Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 All Saints’ Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Mass schedule is 7PM (Vigil Mass on Monday Evening) and 7am, 9am, 11am and 7PM Tuesday.
Why is Nov. 1st a Day of Obligation this year, but not a Day of Obligation certain other years?
In the early 1990’s, the Bishops’ Conference realized that in many rural dioceses, Catholics live far away from their parish church. The Bishops decided that it would be prudent not to ask Catholics to travel long distances to church on 2 consecutive days, eg. Saturday and Sunday or Sunday and Monday. For this reason when August 15th (The Assumption of Mary), November 1st (All Saints’ Day) and January 1st (Mary, the Mother of God) fall on a Saturday or Monday, they are not Days of Obligation. However, when these 3 Holy days fall on Tuesday through Friday, they are Days of Obligation. Christmas Day and Ascension Thursday are always Days of Obligation. Dec. 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, because it is our country’s patronal feast day, is always a Day of Obligation, no matter what day it may fall on. Finally, the Bishops decided that, for uniformity’s sake, these Holy Day guidelines cover every U.S. diocese, even primarily urban dioceses like Philadelphia