The feast of the Ascension of the Lord will be celebrated on Sunday, June 4, instead of Thursday, June 1, this year in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The Ascension is one of the central events of the Gospel. Roman Catholics who do not hear and ponder the meaning of the readings for the feast will miss an important aspect of their faith.

The Ascension traditionally has been celebrated on a Thursday. Since Thursday is a workday for most people, the obligation to attend Mass has been difficult for some Catholics. In order to lessen the difficulty, the feast now has been moved to a Sunday during the Easter season, allowing the greatest number of Catholics a better opportunity to celebrate the feast without hardship.

Permission to transfer the celebration to the Seventh Sunday of Easter was received from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome.