Tag: Holy Day of Obligation

Feast of Immaculate Conception does not get weekend dispensation

Feast of Immaculate Conception does not get weekend dispensation

| Carol Zimmermann | December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Just last year, Catholics were required to attend separate Masses two days in a row for the Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass. Now, they have a similar opportunity this year with the feast of the Immaculate Conception falling on a Saturday — Dec. 8.

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Is it a mortal sin to miss Mass while on a cruise?

Is it a mortal sin to miss Mass while on a cruise?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | June 19, 2014 | 4 Comments

Q. Every summer, my husband and I go on a cruise. Only one cruise line (Holland America) continues to have a priest on board to say Mass. On other cruise lines, we have missed Sunday Mass because there was no priest on board. Is missing Mass in such circumstances a mortal sin?

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Epiphany takes precedence over Mary, Mother of God, Dismissing the holy day obligation on Saturday

Epiphany takes precedence over Mary, Mother of God, Dismissing the holy day obligation on Saturday

| December 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, marks the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which in 2011 is not a holy day of obligation because it falls on a Saturday.

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Does attending Mass on Christmas Day this year fulfill one’s Sunday obligation?

Does attending Mass on Christmas Day this year fulfill one’s Sunday obligation?

| Father John Paul Erickson | December 16, 2010 | 7 Comments

The short answer is no — attending Mass on Christmas Day this year, which happens to be a Saturday, does not fulfill one’s obligation to attend Mass on Sunday, any more than attending a wedding on a Saturday afternoon fulfills one’s Sunday obligation. But the reason behind this answer requires some explanation.

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