The Obligation to attend Mass on Sunday or Vigil

Published on April 20, 2023

In a statement following the Irish bishops’ Spring general meeting in 2022 the bishops said from Easter Sunday, 2022 weekly attendance at Sunday Mass “will once again be deemed an essential expression of faith for all in our Church in Ireland”. They added that, “as always, those whose health is vulnerable or who are unwell will not be under any obligation to attend Mass, and should keep themselves safe and pray at home until they are better”. In their statement, the bishops described the Sunday Eucharist as being “our greatest act of thanksgiving”. “We pray in the Mass that it is ‘indeed right and just, our duty and our salvation’ to give thanks to the Lord, and the Sunday Eucharist is our greatest act of thanksgiving,” the bishops said.