How do I explain Sunday obligation to my daughter and her mom?


The non-Catholic mother of my Catholic daughter allowed the child to go on a 3 day camping trip and miss Sunday mass. She went on Monday to “make up” for the Sunday obligation.

How can I explain to my daughter who is 13 about the true Sunday obligation? Better yet, how can I explain to her mom?



These links should be helpful. I’ve included info specific to your daughter’s camping trip in the first box. The answer in the second box contains many resources to help you transmit the importance of the Eucharistic celebration to your daughter. The links in the third box might help with explaining to your daughter’s mom why Sunday is important. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

Recommended Reading on the Sunday Obligation:
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Recommended Reading on the Mass:
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Recommended Reading on Sunday Observance:
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Is celebrating Mass on Sundays Biblical?

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