Making New Year’s Day a Holyday of Worship
January 1, 2018, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, falls on a Monday. Because it falls on a Monday it ceases, according to norms the American bishops adopted in 1992, to be a holy day of obligation.
The Code of Canon Law contains ten holydays of obligation but allows local conferences of bishops to alter that list. The American bishops had long observed six of those holydays (Mary, Mother of God; Ascension; Assumption; All Saints; Immaculate Conception; and Christmas). The four not observed in the United States are Epiphany and Corpus Christi (transferred to Sundays) and St. Joseph and Ss.