Article by Marc Aupiais
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!
For those seeking to obey the church canon law and attend mass
Christmas Eve: the Vigil Mass and Christmas itself
Christmas is quite a day usually, which is why we give this friendly reminder. It is acceptable to attend a vigil mass on the eve of Christmas, during the afternoon. I am personally going to a church at 5 or 6 pm tonight. That way you do mass and get a whole lot of time on Christmas for family!
Also remember SABC 3 is airing the pope's midnight mass from 11 PM to 1 AM tonight. This is an initiative of the SACBC to help those too ill or far from a parish to attend, however I like to watch it in addition to mass, especially as it does not fulfill the obligation should one only watch it and not be for grave reason such as distance or illness unable to attend mass. Yet, for me it is quite the spectacle and well worth the watch be it live or recorded.
You can also attend your local midnight mass whenever it is. Or attend with the crowds tomorrow morning!
Christmas is a day of Holy Obligation for Roman Catholics.
For more information on days of Holy Obligation in Southern Africa see:
Or contact your local parish!