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Dean Tarsi wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a practicing Roman Catholic attending Mass regularly.

I understand there are four Western Catholic rites and approximately 22 Eastern Catholic rites.

  • Does attendance at a service (i.e. Anglican) fulfill my obligation to attend weekly Mass on Sunday?

Thank you,

Dean Tarsi

  { Does attendance at a service (i.e. Anglican) fulfill my obligation to attend weekly Mass on Sunday? }

Eric replied:


Canon Law says:

Canon 1248 §1. 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.

Code of Canon Law: New English Translation. (1998). (p. 384). Washington, DC: Canon Law Society of America.

So the answer is yes, any Catholic rite will fulfill one's obligation.

A note, however: The Anglican Use liturgy and the Extraordinary Form are not considered distinct Rites as the term is used.

Also, there are 22 Eastern Catholic Churches sui juris, but only a handful of Rites:

  • Byzantine
  • Chaldean
  • Syrian
  • Maronite
  • Ge'ez
  • Syro-Malabar
  • Syro-Malankara
  • Coptic, and
  • Armenian.

There are multiple Churches sui juris that use the some of the rites (e.g., the Byzantine rite: Ukrainian, Melkite, Italo-Greek, Ruthenian, etc.) and that's where the 22 comes from.


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