Friday, January 01, 2010
Not a Holy Day of Obligation in Hawaii
The first of the year, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, is not a holy day of obligation in Hawaii. One of the past bishops chose to follow the dioceses in west coast and only kept two days of Holy Days of Obligation in Hawaii. One is Christmas and the other is Feast of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States.
With that said, it was heartwarming that after a long night of revelry and with only a few hours of sleep, the 8am Mass was packed full of people in honor of our Blessed Mother Mary. By the way, the lack of sleep was true whether or not one purposely planned on staying up to welcome the New Year. The fireworks and firecrackers exploding all over the island did not make for a quiet new year reception. Sometimes, it looked like a war zone with the smoke and explosions.
One priest told us that we did not need an official Holy Day of Obligation on the Church Calendar to go to Mass. We went to Mass IF we truly loved God.
Another priest thanked us and praised us for going to Mass this morning but in reality, we should be grateful to God and to our priests.