So I don’t want to get into details, but I don’t always attend mass. Sometimes its because I can’t get there and I can’t drive and my parents sleep in and I forget. I know the best answer is to go to Church, but instead of that, there is got to be a better answer than to do nothing. What would be the best way to improvise a mass in your bedroom or something? Thanks.
As you imply Mass can’t be substituted at home. The only way to fulfill the obligation is to attend Mass. In saying this to answer your question I’d say if you have EWTN you can watch their daily Masses.
Watch it on EWTN. But do your absolute best to get there if at all possible.
You can’t do that because Mass has to have a Priest to take place.
What I really mean is like is there a way that will make it better than doing nothing. I can see watching the mass online would be good. I wasn’t sure if you could like implement it with all the readings or something. Just want to do something if I can’t get there.
I understand that I mean what is the best way possible to get it as close or something like that, almost like an adoration where there is no priest.
Is it not possible for your parents to take you to attend a Saturday Vigil Mass? Or is there a later Mass on Sundays that you could attend?
Make a spiritual communion -> the prayer in bold type on this page
Watch the Mass on EWTN as CajunJoy65 said, read the days Readings slowly and prayerfully, make a spiritual communion and remember to keep the day Holy in general and appropriate rest.
You can go to : http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/090819.cfm
see the right up at the top has the calendar, click on the correct day and you will have the readings for that day.
Also Father Larry Richards has his homily online here: Very short and very good https://thereasonforourhope.org/category/2019/
Thank you so much, it is just my brother has baseball games so we can’t always make it. It gets complicated.
""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 "
#120 comes from canon lay # 1248 §2 - "If it is impossible to assist at a eucharistic celebration, either because no sacred minister is available or for some other grave reason, the faithful are strongly recommended to take part in a liturgy of the Word, if there be such in the parish church or some other sacred place, which is celebrated in accordance with the provisions laid down by the diocesan Bishop; or to spend an appropriate time in prayer, whether personally or as a family or, as occasion presents, in a group of families. "
I know you are a minor and must be at the dependency on parents but you really need to ask them LOVINGLY to make Mass the most important part of the weekend NOT any games. Remind them it is a Commandment not a suggestion and it is an Obligation (we must go each week). Could you ask someone else to bring you to Mass when they can’t go?
Even speak to Father when you get the chance and see if he can’t find a way for you to get there with someone responsible that your parents trust.
I understand that families do things together and you are dependant on your parents to drive you. But going to a baseball game as you know is not a grave or serious reason to miss Mass. So, for this reason I wonder if your parents and yourself could not attend a different Mass - the Saturday Vigil or one later on on Sunday. I assume a baseball game would not take up all of Sunday?
And you also said in your first post, I think, that sometimes your parents sleep in - perhaps on the Saturday you could ask to go to the Vigil Mass?
Or is there a nearby relative or neighbor or fellow parishioner whom your family knows can take you to Mass?
To miss Mass without sinning it has to be either physically or morally impossible. Difficulties doesn’t cut it, nor does inconvenience.
CCC #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.”
You need to bring this up with your parish priest and see what he says. He may be able to dispense you from your obligation to attend Mass, he also may not. But you should still speak with him and explain your circumstances. I’m assuming here you are over the age of 13?
YES definitely talk to Father and tell him about all of this for your own obligation if not your family’s.
The thing is it is just on me because my parents have to bring my brother to a game or my parents tell me I have to do homework and that that is all I can do. I feel depressed sometimes because I just feel like I am locked in my house alot of the time.
Ask them nicely if someone else could bring you to Mass. Someone they trust.
It’s fine to say any prayers you like at home, any time, to try to make a day special when you can’t get to Mass because you don’t have transportation.
- read the readings at home and do Lectio Divina (you can look up on line how to do this)
- say a Rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet, or any prayer you like
- meditate on Christ’s Passion, on the Holy Mysteries, or on Jesus in the Eucharist (you can probably find a live video of the Blessed Sacrament online to look at if you like, though it’s not necessary)
- make a Spiritual Communion (there are acts of Spiritual Communion online at EWTN and other websites)
If you don’t want to spend a whole hour, try spending a half-hour.
Jesus would be very pleased to see you “making the Sabbath day holy” in your home.
One time a couple years ago I couldn’t go to Mass when I planned because there was an ice storm and I arrived at church to find Mass was cancelled, so I went home and did a Holy Hour with Spiritual Communion instead.
I’m truly sorry you feel like that and things are difficult for you at home.
We understand that your parents take your brother to a game, and from this I assume your family only has one car.
Does your parish not have any other Mass times?
Perhaps your homework could be done on the Saturday, or after you have been to Mass?
We are trying to find solutions for you so you can attend Mass, & receive Jesus - we’re not trying to make things more difficult for you or make you feel worse about your situation. But Mass is just such a huge obligation for us Catholics, which is why we are suggesting other alternatives for you to raise with your parents and also speak with your priest.
Thank you, this is like exactly what I was looking for.