A listener named Jean calls into the show and asks, “Is it a sin to miss Mass while on vacation?” She shares that she is going on a cruise (traveling from Sunday to Sunday) and will not have access to Mass.
Father Dave suggests attending a Saturday evening Mass to fulfill her Sunday obligation. He also suggests an evening Mass on the Sunday night when she returns from her cruise.
Father Dave points out that the Church does have rules surrounding this. “In our Catholic tradition, we do have something called a travel dispensation. If it is a full travel day and you’re going from taxis to the airport and whatnot, the Catholic Church does not consider it a mortal sin. Particularly because you were concerned enough to call a radio show and ask about it.” (Original Air 5-10-16)