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Ask the Register: Mass in the summer?

Q. My aunt said that we do not have to go to Mass every Sunday during the summer because that is a time of rest and relaxation, ball games and travel. Is that true?

A. No. As Catholics we are asked to and bound by Church teaching to actively participate in Mass every Sunday, regardless of the season.

If we are able to attend and a Catholic Church is within reasonable distance, we have an obligation to attend Mass in person. Watching Mass on TV or the Internet – when we were able to go in person – does not fulfill one’s Sunday obligation.

A great help for finding available Mass times and locations is an online service called masstimes.org. It provides times and locations for Mass nearly everywhere in the United States, and it also has an app. The diocesan website – lincolndiocese.org – also provides Mass times of all of the parishes in the Diocese of Lincoln (south of the Platte River, border to border).

There are times when Masses are virtually impossible to attend, for example when hiking in the outback, many miles from the nearest church, or on a cruise in the ocean with no priest on board. In these instances one would be excused from Sunday Mass.

Thanks for asking this question. Obviously the Eucharist is an important and essential part of your life as a Catholic. Too many people are not attending Mass today. I do not know what the reason(s) is.

In the Diocese of Lincoln, Mass times and locations are abundant. People can certainly attend Mass at a convenient time and still do the things that they wish to do on the weekend. 

This question was answered by a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln. Write to Ask the Register using our online form, or write to 3700 Sheridan Blvd., Suite 10, Lincoln NE 68506-6100. All questions are subject to editing. Editors decide which questions to publish. Personal questions cannot be answered. People with such questions are urged to take them to their nearest Catholic priest.

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