List of all holy days of obligation - Canada 2011

Is there a place where I can find a list of all Canadian Holy days of obligation for this year?

It’s a short list. Today is the first one and Christmas will be the next one. That’s it.

Oh, then this list in not accurate?

That list is accurate… for the United States, not Canada. The article says that it’s a list for the United States.

That list is for the US as clearly stated in the text. Also it lists all major Feasts, and then notes which ones are Holy Days of Obligation.

For Canada, days like Ascension and Corpus Cristi are automatically celebrated on the next Sunday. Only Christmas and Solemnity of the Mother of God (Jan1) are the non-Sunday Holy Days that RC Canadians are obligated to go to Mass for. Although for 2011, today is the only non-Sunday Holy Day of Obligation, as Christmas is a Sunday this year. Also January 1, 2012 is also a Sunday.

You can check your diocese’s website for the information you want. The Archdiocese of Vancouver ( has such information posted on what are days of obligation.

Great information guys. I wasn’t aware of such differences between the US and Canadian Catholic Church.

Because there are separate Episcopal Conferences, the decisions can be different with such matters. In fact, since Bishops run each diocese independently, they can pretty much make their own policy within allowed by the law (ie. provisions for where the decision to do one thing or another is given to the local ordinary). One reason for an Episcopal Conference is to make sure policies are as uniform as possible across a given territory.

This is the relevant canon:

Can. 1246 §1. 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.
§2. 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.

Of that list, in Canada we find the following:

Holy Mary the Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation)
Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Holy Day of Obligation)

Epiphany (January 6th or the Sunday after January 1, whichever comes first; this year Epiphany is celebrated on Jan. 2, next year it’ll be on January 6th but still not a Holy Day of Obligation)

Ascension (transferred to Sunday)
Body and Blood of Christ (transferred to Sunday)

Immaculate Conception (abrogated)
Assumption (abrogated)
Saint Joseph (abrogated)
Saint Peter and Saint Paul the Apostles (abrogated)
All Saints (abrogated)

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