Is tomorrow, December 8, a Holy Day of obligation?


I converted 3 years ago but this year I have tried to attend all the holy days of obligation. Am I correct in thinking that tommorow it is mandatory for all catholics to attend mass? Just as it is on sundays?

My church is offering a vigil tonight Dec. 7th for the solemnity of the immaculate conception. If I go does that cover me? In other words is the mass tonight exactly the same as all of the ones tommorow. Because If I go tonight my wife can come w/ me if I go tommorow she can’t?


Code of Canon Law (CIC) states, “Sunday, on which by apostolic tradition the paschal mystery is celebrated, must be observed in the universal Church as the primordial holy day of obligation. The following days must also be observed: the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Epiphany, the Ascension, the Body and Blood of Christ, Holy Mary the Mother of God, her Immaculate Conception, her Assumption, Saint Joseph, Saint Peter and Saint Paul the Apostles, and All Saints. With the prior approval of the Apostolic See, however, the conference of bishops can suppress some of the holy days of obligation or transfer them to a Sunday” (CIC 1246).

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops promulgated the following complementary norms in 1991:

“In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America, in conformity with canon 1246, are as follows:

January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension
August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 1, the solemnity of All Saints
December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

”Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.”

See also Does a vigil Mass satisfy my Holy Day obligation?

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