As someone who is just starting the RCIA program, I’m a bit put off by the strict requirements of having to attend weekly Mass. By weekly, I specifically mean Saturday or Sunday. I try and attend daily mass several times a week, following work, but according to my RCIA director, this means absolutely nothing, if Mass on Saturday or Sunday is missed.
I’ve come from a Protestant background which has often taught that Church is not REQUIRED, but rather, encouraged, based from some scripture (I cannot quote) which says that it is good to have fellowship with other believers, but does not specifically state "all good Christians must attend Church (Mass) on X Y Z days of the week…
My RCIA director has told me that somewhere it says that church is to be attended the first day of the week (Sundays). It doesn’t seem like something God would specifically mandate, however, given His openness with us. I mean, He doesn’t discriminate against sinners when it comes to salvation (as in who to forgive, etc - he forgives everyone), so I find it hard to believe His stance would be (okay, I’ve saved you, now report to Mass on Saturday or Sunday, or you’ve committed a mortal sin).
I feel great going to Mass during the week. I often skip town on the weekends, to recoup from the daily stresses of work. When I do go out of town, rest assured, I do spend a great deal of time in reflection, prayer, devotions, etc, so it’s not like I’ve blocked out God for the weekend… I just prefer to do Mass during the week. Am I such a bad person for wanting this? Am I condemning myself because of this? As I said, to me, God doesn’t come across as one to care WHEN we go to church, as much as that we DO, if it helps bring us closer to Him.