Lift Up Your Hearts
No doubt many of you are already planning to celebrate Christmas with your families and to include attending Mass together as part of your plans. As typically happens once or twice each decade, Christmas falls on a Monday this year. While more and more people choose to attend Mass on Christmas Eve (rather than Christmas Day), some people are confused as they realize that this Christmas Eve just happens to be Sunday evening; which begs the question: “Can I get a ‘two-fer?” In other words, will attending Christmas Eve Mass on Sunday, December 24 satisfy my Sunday obligation as well?
I’m sorry to be a Grinch, but the answer is no. The Church calls us to observe both Sunday (the last Sunday of Advent) and Christmas. There are two separate obligations, which are met by attending two separate Masses.
Please note the slight modification we have made to our Sunday Mass schedule for December 23 and 24: we have added a second Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:00pm on December 23, but we will NOT have a 12:30pm Mass on Sunday, December 24 (in order to prepare the Christmas Eve Masses).
With you I am joyfully anticipating celebrating the Birth of the One who brings us His Peace.