What maximum amount of time is considered to be still within reasonable travel time for attending Sunday Mass and fulfilling ones obligation, above which travel is not required? Once I read 45 minutes and somewhere else I read the suggestion of one hour.
The situation is this: I and family live in a rural area, and there is only one Catholic parish in our town. The next closest one is about 30-35 minutes away (from home) in another city. I have a family member who works and for today she has been scheduled in such a way that conflicts with available Mass times at either parish, neither of which have evenings Masses.
However, the latter parish is next to a university with a Catholic campus ministry and I am aware that a student Mass is offered at 6 pm on Sundays, and after looking up more information, I read that it is held at the campus Newman Center.
This family member’s work place is 20 minutes from home; work-shift ends at 4:30 pm. To drive from work directly to the parish/university would be about 50 minutes. But, that would mean arriving for Mass pretty early.
Alternative is to drive home, and then take off again later. Drive home would only be 20 minutes. This gives enough time to get ready and then take off again, perhaps at 5:15 ish --to account for for weather/traffic (thunderstorm/pouring rain yesterday, possible today) to the parish/uni.
I don’t know whether Newman House Mass is open to other than students, but I sent a message to the Facebook page of a the campus ministry.
All this said, supposing she can attend, I don’t know (but I think not) if the family member is willing to go through all this, unfortunately.