Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sunday Mass Now Available Online

The Sunday Mass from the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann in Scranton, Pa. is now available online by clicking here. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's Body and Blood." However, viewing a Mass online does not fulfill a Catholic's Sunday obligation since we believe the pinnacle of the Mass to be when we receive Christ's body in the Eucharist. The online Mass is a good way for a person who has fallen away from the Church to become reacquainted with the Mass or for someone interested in learning about the Catholic faith.


Anonymous said...

I have been watching TV mass and attempting mass online (unsuccessfully). I am a Catholic who still devoutly believes and loves God. I have Celiac disease so cannot eat any wheat products. Therefore I cannot take communion. My priest said I could still participate by drinking the wine. I did this for over a year. Then my only son became exceeding ill with Neurosarcoidosis in his spinal cord. His treatment was a heavy regimen of immunosuppressant drugs. Two years later he is still battling the constant infections that attack his immune system. He currently has Strep, Candida, Thrush, and Systemic viral infections. He is so ill he can barely walk or eat. I am his only caretaker as our family lives thousands of miles from us. I am afraid to take the communal wine cup to drink from as I am afraid I will carry some illness home to him. I am extremely unhappy about this situation. Now I read the mass online doesn't count as my sunday obligation! I can't take communion even if I go to the church. Besides that, I worry when I leave my son alone in the house for even an hour. What am I supposed to do???

Anonymous said...

i honestly think your case is so unique that God understands you are doing your level best in fufiling it this way. For you I believe any priest would say this is true also.
This would not be the case for most Catholics who can get to church that is why. You can always talk to a priest via email about this. God bless and I will pray for you--a Celiac Catholic also.

Anonymous said...

For God, as long as you believe and you still pray, I think God will still be happy about it.
Church was built by human, by I think the real meaning of Church is ourselves. Everything count for God because He sees everything. Just keep praying because He still listens.
God Bless you and your family.