As much as I have wanted Reynaldo to attend Mass more often, I hope he never finds Jesus.
In other newzzzzzz..
QUAERITUR: Do I fulfill my 8 December Holy Day Mass obligation on Saturday and my Sunday obligation by going to Mass on Saturday evening?I am getting a lot of questions about fulfilling the Mass obligation on the upcoming Saturday afternoon, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
Would it fulfill my obligation for the Solemnity to attend vigil Mass on Saturday afternoon/evening even though the vigil is considered to replace Sunday Mass? In other words, could I attend vigil Mass Saturday evening to fulfill my obligation for the Solemnity and then attend Sunday morning Mass to fulfill my obligation for Sunday?The Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church says:
can. 1248 1. The precept of participating in the Mass is satisfied by assistance at a Mass which is celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the holy day or on the evening of the preceding day.As I read this, yes, you fulfill the obligation for both by attending the one Mass on Saturday evening. The law does not specify that you have to attend Mass according to a certain formula to fulfill the obligation. It says you have to attend Mass. Period. Given that we must interpret law in such a way that we favor people and give them more flexibility rather than less, I would say, yes, you fulfill the obligation. First, you are attending Mass on the Holy Day, which is Saturday. Second, since it is in the evening, the law says you fulfill your obligation for the Sunday. I disagree. But the liberal hippy dippy happy clappy folks at the USCCB have not responded to my several dozen email attempts to change their minds. As I am sure you know, the world would be a much better place if I were a bishop.
I disagree with the USCCB, but being the HUMBLE priest that I am, I will defer.
The Bottom line is this folks. Father really does not care if you attend one Mass or two, as long as your envelopes for BOTH Masses arrive in the acceptable time frame. *
*(That's known as the Cranston Canon)