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Is it a requirement of all priests to say Mass daily, whether in private or in assembly, on vacation, or their days off?

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Is it a requirement of all priests to say (or concelebrate) Mass daily, whether in private or in assembly, on vacation, or their days off?

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There is no requirement that a priest celebrate Mass every day. But one would hope he would want to. There is no greater privilege on earth.










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  1. Fr. Tom Reply

    It should be a rare day that a priest who is physically able to celebrate Mass in fact does not celebrate Mass.

    Any discussion of weekday liturgical worship must begin by recalling the importance and normative character of daily Mass in the life of every Catholic community. Pope Paul VI recommended that priests “worthily and devoutly offer Mass each day in order that both they and the rest of the faithful may enjoy the benefits that flow so richly from the sacrifice of the cross.” Pope John Paul II echoes these words in recalling that the celebration of the Eucharist be the “most important moment of the priest’s day, the center of his life,” and urging that “priests should be encouraged to celebrate Mass every day, even in the absence of a congregation, since it is an act of Christ and the Church (cf. ibid., 13; Code of Canon Law, c. 904).”

    Taken from: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/the-mass/frequently-asked-questions/weekday-celebrations-in-the-absence-of-a-priest.cfm

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