When Do I Celebrate Ascension?

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

The information in this page is current as of the modification date below.

For Latin Catholics in the United States of America, determining whether Ascension is celebrated on Thursday or Sunday, and thus whether one needs to go to Mass on the Thursday, can be a difficult business. I hope to help sort out the confusion here.

In the USA, Ascension is transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, except in the following ecclesiastical provinces:

  • Boston (MA, ME, NH, VT)
  • Hartford (CT, RI)
  • New York (NY)
  • Newark (NJ)
  • Omaha (NE)
  • Philadelphia (PA)

Ascension is celebrated on the Thursday following the Sixth Sunday of Easter in the dioceses listed below. If you are physically present in one of them on said Thursday, whether because you live there or you are traveling there, you must attend Mass on that day:

  • Archdiocese of Boston, MA
  • Diocese of Burlington, VT
  • Diocese of Fall River, MA
  • Diocese of Manchester, NH
  • Diocese of Portland, ME
  • Diocese of Springfield, MA
  • Diocese of Worcester, MA
  • Archdiocese of Hartford, CT
  • Diocese of Bridgeport, CT
  • Diocese of Norwich, CT
  • Diocese of Providence, RI
  • Archdiocese of New York, NY
  • Diocese of Albany, NY
  • Diocese of Brooklyn, NY
  • Diocese of Buffalo, NY
  • Diocese of Ogdensburg, NY
  • Diocese of Rochester, NY
  • Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY
  • Diocese of Syracuse, NY
  • Archdiocese of Newark, NJ
  • Diocese of Camden, NJ
  • Diocese of Metuchen, NJ
  • Diocese of Paterson, NJ
  • Diocese of Trenton, NJ
  • Archdiocese of Omaha, NE
  • Diocese of Grand Island, NE
  • Diocese of Lincoln, NE
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA
  • Diocese of Allentown, PA
  • Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA
  • Diocese of Erie, PA
  • Diocese of Greensburg, PA
  • Diocese of Harrisburg, PA
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Diocese of Scranton, PA