Does God want me to go to Mass every day?

April 30, 2007 | Motherhood, Struggles | 32 comments

I’ve been attempting the herculean task of trying to get myself organized and get on a consistent schedule, and one of the things I’ve been pondering is some way to make it to Mass every day. I spent a long time thinking over things like how I could adjust the kids’ schedules, trying to come up with some creative way to get through the line when I have three kids under three years old, etc. And then it occurred to me that maybe I should take a minute to make sure that my assumptions are correct: does God even want me to go to Mass every day?

I had just assumed that more is always better when it comes to religious activities, but I realized that that’s not necessarily so. To use an extreme example to illustrate a point, I’m sure it’s not God’s will that I go to three Masses every day, or that I pray ten rosaries, since that would impact my ability to care for my family.

And then I came across this article on the Catholic Encyclopedia, which added to my confusion. It doesn’t exactly have a clear stance on the issue (that I could tell in my rushed read of it), but it does mention quite a few saints who only received Holy Communion a few times per year and notes that there have been a fair amount of differing opinions on the issue.

Since it takes a huge chunk of time to go to Mass with the kids (about 1.5 hours on a good day), it makes me wonder if perhaps daily Communion is not the right goal. I’m starting to think that I should focus my efforts more on making all of my daily work prayerful and taking moments here and there to say brief prayers that just take a few minutes, and then maybe just getting to Mass one other day than Sunday — or something like that.

So, I ask my Catholic readers in particular: what do you think? Is it always the best thing to do to go to Mass every day, or is it equally fine to go less often if your life circumstances make it difficult?

[Since I am certain it will come up, I should note that, yes, I have read A Mother’s Rule of Life. I’m actually looking through moving boxes to find my copy since I feel like it addresses this very issue.]

32 Comments

  1. beez

    Jen,

    I think you are right to wonder if Daily Mass is the right answer for you right now. I attend Mass four times a week, but I am also discerning a vocation and have a pending application to the Diocese for formation, so I have a reason to attend so often.

    Daily Mass is great, and one’s desires should point the way, but when the world is so complex (as yours is now) what may be more important is focusing on making your every moment a prayer.

    Mary was an excellent mother, and I doubt she went to temple every day. 🙂

  2. Ryan

    Hey there Jen,
    I don’t want to add too much to your confusion, but I do want to add some context to the idea that some of the great saints only received Holy Communion a couple of times a year.

    It’s noteworthy that until about 100 years ago, regular communion (every Sunday) was not a norm, it was, in fact, a significant rarity. In the majority of places, Holy Communion was rarely received even by daily Massgoers.

    I would like to note that Daily Mass is a good thing, a pious thing, and it’s good for your kids. It will teach them to be quiet (an ambitious task I know) for a little while every day. But… It’s not a necessity. If you are able to attend daily Mass once or twice a week, but not daily, I’d suggest considering a both\and solution instead of an either\or one…

    At any rate, I love your blog and have recommended it a couple of times on my podcast. Hope you’re able to come to a good decision here…
    Pax!
    Fr. Ryan

  3. Heather

    I don’t think daily Mass is something that God asks of everyone. There are many ways to honor him during your everyday activities.

    If you still feel pulled in that direction, maybe start with baby steps at home. Spend 15 minutes in quiet prayer. Then slowly increase it until it is the length of time you would spend in Mass. When it feels right then spend that time at Mass instead.

  4. Tienne Marie McKenzie

    I’m a new reader to this blog, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites. I’m married to an atheist, a kind, humble, generous man who nonetheless thinks there’s nothing out there. So I’m particularly encouraged by your journey to Christ and your choice of St. Monica as your confirmation name!

    I, too, am a Catholic mother of pre-schoolers. My answer to the Daily Mass question would be to discern whether you receive spiritual fruit from the exercise. If the struggle to organize your day around it, get the kids up and ready in time, and keep them entertained and quiet during Mass distracts you from achieving a true communion with God, then perhaps a daily rosary once the kids are in bed would be more spiritually fruitful.

    There’s no substitute for receiving the Eucharist, true, but there are many ways to come to God and spend time with Him. The best way is what works best for you and your family.

  5. Laura H.

    Greetings, Jen.

    It’s interesting that you pose this question on the day I come back to your blog after such a long while. Perhaps God is asking me to consider this again in my own heart?

    I have thought about this before and here is my answer for today:

    Anyone that can, should. The Eucharist is the penacle of our faith and reception of the Holy Eucharist is like a lifeline. It keeps us going. It ‘fills us up’.

    I was listening to the radio a while back while I was driving some place and the priests (or some people .. it was EWTN – Guadalupe Catholic Radio Network or whatever so I assume it was a priest) were talking about this very issue. They said the same things I said just now and also that in our human weakness, we can find plenty of excuses for not going. There will always be some reason that we just can’t make it. And that is on our own conscience.

    When we choose not to go to daily Mass, we choose to reject any grace that is waiting for us. It is not to say that God will have some great grace to bestow on us every day or some revelation that He wishes to give us at every daily Mass, but if we choose not to go on a day that perhaps we would receive one or both, we choose that for ourselves. We, essentially, choose to leave behind God’s great grace for more sleep or a cup of coffee with a friend.

    I’m probably explaining this all the wrong way but I’m not sure where to direct you to find the answer that they gave. It was such a good answer. They explained it very well.

    Anyway, I guess the point is this: I think it is important that those of us who are blessed to have the opportunity to attend daily Mass, go to daily Mass. What a small sacrifice we make to receive such abundant blessings!

    Certainly I would never suggest doing anything that keeps you from fulfilling your vocation to its fullest. In light of that, I would suggest praying for guidance in opening up time for this holy excercise. Pray that your time might multiply so that you can nourish yourself with Him and show your children the beauty of the Mass on a more regular basis.

    You might not make Mass every day of the week. In fact, I wouldn’t bet that you would. You never know what the day will bring. But the goal is not to make Mass every day of every week of every month of every year just because. The goal is to make Mass as often as you can for the sake of your soul, for the souls of your children, your husband and the souls of all whom you pray for. It is to nourish yourself with the Word of God and with God Himself, present in the Eucharist. And on the days that you can’t make Mass, you can read the readings and make a spiritual communion.

    The whole point is to become more holy. It’s to nourish your soul and equip you with the necessary graces to fulfill, to the furthest extent, your vocation as a wife and mother.

    I would not pray and ask God if He even wants you to bother with daily Mass. I believe God would like for everyone to make Mass as often as they can (be it twice a week or seven times a week)! I would pray and ask God to bless your efforts, multiply your time, and make you holy. And after, do your best to get there. If you don’t, you don’t. And if you do, praise God!

    At the end of the day, God will reward your earnest efforts.

    (Just my $0.02)

  6. Barb, sfo

    I would love to get to Daily Mass on a daily basis but right now that just isn’t possible. I admit I got discouraged when Little Brother was a very active and loud newborn, and now he is an active and loud 5-year-old (and not much easier to take to church).
    I make is a point to attend on Mondays and Fridays when he is in his mini-preschool (scheduled preschool for the same time as Daily Mass ON PURPOSE so I could do this) and I do find that now that I am getting there twice a week, regularly, my appetite for Daily Mass has been whetted.
    Next year when Little Brother is in kindergarten, I can get there daily.
    So I’d recommend–pick a day out of your week. Make it a point to get to Daily Mass on that day. Let it become part of the rhythm of your family life. And then, perhaps, add a second day.

  7. Kate

    Take it slow. As with any resolution, when you take on too much in your prayer life you can find yourself abandoning everything and feeling like a failure when life becomes crazy or your motivation lags. Making daily mass has long been one of my goals, but has never been practical. The closest I got was going three weekdays when I was in college.

    But…when I was laid up in bed after birthing my son, my father in law got me a subscription to Magnificat. It has the mass reading for each day as well as morning and evening prayer, and beautiful, prayerful meditations. Instead of beating myself up for not making it to daily mass, I make an act of spiritual communion and look for 15 minutes to read and reflect on the readings and the meditation. I haven’t lost my desire to receive the Eucharist more often, but I know my baby steps please God.

    Its sort of the same principle Louis De Montfort speaks of when he suggests that people who find it hard to find time for the rosary begin a practice of praying just three Hail Marys a day. These baby steps please our Lord and afford an avenue of Grace that can lead to greater devotion, and perhaps even help you find the patience, grace, and time to start giving more time to God, at daily mass, or with a nightly rosary, or whatever.

    A good saint to read for advice balancing your daily duties with your life would be Francis de Sales, who counseled a lot of wives and mothers. Or, for a more contemporary voice you could look up the writings of Catherine De Heuck Doherty.

  8. Teresa

    I really want to attend daily Mass … I think that it’s best for our family. I like what Laura wrote, and find it to be so true for me – “Anyone that can, should. The Eucharist is the penacle of our faith, and reception of the Holy Eucharist is like a lifeline. It keeps us going. It ‘fills us up’.”

    There are long, long seasons when we can’t manage it. (Generally, these seasons begin with the birth of a new child. :-))

    My youngest is 18 months now, and the 3 kids and I have been going on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He seems to have crossed a threshold where it’s really getting easier … he actually kneels and folds his hand in prayer when I do, at least for a second :-)) … and I’m hoping soon to start going Wednesdays and Fridays as well.

    It really helps that daily Mass is so much shorter than a Sunday Mass. Our daily Mass is only about 20 minutes. I can manage that with the toddler, and the older kids don’t have time to get restless.

  9. Laura H.

    I too would recommend St Francis de Sales. His writings help me a lot.

  10. kris

    I have four kids. Number five on his/her way. I have tried to go to daily mass with the gang. I LOVE mass. But mass with four kids is not the mass I LOVE! I ended up crabby cranky and distracted and it all seemed like it had b”ecome more about “just doin’ it than actually participating in and experiencing it. I now stay at home mornings and eat breakfast with the kids and start school at my leisure etc. (I homeschool) and we ALL are a heck of a lot less stressed out! – Kris

  11. Bekah

    I wrote a couple weeks ago about my first experience at daily mass. Then we all promptly got sick again. I’m intending to bring the gang back tomorrow morning. As a mother of five, I’m realistic about every day not being probable, but I think the attempt is worthy.

    I believe that more regular mass attendance will only improve the behavior of my kids during mass. My two oldest, 10 and 7, are fine. The 4 (almost 5) yo can be dreadful, while the 3 year old is sometimes much better behaved. The 1 yo, well, there’s not much hope at the moment, but at least the 10 yo, 7 yo and I can rotate holding him. It may be, even, that some days we won’t last the whole mass. But that’s alright. Now that the weather’s warming up, I think I’ll reward them with some time at the church playground when they’re good.

    My point? Do what is sensible, but don’t assume your kids aren’t capable. God loves the little children! Oh, and I think the more “intimate” environment of daily mass captures the attention of the young’uns more readily than Sunday mass.

    Perhaps you’ll even be able to buddy up with a grandmotherly figure who will bless you with helping with the kiddos. I’ll pray for you!

  12. Blair

    I try to make daily mass once a week with my 4yr old and 2yr old. Every day probably isn’t practical for us right now, but baby steps…

    Also, I wouldn’t advocate “parish-hopping” for Sunday mass but some parishes offer daily masses at more convenient times (noon or evening where hubby can come), in more convenient locations (a chapel with doors to sanctuary where you can chase toddlers around, or with a cryroom), or even a school mass that is more “engaging” for young children.

    I hope you find something that works!

  13. Michelle

    Just this morning I was telling my husband how grateful I am that so many Holy Days of Obligation are shoved off to the closest Sunday. Well, I think it’s bad from a theological standpoint – but good from a mom’s practical standpoint.

    I would love to go to Mass every day – by myself or with pious children. For now, Sunday Mass is trial enough. Others do it with their little ones and I applaud them. Without a doubt, frequent reception of the Eucharist is the number one way to stay on the straight and narrow path. There is absolutely no disadvantage to making this a priority in your life.

    There is also no disadvantage to the daily rosary, daily recitation of any or all of the various novenas and chaplets, daily praying of the morning and evenings prayers, daily reading of the Bible, daily readings from the works of the saints, the Catechism, biographies of saints, and other writings. You could spend all day learning about God and the Church. But…you have obligations, too? You need to find a balance that works for you and God.

  14. Fr. D

    Your question is right on. Just ask Him!

  15. Catholic Mom

    Jen,
    Right now you are called to be a wife and the mother of small children. If Mass, Rosaries, and spiritual reading fit into that station of life, fine. But if they don’t, that’s okay too. I have loved Daily Mass since my high school years. Yet almost daily attendance has not been a reasonable option until nearly twenty-five years later. I go back to what I call Pizza Dough Spirituality. Like pizza dough, if you keep nudging and gently stretching your spiritual life, it will keep gradually expanding. If you try to pull it too quickly it just tears. Easy does it!

  16. 4andcounting

    I’m with the majority–do what you can, but don’t stress yourself or your children out over it. I don’t take my kids to daily Mass right now, partly b/c it is at 7:30 a.m. and partly b/c I am just not up to it. 4 kids under the age of 5 1/2 just make the effort to get to daily Mass difficult. Your faith is not about how many times you do something (although frequent reception is obviously good) but about your desire to unite your will with God’s and how you do that will depend on where you are in your life. Remember–it is not important what you are doing compared to others, but it is important that you are growing compared to where you were. God rewards effort, whatever it might be.
    On a sidenote–sometimes the dirty looks and disapproving remarks from regular daily Mass attendees regarding small children and their behavior ruin the experience anyway, unfortunately.

  17. Marc

    Speaking from a former Catholic turned athiest/agnostic who then came back to God after 15 years of wandering…

    It’s all about the relationship with God. One can “do” all of the holy things, spend hours reading the Bible, spend every waking moment in a service…and still miss the whole point.

    I’ve spent some time reading about your journey and it clearly looks like you are earnestly seeking after God. Do keep one thing in mind: He already is crazy in love with you and the things you do won’t make Him love you any more. And if you stumble and mess up (which, being human, you will) He won’t love you any less. That’s the whole key to grace. One thing I think my Catholic brethren do really well is putting these theological truths into human practice, via the Sacraments.

    If your issue really is “I want to be closer to God” you can do that without daily Mass.

    And remember, prayer is just another way of saying “talking to God”. Talk to Him as you would a dear friend and you’ll find yourself closer even if it’s while you’re cleaning the bathtub.

    Keep up the walk, it’s an awesome adventure getting to know your Father.

    Marc

  18. Jennifer

    As with most things about scrupulosity and piety humans tend to infantilize themselves and turn God into a demanding Daddy.

    God is so unbelievably efficient that there is hardly anything that he asks of us for himself that isn’t really FOR us.

    The commandments lead to a successful society and interpersonal harmony.

    Whether or not God wants you to go to Mass, in my opinion, is largely whether you feel you NEED it to be close to him (which is basically summarizing what most have said).

    There was a time in my life when I needed it and I LOVE it when I’m able to do it. If I feel depleted and floundering, unfocused, organizing my day around getting to Mass first thing has a very ordering effect. If my prayer life has become weak and unfocused it is the best thing for me.

    But as many have said, there are multiple ways to get close to God.

    The Mass is there for us as well as for Him. Like all the sacraments it’s a vehicle for grace.

    Good for you for realizing piety for piety’s sake (which is really just vanity) is not what its all about.

  19. lp

    Hi Jen,

    I agree with everyone who has advised praying on it. I’ve been trying daily Mass for about a year with my 4-year-old and 3-year-old. During Lent we really make a concerted effort to go every day; the rest of the year I’m happy to make two or three times a week.

    During Lent last year, the first time we attempted daily Mass, my kids were atrocious. They sang loudly, ran around (sometimes attempting to get up to the altar), banged the kneelers and missals–it was an exercise in humility every day! (And often still is–they’re much better now, but we still have bad days!)

    I am very lucky to have priests at our parish who were supportive (and tolerant of the antics!), and I was surprised at how many of the daily Mass “regulars” would come up to me after a particularly trying day and tell me not to stop coming.

    After one really awful day, though, I began to wonder if this was what God really wanted me to do, or if I was disrupting Mass for everyone else out of selfish motives. I felt happy and proud that we made it to Mass every day, but I spent very little of the Mass in prayer–half the time I barely knew where we were because I was chasing someone, tying shoes, answering questions, etc.

    At the time I had an uncle who was dying of cancer, and because of the effects of chemo he didn’t want any visitors–he just didn’t feel up to it. I had written to him and told him that I’d like to see him–even if he just ended up dozing on the couch while we were there.

    On that day when the kids had been so misbehaved at Mass, I was asking God if he really expected me to keep going, and what the point was since I wasn’t getting anything out of it. I was really frustrated, and suddenly I thought of my uncle, and how much I wanted to see him. And I felt like God was telling me that he understood that I couldn’t give him my entire concentration during Mass–he was just happy to see me (and the kids).

    We have been doing our best to go ever since, and I don’t worry too much if it’s not a wonderful, contemplative experience. (It rarely is!)

    That’s my experience, and I wish more moms with young kids would come to daily Mass. (I’ve mentioned it to several friends, but so far no takers!) However, God leads us each in the way that is best for us to come to know him, and that may be different at different stages of our lives. If you feel called to daily Mass now, it might be worth a try.

    Sorry to ramble on so long! Good luck.

  20. Anonymous

    Do you not find it odd how guilty religion makes you feel?

  21. Anonymous

    I have been attending daily Mass for several months and love it (I’m single and kid-free, so from that end it is easier for me). Unfortunately, with gas prices escalating I am going to have to cut back (it is about a 12 mile roundtrip for me to go to daily Mass). I have long said a daily rosary and will be doing some Catholic reading on the days I don’t go to Mass. Not the same as receiving the Eucharist, but it will have to suffice.

    I agree with the suggestion that you pray on it, but I do hope you get to go to weekday Mass on occasion at least.

  22. SteveG

    Anonymous
    Do you not find it odd how guilty religion makes you feel?

    How do you take this from the original post at all? Where was there even a mention of guilt?

    In addition, if anything, the comments here have tended toward the opposite. Compassionate understanding of the challenges of having two (and soon three) small children, and encouragement to simply do the best one can in one’s given circumstances, and NOT to be too hard on one’s self.

    I am honestly perplexed by your comment.

  23. Anonymous

    steveg,

    By Jen asking if she should go to mass everyday tells me she is feeling like she is not doing enough. In turn, she is determined to pray throughout the day when she can’t make it. Does God really need to be prayed THAT MUCH? That seems like over-kill to me. I have seen what trying to please God can do to people and it is sad. Religion is all about the guilt, you can never do enough.

  24. SteveG

    Anonymous:
    I believe I understand why you are thinking this is so, and I know it’s a common charge leveled at believers; however I think it is off because of a fundamental misunderstanding regarding what the religious/spiritual life is about.

    Your comment has big clue that leads me to believe that you are approaching this from the wrong direction if you have any desire to understand what Jen is really talking about. It’s why your observation was so jarring to me and why I had a hard time seeing the guilt issue at all. I have no idea if you are interested or not, but maybe I can shed some light on this.

    Approaching this from the point of view of the sincere follower of Christ you have to know and understand what the goal is first. Simply stated, the goal of the spiritual life (of life) is to know, love and serve God, and from that immediately flows the responsibility to know love and serve our neighbor. In even simpler terms, this means that we need to be transformed out of our selfishness…to grow in selflessness.

    As with any endeavor in life, growth comes through practice. What’s being talked about in the post above is not guilt, but what is the best way to focus one’s time and energy, given one’s circumstances, in order to best grow closer to God, to best grow in virtue, to best grow more selfless. In other words, she was asking for advice on how to make progress towards that goal.

    You ask ‘Does God really need to be prayed to THAT MUCH?’ and the flat, easy answer is…absolutely not. God doesn’t need our prayers at all.

    But the real question is do we really need to pray to God THAT MUCH? And the answer is yes, if one’s goal is to truly be a follower of Christ. Prayer is always really about our opening ourselves up to allow God to transform us (even if only by a miniscule amount sometimes). It’s about our working and training ourselves to be proficient at that goal…loving and serving God and neighbor.

    If we translate this to something non-spiritual it might become even more evident. If one has a goal of becoming a marathon runner, one must train for it, right?

    Maybe you have this idea in your head that the way to train is to start running 26 miles every day. Then you try that once or twice and quickly realize maybe that’s not the best approach.

    So you get on a forum for marathoners, or you ask friends you know, ‘what’s the best way for a novice to start training?’ Then based on their advice, and your own situation, you start working towards more modest goals, which will eventually lead you to your larger goal of running a marathon.

    This really is a good equivalent of what Jen’s post was about…asking other Catholics for advice on how to start her training in the Christian life.

    To read that as being primarily driven by guilt, would be equivalent to saying the runner was being motivated by guilt about not being able to run a marathon simply because he asked for advice in how to best go about attaining his goal.

    Guilt may have some role at times. Maybe one feels guilty about skipping a day of running because you know that sets you back from achieving your goal, but it is not the overarching motivator for the runner, or for the sincere Christian.

    To suggest it is, is to miss the point entirely because of the unspoken goal that is the focus of Jen’s post.

  25. Anonymous

    1. I agree with the “baby steps” approach to daily mass. Whether you go one weekday or six, God will give you plenty of opportunities for humility (read: humiliation) at mass if you take the little ones! Just one little note: expect to be discouraged, and don’t be surprised if it comes in the form of some cranky old parishioner. It happens. Don’t take it personally. I take my crew (ages 8, 6, 4, 2, 2 months) only once a week, in part out of courtesy to anyone who may have a difficult time concentrating when we’re there.

    2. about the guilt thing: It’s normal to want to go the extra mile for someone you love. Jen loves Jesus. (Me too)

    whimsy

  26. Anonymous

    Are you Jen’s spokesperson? I’m sure she has a voice and an opinion of her own. You are doing no better than I then because you are putting words into her mouth by speaking for her. This is pointless.

  27. SteveG

    Are you Jen’s spokesperson? I’m sure she has a voice and an opinion of her own

    Of course she does, and I didn’t intend to put words in her mouth. If I am off base in anything I wrote, it’s her blog and she can tell me to go take a flying leap. 😛 Using Jen’s post I was trying to give you the perspective of many believers and get you to see that it’s not ‘all about guilt’ as you suggested.

    You are doing no better than I then because you are putting words into her mouth by speaking for her.

    Am I right to impute my own thinking onto Jen’s post? Maybe not. She’d have to answer that.

    I do think I have a better perspective on the context of her post than you might realize. First, I am a Catholic trying to follow much the same path as she. Second, for what it’s worth, I’ve been following Jen’s blog for coming up on two years now and have read every post (most more than once), and had many conversations with her.

    That certainly doesn’t give me the right to speak for her, but maybe, just maybe it gives me an decent idea of some context for that post that you might be missing.

    Again, I could be totally wrong regarding the context of her post, and if so I apologize, but that wouldn’t mean that the explanation I gave is any less valid regarding the general Christian perspective.

    This is pointless.

    Why pointless?

    Do you have any desire to actually understand something about where believers are coming from (agree or not), or were you simply interested in hurling the charge that it’s all about guilt?

    If the latter, I apologize for wasting your time.

  28. Anonymous

    Are you interested in how I see things as an atheist? I know that there will never be a common ground here. As I said before I have seen how someone trying to be their best in the name of God has turned them inside out and caused severe depression because it is just never enough. When I first found this blog, I went back and read every single post and every single comment, so I am up to date on her journey. If that is what she wants in her life, great. I just don’t get why it needs to be an all the time deal. Too many people get sucked in and it takes over their lives, it’s all about God all the time, speaking from my experience with it which is more than it probably comes off as.

  29. Maria

    Definitely pray on it. I think either way you go, will be okay.

    However,starting to go to daily mass with my two children (2 and 7 months) has been a fantastic way for me to become more schedule and organized. My day starts out the same each day – and in the best possible way! Just accomplishing the feat of getting us to dressed, breakfast, and to Mass makes me feel like I really am on top of my day, helping me stay on schedule the rest of the day.

  30. Emily

    I’m not Catholic (I’m Anglican) so I’m not sure if you care for my perspective…but here it is anyway. 🙂

    I think that daily mass is a bit much when you have young children (I have a 2 year old and a 3 month old). Even if it is possible, I think it is asking too much of the children – yes they MIGHT be able to sit through it, but I think that it takes a lot of time out of their day that might be needed for other things. Like doing puzzles. And playing in the grass and looking at bugs. And reading books. These, too, are all gifts from God and should be a large part of a child’s life. It should not all be about getting out the door and driving in the car and sitting still at church and driving in the car again. See what I mean?

    I take my children to mass on Wednesday mornings and of course we go to the full Sung Mass on Sundays. We also have a shortened version of morning prayer every day. I find that it is a good balance that lets my kids be kids, and still keeps us focused on Jesus during the week.

  31. Kevin

    Hi,

    A Catholic is obligated to attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation (6 of those per year) and to receive communion at least once per year (preferrably at Easter).

    We’re also told to “pray always.” By this, I mean that it’s important to have a regimine of daily prayer of some type. If daily Mass attendence is a devotional practice that aids your spiritual life, then by all means, accept it. But as Fr. Ryan said, it’s not strictly necessary. In fact, in the ancient Church, Mass was only celebrated on Sundays – the Church services during the rest of the week consisted of what we’d today call The Liturgy of the Hours.

    As a personal note, I attended a Catholic grade school, in which I attended Mass one morning per week in addition to Sundays with my parents. When summer vacations came, going only on Sundays seemed to me to be insufficient.

    If your kids are anything like me, they might also benefit from attending a weekday Mass each week.

    Kevin

  32. JUDE

    Hello
    My name is Jude junus, i leave in UK, my girlfriend and i have been together for over 6 years now, in the last few weeks i have been having problems with her, I do love this woman a lot and do want to get married to her but at times i did feel a little confused about this and has wondered if she has been true to the relationship…until i found king son, who told me that she was not being true with me..I did later find out that she has been seeing her ex boyfriend I was devastated and did not know what to do, although I still loved her and could not see myself with anyone else, I did not want to lose her and king son assured me that they could help me with this problem, he told me about a spell caster Dr.okadibo i decided to give it a trier so I contacted okadibospiritualtemple@gmail.com once again to let him know that I did want to get help with this. With the powers that they do have my girlfriend and I did work a lot of things out and she has came back to me and we are now back together and engaged I did get over the fact that she has cheated on me but sometimes we do need to forget the past and move on to a better future and without king son’ help I don’t think it would have ever worked out. this man is a great spell caster please if you are facing this kind of problem contact him okadibospiritualtemple@gmail.com

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