2017 Holy Days of Obligation:
- January 1, Mary, Mother of God – on a Sunday and a Holy Day of Obligation
- Ascension of the Lord is permanently transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter and is not on a Thursday.
- August 15, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – on a Tuesday and a Holy Day of Obligation
- November 1, All Saints – on a Wednesday and a Holy Day of Obligation
- December 8, Immaculate Conception – Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America – on a Friday and a Holy Day of Obligation
- December 25, Christmas – on a Monday and Holy Day of Obligation
In the words of the II Vatican Council, The Holy Eucharist “contains the entire spiritual good of the Church, that is, Christ himself, our Pasch and Living Bread.” At St. Joseph’s, the daily lives of the faithful are enlivened by Christ’s Presence at Mass, where His people “are invited and encouraged to offer themselves, their labors and all created things, together with Him” (Presbyterorum Ordinis, 5).
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1362 The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, the making present and the sacramental offering of his unique sacrifice, in the liturgy of the Church which is his Body.
1365 Because it is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, the Eucharist is also a sacrifice. The sacrificial character of the Eucharist is mainifested in the very words of institution: “This is my body which is given for you” and “This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in my blood” (Lk 22:19-20).
1366 The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross, because it is its memorial and because it applies its fruit:
[Christ], our Lord and God, was once and for all to offer himself to God the Father by his death on the altar of the cross, to accomplish there an everlasting redemption. But because his priesthood was not to end with his death, at the Last Supper “on the night when he was betrayed,” [he wanted] to leave to his beloved spouse the Church a visible sacrifice (as the nature of man demands) by which the bloody sacrifice which he was to accomplish once for all on the cross would be re-presented, its memory perpetuated until the end of the world, and its salutary power be applied to the forgiveness of the sins we daily commit. (Council of Trent: DS 1740)