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Fulfilling Sunday Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Mass? - ArturoOrtiz - 05-06-2016

I have a question which might sound silly. As many of you may know in many Dioceses various Holy Days of Obligation have been transferred to Sunday. My question is this. Say I missed going to Mass on Ascension Thursday. I go to a Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday . Would this fulfill the requirement for the Holy Day of Obligation? The reason I ask is because the readings for that particular Sunday are different and the Feast that is being celebrated is different. If I am not mistaken the feast for this Sunday is Whitsunday. Would I have to fulfill the Holy Day of Obligation by going to the Novus Ordo that is being celebrated in the Diocese. Or would attending Mass at the Extraordinary Form  suffice to complete the requirement in regards to fulfilling the Holy Day of Obligation that was transferred to Sunday?


Re: Fulfilling Sunday Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Mass? - ermy_law - 05-06-2016

I think you've made this much more complicated than it is!  :)

In those dioceses where Ascension is transferred, there is no obligation to go to Mass on Ascension Thursday.  You are obliged to go to Mass on every Sunday.  So going to any Mass this Sunday fulfills the obligation if you live in such a diocese. 

This Sunday isn't Whitsunday -- it is the Sunday After Ascension.  Whitsunday is Pentecost, which is next Sunday.


Re: Fulfilling Sunday Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Mass? - Jeeter - 05-06-2016

After reading the CCC, 2187, it sounds like you'd still have to go for both days, unless some duty prevents you from going.


Re: Fulfilling Sunday Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Mass? - ermy_law - 05-06-2016

The obligation, according to Canons 1247-48, is as follows: "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. . . . 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."

Canon 1246 s. 2 says that the bishops can transfer the obligation to a Sunday, which is what has happened in most dioceses in the United States.

So when Ascension is transferred to Sunday in your diocese, there is no obligation to go to Mass on Ascension Thursday.  The obligation to assist at Mass remains for Sunday, but there is no obligation to seek out an "Ascension Sunday" Mass. 

BTW -- Whatever you might think of Fr. Z, he gives the same answer that I'm giving at the bottom of this article: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2012/05/quaeritur-ascension-thursdaysunday-obligation-when-travelling-complicated/


Re: Fulfilling Sunday Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Mass? - Jeeter - 05-06-2016

(05-06-2016, 04:54 PM)ermy_law Wrote: The obligation, according to Canons 1247-48, is as follows: "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. . . . 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."

Canon 1246 s. 2 says that the bishops can transfer the obligation to a Sunday, which is what has happened in most dioceses in the United States.

So when Ascension is transferred to Sunday in your diocese, there is no obligation to go to Mass on Ascension Thursday.  The obligation to assist at Mass remains for Sunday, but there is no obligation to seek out an "Ascension Sunday" Mass. 

BTW -- Whatever you might think of Fr. Z, he gives the same answer that I'm giving at the bottom of this article: http://wdtprs.com/blog/2012/05/quaeritur-ascension-thursdaysunday-obligation-when-travelling-complicated/

Thanks. I learn something every day. :)


Re: Fulfilling Sunday Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Mass? - salus - 05-06-2016

More nonsense and confusion caused by the Novus Ordo regime.


Re: Fulfilling Sunday Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Mass? - Poche - 05-07-2016

You fulfill your Sunday obligation by going to a Catholic mass of any rite.
:) :) :)