From a reader:
Does the Mass according to the Traditional calendar for January 1 satisfy the Holy Day obligation for that day?
We are in Belgium and would like to attend a traditional Mass, since the other churches in Belgium are mostly empty and we’re not even sure if Jan 1 in Belgium is a Holy Day or not, so it might be difficult to find a Novus Ordo Mass that day.
We have been to the SSPX church here, and it is full of families and life and reverence, so that is probably where we will go… at home we go to St. Margaret’s in Oceanside, CA.
Yes. According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law you satisfy the Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation when you attend Holy Mass in a Catholic Rite on the day itself or on the evening preceding.
You satisfy the obligation even by attending Mass at a chapel of the SSPX. They clearly celebrate in a Catholic Rite and their orders are valid.
This isn’t the optimal choice, in my opinion. Regardless of how nice their chapels can be in some respects, the SSPX is not in clear full unity with the Bishop of Rome or the local bishops. Going to these chapels regularly remains a bad idea and I don’t recommend Holy Communion at those Masses. But you do satisfy the obligation by attending Mass in their chapels.
Thus, if you go to a TLM in a chapel of the SSPX or an approved church or chapel, on 1 January or the evening of 31 December, you fulfill any obligation there may be. I don’t know what the bishops in Belgium have determined about the Holy Day of Obligation. Since it falls on a Thursday this year, I suspect that the obligation has not been dispensed.