Holy Days if no TLM: Plan B?
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Obligations imposed by Divine Law and Natural Law (which is just the expression of Divine Law through our Nature) bind always and everywhere, because the will of God takes into consideration all circumstances. Thus the Third Commandment to Keep Holy the Lord's Day, must always be kept. If you are conscious, you have to do something on a Sunday or Day of Obligation to sanctify this day, no matter what.

Human laws cannot ever take consideration of all circumstances, so admit of certain exceptions, especially in grave difficulty or inconvenience. Church law is a kind of human law, and so is the obligation to omit unnecessary servile work and attend Mass on Sundays and Days of Obligation. This duty will admit of exceptions, such as necessary work, or the care of the sick or others, or distance, or sickness, etc.

While you must always do something to sanctify your Sunday or Holy Day (since that is from Divine Law), if you cannot attend Mass or omit work without serious difficulty or inconvenience, then you are no longer bound by the Mass obligation or to omit the servile work.

You should ideally try to avoid having to work on such days. Consider taking a vacation day. But if this is truly impossible or seriously difficult to do you would be excused.

The confessor was wrong to chastise you. You clearly had to work these jobs and had no reasonable opportunity to attend Mass. You had no obligation to do so, and every major traditional moral theologian would agree with this. If there was not any physical impossibility, there certainly was a moral impossibility (a grave inconvenience).

St Alphonsus says: "Any cause which is moderately grave excuses from this precept—namely, any reason which involves some notable invconvenience or harm to mind or body eith of oneself or another." (Theologia moralis, III, n.324)

Jone will write that : "The following are excused : the sick, convalescents, persons who cannot endure the air in the church (e.g. certain neurotic persons and sometimes pregnant women in the first or last months of pregnancy); those that have a long way to church, people hindered by the duties of their state (e.g. shepherds, watchmen, policemen on duty, cooks, and those working in the mills that may not shut down over Sunday); women or children who would incur the grave displeasure of their husbands or parents by attending Mass; servants whose masters do not permit them to attend Mass ...; those that care for the sick, rescue workers in time of fire or flood; and those who have reason to think that by staying home they can hinder sin; or who would suffer injury to their good name or possessions by going to Church. (Thus: unmarried women who are pregnant, may remain at home if by doing so they can avoid disgrace; similarly, those who lack clothing becoming to their social standing; those on a journey; those who would suffer the loss of extraordinary gain by attending Mass)."

Clearly many are excused when there is some reasonably serious difficulty.

As regards Novus Ordo or Traditional Mass, people know here that I think that often the Novus Ordo can be a serious harm to the faith of certain people. Clearly you cannot endanger your Faith for any reason, so if this is your understanding , you would be right to omit attendance, even on a Holy Day or Sunday if you could not access a Mass that were not. If you do not think that this is the case and that the Novus Ordo is not this danger, you would be obliged to go if you could. It is a matter of conscience. 

It is also worth noting that priest are obliged each day to say their Divine Office under pain of grave sin. One excuse for omitting it is that their pastoral duties called them out for a large part of the day and they only returned late. Even if they still have some time left in the day, if it would deprive them of necessary sleep or rest to stay up and recite the Breviary, they would be excused. By analogy, it is hard to then turn around and tell people that they have to come to Mass even if working from before dawn to after midnight. In that situation a priest would not have to say his Breviary, so why should a layman have to attend Mass?
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Holy Days if no TLM: Plan B? - by Fionnchu - 10-29-2019, 10:44 PM
RE: Holy Days if no TLM: Plan B? - by MagisterMusicae - 10-30-2019, 12:00 AM
Holy Days if no TLM: Plan B? - by Augustinian - 10-30-2019, 11:23 PM
RE: Holy Days if no TLM: Plan B? - by jovan66102 - 10-30-2019, 11:39 PM
RE: Holy Days if no TLM: Plan B? - by Fionnchu - 10-31-2019, 05:06 PM
RE: Holy Days if no TLM: Plan B? - by Augustinian - 10-31-2019, 05:16 PM
RE: Holy Days if no TLM: Plan B? - by Augustinian - 11-01-2019, 07:00 PM
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