From a reader…
When a holy day such as the Assumption or All Saints Day falls on a Saturday or Monday and we are not required to attend mass, are the usual restrictions on work also lifted?
Yes. When the obligation is lifted from a Holy Day of Obligation, another effect is that all other restrictions are taken off the day as well (as well as the parish losing yet another collection… thanks). They are still celebrated, liturgically, as solemnities, but the obligation to refrain from servile labor or anything that would hinder the due relaxation of the body and the worship of God no longer applies.
One effect remains, however: the Holy Angels weep.
When bishops push these holy days off the calendar they are saying, “We don’t want to put additional stress on priests by making them offer extra Masses and preach. Rather, we want lay people not to have a day off and to work their fingers to the bone.” Bishops can be mean.