Why Sunday Mass?

The Third Commandment:

  • "Honour the Sabbath and keep it holy"


The Day of Resurrection

  • "The Resurrection of Jesus is the fundamental event upon which Christian faith rests" (Pope St John Paul II, Dies Domini, n. 2)


The Early Christians accepted martyrdom rather than miss Sunday Mass:

  • "Without fear of any kind we have celebrated the Lord's Supper, because it cannot be missed; that is our law";  

  • "We cannot live without the Lord's Supper";  

  • "Yes I went to the assembly and I celebrated the Lord's Supper with my brothers and sisters, because I am a Christian." (Martyrs of Abitina, cited in Dies Domini, n. 46)

  • Today, many persecuted Christians risk their jobs, security, and lives, in order to attend Sunday Mass.



  • "The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice.  For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor (Canon Law 1245).  Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin."(Catechism 2181)

  • "Pastors should remind the faithful that when they are away from home on Sundays they are to take care to attend Mass wherever they may be." (Pope St John Paul II, Dies Domini, 49)


Barring ourselves from Holy Communion 

  • “A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession “(CIC 916)


Fasting Before Mass: 1 Hour: To Prepare

  • “Whoever is to receive the blessed Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before Holy Communion from all food & drink, with the sole exception of water and medicine” (Canon Law 919.1)



Time for God?

  • "Sunday is the day of joy and rest precisely because it is 'the Lord's Day', the day of the Risen Lord." (Pope St John Paul II, Dies Domini, n. 81)


  • “Do not be afraid to give your time to Christ! Yes, let us open our time to Christ, that he may cast light upon it and give it direction. He is the One who knows the secret of time and the secret of eternity, and he gives us ‘his day’ as an ever new gift of his love. The rediscovery of this day is a grace which we must implore, not only so that we may live the demands of faith to the full, but also so that we may respond concretely to the deepest human yearnings. Time given to Christ is never time lost, but is rather time gained, so that our relationships and indeed our whole life may become more profoundly human.” (Pope St John Paul II, Dies Domini, n.7)