The Catholic Church assigns one date out of the year for each and every canonized saint — known as the saint’s feast day. The saints are remembered on their individual feast days with special mention, prayers, and possibly a scripture reading.(1) The Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are our most important feast days. They are the principal liturgical feasts that honor the mysteries of the Lord, the Virgin Mary, and the saints.(2)
The Liturgical Year (=Christian Year or Church Year) for 2017-2018 (Year B) commenced on 3rd December 2017 with the 1st Sunday of Advent and ends on 1st December 2018, the Saturday of Week 34 in Ordinary Time. The Holy Days of Obligation for Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei for Year B are: Ascension of the Lord (Thursday, 10 May), Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Wednesday, 15 August), All Saints' Day (Thursday, 1 November), and all Sundays, Christmas Day (Tuesday, 25 December).(3)
In 1866, Pope Pius IX entrusted the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorists with the mission to "Make her known" throughout the world. Today, the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual is known throughout the world with millions of devotees, praying and celebrating with Mary, God's outpouring of abundant graces and unconditional love.
Redemptorist memorials due: a) St. Clement Mary Hofbauer (1751 - 1820), Feast, March 15
"The upright rejoice in the presence of God, delighted and crying out for joy."
References: (1) For Dummies, What is a Catholic Feast Day?: <http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/what-is-a-catholic-feast-day.html>; (2) beginningCatholic.com, Catholic Holy Days of Obligation: <http://www.beginningcatholic.com/catholic-holy-days-of-obligation.html>; (3) Ordo, pg xiv; (4) OMPH Bulletin.
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