The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the feast that celebrates Mary’s assumption into Heaven, body and soul. There are only 2 Holy Days of Obligation for Australia, in the liturgical calendar: 15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and December 25 (The Nativity of the Lord). So it shows how special the Assumption is for Catholics.

A Holy Day of Obligation, for Catholics, means they are ‘obliged’ to attend mass as if it was a Sunday, no matter what day of the week that Feast falls.

and a model of concrete service to others.

In 2018, our College theme is Live the Gospel and Mary’s example of Christian service, responding to God’s call, pre-dates the gospel.


The Feast of the Assumption on August 15 is a public holiday in many countries, including Austria, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, France, Greece, Lebanon, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Spain. 

The Feast of the Assumption highlights Mary’s role in the development of Christianity and is a constant reminder to listen to the word of God and to serve others.

Blessed Edmund Rice continually called upon the support of the Virgin Mary to intercede on behalf of the issues facing the poor in Waterford and the needs of the growing order of Christian Brothers.

Mr Z. Culican

Director of Identity