What do I do with work a conflict with a Holy Day Obligation?

Forgive the crosspost, please. I wanted to get an answer to this…

Tonight is my work Christmas party. Quick, short version–it’s a new job, pay is good, it’s very professional. All the field reps are in town and it would be a very good thing for me to spend time with them, as my job is to support them, in large part.

However, it may conflict with the only Mass time I can get to for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The party’s at six, the Mass is at 7:30. Travel time is half an hour, but this is D.C., so that’s up in the air.

My understanding is that Holy Days of Obligation may not be binding if you must work and there are no available times. I know I’m stretching it with this, but this IS an important work event that doesn’t happen very often.

Lest you think I’m just looking for an excuse to get out of Mass, I’ll say this–nothing sounds more odious to me than attending this party. I work with materialistic people with whom I have nothing in common. It’s a cliquey government job, and every day is a struggle to stay sane. I’d MUCH rather go to Mass.

Dear Monatana,

Only you know just how important your presence at that affair is.
If it is necessary, then it is necessary. But IF you were going to actually see the the Lord and His mother at Mass in the evening, would you still go to the work thing? They are still there whether one can see them on not.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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