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"Does attending Saturday Mass cover my Sunday obligation?"

 

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Whether this would cover your Sunday obligation depends on the time of Mass. For example, a Saturday morning Mass would NOT satisfy the obligation. According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law, the Mass must be in the "evening" to satisfy the obligation...

"Can. 1248 §1. A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass."

As far as a definition of evening, some consider 5:00 p.m. to be a "safe time", but I do not find this to be a formal/definitive definition. I have even heard arguments that other times might also be allowable (e.g. 4:00 p.m.). There is also the possibility that bishops may legislate regarding Mass times or that nations/areas may have more particular norms regarding Mass times. That being said – and since it concerns a grave obligation – I think it is wise to inquire with the applicable diocese/parish as to whether a particular Saturday "evening" Mass satisfies the Sunday obligation or not.


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