Dear Catholic Answers Members,
I am serving Police Officer and have to work a Sunday coming up. However this is not a normal policing shift. I will be rostered and engaging in a community crime prevention program with Fathers and Sons. Not front line policing as such.
Does this still count as ‘important social service’?
I guess what I am saying is what exactly is ‘important social service’?
Of course I will be attending Mass. I will be attending a Saturday Vigil or Sunday evening Mass.
CCC 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.