(holy day of obligation) * -1
At the parish closest to where I live, this week's bulletin announces that since the American bishops have decided that the feast of the Assumption should not be a holy day of obligation, there won't be a vigil Mass on Friday afternoon, August 14.
Because of the shortage of priests in this area, there are no scheduled Masses on Saturdays. So if you want to go to Mass on the feast of the Assumption you can't.
Oh sure, you can drive a half-hour to the next parish. You're not actually prohibited from attending Mass. But how quickly we move from requiring Mass attendance to discouraging it!
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