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You Are Excused

  • 8 November 2018
  • Author: Benedict
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Years ago, when I was a high school teacher, a student who had been absent was to bring a note from the parents or guardians.  I think that the note was an ‘Absence Note’ or something like that.  The note usually gave the reason or excuse for the absence.

I am quite glad that as a priest I do not have to deal with Absence Notes when people do not come to Sunday, Christmas or New Year’s Masses.  These are the days when people participate “in the communal celebration of the Eucharist as a testimony of belonging, and being faithful to Christ and to his Church.  The faithful give witness by this to their communion in faith and charity.  Together they testify to God’s holiness and their hope of salvation.  They strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2182).”  Another name for Sundays, Christmas and New Year’s is ‘Holy Days of Obligation’.

If Catholics are obliged to attend Mass on certain days, is there ever a time when a person is excused from attending Mass on those days or the evening before?  The answer is YES.

A person can excused for a serious reason (illness, the care of infants).  If a person has to work to support his or her family and it is impossible or very difficult to attend Mass, then the person has an excuse.  There are perhaps a few other reasons.  These should be discussed with one’s pastor.

Fr. Leo

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