UPDATE: 2 Nov 2021
The official decree, not as it’s posted on the USCCB website, but in the book, has clearer wording.
When 1 January, 15 August, or 1 November fall on a Saturday or Monday,
“they will not be observed as holy days of obligation,”
The simple reading of this is that there is no obligation to refrain from “work or business that would inhibit the worship to be given to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, or the due relaxation of mind and body.”
Also, pastors would not be obliged to offer a Missa pro populo on those days.
Sorry about the confusion. I got it wrong, at first.
Originally Published on: Nov 1, 2021
From a reader…
Regarding this coming Monday, and the U.S. Bishops’ decision that “Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.”
Does this merely mean that one does not have the obligation to attend Holy Mass this coming Monday 01 NOV, or does the ‘abrogation of the precept to attend Mass’ also mean one does not have to rest from servile labor on that day? I ask, as I am scheduled to work that day, and normally take such days off.
From the wording of the decree as it is posted on the USCCB website, the only abrogation is of the precept to attend Mass. The obligation to abstain from servile labor is still in force. [NB: The UPDATE above]
“Yeah, right!”, you will have already said. “All anyone hears is that ‘since it’s on a Monday, it isn’t a holy day of obligation…’ or “If even bishops don’t think it’s serious to miss Mass anymore, why bother on Sundays?”
To which I might respond, were someone to say that, “You mean the bishops that locked up our churches?”
Don’t worry everyone, it’s a New Springtime! New Evangelization is blossoming! Everything in every way is getting better and better every day! Traditionis custodes! Young families are being denigrated with accusations of divisivness! We are building back better!
To the point:
All Saints’ Day is still a Holy Day, though attending Mass is not obligatory this year. It is a Holy Day, but this year not of obligation for hearing Mass. Holy Days are like Sundays, the Lord’s Day. If people must work on a Sunday or on a Holy Day, then they should “devote themselves to prayers for a suitable time alone, as a family, or, as the occasion permits, in groups of families.”
Can. 1247 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover, they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body.
Can. 1248 §1. A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass. §2. If participation in the Eucharistic celebration becomes impossible because of the absence of a sacred minister or for another grave cause, it is strongly recommended that the faithful take part in a liturgy of the word if such a liturgy is celebrated in a parish church or other sacred place according to the prescripts of the diocesan bishop or that they devote themselves to prayer for a suitable time alone, as a family, or, as the occasion permits, in groups of families.