Tuesday, December 29, 2009

January 1st Is A Holy Day
But it depends where you live

January 1st is, and has been, a holy day of obligation for centuries. For untold ages it was the Feast of the Circumcision (and still is in parishes using the traditional, or Extraordinary, Form). In churches under the New Order, or (plain ol’) Ordinary Form, the holy day is celebrated as the Feast of Mary, Mother of God.

Father Zuhlsdorf over at the What Does the Prayer Really Say blog reminds us:

1 January 2010 is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States.

It is among the Holy Days of Obligation for the Universal Church.


“Universal” meaning the entire Catholic world, one would suppose. But, you’d suppose wrong. That’s right, the universal church does not include Southern California, because His Eminence Cardinal Roger the Dodger Mahoney has declared it is NOT a holy day of obligation this New Year.

I guess moving Ascension Thursday to the next Sunday wasn’t enough to weaken Catholic identity. No, in the land of fruits (including the ones Mahoney transferred from parish to parish) and nuts, it would be just too Catholic to go to Mass on Friday and then again on Sunday. Perish the thought!

Sheesh, it’s a national holiday, as well. It’s not like people are going to have to take time off of work. But that is of little concern to Mahoney, who continues do leave his Roman Protestant mark on the Left Coast in the few years he has remaining until mandatory retirement.

9 Comments:

Blogger Sonja said...

Is this to be treated as Christmas was since the feast day is also on a Friday? Abstaining from meat on Thursday to allow the eating of what we like on the Friday feast day? Thus the term Feast Day?

I'm thinking yes but if you folks don't know the answer I'll have to check with one of my priests.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Blanscet Hernandez Family said...

That is just criminal! Like you said, is it so difficult to go to Mass twice in a three day period? Uh, no. I know some folks still have to work that day, despite it being a national holiday, but that's no excuse. I'm sure they could find a vigil or an evening Mass to attend.

Y'know, it still amazes me how Catholics seem allergic to Mass. I'm a convert and it still thrills me that Jesus would offer Himself to lowly me at every Mass. How could I miss it? We're only asked to go once per week! It's not an obligation; it's an honor!

-Paulette

8:04 AM  
Blogger nypd green said...

Mahoney has a whole lot to answer for...

9:53 AM  
Blogger Theocentrica said...

At a certain parish in Raleigh, they skipped the Feast of the Assumption last summer... it was on a Saturday and they had no Mass for it, so I assumed it would be celebrated on Sunday. I was mistaken.

10:04 AM  
Blogger StarbucksMom... said...

tick tock tick tock... his time will soon be up.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Bill Hoog said...

Sounds like the dear cardinal is vying to have his skull to pave the floor of Hell!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Sonja said...

Nobody answered me so I checked elsewhere and yes we abstain on Thursday and feast on Our Lady's day.

A priest in a parish here was asked if he could possibly make the Masses a bit longer. The Sunday Mass was being offered start to finish in less than twenty minutes. His response was "People have things to do." But this man was basketball coach, canoer, sloppy and lazy. He was everything else first and a priest last. He never had a vocation. Mahony and his kind never had vocations either. They only had Protestant careers.

My grandparents who were farmers and sold hay just to have gas to get them to church, drove faithfully and JOYOUSLY almost an hour each way to Holy Mass. Now I, their grandaughter, even when gas was over $3/gal drove joyously over TWO hours one way just to get to Holy Mass. It's His day. We should give it to Him.

It's all about what you want, what your priorities are and just whose kingdom comes first. You are either Catholic or you are not. You will either put Him first or He will vomit you from His mouth.

9:03 AM  
Blogger JLS said...

"Twenty minutes"!!! I can say the Hail Mary about that fast, I think because I practiced while listening to it on the radio where the boys school (Fr. Payton, I think led that radio Rosary) rattled it off as fast as humanly possible ... whole Rosary in fifteen minutes. That is faster than one Hail Mary every six seconds, because of all the Our Fathers and Glory Bees. During prayers after low Mass, I think it upsets some people when I say (quietly) the Hail Mary at such a clip.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Sonja,
Thx for passing that info RE: abstaining. I never knew that! Good thing I haven't had b'fast yet!

1:56 PM  

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