***Fat Thursday--Lent was a time to avoid meat, and Fat Thursday was a time to use up all perishable animal fats before the Lenten season
January 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
This feast, closely connected to the feast of Christmas and celebrated on the octave of Christmas, is the most important and oldest of the major feasts of Mary. Mary's Divine Maternity became a universal feast in 1931. Liturgical reform initiated by Vatican II placed it on January 1 in 1969. Prior to this, the feast celebrated on January 1 was the circumcision of Jesus. Mary is indeed the mother of God and our mother is well. As we begin a new year, it is fitting that we honor and venerate Mary as an essential part of the Catholic Church and of our own lives.
December 8 - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is the belief that God preserved Mary from any inclination to sin, the inheritance of original sin passed on to all humankind from Adam and Eve. Even though Mary was conceived in the normal way by her parents, she was preserved from original sin and redeemed by God’s grace from the moment of her conception. Mary is indeed “full of grace.” The official teaching of the Church says: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all original sin.” What Christ does for everyone who calls upon his name and is baptized (Acts 2:38; 4:12; Romans 10:13) he did for his mother when she was conceived. “By the grace of God Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long.” [Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 493]
November 1 - All Saints' Day
This feast honors all the saints, known and unknown. This feast was first celebrated on May 13, 610, when Pope Boniface IV proclaimed the day Feast of All Holy Martyrs in Rome. The intent was to honor all martyrs who were not included in local records. In 835, Pope Gregory IV changed the date and name to November 1 and Feast of All Saints. There are many saints who are not popularly known or who are not celebrated during the course of the liturgical year. This feast day provides an opportunity to remember and celebrate their lives.
August 15 - The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This is the principal feast of Mary. It has a double purpose: first, the happy departure of Mary from this life and second, the assumption of her body into heaven. Departure from this world and entrance into the next is the same movement in two different expressions. Little is known for certain about the day, year and manner of Mary's death. The dates assigned for it vary between three and fifteen years after Jesus' Ascension. Since Mary was preserved free from all stain of original sin, she was spared bodily decay and was taken up body and soul into heaven once her earthly life was over. Thus the Lord has exalted her as Queen over all things.
**Shrove Tuesday(known in some countries as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day) is a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes
Catholic Holidays in 2018 and 2019
In the table below you can find a list of Catholic holidays dates in 2018 & 2019. The Holy Days of Obligation dates are marked in * red.
Date Holiday Name
*Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Sunday, January 6, 2019 Epiphany
***Thursday, February 8, 2019 Fat Thursday
**Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Shrove Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Ash Wednesday
Sunday, April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday
Thursday, April 18, 2019 Maundy Thursday
Friday, April 18, 2019 Good Friday
*Sunday, April 21, 2019 Easter
Monday, April 22, 2019 Easter Monday
*Thursday, May 30, 2019 Ascension of Jesus
Sunday, June 9, 2019 Pentecost
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Corpus Christi
Thursday, August 15, 2019 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
*Friday, November 1, 2019 All Saints' Day
Saturday, December 8, 2018 Feast of the Immaculate Conception
*Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Christmas
December 25 - Christmas, the Nativity of Our Lord
This feast, one of the two major feasts of the liturgical year, celebrates the birth of Jesus. We celebrate the Incarnation, when God became flesh and entered the world. We have a God who loves us and saves us!
May 25 Ascension of Jesus
The Ascension of Our Lord - Observed on the seventh Sunday of Easter or on the Thursday after the sixth Sunday of Easter
This feast is celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter Sunday and commemorates the elevation of Jesus into heaven by his own power in the presence of his disciples. It is narrated in Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and in the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.