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What are the major Solemnities and Feasts celebrated during the Liturgical Year or the Year of Grace, 2016?

Below is a list of the major Solemnities and Festive days in the 2013 liturgical calendar. It includes pastoral notes regarding days of obligation, funeral Masses on those days, and other specifics for which we often receive phone calls at the Office for Divine Worship. We hope that it proves helpful as you plan the liturgical celebrations that mark the year 2014.

Liturgical Calendar for the Year of Grace 2016


Sunday, November 29, 2015
First Sunday of Advent of the Year of Grace 2016

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Second Sunday of Advent
Tuesday, December 8 2015
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Friday, December 25, 2015
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Friday, January 1, 2016
The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord / Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
Holyday of Obligation

Sunday, January 3, 2016
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Sunday, January 10, 2016
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Friday, January 22, 2016
Day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person.
The Mass should be celebrated with violet vestments.

Sunday, January 24, 2016
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Ash Wednesday
Day of obligatory fast and abstinence.
Funeral Masses are permitted on this day.

Sunday, February 28, 2016
Third Sunday of Lent – First Scrutiny of the Elect

Sunday, March 6, 2016
Fourth Sunday of Lent – Second Scrutiny of the Elect

Sunday, March 13, 2016
Fifth Sunday of Lent – Third Scrutiny of the Elect

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, March 27, 2016
Paschal Triduum
The Funeral Mass is not permitted on these days.
Funerals may be celebrated within a liturgy of the word.
Sunset on March 26 is 7:19pm, thus the Easter Vigil should begin no earlier than 8:00pm

Monday, April 4, 2016
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (transferred)

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Note that the observance of this Solemnity has been permanently moved to the seventh Sunday of Easter in the province of Chicago.

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity


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