Monday, April 16, 2007

Petition to restore Holy Days of Obligation to Appropriate Days

H/T to Catholic bloggers Mac McLernon at Mulier-Fortis and Fr. Tim Finigan - both in the UK, for drawing attention to this petition asking Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor and The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales to restore certain holy days back to their rightful place with regards to when they are celebrated. It pains me all the more when Assumption is shifted to Sunday as that is our feast day. We still celebrate it on the 15th of August each year.

I've been saying for some time that instead of our bishops enabling us to fluff-off these things, they should be challenging us to unbusy ourselves for them. This kind of pampering is one of many factors which has led many to place God second, third, fourth, or wherever.

Perhaps we should start out own petition here in the US. We could use the same form for the letter they are in the UK.

Here is the letter they are suggesting for use....

It might be wise to CC your own Ordinary if you send one to the USCCB.


Stephen M. Collins said...

I agree that it would be better to celebrate Solemnities on their kalendar dates. Next, they'll want to move Ash Wed. to the nearest Sunday!

I do like the recent change in the rubrics that seem to allow more of these Solemnities to be celebrated on Sunday WHEN they actually fall on Sunday, though. But, if your parish patronal feast day is the Assmumption, you might want to investigage certain particular rebrics in the Roman Missal (that may or may not have gotten into the ICEL GIRM!) Like, I believe that your parish may celebrate the Assumption on the closest Sunday to the weekday feast (a Sunday in O.T.) in the case of patronal feast day. It's similar to the patronal feast day of the diocesan cathedra becoming a Solemnity no matter what its regular rank is.

Anonymous said...

This is a worthwhile petition. Enough of some watered down lukewarm faith. If we have to take off of work to attend - so be it!