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Catholic holy days of obligation are the days on which we’re expected to go to Mass. This list includes every single Sunday, along with a few additional days. Some feasts, such as Easter, are always celebrated on a Sunday, so they are always obligatory. But when are you supposed to attend Mass outside of Sundays?

What Are the Holy Days of Obligation?

The Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church says that there are nine holy days of obligation other than Sundays, but it also says that the local conference of bishops may suppress some of them or transfer them to a Sunday.

Bishops in the United States have suppressed the feast of Saint Joseph and the feast of Saints Peter and Paul as holy days of obligation. In addition, the feast of Epiphany is always celebrated on a Sunday in the U.S.

While Bishops lifted the dispensations from the obligation to attend Mass that were in place for much of the Coronavirus pandemic, your Sunday and holy day obligation can be dispensed for a just cause. This may include physical illness or having an inability to go to Mass, such as being the only caregiver for someone who is homebound. Catholics are encouraged to use their prudential judgment and guidance from their priests in determining such a dispensation.

You are always welcome to join the Oblates of the Virgin Mary community online at daily and Sunday virtual Masses.

US Catholic Holy Days of Obligation for 2024

This leaves us with six holy days of obligation outside of Sundays. The following feast days are holy days of obligation in the U.S. for 2024:

  • Solemnity of Mary: Monday, January 1*
  • Ascension of Jesus: Thursday, May 9 — Celebrated on the sixth Thursday after Easter Sunday*
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Thursday, August 15
  • Solemnity of All Saints: Friday, November 1
  • Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Monday, December 9**
  • Christmas: Wednesday, December 25

*An individual bishop may transfer a holy day to a Sunday. This is the case in most US dioceses with the Ascension of Jesus, which is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Since the Solemnity of Mary falls on a Monday, it may also be transferred to the closest Sunday. Check with your local diocese.

**The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is typically celebrated on December 8. When December 8 falls on a Sunday as it does in 2024, the feast day is celebrated instead on Monday, December 9, and there is no obligation to attend Mass on this day.

Holy Days Calendar

To make sure you don’t miss Mass on these special days, we created a Google Calendar with the Catholic Holy Days of Obligation for 2024. We invite you to add it to your personal Google Calendar by entering your email address in the form below. You’ll also be subscribed to ongoing emails from the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.

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There are a few exceptions to those obligations. If the Solemnity of Mary, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Solemnity of All Saints falls on a Saturday or Monday, the obligation is often lifted and those feasts are celebrated on that Sunday. In 2024, this can be the case for the Solemnity of Mary.

We’d still encourage you to attend Mass on those days, but it would not be considered a holy day of obligation. If you’re ever unsure, check with your parish or your diocese’s website to see how your diocese approaches a specific holy day of obligation.

Hawaiians also handle Catholic holy days of obligation a bit differently. Since 1992, the only observed holy days of obligation (except Sundays) are the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Christmas.

A Christmas Miracle From An OMV Seminarian

Br. Leland

Christmas and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ holds a special place in the hearts of the faithful as we remember and give thanks for God’s greatest gift. One of our Oblates of the Virgin Mary seminarians, Dcn. Leland Thorpe, has a special connection to the Christmas story.

“The stable in which Jesus was born was likely dirty, and smelly, and entirely unfitting for a king. A few years ago right at Christmas I was in a place of desolation, and felt like my heart was just like that stable.

But after receiving Communion, the Infant Jesus settled into my heart and made me understand he was glad to be there, just like he was glad to be born in a stable.

Dorothy Day said, ‘I’m so glad that Jesus was born in a stable. Because my soul is so much like a stable. It is poor and in unsatisfactory condition because of guilt, falsehoods, inadequacies and sin. Yet I believe that if Jesus can be born in a stable, maybe he can also be born in me.’

That was the grace I received in that Communion, and it’s continued to be a source of hope and strength for me.”

What Catholic feast days or holy days of obligation are most important to your faith? We’d love to hear your stories and discuss special connections in the comments below.

50 comments on “Catholic Holy Days of Obligation: The Complete List”

  1. 1
    karen L molina on October 29, 2019

    thank you

    1. 2
      Robert Meachum on October 31, 2022

      Is Oct 31st a important day for the catholic church

      1. 3
        Mimi on December 6, 2022

        No, the next day is important to us. It’s call All Saints Day. It is a day set aside to remember all of our loved ones who have gone before us. We go to Mass then if possible, we visit the graves, clean up around the grave and leave flowers. It may sound sad but it’s not.

        1. 4
          Terence Wray on December 8, 2022

          Actually both are important the 31st is All Souls’ Day. And the 1st is All Saints’ Day.

          1. 5
            Daniel on December 29, 2022

            No. All Souls day is November 2nd. The 31st is All Hallows Eve

          2. 6
            Maria McNulty on January 1, 2023

            No the 31st is all Hallows Eve (Eve of all Saints) Nov 1 is all Saints and Nov 2 is all souls

          3. 7
            JULIE on March 18, 2023

            All Hallow’s Eve is October 31- Secularized as Halloween. November 2 is All Soul’s Day.

          4. 8
            Jesus' parttime lover on April 16, 2023

            I love Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ loves me.

          5. 9
            Lawrence John on November 2, 2023

            No! November 2nd is All souls day and not 31st

        2. 10
          Marie S on October 21, 2023

          I believe you are confusing All Saints with All Souls Day

      2. 11
        Lydia on June 17, 2023

        November 1st is All Saints’ Day, we pray for the all the saints who we believe helping us to pray to our Lord. And November 2nd,is All Souls’ Day, we remember our love one, who had gone ahead of us, we pray for their soul, from our own prayers to our Lord to forgive them and my own prayers , I say the prayers of St Gertrude using my Rosary and pray for the soul in purgatory. 5 decades you saved 50,000.00 of soul to be forgiven, in catechism teaching , every night I offer 1 decade or 10 to saved 10,000 soul. (As a Catholic , I pray the St Gertrude prayers for the poor soul in purgatory.) they need prayers for they cannot pray for themself anymore, but in return you an ask them to pray for you.
        “ Eternal Father, I offer thee the body and blood of your dear beloved son, ou Lord Jesus Christ )https://youtu.be/wvApxavsh-g

  2. 12
    Pam DeHuff on December 13, 2019

    Was Sunday December 8, 2019 considered the feast of the Immaculate conception?

    1. 13
      H. C. on September 2, 2021

      No. In 2019, December 8 was the Second Sunday of Advent, because the Advent Sunday takes priority over the Immaculate Conception, in the liturgical calendar. Hence, the Immaculate Conception was moved to Monday, December 9, but there was no obligation to attend Mass, that day.

  3. 14
    Carla on February 26, 2020

    Perfect reference article. Thanks, Father.

  4. 15
    M. Halley on February 26, 2020

    How come different countries have different holy days? Example: Hawaii only observes two and Japan only one?

    1. 16
      John Baptist on March 3, 2022

      different countries can have a few different days of obligation, for example St Patricks’s 17th March will be important in Ireland, 3rd June Uganda Martyrs’ day and these may not be observed in other countries.
      Also as mentioned, a Bishop may move the day of obligation in his Diocese to the nearest Sunday while neighboring dioceses keep it on a week day

  5. 17
    Louanne Soczek on February 26, 2020

    Thank you for the information on the Holy Days of obligations!

    1. 18
      Oblates of the Virgin Mary on March 12, 2020

      Thank you Louanne. God bless.

  6. 19
    Maronita on March 16, 2020

    So technically on the Holy Name of Mary feast day you were really making your 2nd renewal of vows! I should suggest to my superior doing something like that in our statutes.

  7. 20
    Ayoosu Moses Mario SHL on October 30, 2020

    Thanks for the comprehensive explanation on the Holy day of obligation.

  8. 21
    Tom O’Hagan on December 8, 2020

    Does the calendar really need to include the Marian feast of Her Motherhood as a holy day of obligation on Jan 1st? It is so close to Christmas which includes Mary’s role of Motherhood.

  9. 22
    Okiche Stephen Sunday on December 25, 2020

    If Christ was born in such a dirty place, why am I so proud? This has been a food for thought ringing in my heart since this year’s December. This alone should beat down all our pride and ego. May Christ always be our

    1. 23
      JULIE on March 18, 2023

      This is a beautiful and humble reasoning! Bless you!

  10. 24
    LITA Chua on December 29, 2020

    I thought there was more than 6 holiday of obligation…. aside from SUNDAYS ‼️

  11. 25
    Olga on January 2, 2021

    Dear Fathers and Brothers,

    Thank you for sharing your stories!

    It brought to mind my own Christmas story and the manger during a very bad storm in my life.

    While gazing at Jesus , Mary and Joseph in a dirty manger. The King of Kings and Queen of Heaven and earth in this smelly dirty manger. was beyond my understanding. Thinking of the dirtiness of my own heart due to sin and how Jesus descends into it daily when I receive Him in the Eucharist filled me with a deep desire to clean it up!

    Thus, I asked St. Joseph help me to clean up my dirty, smelly manger for Jesus and Mary for Christmas that year and have asked him and our Blessed Mother every day since, to help me with the clean up to receive Jesus.

    It is a daily comfort to know Mother Mary and father, Joseph are there as Jesus Humbly lays in my own heart when I receive Him. May Jesus be praised now and forever!!!

    1. 26
      Trevor Adams on July 29, 2023

      Jesus Christ does not come in and out of us. He said, “Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” If you are born again, Jesus Christ will never let you out of His hand, neither will the Father. John 10 27-30

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    anonymous on February 8, 2021


  13. 28
    Francis Nkpe on February 20, 2021

    Thanks a lot for the update on my catholic faith. God bless you in all in Jesus mighty name name.

  14. 29
    Christopher Walters on March 20, 2021

    I can’t download your Holy Days of Obligation calendar to my iPhone. I went to your resource for help In downloading the calendar, but it didn’t help.

    Is your calendar still available to download?

    Thank you & God Bless!
    Chris Walters

  15. 30
    John on March 25, 2021

    What? Easter Sunday is not a Holy Day of Obligation? I am shocked.

    1. 31
      Boyd on April 30, 2021

      Easter Sunday is a Sunday and every Sunday, is an Obligation. So yes, it is a day of Obligation.

    2. 32
      Alan Polczynski on May 6, 2021

      Easter Sunday ALWAYS occurs on a Sunday. All Sunday’s ARE days of Obligation to attend Mass! Just put these 2 together – and there you have it. In addition, the Very FIRST paragraph at the top explains all of this.

      “Catholic holy days of obligation are the days on which we’re expected to go to Mass. This list includes every single Sunday, along with a few additional days. Some feasts, such as Easter, are always celebrated on a Sunday, so they are always obligatory.”

    3. 33
      Cheryl Ann on May 7, 2021

      I believe the list was written in a way that the bulleted days were non-Sunday holy days of obligation. Obvi, all Sundays are holy days on which a Catholic is expected to attend church. Thx

    4. 34
      Terry W on May 11, 2021

      That’s because Easter always falls on Sunday which is already a day of obligation as are all Sundays 🙂

    5. 35
      ebenezer akinduro on August 3, 2021

      did he say Easter is not a holy day of obligation ?

  16. 36
    L. Rosales on March 26, 2021

    Thank you this is very useful for me. Love that you have a google calendar 👍🏼
    God bless. 🙏🏼

  17. 37
    Judy Tafoya on May 14, 2021

    Christ Presence IS in Constancy Within us; Living With Our Lord and Lady… Forever, Under the Shadow of His Wing, we remain in Communion With our Ecce Homo, Alive…
    We ARE Living the Sanctifying Wedding Feast of the Lamb; yes we do, in Everlasting Grace and Bliss!
    Our Holy Spirit, Jesus and His Holy Mother; Spouse of Spirit, One Holy Divine; Remain Ever Stoked Living Communion IN us!

  18. 38
    Justin on July 1, 2021

    This article forgets that Corpus Christi is also transferred from Thursday to Sunday after Trinity Sunday in the United States.

  19. 39
    Charles chibuzor on October 22, 2022

    I wanted to download the calendar on my phone but didn’t work what do I do

  20. 40
    David Cordero on October 31, 2022

    Thank you for making this possible for many and for having an updated electronic version such as the Google Calender that cna be easily downloaded and shared with others.

    Vivat Jesus !!!

  21. 41
    Bog on November 29, 2022

    Are there only 5 Holy days of obligation (besides Sundays of coarse.)?

  22. 42
    Mary on December 8, 2022

    Why is the immaculate conception of Virgin Mary observed on 12/8 two weeks before the birth of baby Jesus?

    1. 43
      Mary on June 17, 2023

      Because HER birthday is December 8, 9 months later. She is the one whose immaculate conception we celebrate here.♥️

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    tc on December 31, 2022

    The Immaculate Conception on December 8th is connected with the celebration of the birth of Mary 9 months later on September 8th. When Mary was conceived in her mother’s womb, God preserved her from all stain of original sin by the grace that Jesus won for us all on the Cross. So when Mary prayed in the magnificat, “my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” she was aware of God’s saving power, and like the whole Church, came to understand how that salvation comes from Jesus alone.

    The Church commemorates the virginal conception of Jesus Christ on Mary’s womb by the power of the Holy Spirit on the feast of the Annunciation, March 25th, 9 months before Christmas.

  24. 45
    Kevin Benko on April 11, 2023

    This past Saturday, I was confirmed. {I now FINALLY got me a {middle name}}. Thank you for posting this information, as I really, Really, REALLY want to be a proper Catholic.

  25. 46
    Lucy Ann Trebotich on August 15, 2023

    Thanks for the information and feedback. As a Catholic music minister, it can be confusing which Holy days fall on what days as some change every year…….so we can know when to plan the music.
    We love Mary’s Feast days as we love the Marion Hymns….Immaculate Mary, Ave Maria, Hail Holy Queen, Sing of Mary Pure and lowly……etc.

    Yours in Christ,

  26. 47
    Kevin Benko on December 7, 2023

    I was born and baptized a Catholic, BUT my mother divorced my father when I was six years old. I recently {night before Easter 2023}. {PS: I had a stroke in 2011, so I am brain-damaged :(} So these days of Obligation are hard to remember, for me. And I periodically check and recheck the days of Obligation, because I am unsure of these days and I have worried/panicked if I forget one.

    Yeah, I went through RCIA, but I am still shaky about it, so I am sitting this years RCIA.

    {{PPS: I am 59 years old, and I am very strict with myself, and I have “adopted” hard-set behaviors for almost EVERYTHING, I moved to North Dakota because in general, you can trust people from North Dakota}}

    1. 48
      John Necholas on January 5, 2024

      God bless you Kevin, and may He restore you to complete normality before you realize it.

  27. 49
    Maureen on January 8, 2024

    Thank you for the list of holy days of obligation for 2024. I’m especially happy about this years celebration of the Immaculate Conception, because as luck would have it, it falls on my birthday this year.

    Really, I think we should call these Holy Days of Celebration, not Holy Days of Obligation. We should all be looking forward to these special days where we can celebrate Our Lord and Our Lady.

    1. 50
      Carol Avery on April 8, 2024

      That is a wonderful idea! Holy Days of Celebration. I love it.

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