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FULFILLING SUNDAY OBLIGATION

On Saturday


The Instruction on Eucharistic Worship (May 25, 1967) by the Sacred Congregation of Rites as well as the Instruction of the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy (January 10, 1970) grant the faculty for the faithful to fulfill their Sunday or holy day of obligation on the previous evening. The documents state that the faithful should be properly instructed and that this permission in no way is intended to diminish or obscure the position of Sunday in our Eucharistic worship. This privilege is granted for the convenience of people and their Sunday obligation.

In many dioceses this permission is limited to one or, at most, two evening Masses with the stipulation that those Masses are not to begin earlier than 5:00 p.m. Some dioceses direct that a nuptial Mass on Saturday evening at five o'clock or later does not satisfy the Sunday obligation.

The proper evening Mass (on Saturday or before a holy day) is the Mass assigned to the Sunday or holy day.

The faithful who attend the evening Mass may receive Holy Communion even  if they have already received Holy Communion in the morning.

When a holy day falls on a Saturday or Monday there are two obligations to fulfill: one for the holy day and one for the Sunday. The obligation for each day can be observed by attendance at Mass on the evening before or on the day itself.

 

 
 

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