No Mass Obligation for Jan. 1, 2022

Catholics will not have the usual obligation to attend Mass on Jan. 1, 2022, for the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The obligation is lifted this year because of how the liturgical calendar is handled for U.S. Latin-rite dioceses, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Because Jan. 1 falls on a Saturday in 2022, the faithful will not have an obligation to attend Mass that day, although parishes will still celebrate a separate Mass in honor of the feast day. Sunday, Jan. 2, is the solemnity of the Epiphany.

According to norms issued by the U.S. bishops in 1991, Latin-rite Catholics in the United States typically observe six holy days of obligation throughout the year:
Jan. 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension
Aug. 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Nov. 1, the solemnity of All Saints
Dec. 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Dec. 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ