(Quote) Thomas-699657 said:
How is that the bare minimum??? If you don't go to Mass on Sunday it's a mortal sin as f...
(Quote) Thomas-699657 said:
How is that the bare minimum??? If you don't go to Mass on Sunday it's a mortal sin as far as I have learn from the faith are have known all my life. What makes me wonder is how so many Catholics don't know this. Who went to the same Catholic school I went to or went to religious instuctions.t It's like they don't teach this anymore.
Thomas, you're right. And, it does seem sometimes that these things aren't being taught. Part of it is that these things don't sink in for some people until years later, no matter how many times they are taught. There is also the tug with secular activities, that although they shouldn't they do tend to dominate people's lives. And, please note I am not condoning this, but I do understand how parents, especially those whose dominant social group are not of the same religious persuasion, are torn. I am glad that my children are now grown, but we had many many battles about this, and sometimes my children faced a penalty at school because we insisted they attend Mass or another religious function, etc. We were just having this discussion at a social gathering, how the sports programs, etc make insane demands of parents and penalize the children if their parents take them on vacation or insist they attend another function etc.
From the Precepts: (The minimum obligations)
Attend Sunday Mass weekly and the Holy Days of obligation and rest from servile labor.
Go to Confession at least once a year.
Receive Holy Communion at least during the Easter season
Observe days of fast and abstinence as established by the Church
Help provide for the needs of the Church
The catechism lists the above five, the Canon Law website lists and comments on these five and adds a sixth - Obey the laws regarding Marriage, and often a seventh is also included - participate in the mission of the Church.
One of the hardest things to get across to teens we worked with sometimes was that they were required to attend mass weekly -- not necessarily go to Communion, that they had to do at least once a year. That and that just because they were on vacation or out of town or doing something else that they still needed to fulfill their obligation to attend Mass.
When we were kids, Mass came first, so no matter what we had done the night before we had to attend Mass Sunday morning, no ifs ands or buts. Or we had to make certain we attended Mass first before we went out. I reminded them that was one of the beauties of our Faith, they can attend Mass anywhere, home parish or away. There is almost always a mass within driving distance they can attend. We live twenty minutes from our big university town and the parish associated with the University hosts a Sunday late afternoon, early evening Mass, specifically for students who might have been returning to campus earlier.
I was blessed in many respects to have grown up in a small, tight knit neighborhood centered around our parish and parochial school. So the rules were the same for all of us and we kept each other in line most of the time.