You might not realize this, but every Sunday is a
Holy Day of Obligation.
What does this mean?
In a nutshell, a tiny one at that, a
Holy Day of Obligation
is a day on which you must attend Mass.
What? Do you mean I have to go to Mass every Sunday?
Yes, you do or participate in the vigil Mass which is a Saturday, and that is only if you cannot attend a
Many Catholics, today, don't realize that attending Mass is a duty, not a desire or want.
You don't want to attend because you're tired?
There are exceptions, but please consult with the pastor of your church before you make that exception.
One exception that you can give yourself is when you are ill.
If you have the flu or a very bad cold, please stay home.
Really, the rest of us don't want you there.
The Church allows this exemption, but remember, a sneeze, by itself, is not a cold.
You must be truly ill to miss Mass on the weekend.
There are 6 other Holy Days of obligation during the year.
The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God,
The Ascension of Jesus,
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
All Saints Day,
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception,
On these days, like each Sunday of the year, you must attend Mass unless you have an exemption from your parish priest.
Attending Mass on Sundays is a basic precept of the Catholic Church.
It is a requirement for us to gather together and worship God as a Church.
Each time we celebrate the Mass with the priest we become one body in Christ.
Important to attend Mass?
Yes, I think so.
Questions? Consult your pastor.