Work on Holy Days?


A Catholic I know claims that Catholicism requires that we not work on certain Holy Days of Obligation. What’s the scoop?


While the Church does not forbid us to work on Sundays, under normal circumstances we are required to worship God by attending Mass and, to the extent that we are able, to rest and devote time to works of charity.

**2185 **On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body. Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health.

Other Catechism references for this subject are 1193; 2186; 2188

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