In 1993, the bishops of the United States made a decision to abrogate (suspend) the obligation to attend Mass for Jan. 1, if it fell on a Saturday or Monday.  Jan. 1, 2018, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother God, falls on a Monday. 

• Therefore, the obligation to attend Mass on Jan. 1 is lifted.

• However, Catholics are urged to attend Mass on that day and offer appropriate devotions.

Monday, January 1, 2018 (All day)