SUNDAYS AND OTHER HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

 

Holy Days of Obligation are days when Catholics are bound to participate in the Mass.

 

Every Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation.

 

Sunday is the Lord's Day, the day of Christ's resurrection, the first Christian feast day.

 

For Christians it is meant to be a day of joy and freedom, a day for relaxing and refreshing ourselves, free from business, free to worship God.

 

As well as Sundays the only other Holy days in New Zealand now are Christmas Day (25th December) and the Assumption of Mary (15th August).

 

If a Priest is not available, or if people can not attend Mass for some serious reason, it is recommended they take part in a celebration of God's Word or some other form of communal prayer, or at least spend time in personal prayer.