Sunday, August 07, 2011

On vacations and our Sunday obligation


I read this on Fr. Z’s blog and afterwards I sighed. I saw comment after comment making excuses for skipping the Sunday obligation if it interfered with vacation plans. Huh? Missing Mass because you were in Kenya feeding starving Somali refugees is one thing, missing the holy sacrifice of the Mass because you wanted to go hunting or lie around in the pool is quite another.  There are some really cool sites such as  Masstimes.org , Parishes Online , Church Mass Times, and the Catholic Directory that will help you find a Mass in or near the location of your vacation site. Before I found Masstimes.org, I used to go to visitor’s centers when we travelled and I'd ask if they could tell me where the nearest Catholic church was or --- and this is really old school, you could call the hotel, the resort, the cruise line, ect. and find out where there is a Catholic church, chapel or mission.

Jesus suffered ineffable agony in the garden of Gethsemane, He took a terrible beating, was tortured and crucified for us. How can we turn around and say, "Sorry, Lord, I wanted to come see You but I needed some me time."

4 comments:

The Little Way said...

I thought the same thing when I read that thread and the comments that followed. I plan my vacations not only based on how easily we can get to Sunday Mass but how accessible daily Mass will be as well. I would not enjoy a moment of vacation or even a one-day excursion if it meant neglecting my Sunday obligation. BTW, I have found the Mass times website not always so up-to-date. When I went to Panama on a medical mission a few years ago, I relied on the logistics coordinator to do that research for me. We were very fortunate in that there was a Carmelite-run church directly across the road from where we were staying so that even though we worked on Sunday, anyone who wished could get to Mass. (The first Mass was at 6am and the last Mass of the day at 6pm) Where there's a will, there's a way.

Gina said...

I saw this, too, and was surprised at Father's response. Ha. He's typically a lot more... constructive. You're spot on, though. Hope you posted this in the comment thread!

Dymphna said...

No, there's too much rigamorale to get registered at Fr.Z's site so I only lurk.

The Digital Hairshirt said...

I don't understand why one would not fulfill their obligation while on vacation, unless they were trekking in Patagonia. It's part of the trip, to see another church, another congregation. In fact, I encourage folks to consider visiting ther curches within their diocese, just because . . .