Some Basics of Catholic Life

The Mass Obligation

All Catholics, once they have reached the age of reason, are bound under serious sin to be present at the whole of Mass every Sunday and on every Holy Day of Obligation. Deliberately to miss Mass on a Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation is a serious sin which is forgiven in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The obligation to be present at the whole of Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation ceases where there is personal illness, when one has to care for a sick or frail person, and when one is impeded, e.g., by travelling.

In England and Wales the Holy Days of Obligation which are not transfer automatically to the nearest Sunday are as follows:
  • Saints Peter & Paul (29th June)
  • The Assumption (15th August)
  • All Saints (1st November)
  • The Nativity (25th December)