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Thread #109544   Message #2292007
Posted By: PoppaGator
18-Mar-08 - 05:44 PM
Thread Name: BS: Sad dayfor Irish in parts of US at least
Subject: RE: BS: Sad dayfor Irish in parts of US at least
mg is right; Jim Lad was using the term "Holyday of Obligation" in a very fast-and-loose, and indeed incorrect, manner. (On the other hand, he was right on the button in observing that "I'm sure Paddy doesn't mind stepping aside for the boss. He's done it before and he'll do it again.")

As serious as the liturgies of Holy Week may be, Catholics are not obligated to attend in the same way that they are on Sundays and on the small number of designated Holydays of Obligation. Not even on the supremely solemn occasion of Good Friday, which incidentally is a day on which Mass is NOT said.

I think mg has the list about right, except that the Epiphany (Jan 6) is not included; rather, it's the Feast of the Circumcision (New Year's Day) that is a H of O.