WHERE might Mass be celebrated?
I noticed in the Catholic Encyclopedia at newadvent.org that the description for the Sacrifice of the Mass (newadvent.org/cathen/10006a.htm) references Sess. XXII of the Council of Trent. The Encyclopedia and Trent both seem to indicate that “the Mass may be celebrated only in Chapels and public (or semi-public) oratories, which must be consecrated or at least blessed.” (See paragraph 1(a) under section C in the newadvent.org description for the Sacrifice of the Mass.)
That being said, can someone offer some clarification as to the following specific questions:
May a priest celebrate Mass in a private residence? If not, why not? If so, why is this allowed?
At a local Catholic school where I live, Mass is celebrated every week in the school’s gym because it is the only space large enough for the entire student body. There is an altar rock which is used, but I am not certain if the building itself is consecrated or blessed. Students do play sports in the gym daily. How is this possible?
Thank you for any thoughts or comments. I would also appreciate and available sources/citations you may be able to provide.