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. . . . . wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is it a sin if I skip this upcoming Sunday Mass because of the large number of people present at Mass?
  • Can we instead watch Mass on T.V.?

My mom is afraid of a possible coronavirus infection and is afraid of infecting my sickly grandmother who received the booster shot.

. . . . .

  { Is it a sin to skip Sunday Mass due to the crowd and my mom's fear that grandma will be infected? }

Eric replied:

Dear . . . . . ,

No; that would be a valid excuse.

I am assuming of course that you have unavoidable contact with your mother (e.g. You live together, which is suggested by your "we") and she has unavoidable contact with your grandmother for the next few weeks (e.g. she takes care of her).

Obviously, skipping Mass should not be done lightly or unnecessarily or as an excuse, but if there is a well-founded concern that can't be worked around, I would not scruple about it.


Mike replied:

Dear . . . . . ,

I just wanted to add a bit to what my colleague has said.

Sadly, many in our Church have been poorly catechized in what goes on at Mass and have a view similar to my sister-in-law's. Read my reply to the following question below:

I share this not to contradict my colleague's reply but to provide you with a logical reasoning why, besides the social and service ministry-related reasons, physically going to Mass (and renewing your Christian Covenant) is important.

I hope this helps,


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