Missing mass for four weeks to go on a trip to Borneo


#1

In a couple of years time I might be going on a trip with a company called Camps International to Borneo for four weeks. I’m not actually a Catholic, but I’m thinking of becoming one and there’s a chance that I’ll be one by the time the trip happens, and as we’ll be in mostly rural parts of a Muslim country (Malaysia), it might be difficult to access a Catholic church for those four weeks. The trip itself is not Church-based but we’ll be doing a lot of volunteer work with local communities, building stuff, teaching children and doing wildlife conservation work, as well as fun stuff like scuba diving. and I could probably download some recordings of mass services onto my phone to listen to on the Sundays while I was there.

Again, this is a semi-hypothetical question as I’m not a Catholic and don’t know whether I’ll be one by the time of the trip, although I am considering becoming one. But would it be a sin for me to go on the trip knowing that it’ll probably mean missing mass for four weeks, if I was a Catholic?

Thanks,
JDNaman


#2

You may be able to find a Mass - you never know. But what you should do is speak to your pastor before the trip and ask for a dispensation. Of course if you are not a Catholic then you have no obligation.
Merry Christmas.


#3

God dosen’t ask anything that is unreasonable. Try your very best effort to go, if you can’t then you can’t


#4

Very late reply. The Malaysian states in Borneo namely Sabah and Sarawak have quite a high population of Catholics. You should be able to find a Catholic Church in most of the major towns there.


#5

When I was in the UAE, I cabbed it to a fairly large nearby Catholic Church by myself. Only takes an hour on Sundays. Nobody even noticed I was gone.


#6

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