Is Missing Mass a Grave Sin?


I missed Mass last week w/o a good reason. Am I mistaken in thinking I am in grave sin & should not receive the Eucharist until I make it to Confession?

I’ve been to Mass twice since then but made only spiritual communions both times to “play it safe”

Am I right?

Dear C,

Get to confession! Yes, deliberately refusing to attend Sunday Mass is a mortal sin–as if anything could be more important. I don’t mean to talk down to you. But nothing on the face of the earth can compare with Mass. And on Sunday, we owe such attention to the Lord.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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