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USCCB Releases American Catholics From Sunday Obligation


Washington, DC- Late Wednesday morning, the USCCB announced Catholics in America are no longer bound to attend Mass on Sundays.

At a scheduled press conference, Archbishop Scott Wiley stated “with the difficulty it takes for the average American Catholic to attend a weekly Sunday Mass, we determined to abrogate the mandatory requirement. Besides, the Second Vatican Council brought in fresh breath within the Church. We can not spread the Good News if we as Catholics are stuck in Mass for an hour each week.”

Archbishop Wiley cited clear teaching from Pope Francis’ Wednesday audience in February of 2014 when the Holy Father declared “If you do not feel in need of God’s mercy, if you do not feel you are a sinner, then it’s better not go to Mass, because we go to Mass because we are sinners and we want to receive the forgiveness of Jesus, to participate in His redemption, His forgiveness.”

This comes as great news for some Catholics. Josh Peters, parisioner of St. Malarchy in Brooklyn, New York told us, “it’s difficult to get up on Sunday after staying up late with friends Saturday night. Then you’ve got Sunday football which takes up most of the afternoon and evening, plus tailgating and socializing prior to the game. You really don’t have time to fit in Mass.”

At press time, Archbishop Wiley mentioned “most American Catholics have already stopped going to Mass on Sundays anyways. We’ve already lifted the obligation for most of our feasts, so really, this was the next logical step. But don’t worry, Easter and Christmas are still Holy Days, for now.”

Jeff December 3, 2014 7 Comments Permalink

Friday Is All Saint’s Day


This Friday, November 1, is All Saint’s Day. Come to think of it, every November 1 is All Saint’s Day. It is kind of like Christmas, it falls on the same day each year. But, what is the significance of All Saint’s Day?

It’s a Holy Day of Obligation!

This means its a mortal sin to miss Mass! Frankly, anytime that we are obligated as Catholics to attend Mass, it is a good thing. For us as Americans it feels like it is an inconvenience, after all, its Friday night! We have places to go! Well, the average parish will more than likely have a 7pm Mass that you can go to. Heck, they may even have some during the day. But, even so, a 7pm Mass will not ruin out on your Friday night plans.

The great thing about All Saint’s Day, is it gives us as Catholics an opportunity to spend time to honor those Saints who have gone before us. It’s a spectacular feast! After all, we are all called by God to be Saints. I know many people hear that and cringe, but, it is what we are called to be. Every. Single. One. Of. Us. This includes those who aren’t Catholic. God wants everybody to follow Him and to be a part of His Church. Which is why we as Catholics are called to evangelize!

To prepare for All Saint’s Day, it would be good to think of your favorite Saint(s). Whether you have one or many and spend some time in prayer this week and talk to them. Ask them for help in your lives, reflect on their life and see how you can become better. If you don’t have a favorite Saint, spend some time looking around. I found that Catholic Online has an amazing resource for a great number of the declared Saints.

Go to Mass on Friday. Your soul needs it. Also, because you’ve read this, you can’t say that you forgot :D.

Happy All Saint's Day

It isn’t today, but this Friday 😉

Jeff October 27, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

Happy All Saint’s Day

Today is All Saint’s Day, which if you are a Roman Catholic is a Holy Day of Obligation. So, this means that you need to get to Mass today. Otherwise, it is a mortal sin.

All Saint’s Day is one of the last “Holy Days of Obligation” in the United States. I say this because for the last few years, the trend within the United States has been to move Feast Days like this to either the prior or latter Sunday in the hopes that “more people will be able to celebrate it”. This mentality leads to more people thinking that Holy Days don’t matter since they can be moved around. This practice should stop immediately.

So, in short, go to Mass, celebrate all the Saint’s, and have a great day!

Jeff November 1, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

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