What is worse, missing mass or mortal sin?


#1

What is worse: missing mass because you have a mortal sin and haven’t made it to reconciliation or going to mass with that mortal sin because you haven’t made it to reconciliation? And with that, if reconciliation is impossible before Sunday mass, what should I do?


#2

Go to Mass but don’t receive Holy Communion.

You are required to attend Mass. You are not required to receive Holy Communion.


#3

Why on earth would you skip Mass just because you can’t receive Communion?


#4

You are required to go to Mass every Sunday regardless if you are in a state of grace. You cannot receive Communion if you are NOT in a state of grace. Two separate things.


#5

Missing Sunday obligation Mass without a good reason potentially adds another mortal sin to the pile, so you shouldn’t miss.

It is perfectly okay to attend Mass in a state of mortal sin. Just don’t receive Holy Communion.


#6

its fine to be at mass if you are in mortal sin. Just don’t participate in the Eucharist until you have been to confession


#7

Here is the story of a cannonized saint who was not given absolution for 30 YEARS due to a drug addiction, but regularly attended mass, abstained from communion, died a martyr, and lives with Christ.

Please go to mass no matter what sins you’ve committed.


#8

If you are in mortal sin, you should still go to Mass and God wants this from you. You just shouldn’t receive communion until you are absolved through Confession. But please do go to Mass.


#9

There have been several such threads. They all stem from the mistaken assertion one must receive at mass, because everyone else does. If they’re in mortal sin, they shouldn’t, and if you are, neither should you. If people went to confession as often as they did to communion, the world would be a very different place. God Bless!


#10

You should NEVER EVER miss Mass just because you have a mortal sin because that adds another one to the list. You may not be able to go to receive Holy Communion until you’ve been to Confession but definitely go to Mass each weekend.


#11

Such a painful story to read.


#12

It is painful, yet at the time the Church believed it was doing the right thing. It is a good lesson for the future that we do not always apply the teachings of Jesus with perfect understanding and knowledge of a person’s condition.


#13

Missing mass on Sunday without a good reason is grave matter that should be mentioned in confession. In other words it would be another mortal sin.


#14

It’s a beautiful story. He found comfort in his faith and in his savior even when the leaders of his faith condemned him. His local church leaders were wrong, but he never left God even in his own sinfulness.

I think American Catholics can learn a thing or two from St. Mark given our current crisis.


#15

If you can make a perfect act of contrition do so, even though you cannot make sacramental confession and receive communion.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Contrition
1451 Among the penitent’s acts contrition occupies first place. Contrition is "sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again."50
50 Council of Trent (1551): DS 1676.

1452 When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called “perfect” (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.51
51 Cf. Council of Trent (1551): DS 1677.


#16

What is worse is believing not being in the state of grace is a reason for not lifting praise to God in the Mass.

You should go to Mass, but abstain from receiving the sacrament, until after receiving the sacrament of penance.


#17

The attendance requirement is to assist at Mass each Sunday and HDO.

The requirement to receive communion is once a year.

There is no requirement to receive communion just because you are at a mass.


#18

Letting food go to waste.


#19

You might as well have asked, “What’s worse? Mortal sin or mortal sin?”

Missing Mass without good reason (being unable to receive isn’t one of them) is itself a mortal sin, so don’t add sin on top of sin by skipping.


#20

Both are bad!


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