Thursday, December 09, 2004

Through My Own Grievous Fault 

Well, I missed mass last evening. It was a Holy Day of Obligation, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. I got home late, thought there was a mass at 7pm, but actually it had been at 5:30pm. I did sit alone in the church for awhile, though, and read the readings while a steward was cleaning up after mass.

There are 10 holy days of obligation in the Catholic Church:

The Immaculate Conception on December 8
Christmas on December 25
Mary, the Mother of God on January 1
Epiphany on January 6
St. Joseph on March 19
St. Peter and St. Paul on June 29
The Assumption of Mary on August 15
All Saints on November 1
The Ascension 40 days after Easter and
Corpus Christi 60 days after Easter

I find the requirements of the Catholic Church refreshing. Although most Methodists were sure to attend church on Christmas and Easter, those were the only days I can remember overfull pews. Of course, our Catholic Church wasn't overfull at the 5:30pm Mass last night (judging by the parking lot when I pulled in at 6:30pm), it was about the same size crowd as a normal Saturday evening mass... and there were two other masses held earlier in the day.

Faith should demand something of us.

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