I just wanted to add one thing to John's answer.
Whenever anything seems impossible, God can make it possible.
I would turn to prayer. All the apologists and grammarians at AskACatholic
would hope that all Christians strive to set 15-20 minutes aside for daily
prayer. My preference is meditating on the Gospels by praying the
At the end of your prayer, just ask the Lord to bring people into your life that will assist you, in granting your petition, if it is in accord
with God's Will.
Ask Him to make the impossible, possible.
I found it very edifying that you want
to go to Mass.
Many young Catholics from age 7-20 think of going to Sunday Mass as a
boring Sunday hour they have to attend to please dad and mom. This can
happen in traditional two-parent households as well as single-parent households,
where the children, and sometimes the parent(s) have not been catechized
As a single lay Catholic who has a niece and nephews, the simplest way
I have thought of expressing the value of attending Sunday Mass, and daily
Mass, if possible; for the younger Catholics in our Church is as follows:
I would ask my niece Katie:
Would you ever go one week without having anything to eat or drink?
The answer would probably be: No that would be stupid! I would get hungry
and start to starve.
Well, the same is true in the spiritual realm. We are in a culture today
where Christian values are looked down upon and where Catholic values are
attacked from the secular world as well as within the Church by bad Catholics.
One needs to be able to make morally sound decisions that are based on
Catholic Christian values.
Partaking in the Eucharist gives us the mind of Christ to make those solid,
moral decisions, as long as we are in a state of grace. As John implied:
Missing Mass without a justifiable excuse would be a mortal sin, but this
shouldn't be perceived in a negative limelight, but in a positive loving
Sunday Mass is an obligation for all Catholics because it makes them better
Catholic Christians for the Church and better citizens for our country.
It makes them say and do the things, they should say and do in each unique
- Could the sermon be boring? <Sure!>
- Could the life of the parish be dead? <Sure!>
- Could there be priests who are not interested in the spiritual needs
of their parishioners? <Sure!>
- Does this give us any reason to break the third commandment and not make holy the Sabbath by renewing our covenant at Mass? <No!>
when Catholics are blessed to have the opportunity to partake in divine
nature (via receiving the Eucharist) in order to be morally guided through the next week.
Let's remember whose job description we are talking about here: God's!
- He knows our sufferings.
- He knows our pains.
- He knows our trails.
for every bad thing in our life, He will always pull a greater good out
if we persevere and pray.
- If one starts skipping Sunday Mass, how can one be expect to make morally
sound decisions that are based on Catholic Christian values?
Maybe this is the reason why the local and national news contains so many horrific accounts of
various tragedies these days.
Finally, you said:
That said, I am a college student and have to
work a job that requires I work every Saturday
night and all day Sunday. I can't quit my job
because I depend on it to help me through college and I want to be able to receive Holy Communion.
I feel like once I go to Confession next week
it would be sinful to miss Mass again for that
Talk to the local priests in your area and get their counsel on a Mass you can attend. Because you have a busy weekend work schedule, you may not be able to get to Confession as much as you would like. Although our souls long to receive the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, if you have struggled with sins of the flesh or similar sins, it is better that you:
- Renew your Covenant by going to Sunday Mass but
- refrain from receiving Holy Communion until you are able to go to Confession.
If a family member asked you why you didn't receive Communion, just tell them:
You were not properly disposed to.
The rest is none of their business.
I hope this helps,