Why going to Mass is not Optional.
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(11-12-2011, 03:03 PM)Jenn Wrote:
(11-12-2011, 01:23 PM)dan hunter Wrote: I just gave what the Church teaches on the obligation to assist at Mass every Holyday.
That is not my will, but the Churches.
If the NO Mass is the only Mass available to one for Holy Days then the Church says we must go.

A couple of things: first of all, the NOM that many attend today is not the true, original NOM. The original NOM was in Latin. I attended a Latin NOM every Friday when I was in grade school, and it was presided over by Monsignor Popek. It was done so reverently that my 12 yo self didn't even realize at first that it was not the TLM (this is not meant to downplay the problems with the changing of the Mass). What is the NOM today is a far, far cry from that. Secondly, you can say whatever you like, but I don't consider myself obligated to attend a Mass where things like this are allowed: a young woman is prancing down the aisle in a pink body suit, white tights, a fluffy tail, and bunny ears, handing out Easter candy to the children. I personally witnessed this. I don't feel obligated to attend a Mass that has altar girls, eucharistic ministers, and guitars. I don't feel obligated to attend the Mass of a priest who tells penitents that "fornication is not a mortal sin anymore" (true story). I don't feel obligated to attend a church where "dignity masses" are held (we had one of those 4 blocks away).

Bottom line: while I do not believe the NOM is invalid per se, or that those attending in good faith are committing any kind of sin at all, I also do not believe that I am obligated to attend it. And there is absolutely nothing that you can say that will change my mind. Nothing.

Agreed 100% Jenn. I know I tend to focus on the extreme abuses that are thankfully not that common, but it's the every day abuses such as Altar boy girls, Communion in the hand, armies of mostly female Eucharistic monsters, and women readers, and a new phenomena around here, "Sunday Celebrations of the Eucharist in absence of a Priest" where hopefully a Deacon but sometimes women give a prayer service and hand out Communion and according to our Bishop is OK to count as your Sunday Mass obligation when there are plenty of NO Masses within a short drive from this particular Church. This tells me that if a prayer service where women can preach on the Gospel readings and Communion is distributed by lay people or maybe a deacon...if that counts for Mass....then if I can't get to a true Mass, since you are not required to receive Communion at any Mass to satisfy your Sunday obligation, then staying home, reading my Missal and praying the Rosary is just as good then dealing with that garbage.

PS: Jenn, if that's you in your avatar...you are gorgeous!  :grin:
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Re: Why going to Mass is not Optional. - by Jenn - 11-12-2011, 03:03 PM
Re: Why going to Mass is not Optional. - by Petertherock - 11-12-2011, 03:14 PM
Re: Why going to Mass is not Optional. - by Jenn - 11-12-2011, 03:30 PM
Re: Why going to Mass is not Optional. - by Nic - 11-14-2011, 09:53 AM
Re: Why going to Mass is not Optional. - by Nic - 11-14-2011, 10:43 AM
Re: Why going to Mass is not Optional. - by Nic - 11-14-2011, 05:48 PM



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