Denver Newsroom, 21 December, 2021 / 11:30 am (ACI Africa).
As much as some of us would like a few extra days to prepare, Christmas 2021, ready or not, is Saturday, Dec. 25.
“How will I possibly finish my shopping and house cleaning by then?” is not the only urgent question that faithful Catholics are asking themselves this week. What about Christmas weekend Masses? Because the holiday falls on Saturday, are Catholics obligated to attend Mass twice?
Yes. Catholics have an obligation to attend Mass on both Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, and on the following day, Sunday, Dec. 26.
Each obligation must be fulfilled, so one Mass on the afternoon of Christmas will not fulfill both obligations.
Each obligation may be fulfilled by attendance at a Mass celebrated in a Catholic rite on the day itself, or on the evening of the preceding day.