What is the next Holy Day of Obligation on our liturgical calendar in the United States?
Friday, August 15, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Looks like a perfect opportunity to use a vacation or personal day and so have a long weekend (so that you can fulfill your religious obligation, first of all!).
Even if you will have to work that day, plan ahead so that you can get to Mass also. Most parishes have a different schedule on Holy Days that makes it possible for all to attend at an hour that doesn’t require taking time off work. But we also need to be flexible and be willing to be inconvenienced a bit in order to fulfill our religious obligations, which are among the most important obligations we have. And really, there are very few Days of Obligation each year in our current liturgical calendar.
Missing a Holy Day of Obligation is objectively a mortal sin (just like missing a Sunday). Save those legitimate situations which can excuse us from our obligation (such as serious illness or dangerous weather – there are others, but I list the two most common here), we all need to be in church that day to give thanks to God for the great gift of Our Lady’s Assumption into heaven, body and soul, where she now intercedes for us to her Son and summons us to follow where she has gone.
The remaining Holy Days of Obligation this year are:
Friday, August 15th (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Monday, December 8th (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Thursday, December 25th (Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Christmas)
Thusrday, January 1st, 2015 (Mary, Mother of God)
There is one day that is missing from this list – November 1st, Solemnity of All Saints – which is one of the ones that is not a Day of Obligation when it falls on certain days. (It is a bit confusing – you can see a full explanation here.)