Does a Saturday morning Mass fulfill the Sunday obligation?

Full Question

I will be attending an early-morning First Communion Mass this Saturday at my church. Our priest announced that our attendance at this Mass would fulfill our Sunday obligation. Is this correct?


No. A Saturday morning Mass does not fulfill the Sunday obligation. Canon law says the following: “A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies the obligation of participating in the Mass” (CIC 1248 §1).


  1. chele Reply

    What if my job requires I work every Sunday.

  2. Common Sense Reply

    Then you go Saturday night or Sunday afternoon

  3. Kathy Lamphier Reply

    Some churches also have a Sunday Evening mass.

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