Sunday Obligation

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Yes, you need to go to Mass twice this weekend — for Sunday and for Christmas

Dec 22, 2023

By Mary Farrow

The fourth Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve. That means the faithful must attend two Masses in a row... Read more


Sunday Mass obligation re-instituted for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago

Nov 8, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The restoration of the Sunday Mass obligation goes into effect on Nov. 26 and 27, the First Sunday of Advent. Read more


Christmas falls on a Saturday this year. What does that mean for Mass obligations? 

Dec 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

This weekend, Latin rite Catholics have an obligation to attend Mass on both Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, and on... Read more

A post-plenary press conference at the London headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Nov. 19, 2021.

English and Welsh bishops urge Catholics to renew commitment to Sunday Mass

Nov 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

But they acknowledged that the pandemic still posed obstacles to regular church attendance. Read more

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore delivers a homily at the Mass for the bicentennial of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31, 2021

Six dioceses in Baltimore, Washington provinces reinstate Sunday obligation

Jun 2, 2021

Six Catholic dioceses in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware will be lifting the dispensation from the Sunday obligation beginning... Read more

Bishop James Johnston of Kansas City-St. Joseph

More bishops invite Catholics back to Mass, lift dispensations

May 26, 2021

Two more U.S. bishops have invited Catholics back to Mass, following other dioceses which have lifted dispensations from the Sunday... Read more

Pittsburgh priest: Catholics angered by abuse reports deserve a hearing

Aug 29, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholics who are demoralized, angered, or scandalized by revelations about sex abuse must feel free to talk to clergy and... Read more

Pittsburgh priest rescinds dispensation from Advent Mass obligation

Dec 1, 2017

By Mary Farrow

A parish priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh has rescinded a dispensation he claimed would excuse his parishioners from the... Read more