media.  The Office of Worship offers many Cold & Flu resources (in English & Spanish) that parishes can use in their bulletins, as pulpit announcements, and placed in public... Read More
Lent-Easter 2018 - The season of Lent begins February 14, 2018 with Ash Wednesday.  Through its twofold themes of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens (i.e. the unbaptized) and the baptized faithful to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ (i.e. his death, resurrection and ascension into heaven). The Easter season begins with the Great... Read More
Holydays 2018-2019 (Updated) - Each year in the Office of Worship, we receive questions regarding the holydays of obligation; specifically whether a particular day is or is not a holyday where a Catholic is obligated to attend Mass.  In 1991, the bishops of the United States asked for and were given permission to lift the obligation to attend Mass on three of these solemnities when the following criteria... Read More