Henry Vilas wrote:I asked if any Catholic knew about the current Holy Days of Obligation, but I guess no foron is that observant, so I looked it up. Currently there are six (the circumcision of Jesus was dropped). Many occur on weekdays.
It's not that simple. (It rarely is with the RCC, which is probably why Huck is confused.)
January 1 is still an obligation in the US, except when it falls on a Saturday or a Monday, in which case Catholics get the day off. There are a couple other Saturday/Monday exceptions, and a couple (or a few, I think, depending on your diocese) that shift to the next Sunday. And since Sunday is already a day of obligation, that's like getting the holy day off.
To further complicate matters, I think bishops might have the option to shift the Saturday/Monday exceptions to the nearest Sunday if they fall during the week.
No idea what percentage of Catholics make it to every HDO. When I was a kid, the church was decidedly less crowded on, say, a midweek Immaculate Conception than on Sunday or Christmas or Easter.