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Missing Mass on Vacation?

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.

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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)