Here is a general question that is primarily aimed at college students, college graduates, and those who may be in a profession that requires occasional Sunday work. Here is the question:
Some college campuses (secular and Catholic) have late Masses at 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. on Sunday evening. I attended one college that had a Sunday evening Mass at 10:00 p.m., and I often attended. Primarily, attendees were fraternity and sorority members who would go to Mass together after their Sunday night meeting, and if students had been out of town for the weekend (or had Army Reserve duty or worked weekends at a hospital), it was possible to attend Mass upon return.
Lately, I have wanted to ask a good priest (and those reading this) if a 10:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday evening is a valid time. Most places I am aware of will have Sunday evening Masses scheduled between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (a good solid priest in the Dallas Diocese has a last Mass at 8:00 p.m., and I won’t argue with Fr. Paul - he is a solid priest), and quite a few colleges have a Sunday evening Mass at 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., or 7:30 p.m., but I’m not so sure about a 10:00 p.m. Mass.
One reason I ask is I know that a Saturday evening Mass cannot start until 4:00 p.m. in order to be valid. Most Saturday evening Masses that I am aware of take place between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., although one good parish in the Dallas Diocese does a 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon Mass, and another parish in the Fort Worth Diocese does two Saturday vigils - one at 4:30 p.m. and one at 6:00 p.m. In addition, my observation and perception in recent years is many Catholic Student Centers have changed to having earlier Masses on Sunday evenings, primarily between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Thoughts and life experience are appreciated, but please no rants. I don’t post here very often.