Why going to Mass is not Optional.
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(11-13-2011, 10:59 PM)Petertherock Wrote:
(11-13-2011, 10:35 PM)Revixit Wrote:
(11-12-2011, 03:14 PM)Petertherock Wrote: "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.

You can bet that with the decline in vocations to the priesthood, there will be more "Sunday Celebrations of the Eucharist in absence of a Priest" in the years to come.  But why do you care if you always attend the EF?

You say you don't think people should attend "Sunday Celebrations of the Eucharist in absence of a Priest" to meet their Sunday obligation "when there are plenty of NO Masses within a short drive from this particular Church."

But you don't think OF Masses are valid so why would you suggest people attend them?  Shouldn't they drive five hours to an EF Mass?  Or stay home and pray?

Also, you're talking about Masses "within a short drive" as if everyone had a car.  Not everyone does.  Not everyone can drive, either.  Also, those who live long enough usually reach a point when they should stop driving. 

This particular Church is in a wealthy area. To give you an idea, the homes around the Church are million dollar homes. Maybe you can find some cheap ones for $500,000 but good luck with that. It's in a very rural area.

I wasn't talking about myself attending a NO Mass...I was talking about NO Catholics like you, who think you should attend a NO. If you are telling me that I have to attend a NO Mass when there are no TLM's around...then why do people get to attend a Sunday Celebration of the Eucharist, on a Saturday, when there are many, many Churches with NO Masses that they could go to. If Novus Ordoites get a free pass for a Sunday Celebration of the Eucharist on a Saturday, then trads should get a free pass if there isn't any TLM's available.

There is also no lack of vocations in the traditional seminaries...just sayin'.


There is no such thing as "a NO Catholic."  

I am a Catholic.  

I was attending the Mass (when there was just one form) and studying the Faith before Vatican II.

Today, I attend the Ordinary Form of the Mass because it is the only Mass available to me where I live.

I have explained this many times, don't know why someone 39 years old can't seem to grasp it.

When I was still able to travel, I attended OF Masses in many places and they have all been reverent.   I wouldn't sit through a Mass with liturgical dancers or any such nonsense but I've never seen anything like that at an OF Mass.

I hold traditional Catholic beliefs, love Latin, love chant.  

I would like to be able to attend the EF sometimes but I would not consider myself a superior Catholic if I did.  I think that is a big problem with many who attend the EF -- that they see themselves as superior to everyone else, including their fellow Catholics who don't have access to the EF, can't possibly attend it.  Pride is one of the seven deadly sins.

If you someday move to an area where you don't have access to an EF -- or if the EF you now attend is canceled -- you'll have to decide what to do.   I would not tell you what to do.


I have heard many times that "There is also no lack of vocations in the traditional seminaries" but that does not mean that there is no lack of vocations in the overall priesthood.  It also does not guarantee that the "traditional seminaries" will continue to have no lack of vocations.  

We established in a thread in the last week or so that priests in my archdiocese say about the same number of OF Masses every Sunday as there are EF Masses said every Sunday in the entire USA.  

At this time, people who attend only the EF are a minority and EF Masses are rare in comparison to OF Masses.  In some areas, there are many EF Masses and presumably many people who attend only the EF but that doesn't stop them from being a minority in the overall Catholic world.  In the future, they may be a majority and the EF may be very common.  I think the Vatican plans on a hybrid Mass, though.  We'll see.
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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 Jenn - 11-12-2011, 03:30 PM
Re: Why going to Mass is not Optional. - by Revixit - 11-14-2011, 08:32 AM
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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