Attending Holy Mass on a Sunday is a solemn and binding obligation upon all Catholics. Indeed, it is a mortal sin to deliberately fail in this matter.
This grave obligation may be suspended or dispensed at times due to pandemics or for other significant reasons. Such is the case presently within the Diocese of Lansing until, at least, the First Week of Advent, November 29.
But why is participation in the Sunday Mass is so important that the Church would make it an obligation at all? That’s the question that Bishop Earl Boyea has been attempting to answer across this series of seven brief talks. Today is Part 6: Receiving the Eucharist.