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Does a Saturday morning Mass fulfill the Sunday obligation?

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?

Answer:

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).

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