Opinions on TV Mass

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Opinions on TV Mass
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Thu, 05-13-2004 - 2:26pm
Yesterday I taped a Mass on TV and watched it while ds was taking his nap. Last Sunday we went to another church (not Catholic) in hopes dh could find one he liked. Obviously, we missed Sunday Mass in the Church. In your opinion, outside of the fact that the TV mass obviously did not have Communion, is this a feasible alternative - in your opinion does this count as your fulfilling your Holy Obligation? I think that it would. Now, I'm not saying that I'd do this all the time. But there are weekends that we don't make it to Mass for one reason or another. Mainly because dh is not Catholic, ds is, and frankly I need the break of having my dh look after (at least with me) our 2.5 yr. old son after me watching him 24/7 for the past week. So yes, I know, poor excuse, but the flesh is weak and so is the spirit of this 40 yr. old mum sometimes too!
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 05-13-2004 - 4:57pm
In your opinion, outside of the fact that the TV mass obviously did not have Communion, is this a feasible alternative - in your opinion does this count as your fulfilling your Holy Obligation?

TV Mass is a great way for those who have a legitimate excuse and are excused from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation of attending Mass, to participate in at least a visual way. It DOES NOT in any way fulfill the obligation of a person who can, but simply chooses not to attend Mass in person.

Last Sunday we went to another church (not Catholic) in hopes dh could find one he liked. Obviously, we missed Sunday Mass in the Church.

You have to judge this yourself. If you freely chose (were not forced or prevented by something or someone other than yourself) to attend another Christian service instead (not in addition to) a Catholic Sunday Mass. Confession may be in order. Since intentionally missing the Sunday Mass or Holy Day Mass obligation is a serious sin requiring the Sacrament of Confession before one can return to receiving the Sacraments.

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Thu, 05-13-2004 - 6:12pm
Just offering another possible suggestion...

Does your church have a Saturday evening Mass? If so, could you leave DS with DH and go to Mass on Saturday evening? Then go as a family to whatever church you want to visit on Sunday? That way you would have fulfilled your obligation, gotten a break from DS (which is definitely understandable) and maybe had some peaceful prayer time.

Just a thought.

Karen

 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Fri, 05-14-2004 - 3:53pm

I thought TV Mass wasfor the home bound and TV Mass taped here, In Iowa, does include Communion.

 


 


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Fri, 05-14-2004 - 5:42pm
You would be excused from your obligation because of the illness. The obligation can never be replaced by something else.
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Fri, 05-14-2004 - 8:43pm
Thank you all for your opinions. Personally, I think it is better than nothing. As for Confession about missing mass on a Sunday, I think Jesus has bigger fish to fry.
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Sat, 05-15-2004 - 4:51pm
However missing Mass on Sunday without a serious reason is considered a serious sin and needs to be confessed before receiving Communion.

Ruth

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Sat, 05-15-2004 - 6:41pm
I do understand your reasoning about TV mass, if you have cable or dish, and if you or family are sick at home. Also, going to confession is not always a choice if the Priest is not always available to hear them. In fact, I have never heard of this as a confessed sin throughout my life as a Catholic.

I do think people have a right to each their own opinions, emotional value, or trust whether it's been talked through or dealt with another person, counselor, doctor, or in another church. Sometimes, people need to deal with certain ways they communicate with others, whether they need to be more by writing or phone, or by being more social. Life can be difficult for some people & never hurts to find out what the person needs to do to make his or her life better for themselves. This is true for me in that, I take things personally by just one problem that seems to be repeated over & over without any substantial reasoning. Sometimes, we need to find time or the place where we can be more organized or find out who's in-tune (or out-of-tune) with each their own.

My sick grandma used to say when I was taking care of her, "You don't need to go to church, the one on TV is just as good." Now that I remember, I didn't disagree with her one bit.

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Sat, 05-15-2004 - 11:20pm
See the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2042 and the Code of Canon Law #1246-1248.