A GENTLE REMINDER TO ALL CATHOLICS:
Today May 1, 2008 Thursday is the 40th day after the feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord from the dead and Holy Mother Church obliges all her children to keep this day holy by assisting (attending, Ed.) at a complete Mass with attention and devotion and by resting from all works that requires the labor of the body more than of the mind (2 HRS WORK IS CONSIDERED AS A SERVILE WORK. Ed.)
The obligation of assisting at a complete Mass
is serious and binds under the pain of sin, which may be mortal or venial according to the length of and importance of the part missed.
Valid excuses from assisting at Mass: sickness great distance from the Church (one hours walk [or 2 hrs drive, Ed]), need to take care of small children, employment or office that cannot be omitted or interrupted, etc.
EMLOYERS MUST GIVE THE OPPURTUNITY TO THEIR EMPLOYEES, HELPERS, DRIVERS SALES CLERKS, ETC., TO GO TO MASS.
We should fulfill the duty of attending Mass
out of love of God and not just to avoid sin or out of sense of duty only.
To attend Mass is for our own spiritual benefit, since the graces we need to live as good Christians come to us through the Mass.
We should avoid all unnecessary servile work, which are heavy and manual works done with body rather than the mind. However, such works are permitted when they are required for the honor of God, the needs of our neighbor, the good of the community or some other urgent reasons. This includes the work of the firemen, policemen, and persons who operate public transportation. In case of doubt whether some kind of servile work is permitted or not, the parish priest should be consulted.
Excerpts taken from:
Catechism of Catholic Church
Catechesis for the People of God
His Eminence Jaime L. Cardinal Sin
June 21, 1982
Note: Attendance of protestant services by All Catholics could NEVER fulfill this obligation.