Assumption of Mary

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: Our Parish is Our Lady of the Assumption, and our feast day would be on Monday the 15th,  but is it possible to transfer the feast to the Sunday (20th Sunday in Ordinary Time)  and Saturday evening that weekend for the sake of our parish celebration, rather than celebrating with a much smaller community attendance on Monday? 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

God bless! 


A: You can probably do it. At least for this year. 

You can find the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and Calendar in the front of the missal. #58 says that celebrations that fall during the week that are agreeable to the devotion of the faithful may be observed on Sundays in Ordinary Time for the pastoral good of the faithful, provided that they rank above that Sunday in the Table of Liturgical Days.

The Assumption of Mary ranks 3 on that table, whereas Sundays in Ordinary Time rank 6. 

However, this year August 15 is a Monday. In the United States, whenever it falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, it becomes a day of obligation. You can’t move one of those.