I recently attended some RCIA sessions at a local parish with a friend (going with her for support and also interested in seeing what this session taught) and the instructor, a very nice man in his late '20s who appears to be very devout, said two things that I don’t know are correct. I certainly have/had heard differently and would like some clarification.
He said it is wrong to attend an evening Mass (Saturday vigil or Sunday evening) because it more convenient for you or because you “prefer” that Mass. He said morning Mass is preferred and evening Masses were just created for people who had to work or the elderly, and attending either because you “prefer” it is wrong and selfish. is this true? I certainly have never heard this. Growing up we were simply taught it was important to get to Mass and since our church offered multiple Masses at different times, it was your responsibility to make it to one of them!!! I for one attend our parish’s Saturday evening Mass frequently because it’s a very prayerful mood there, the music is very sacred and the priest who celebrates it is an excellent homilist!
Is it always a MORTAL sin if you miss a Sunday Mass even if you made a serious effort to go? That is what this instructor said. I was taught that you had to make every effort to attend Mass, but there were valid reasons such as personal illness, illness of a child or if for instance your car broke down on the way to Mass and you didn’t make it. Is it still a mortal sin that needs to be confessed before you can take communion again, even if you have missed Sunday Mass for a reason beyond your control?
Please help me clear this up. I’m afraid this instructor may have been giving the RCIA folks some bad advice…