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Holy Days of Obligation
and Blessings at Mass

Holy Days of Obligation

January 1  The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

7th Sunday of Easter  Ascension - In the Archdiocese of Newark (and throughout the state of New Jersey), the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is observed on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, which occurs on Sunday, May 12, in 2024.

August 15  Assumption of Mary into Heaven

November 1   All Saints’ Day

December 8  The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
December 25  Christmas, the Nativity of Our Lord

Blessings at Mass

January Epiphany House Blessings, and Blessing of Bibles on Word of God Sunday

February  Blessing of Throats, and Blessings of Married Couples

March/April Blessing of the First Communion Candidates

May Blessing of Mothers

June  Blessing of Fathers, and Blessing of the High School Graduates

August  Blessing of Backpacks for Students and Teachers

September Blessing of Grandparents and Elderly, Blessing of the Animals, and Blessing of the Catechists

November  Blessing of Bread (Thanksgiving Day), Rite of Welcoming of the Confirmation Candidates, and Blessing of the Mentors, and Blessing of the Advent Wreath

December  Blessing of the Creche, and Blessing of the Bambinelli

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