[quote="WesleyF, post:1, topic:295919"]
I feel I need the Eucharist on a daily basis. But I don't have enough love in me to wake up at 6 am in the morning just to make it to the mass before I can go to work. So I think it would be a good start for me to at least partially attend an afternoon mass and then receive the Eucharist when I have a lunch break at work. The question is, is there anything wrong about this from the point of view of church teaching?
I can't make it to the entire mass and also have lunch after that in the 1 hr duration I have for lunch. Walking to the church and back takes an additional 15-20 minutes off my lunch break.
My guess (short answer "Go"). If you are late, don't be again. And read the readings later. Go again if you are late again ... but at SOME point be on time! ;)
I'm ONLY basing this on my experiences in a Catholic High School in the years '68 and '69 - which was very devout. How devout about the Eucharist? When the principal had said mass in the auditorium once per month (to accommodate an entire graduating class) and was returning the remaining Eucharist to a tabernacle in the school chapel ... an altar boy would go before him ringing a bell to indicate that the REAL PRESENCE was coming. If you were walking along, you STOPPED bowed your head like Monsignor, who was carrying the Chalice BACK to the chapel was doing, until they had passed.
YET during the first 15 minutes of any lunch period there was a quick mass and communion service said in the campus chapel. For a long time, only about 15 or so kids went, as they'd have to give up their front of the line spots in the cafeteria as the price of midday communion. But later, the Holy Spirit drew more and more of us. :)
Sometimes the pre-lunch classes ran long, the visits to the book lockers weren't smooth and the "not very long anyway" mass-as-communion service accomodated just arriving folks without comment even when they'd just walked in the door and hadn't heard a single reading.
Sometimes I go to daily mass late - not on purpose, sometimes I take my elderly father who can be slow in getting ready. I must admit I'm late because I wasn't early! In those cases I sometimes go BACK and read the readings of the day.
In a nutshell - do all the good you can as often as you can and do it better the next time.
If your conscience dictates otherwise ... listen to it. But you are asking the kind of questions that usually lead to greater holiness. Congratulations! :extrahappy: