Mansfield Fox

Law student. Yankees fan. Massive fraggle. Just living the American dream.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

It's the Most Obligatory Time of the Year....

(Unless my calculations are incorrect) this Sunday begins the most Masseriffic period of the Catholic calendar: a fifteen-day period in which American Catholics are obliged to attend Mass five times, on pain of incurring mortal sin. That is:
Sunday, December 19 ... (because it's a Sunday)
Saturday, December 25 ... (because it's Christmas)
Sunday, December 26 ... (because it's a Sunday)
Saturday, January 1 ... (because it's the Feast of Mary, Mother of God)
Sunday, January 2 ... (because it's a Sunday)
One out of every three days, Mass attendance is mandatory. This, I assume, is why they call it "the most wonderful time of the year".

UPDATE (12/19/04): Ooops. The perils of doing things from memory, especially when your memory is bad. January 1 is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, not the Feast of the Holy Family, as I initially wrote. Holy Family is the Sunday after Christmas. This year, it's the 26th.