Holy Day reminderA reminder to all Catholics: Today (August 15) is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means that the manners and practice which normally apply to the Lord's Day apply today also. All Catholics are required to attend Mass today unless prevented by illness or some grave emergency reason that might keep a person from the House of God. As on Sunday and any other day one might choose to receive Holy Communion, Catholics of the Latin Rite are bound to fast at least one hour before the reception of Our Lord's Body and Blood.
In addition, the observance of the Holy Day calls us to abstain from any unnecessary work unless said work should pertain to leisurely enjoyment. Those required to work today since the Feast falls during the work week are dispensed from this.