Can Missed Sunday Obligation Be Made Up On Tuesday?

I feel silly for asking this one, but a friend who attends a different Mass on Sundays insists that one of our priests said during his homily that if we miss Mass on Sunday we can "make it up" on Tuesday! :eek:

Our friend is very devout, but is in her 70s and always sits toward the back of the church. I am relatively sure that she misheard, but I said I would post the question in the forum

The priest is very conservative in nature, not one to adjust the Church's teachings to his views or ideas

No replies are necessary UNLESS you can in someway confirm being able to make up the Sunday obligation by attending Mass on the following Tuesday. Any such replies please cite your source

only way I know of to make it up is via the confessional

I know the obligation can be dispensed, but not reassigned. And a priest cannot do this en masse. If one cannot regularly attend on a Sunday, for spiritual advantage the priest may make one to attend Mass weekly on a different day. But it is not a replacement of the obligation. Rather the priest has dispensed the obligation for good reason and the person is asked to go to Mass at another day for spiritual advantage of that person that they still get to go to Mass and hear the word of God and, if properly disposed, receive Him in the Eucharist.

Just so there is no confusion, no priest can “make one” attend a weekday Mass.

A spiritual director may but this is in the case of the person undergoing ongoing spiritual direction with that spiritual director and it is arguable how binding such an “obligation” would be.

Sunday - fulfillment of the sabbath
2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ’s Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man’s eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ:107

Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord’s Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death.108 2176 The celebration of Sunday observes the moral commandment inscribed by nature in the human heart to render to God an outward, visible, public, and regular worship "as a sign of his universal beneficence to all."109 Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people.
The Sunday Eucharist
2177 The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life. "Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church."110
"Also to be observed are the day of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Epiphany, the Ascension of Christ, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christi, the feast of Mary the Mother of God, her Immaculate Conception, her Assumption, the feast of Saint Joseph, the feast of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul, and the feast of All Saints."111
2178 This practice of the Christian assembly dates from the beginnings of the apostolic age.112 The Letter to the Hebrews reminds the faithful "not to neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but to encourage one another."113

Tradition preserves the memory of an ever-timely exhortation: Come to Church early, approach the Lord, and confess your sins, repent in prayer. . . . Be present at the sacred and divine liturgy, conclude its prayer and do not leave before the dismissal. . . . We have often said: "This day is given to you for prayer and rest. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."114 2179 "A *parish *is a definite community of the Christian faithful established on a stable basis within a particular church; the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor as its own shepherd under the authority of the diocesan bishop."115 It is the place where all the faithful can be gathered together for the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. The parish initiates the Christian people into the ordinary expression of the liturgical life: it gathers them together in this celebration; it teaches Christ’s saving doctrine; it practices the charity of the Lord in good works and brotherly love:

You cannot pray at home as at church, where there is a great multitude, where exclamations are cried out to God as from one great heart, and where there is something more: the union of minds, the accord of souls, the bond of charity, the prayers of the priests.116 The Sunday obligation
2180 The precept of the Church specifies the law of the Lord more precisely: "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass."117 "The precept of participating in the Mass is satisfied by assistance at a Mass which is celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the holy day or on the evening of the preceding day."118
2181 The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor.119 Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.
2182 Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to his Church. The faithful give witness by this to their communion in faith and charity. Together they testify to God’s holiness and their hope of salvation. They strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


2183 "If because of lack of a sacred minister or for other grave cause participation in the celebration of the Eucharist is impossible, it is specially recommended that the faithful take part in the Liturgy of the Word if it is celebrated in the parish church or in another sacred place according to the prescriptions of the diocesan bishop, or engage in prayer for an appropriate amount of time personally or in a family or, as occasion offers, in groups of families."120
A day of grace and rest from work
2184 Just as God "rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done,"121 human life has a rhythm of work and rest. The institution of the Lord’s Day helps everyone enjoy adequate rest and leisure to cultivate their familial, cultural, social, and religious lives.122
2185 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body.123 Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health.

The charity of truth seeks holy leisure- the necessity of charity accepts just work.124 2186 Those Christians who have leisure should be mindful of their brethren who have the same needs and the same rights, yet cannot rest from work because of poverty and misery. Sunday is traditionally consecrated by Christian piety to good works and humble service of the sick, the infirm, and the elderly. Christians will also sanctify Sunday by devoting time and care to their families and relatives, often difficult to do on other days of the week. Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of the mind, and meditation which furthers the growth of the Christian interior life.
2187 Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord’s Day. Traditional activities (sport, restaurants, etc.), and social necessities (public services, etc.), require some people to work on Sundays, but everyone should still take care to set aside sufficient time for leisure. With temperance and charity the faithful will see to it that they avoid the excesses and violence sometimes associated with popular leisure activities. In spite of economic constraints, public authorities should ensure citizens a time intended for rest and divine worship. Employers have a similar obligation toward their employees.
2188 In respecting religious liberty and the common good of all, Christians should seek recognition of Sundays and the Church’s holy days as legal holidays. They have to give everyone a public example of prayer, respect, and joy and defend their traditions as a precious contribution to the spiritual life of society. If a country’s legislation or other reasons require work on Sunday, the day should nevertheless be lived as the day of our deliverance which lets us share in this “festal gathering,” this "assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven."125

Right, I got it right the second part of the paragraph when I said “asked to”. That is what I meant :smiley:

It all depends on Why the Sunday Mass was missed. If by Choice Not to go, it is Serious Sin that needs Confession through a Priest (Christ doing the Forgiving), to remove the mortal sin, and be eligible for the Eucharist. [LIST] If because of an Illness of self or another needing attention, or work, etc., it’s no sin. But ‘makeup mass’ during the week is nice, but does not fill the obligation usually. Maybe the Priest had better understanding of the situation than we do; Priests very seldom err.
[/LIST]Second Hand information by another is not very reliable.

I havnt even though about asking this up until now, but i was wondering why is it compulsory to attend church every sunday? Dont get me wrong, its not that i think you should miss, but why is it a church rule?

I've heard tell of something similar to what was mentioned in the OP, but it turned out to be a case of mishearing that resulted in a confusion. A general dispensation is normally reserved to the Local Ordinary (canon 87) but that authority can be expressly delegated (canon 89).

At the same, however, by virtue of canon 1245, a pastor may grant an individual dispensation or commutation:

Can. 1245 Without prejudice to the right of diocesan bishops mentioned in ⇒ can. 87, for a just cause and according to the prescripts of the diocesan bishop, a pastor can grant in individual cases a dispensation from the obligation of observing a feast day or a day of penance or can grant a commutation of the obligation into other pious works.

I know of a case where a person was affected by panic attacks in crowded conditions, which made Sundays and Holy Days a big problem. The pastor commuted the "obligation" to a weekday. There's another case I'm familiar with where a person had no access to transportation on Sunday, but was able to arrange it on weekdays. Again, the pastor commuted the "obligation" to a weekday.

[quote="NorthTexan88, post:9, topic:254210"]
I havnt even though about asking this up until now, but i was wondering why is it compulsory to attend church every sunday? Dont get me wrong, its not that i think you should miss, but why is it a church rule?


                     Because it was  "Asked"   by Our Lord,  at the Last  Supper:   Do This  (Last  Supper  Sadar  Feast,  and Consecration of Bread/Wine into Real Presence)  in my  Remembrance.  The  Apostles  Began the  practise immediatelly.                              [LIST] The  Earliest   Christians   changed the  Sabbath  Day of Obligation to Sunday: the Day  of the Lord's  Resurrection, immeduiatelly.  Also the Commandment to Keep Holy the  Sabbath  Day.


Actually the earliest Christians (Apostles) went to the Temple or Synagogue on Saturday, and then met together to “break bread” on Sundays.

[quote="NorthTexan88, post:9, topic:254210"]
I havnt even though about asking this up until now, but i was wondering why is it compulsory to attend church every sunday? Dont get me wrong, its not that i think you should miss, but why is it a church rule?


third commandment of the decalogue
Remember thou shalt keep holy the Lord's Day
Christ commanded on the night before he died how we are to do that when he instituted the Eucharist and the when he rose on Sunday and made that the Lord's day. The Church he founded confirmed that law and it is also a precept of the Church to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation (or the evening before where that satisfies the obligation). How any Catholic can regard this as a burden rather than a joy is rather hard to understand.

Maybe until the Council of Jerulalem determined Not to follow Jewish law, traditions? The Apostles Began the Last Supper Feast immediatelly after our Lord’s Crucifixion; Sunday began almost Immediatelly as The Holy Day: the Day of His Resurrection. Please check the History of Sunday Holy Day.

Sometimes I “miss” Mass. I am there, but with two children I am not always tuned-in as much as I would like. I feel a call to go to Mass on Monday to get what I “missed”.

No going to Mass on a Tuesday doesn't make up for the missed Sunday obligation. I had a priest suggest to me once that because I had missed Mass on Sunday it was a good idea to attend a weekday Mass. He did not remotely imply that this somehow made up for not attending the Sunday Mass.

I do not think you can say “Last Supper Sadar Feast” because if that was so then we would only celebrate the Eucharist yearly rather than daily.

They went on Saturday because that’s the “old testament” sabbath day, and obviously that’s where they can be more effective in reaching out to the Jews regarding the Messiah (Jesus).

The breaking of the bread on sunday is the continuation of the passover ritual that Jesus instituted during the last supper. Which is by the way the true Passover that takes away our sins that Jesus accomplished by his suffering, passion and dying on the cross.

You will see all these references to the “first day of the week” (sunday) at the end of the gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles.

Hence, why the church changed the sabbath to Sunday and rightly so.

As long as you resurrected the thread one minor point. The Church did not change the sabbath. The sabbath has always been and continues to be Saturday. The Church said that we are to worship on the Lord’s Day, which is Sunday. More in depth info here:

This is an old thread. If the question is still on your mind, feel free to start a thread again in moral theology since this is a moral question.

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