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Feasts change this year!

Posted by nechc on January 24, 2008

This is the letter our Bishop is sending out:

Dear Monsignor, Father, Deacon: 

            Questions have already arisen about the observance this year of St. Patrick’s Day and the Feast of St. Joseph, both of which appear on the calendar during Holy Week.   

As you know, the liturgies of Holy Week take precedence over all other liturgies and likewise, during Easter Week, the liturgies of the Octave take precedence over all other liturgies.  This year, for example, the Feast of the Annunciation is transferred from March 25th to March 31st.  Likewise, the Holy See has transferred the Feast of St. Joseph from March 19th to the previous Saturday, March 15th.  If it is customary in your parish to celebrate a Mass for St. Patrick, this year, that Mass may be celebrated on Friday, March 14th.  It may not be celebrated on March 17th because of Holy Week. 

            I understand that the next time such a juxtaposition of dates takes place will be more than 100 years from now.  I think it is fair to say that this changing of dates is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. 

            With my hopes that this answers questions you will be receiving and with every best wish, 

                                                                        In Christ, 



                                                                        Most Reverend Timothy A. McDonnell                                                                        Bishop of

P.S.  The Chrism Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral will be on March 17!


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