“By means of the yearly cycle, the Church celebrates the whole mystery of Christ, from his incarnation until the day of Pentecost and the expectation of his coming again.”  – Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, no. 102 & General Norms for the Liturgical Year and Calendar, no. 17.


In 1991, the bishops of the United States asked for permission of the Holy See to lift the obligation to attend Mass on three holy days of obligation when they fell on certain dates.  After permission was granted by the Holy See, the following statement was issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB):

“In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the USA include the following solemnities: Mary, Mother of God (Jan. 1); the Ascension of the Lord; the Assumption of Mary (Aug. 15); All Saints (Nov. 1); the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Dec. 8); and the Nativity of the Lord/Christmas (Dec. 25).  Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the obligation to attend Mass is lifted.”  (USCCB, December 13, 1991)

The resource listed below is offered to assist parishes as they schedule the holy days for the coming year.


The season of Lent & Easter begin with Ash Wednesday on March 2, 2022.  The Rite of Election will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Jude on Sunday, March 6, 2022 (the First Sunday of Lent).  Holy Week begins with Passion/Palm Sunday on April 10, 2022 and culminates with the Great Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 16, 2022 and Easter Sunday on April 17, 2022.  The Easter season concludes with the celebration of Pentecost on the weekend of June 4-5, 2022.


Also known as “Corpus Christi” Sunday, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ falls on the weekend of June 18-19, 2022.  See the resources list below for important information related to this solemnity.


The new Church Year begins with the season of Advent, starting on Sunday, November 27, 2022. The Christmas season begins with the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Lord’s Nativity on Saturday, December 24 and goes through to the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Monday, January 9, 2023. The following resources are offered to assist parishes with their Advent and Christmas preparations.

  • 2022 Christmas Scheduling Advisory – Coming later
  • 2022 Advent & Christmas Guidelines (Bilingual) – Coming later
  • 2022 Advent Penance Service (English only) – Coming later

This ministry is supported through gifts to the Catholic Ministry Appeal.
This ministry is supported through gifts to the Catholic Ministry Appeal.