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As the year passes, it can be easy to forget that a holy day is coming soon. If you have reminders, you can mark the dates on your calendars and download coloring pages for the month.
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The following Catholic Holy Days of Obligation chart shows the dates for the Universal Church and for the various countries around the world.
The obligations attached to the days have changed in many places which makes people think that some are no longer of obligation.
In some dioceses and congregations the obligation is simply transferred to the next Sunday.
All Sundays are holy days of obligation.
Because Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles and Mary on Pentecost Sunday, the Catholic Church has designated Sunday as the Lord's Day, not Saturday which is known in the Bible as the Sabbath.
There are other very important feasts in the year that count as the Lord's Day and have the same obligations.
Since there are some that do not fall on Sunday, we memorize those dates so as to be able to remember them through the year.
Check your Local Ordo for what is required in your country on the Holy Days in these lists. There is a short list of the six days required in the United States below this universal chart.
Baltimore Catechism question:
What Are The Catholic Holy Days Of Obligation?
They are easy to remember when you think there are:
Use these links to jump down to the different holy days of obligation:
At the moment, I do not have a coloring page for this, yet the Presentation is the next month, February 2.
All Saints Day is when we celebrate all those saints for whom there is no official date in the calendar.
Since there are millions of known and unknown saints, there would be no way to be able to put them all in the Catholic Calendar.
Print several of these for your All Saints costume party.
Remember that from November 1-8 you can gain extra indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
On November 2 priests can offer Mass three times and you can assist at all three if your parish or chapel arranges them this way.
Note: Newly in 2020, the Vatican has extended the time we can gain indulgences for the Holy Souls. See the details at this Crux article.
There are other holy days that are important, too. They are not obligatory, but they do mark important days in the calendar.
There are many Catholic Feast Days that are simply the feasts of saints and do not directly affect the Liturgical calendar, but we celebrate them in honor their virtues in imitation of Jesus and Mary like: St. Patrick, St. Joseph, St. Andrew, and St. Anthony. Some of these are remembered in the Rosary (see Rosary coloring pages here).
The Catholic holy days of obligation have an asterisk:
Feast of the Circumcision* - January 1
Feast of the Epiphany - January 6
Ash Wednesday - The beginning of Lent
Palm Sunday - The beginning of Holy Week
Holy Thursday - The Last Supper
Good Friday - The Crucifixion of Jesus
Holy Saturday - Jesus remains buried.
Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of Jesus
Ascension Thursday* - Jesus ascends into Heaven, 40 days after Easter
Pentecost Sunday - Holy Ghost descends upon the Apostles and Mary
Trinity Sunday - The end of the Easter season celebrates the Trinity
Corpus Christi - Celebrates Jesus in the Eucharist
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary* August 8
All Saints Day* - November 1
Advent - Fourth Sunday before Christmas.
Immaculate Conception* December 8
Christmas Day* December 25 - Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Since some of these dates are movable feasts so we post these dates on our home page and send an email reminder about once monthly.
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Our free monthly reminder of the Catholic holy days of obligation also mentions the dates for the nine First Fridays and the five First Saturdays. Sometimes it's tricky when the First Saturday comes before the First Friday, so it's good to have a reminder.
We also mention other major Catholic feast days and seasonal highlights of the Catholic liturgical calendar. Simply enter your regular email address in the white box on most of our web pages or sign up for our Holy Day Reminder at the top of this page.
Remember to check your local Ordo for what is required on the Holy Days in your area.
The Confirmation catechism is when we learn about the holy days and memorize the list. We are usually required to memorize these, especially for Confirmation, so that we do not forget them throughout the years.
that helps you or your children memorize the holy days easily.
You can find an explanation of most of the holy days, especially Christmas, the Circumcision, and the Ascension of Jesus.
St. Anne's Audio Confirmation Catechism teaches the Catholic Holy Days of Obligation in the USA.
St. Anne's Confirmation Catechism Copybooks also reinforce learning the answers. They use the copybook method to help your children improve memorization, penmanship, reading and spelling! Practice for the quiz!
The Roman Catholic calendar names the Catholic Holy Days of Obligation as well as the Catholic saints names to use for Baptism or Confirmation. It frequently has a separate list of patron saints, as well.
Knowing the specific patron saint is handy for special dedications or gifts. The Catholic Encyclopedia or Butler's Lives of the Saints (not Attwater's rewrite) are great resources, too.
The Catholic Missal prayers, readings, and thoughts for the day are usually placed in the Catholic liturgical calendar according to the anniversary date of each saint's death.
Newly canonized saints can be found on calendars that use the new liturgical year.
TAN Books has had a Catholic calendar that lists the
Looking for the dates of more Catholic Feast Days? This is a great list by month according to the 1962 Catholic liturgical calendar that is used with the 1962 Roman Missal.
See the official USCCB list of Catholic Holy Days here.