After a trial period when the Ascension, along with the Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord, were removed from the list of Holy Days of Obligations, the Bishops of England and Wales have received approval from the Holy See for the reinstatement of these two days of obligation.
The new rules came into effect on the First Sunday of Advent 2021. This means that all Catholics in England and Wales are obliged to attend Mass on Thursday, or on the Vigil of the Solemnity on Wednesday evening.
Masses in the Parish are at 7.00pm on Wednesday 12th May 2021 at St Swithun’s church (Vigil of Holy Day) and at 10.00am and 7.00pm (in Polish) on Thursday 13th May 2021
The full list of Holy Days of Obligation are as follows:
The Epiphany of the Lord on 6th January
The Ascension of the Lord on the Thursday after the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Saints Peter and Paul on 29th June,
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15th August
All Saints on 1st November,
Christmas Day on 25th December