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
"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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