[quote="mrsed, post:13, topic:192685"]
I came to this site specifically to find an answer to this question For those who may be wondering why ... it is because I had never given this a thought until this year when I was at a meeting of those participating in the Easter Vigil and learned that it did NOT fulfill the Sunday obligation according to our pastor.
I do not like the idea of 'obligation' but once I heard this it put me in a position of "once I know something, I become responsible for my future actions". Needless to say I attended both the Vigil (rather sparsely attended) and the 'packed to the rafers' morning Mass.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to kindly bring this to the attention of our pastor? God willing, we'll both be here for 2011 and I want to be at peace about this.
I find it to be least confrontational to be socratic about things like this (whether with your pastor or with someone who has (mis)represented him). Ask along the lines of:
How do you know this?
Where did you learn this?
This does not match my understanding, can you explain this?
And if it helps, have "your understanding" handy:
Can. 1247 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass....
Can. 1248 §1. A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass.
(Apologies, it uses the word obligation)