Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I’ve had a bit of a quandary recently.
My newborn daughter has been in and out of hospital since her birth in January with various issues, mostly centering around weight gain. She was re-admitted last week and it looks like we may be in for a week or more until we find out the cause.
The difficulty is that any time I spend outside work is at the hospital, most especially weekends. She is under the care of some of the best doctors in the country and neither myself or my wife need to be there in order for her to be fed and cared for, although we do whenever we’re in the ward (which is most if the time).
My wife does need to be there to breastfeed her/express in order for her to get decent nutrition but I obviously don’t have that function to perform.
Is it licit for me to miss Mass on a Sunday to be with my daughter and wife and give them valuable emotional and practical support under the premise of Canon 1245 or do I commit a mortal sin if I choose not to go?
Thoughts and prayers appreciated.