Celebrate Like a Catholic: New Year’s Day

The following is a post from my Celebrate Like a Catholic Series. Happy 2013!

New Year’s Day: A Holy Day of Opportunity

January 1st, New Year’s Day, is a Holy Day of Obligation known as the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. We celebrate this day not only because it is the beginning of a new year but a day to honor Mary.  It is a day of quiet reflection and optimism for what the future holds.

On New Year’s Day, we will pray for a happy, healthy, prosperous, and faithful 2013. Our family will “ring in” the New Year by attending Mass together.  New Year’s Day is also a wonderful time to reflect on the blessings God has bestowed upon us during the previous year, especially the gift of new life – in our case, our beautiful baby boy.


The Solemnity of Mary also gives us the opportunity to pause and give our spiritual mother the attention and adoration she deserves. As we continue on our Christmas journey, we will remember the courage she had in hearing God’s call to be the Mother of Jesus.  Her bravery serves as an example for us as we confront our own personal challenges during the coming year.


Because New Year’s Day is both a religious and secular holiday, we will have an opportunity to spend the day together as a family. We can embrace the newness of 2013 and find fresh ways to bring ourselves closer to God.   Here are some of our ideas for positive New Year’s resolutions honoring Mary:

-We will cherish our time together as a family, as Mary cherished Her time with the Holy Family.

-We will keep a picture of Mary on the mirror in our bedroom to remind us of Her many wonderful characteristics, and to inspire us to emulate Her in our own lives.

-We will show our devotion to Mary through liturgical music, including traditional Marian hymns such as Ave Maria, Salve Regina, Hail Holy Queen, Immaculate Mary


Liz is a Catholic wife and mother who resides in New York. She enjoys cooking, crafting, and quality time with her family.  She blogs about their life together at Tales From Astoria.

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  1. says

    When I think of the words “Celebrate like a Catholic,” I immediately think of the anecdote of St. Francis of Assisi. During a season of penance, one of the Church’s great solemnities fell on a Friday. The brothers knew not what to do and asked Francis what he thought. He told them, essentially, that “On such a day as this, it is my wish that even the walls should be smeared with meat!”

    We celebrate in thought and reflection, yes- and I am so thankful that the Catholic faith is both logical and also very sensual. We get to revel in many of life’s gifts: sight, smell, taste, touch, sound. IT’S GREAT!

    • Jenna says

      I have never heard that before. Thank you for sharing! And yes, I couldn’t agree more…I love how you said it is logical and sensual. It’s perfect!