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What Are The Holy Days of Obligation In The Catholic Church?

What Are The Holy Days of Obligation In The Catholic Church?

On holy days of obligation, Catholics are obliged to participate in Mass. Every Sunday is a holy day of obligation, as are six other days throughout the year. In the United States, these holy days of obligation are

  • January 1: The Feast of Mary, the Mother of God

  • 40 days after Easter Sunday: Ascension Thursday

  • August 15: Assumption of Mary into heaven

  • November 1: All Saints’ Day

  • December 8: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

  • December 25: Christmas, the Nativity of Our Lord

Holy days are like Sundays in that Catholics must attend Mass, and if possible, refrain from unnecessary servile work. Some Catholic countries, such as Italy, Spain, and Ireland, give legal holiday status to some of these holy days, so people can attend Mass and be with family instead of at work.

In the United States, Christmas Day (December 25) and the Immaculate Conception (December 8) are always days of obligation. Christmas and Easter (which always falls on Sunday) are the highest-ranking holy days, and the Immaculate Conception is the feast for the United States. However, if any of the other holy days falls on a Saturday or Monday, they aren’t considered holy days of obligation, because they’re back-to-back with Sunday. The concern is that it would be burdensome to many Catholics to have to go to church two days in a row.

To make things even more confusing, some parts of the United States have moved holy days, such as the Ascension from Thursday to the closest Sunday. If in doubt, it’s best to call the local Catholic parish or just go to Mass anyway. Attending Mass is never a waste of time, even if it ends up not being a holy day of obligation.

Europe has four more holy days than the United States observes: January 6 (Epiphany), March 19 (St. Joseph), Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity Sunday, which is the Sunday after Pentecost, which is 50 days after Easter), and the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul (June 29).

Actions Forbidden Within And Outside The Course Of The Liturgy – Every Serious Catholic Must Know This 

Actions Forbidden Within And Outside The Course Of The Liturgy – Every Serious Catholic Must Know This 


The word “ABERRATION” means “forbidden”. Liturgical Aberration means signs and actions that are forbidden within the course of the Liturgy. The following are some of the Aberration within and outside the Liturgy:
1. Praying of individual Rosary or any form of prayer inside the Church while Mass is on.

2. Praying in front of the Statue of our Mother Mary while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar for Adoration is forbidden.

3. Mixing unblessed water with Holy water is forbidden or a Blessed salt with unblessed water is forbidden. Have the priest bless both water and salt before mixing together. Adding small quantity of holy water to bathing water is okay. This however, is not the same as adding holy water to unblessed water and thinking that by that addition, the unblessed water has become blessed and can be treated as holy water.

4. It is forbidden to make use of the Sanctuary for any purpose outside the Liturgical activities like Mass, Adoration, Benediction.

5. Using unblessed objects such as Rosary, Scapular, Medals to pray or wearing them is forbidden.

6. It is an Aberration to bow before the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle or while it is exposed. Rather, we should genuflect to the Tabernacle or the Exposed Blessed Sacrament. A profound bow is also good in the case of those who can’t genuflect. 

7. To take sacred objects that have been blessed to another Priest for blessing is forbidden. The first blessing cannot fade. That’s why there’s no need for a second. 

8. Chewing of the Holy Communion like biscuit is forbidden.

9. Apart from those functioning during the Liturgy on the Sanctuary, it is forbidden for persons to walk in and out of the Sanctuary. Except when the Priest called in the case of a necessity otherwise, this is wrong because every discussion and clarification must be done in the Sacristy before Mass.

10. Lying against a priest and criticizing him publicly is an abomination with dare consequences. Desist from it. You can respectfully discuss the issues with the priest in private.


1. Requesting for prayers from the Priest after Mass is not proper. The priest has already prayed the greatest prayer he can pray for you which is the Mass whether your intentions are vocalized or not. 

2. Receiving Holy Communion at Mass and going for confession after Mass is not forbidden. With an act of perfect contrition (contrition of love), a penitent can receive Holy Communion during Mass and go for sacramental confession as soon as possible. 

3. Not doing the penance given to us after going for confession is forbidden. Without the satisfaction (doing the penance given by the priest), there is no remission of the punishments due to sin. More so, Penance must not be done in a hurry.

4. It is forbidden to stand four yards or 3 metres close to the Priest while hearing confession of others. A good distance is required. It is a sign of our respect for the dignity of the Sacrament of Confessions. 

5. Receiving Holy Communion and singing without a moment of recollection and prayer is wrong. 

6. Washing the face and hands with the Holy water at the entrance of the Church is forbidden.

7. It is forbidden to bury sacred objects like Rosary, Scapular, Medals, etc. in a piece of land, foundation or in a compound (when it’s not the case that you’re respectfully disposing them…). It is sufficient to have a priest bless the land and sprinkle with Holy Water.

8. Hearing people’s confession and calling it counseling is forbidden. Sacramental Confession must be done. Anyone can counsel anyone but only a priest has the power and authority to hear people’s confessions and absolve them.

9. Placing a child on top of the Altar during the so called “dedication” is an aberration.

10. Saying “Holy water hasn’t touched me” whenever it’s sprinkled is a sign of a lack of faith. It may have touched you without your knowing it.

ABERRATIONS For Catholics 

1. Praying in front of a Marian Grotto and Blessed Sacrament and afterwards, going to the chapel to pray again shows poor understanding of our faith. It is the same Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the Chapel.

2. It is not right to greet a Priest before Mass especially morning mass.

3. It is wrong to call someone’s name at confession.

4. Fast before receiving Holy Communion, at least one hour, if you’re not sick. 

5. Unless it’s an emergency, don’t use the aisle (central passage) during the liturgy. It’s meant for processions only. Use the side passages instead.

*We need to read this and take it seriously because so many of us are guilty of this liturgical aberrations*.

3 Ex-Satanists Tell Their Story After Returning Back To The Catholic Church 

3 Ex-Satanists Tell Their Story After Returning Back To The Catholic Church 

The world of a Satanist is a secretive, spiteful one, which typically involves indulging the passions and mocking all things Christian, particularly Catholic. A few respond to grace and renounce the lifestyle, however, embracing Catholicism and sharing stories of their time as Satanists. The following are stories shared by three Catholics who are ex-Satanists, who now publicly share their stories in various public Catholic forums as both speakers and writers.


Deborah Lipsky is author of A Message of Hope: Confessions of an Ex-Satanist. Deborah is originally from Massachusetts, got involved with Satanism as a teen, and returned to the Catholic Church of her youth in 2009. You’d be surprised to discover that seemingly respectable citizens in your community are members of satanic covens, she said, as “they’re people you meet on the street. They’re doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs.”

Deborah has autism, which led to her isolation as a child. She attended Catholic schools in grades 7-10. Rejection and abuse by other children led her to misbehave in class, which made her unpopular with the nuns who ran the school “and they suggested I deserved the treatment I received. I was angry at the nuns, so, as a joke and to get even, I started coming to school wearing the pentagram. I would also draw it on my homework assignments. They asked me to leave the school. Now, these were the pre-internet days, so I began reading about Satanism in books, and then began talking with Satanists.”

She joined a satanic cult, but was turned off by the vulgarity of their Black Masses. She recalled, “It is depravity at its worst. Satanism is about indulgence, and destroying the Church and traditional morality.”

Had you met her as a Satanist, she said, “If you were nice to me, I would have been nice to you. If you were mean to me, I would have gotten even. I might have sent a demon after you.”

She continued, “You would have been uncomfortable around me, as I could have given you some hateful looks, and found me very manipulative. You would have been surprised that at a young age I had accumulated tremendous wealth, even though I was only working part-time.”

People invite the demonic into their lives through “portals,” she said: “You can make use of Ouija boards, go to a psychic, attend a séance or try to communicate with ghosts. We can also invite them in when we let ourselves be consumed with anger and refuse to forgive. Demons have the ability to tamper with our thoughts, and lead us into addictions.”

An increasing fear the demonic led her to return to the Church and share her experiences. She said, “I love the Church, and have dedicated my life to her … Our Lady has had an incredible role in my life, too. I’ve seen great miracles happen through Mary.”

She encourages the faithful to live active Catholic lives, going to Mass and Confession regularly, and make use of the sacramentals, especially holy water. She calls it “industrial-strength spiritual Lysol,” and said, “I keep it in my home and regularly bless myself.”

She also recommends that the faithful be careful about their hobbies and entertainment. She said, “The drinking, partying, carousing lifestyle can create an opening for the devil to come in; I also recommend people avoid the killing/slasher movies.”


David Arias is from Mexico City, and came to California at age 16. He was raised in what he described as a “culturally Catholic” family, but often clashed with his family as he was a self-described “troublemaker.”

Friends in high school introduced him to the Ouija board, inviting him to play it in a cemetery. The association led him to underground parties, which included promiscuity and drug and alcohol abuse. Eventually he was invited to join what he called “the Satan church.”

David said his group included all ages (at 16, he was among the youngest) and ethnicities. Many were “gothic,” people who dress in black, and color their hair, lips and around their eyes black. Others appeared perfectly respectable, and worked as doctors, lawyers and engineers.

The group was careful to avoid the police, and threatened to kill any member who went public with his experiences.

After four years in the cult, David “felt empty” inside and turned to God and returned to his Catholic faith. He has since married, had children and been active in his parish, sharing the story of his past, particularly among the Hispanic community.

He advises parents to keep a watchful eye on their children, as children today “have easy access to many things that are harmful.”

He, too, recommends regular attendance at Mass and regular Confession, as well as the Rosary. He said, “The Rosary is powerful. When someone is praying the Rosary, evil gets upset!”


Zachary King is a former Satanist who today is a Catholic evangelist operating the All Saints Ministry apostolate.

He joined a satanic coven as a teen, lured by activities he found enjoyable. He explained, “They wanted people to keep coming back. They had pinball machines and video games we could play, there was a lake on the property in which we could swim and fish, and a pit for barbecuing. There was lots of food, sleepovers, and we could watch movies.”

There were also drugs and porn. Porn, in fact, “plays a huge role in Satanism.”

At age 33 he stepped away from the coven. His conversion to Catholicism began in 2008, when a woman gave him a Miraculous Medal.

Today, he warns parents to keep their children from exposure to the demonic. This includes avoiding the Ouija board, and games like the Charlie Charlie Challenge.

Although he regrets involvement in Satanism, he’s confessed his sins and doesn’t struggle with guilt. He said, “I had had a longing to be Catholic ever since I was a child, and I wish I had become a priest as soon as possible. But, God allowed me to have the experiences I had. He wants me to tell everyone: don’t do this.”

What Does “Mass” Mean and Why Do Catholics Use The Word?

What Does “Mass” Mean and Why Do Catholics Use The Word?

What Does Mass Mean and Why Do Catholics Use The Word?

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass

The English word “Mass” comes from the Latin word missa, which means to be “sent.” This Latin word has been used since the 6th or 7th century to describe the Catholic celebration of the Eucharist, our main liturgical service. The word is used during the conclusion of the celebration when the priest or deacon says in Latin, Ite, missa est.

The literal translation of that phrase is, “Go, it has been sent.” Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote a commentary on these words and explained in his Summa Theologiae, “And from this the Mass derives its name … the deacon on festival days ‘dismisses’ the people at the end of the Mass, by saying: ‘Ite, missa est,’ that is, the victim [Jesus] has been sent to God through the angel, so that it may be accepted by God.”

Pope Benedict XVI also expanded on these words in his encyclical Sacramentum Caritatis, but focused on a different spiritual meaning behind the phrase. He wrote, “In antiquity, missa simply meant ‘dismissal.’ However in Christian usage it gradually took on a deeper meaning. The word ‘dismissal’ has come to imply a ‘mission.’ These few words succinctly express the missionary nature of the Church. The People of God might be helped to understand more clearly this essential dimension of the Church’s life, taking the dismissal as a starting- point.”

Instead of seeing the words of the priest or deacon as a conclusion to the celebration, Pope Benedict saw them as a beginning. He made that abundantly clear when he developed new words for the dismissal at Mass. Pope Benedict approved the phrases, “Ite ad Evangelium Domini annuntiandum (Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord)” and “Ite in pace, glorificando vita vestra Dominum (Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life).” Both of these dismissals focus on the missionary character of the Mass and how those in the pew are meant to go out in the world, sustained by the Eucharist they just received.

Viewed in this framework, the “Mass” is not just a single celebration on a Sunday or weekday or feast day, but a starting-point for a lifelong journey of Christian witness. The priest, in the place of Christ, sends forth his parishioners into the world so that they may be beacons of light, set on a hill for all to see.

Source: aleteia.org/

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