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Is missing Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation a mortal sin?

 

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As stated in the Baltimore Catechism...

Q. Is it a mortal sin not to hear Mass on a Sunday or a holyday of obligation?

A. It is a mortal sin not to hear Mass on a Sunday [or Saturday, as permitted] or a holyday of obligation unless we are excused for a serious reason [e.g. illness]. They also commit a mortal sin who, having others under their charge, hinder them from hearing Mass, without sufficient reason.

[Note: Various reasons for missing Mass other than sickness may not be mortally sinful (perhaps if it is impossible for someone to get to the church or if someone unintentionally missed Mass on a Holy Day, etc.) – but it is wise to consult a good priest to determine whether missing Mass in any given case is mortally sinful or not.]


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