Until the next four-year program begins sometime in 2006, the Institute will be offering regular sessions for continuing education credits in theology, spirituality, liturgy, and Scripture. All sessions are open to the public.
The first of these days will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005 at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison titled "Focus: The Year of the Eucharist" This mini-course will treat the theology of Eucharist in the morning and offer two break-out sessions in the afternoon that will apply the knowledge to life. Full story ...
Holy days of obligation in 2005
Notes on the Liturgical Calendar for 2005 provided by the Office of Worship, Diocese of Madison.
Holy Days of Obligation in 2005
In 1992, the Holy See approved a general decree by the United States Bishops declaring days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States in conformity with canon 1246. It was also determined that whenever Jan. 1 (the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God), Aug. 15 (the solemnity of the Assumption), or Nov. 1 (the solemnity of All Saints) falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated (the faithful are not obliged to attend and participate in the Mass).
Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005 (Octave of Christmas and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) is not a holy day of obligation in 2005, since it falls on a Saturday.
The Solemnity of the Ascension will be celebrated on Sunday, May 8, 2005. Thursday, May 5, becomes an Easter weekday and is not a holy day of obligation. This is in accord with the provisions of canon 1246 §2 of the Code of Canon Law.
Monday, Aug. 15, 2005 (The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) is not a holy day of obligation in 2005, since it falls on a Monday.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005 (The Solemnity of All Saints) is a holy day of obligation.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005 (The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception) is a holy day of obligation.
Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005 (The Solemnity of Christmas) is a holy day of obligation.
Days which are not days of precept (obligation) remain a solemnity on the Church's calendar. Even though the faithful are not obligated to attend Mass on these days, the celebration of Mass(es) at a convenient time should occur if possible.
The preparation of these Masses, especially in regard to music, environment, and preaching, should reflect the festive and important nature of the day.