As Catholics, one of the most confusing developments in recent times, is the decision by the United States bishops to abrogate (or remove) the obligation to attend Mass for certain Holy Days of Obligation if they fall on a Saturday or a Monday. Such is the case with the Solemnity of the Assumption which we celebrate on August 15th.
Although Catholics in the United States are not obligated to attend Mass on the Assumption in 2011, it still remains not only a holy day, but a solemnity (the holiest of holy days).
I would encourage everyone to attend Mass, if possible, in order to celebrate this great day when our Blessed Mother was assumed bodily into Heaven. Our Lady is standing by in her heavenly home, ready to intercede on our behalf. That is definitely something to celebrate!
If you’d like to read more about the Assumption, here’s a link to Munificentissimus Deus, the Apostolic Constitition issued by Pope Pius XII on Nov 1, 1950, which defined the dogma of the Assumption.
Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us!