Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, General Decree Determining Holy Days of Obligation and Transferring Certain Solemnities, January 1998.


In accordance with the prescriptions of c. 1246, §2, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference hereby decrees that, in addition to Sundays, the holydays of obligation to be observed are the solemnities of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Ascension of Christ and the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

The solemnity of the Epiphany is to be transferred to the Sunday between January 2 and January 8, the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday, and the solemnities of the Assumption of Mary and All Saints to the following Sundays.

The solemnities of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Saint Joseph, and the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul shall no longer be observed as holydays of obligation.




Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1786.