Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation

December 4, 2021 • 1 min

From The Sinner’s Guide, page 382

If we are at the head of a house we must be careful to see that all under our charge hear Mass, not only on Sundays, but also on holydays.

Too much laxity regarding holydays is apt to prevail among those who earn their bread by the sweat of their brow.

They should remember that the obligation to hear Mass on a holyday is the same as the obligation to hear it on Sunday.

Consequently they must make serious and sincere efforts to comply with this duty.

To attend an early Mass may involve the loss of a little sleep, but they should remember that these holydays occur but seldom, and that they must do something to atone for their sins and to merit the kingdom of Heaven.

Parents and employers will have a severe account to render to God if they cause or permit those confided to their care to neglect this sacred duty.

When there is a just reason, such as the care of the sick or any other pressing necessity which prevents our hearing Mass, we are released from the obligation.

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