Originally Posted by Joe 5859
That's not true. There are 5 precepts of the Church:
1. You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and remain free from work or activity that could impede the sanctification of such days.
2. You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
3. You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.
4. You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
5. You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.
We have an obligation to provide for the needs of the Church. We aren't just punching a time clock and going to Mass.
Not everyone is able to meet this obligation in the same way or at all times in their life. But it is still an obligation.
As with any obligation to God, it is abrogated (I'm not sure that's the right word) if impossible to meet. So, if one is ill, one can miss Sunday Mass, even tho we have an obligation to go.
I just wanted to clarify that! Sometimes people really can't give when they are unemployed. We have had the problem of the gas money to get to Mass pretty much coming out of our grocery money (that summer gasoline was so high).