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Let’s Fight About “Obligation” | Catholic Life

Let’s Fight About “Obligation”

I was sad that today was not a Holy Day of Obligation only because I LOVE vigils and parishes don’t have vigils for non-obligatory holy days. Except, of course, that the reason today was not a Holy Day of Obligation was that yesterday was a Sunday, so evening masses would have been Sunday masses in any case.

I understand why others were bothered, but I did not really care. After all, the holy day is still equaly holy, even if it is not a day of obligation this year.

And then I arrived at mass today two minutes late… and there were no seats.

Apparently the archbishop was so busy thinking about cardinal-designate thingsĀ that he forgot to send out the memo to the faithful telling them that they should only care about mass when obligated to attend.

And so the faithful celebrated today for some reason other than obligation. And it was good.

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6 Responses to “Let’s Fight About “Obligation””

  1. catholicmutt 01. Nov, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    Sometimes I mind when the holy day is not one of obligation- but usually only because that means no evening Masses, so I can’t go to Mass. Today I got to go, so I didn’t really think too much about whether it was obligated or not.

  2. Nomad 01. Nov, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    I was glad that our parish chose to offer all of the masses (except the vigil) that they would have offered if it had been an obligation, because it meant I was able to go. It does make me want to go through the calendar and see if there are ever years when all of the US days of obligation are in fact obligated, not abrogated. But then, I like looking at calendars.

  3. Christine 01. Nov, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    Our parish only offered the usual 9:30am Mass, so I went (as usual) to another nearby parish for my fix :-)

    Tomorrow, our parish will add a Mass at 7:30pm to specially remember people who’ve departed this life in the last year.

  4. alison 01. Nov, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    aww, that’s nice to hear. ours was nearly empty.

  5. Princess Christy 02. Nov, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Wow! We also saw a lot of people at the non-obligatory mass, but not as many as we have in the past. It’s always nice to see such a show of faith!

  6. Rebecca 04. Nov, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    I agree with CatholicMutt – hard to go when there is no evening mass (though, my schedule will change in the coming months, so it won’t be hard at all!).

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