Saturday 13 May 2023

Sixth Sunday of Eastertide and the Ascension


ASCENSION THURSDAY: HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION. Holy days of obligation are feast days on which we are required to attend Mass and to avoid (to the extent that they are able) servile work. The observance of Holy Days of Obligation is part of the Sunday Duty, the first of the Precepts of the Church, and are listed in Canon 1246 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. Holy Days of Obligation are days other than Sundays on which we are required to participate in the Mass, the primary form of worship. Any feast celebrated on a Sunday, such as Easter, falls under normal Sunday Duty and thus isn't included in a list of Holy Days of Obligation. 

What Is an Obligation? A lot of people misunderstand what it means to say that Catholics are obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. This isn't an arbitrary rule, but part of general moral life—the need to do good and avoid evil. That is why the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Para. 2041) describes the obligations listed in the Precepts of the Church as "the very necessary minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor." These are things that, as Christians, Catholics should want to do anyway; the Church uses the Precepts of the Church (of which the listing of Holy Days of Obligation is one) simply as a way to remind adherents of the need to grow in holiness.


Sunday 14th May.
Sixth Sunday of Easter. Year A.

Mass at 8.30am & 10am. 

Refreshments served after both Masses 
in the Pope John Paul Room. 
Come and join us! 
Monday  9.30am Mass

Tuesday 9.30am Mass

Wednesday 9.30am Mass
Thursday  9.30am Ascension of Our Lord.
                                Holyday of Obligation
Friday 8.30am

Saturday 9.30am Mass
               Confessions afterwards.

Sunday 21st May.

Seventh Sunday of Easter. Year A.
Mass at 8.30am & 10am. 
Procession and Crowning of the statue of Our Lady at the 10am Mass

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