It’s not a sin to miss Mass due to the weather

| December 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

A Minneapolis pastor offered his parishioners some rules of thumb for future weekends when weather or other circumstances make attendance at Mass difficult, if not impossible. Franciscan Father Anthony Criscitelli wrote the following for his parish bulletin at St. Bridget.

  • We never cancel Mass due to the weather.  Since I live on-site, the church will always be open on those days when a Mass is scheduled.
  • However, when weather or other conditions make it difficult or impossible to get to Mass, you are released of the obligation to attend.  Neither God nor I nor your family want you to endanger yourself by going out in severe weather conditions.
  • On days when you cannot get to Mass because of weather, illness, or other circumstances, make time at home to pray and give thanks to God for the blessings of the week.  Individually or as a family read and reflect on the Scriptures of the day; watch a televised Mass on TV or listen to one on the radio.

Remember, it is not a sin to miss Mass under circumstances such as these.  Following these simple, common-sense steps will keep you safe and within the embrace of our good and loving God.  In the meantime, let’s pray that Old Man Winter gives himself a well-deserved rest and that we will enjoy less dramatic weather.

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