Fr Z has picked up a piece from the Catholic Herald by Michael Jennings on Why the Church should make life harder for Catholics.
You will get the drift from what he says about Holydays of Obligation:
More mollycoddling is in evidence with the recent transferring of various feast days to Sunday. This has saved Catholics a trip to church or otherwise having another thing to own up to in Confession – that’s if they happen to be part of the majority who don’t do Holy Days of Obligation.
Certainly, we had less than half of Sunday's congregation at Mass today, despite a fulsome reminder on Sunday that our commitment to the Assumption should be just as it is for a Sunday. Mind you, it's hard to expect Catholics to turn up today when so many other Days of Obligation are transferred to the nearest Sunday. Common sense tells people that they can't be that important if we can chop and change them around with so much ease.
Anyway, we had a lovely celebration of Our Lady's Assumption into Heaven with a simple OF Mass this morning with a little singing and Missa Cantata this evening.
There is a good piece by my friend Fr Leon Periera, O.P. over at Linen on the Hedgerow. Thank you for this morning's homily, Father Leon!
Hail Queen of Heaven