Sunday – It is our Day

EucharistStatement from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales about the Sunday Obligation.

(NEW: See “Honouring Sunday” for an updated statement issued in November 2021.)

“It is hoped that it will be possible for all Catholics in England and Wales to fulfil the Sunday Obligation by the First Sunday in Advent 2021. In the meantime, all Catholics are asked to do their best to participate in the celebration of the weekly Sunday Mass and to reflect deeply on the centrality of Sunday worship in the life of the Church.”

In April, the Bishops offered a reflection – The Day of the Lord (also available to download as a PDF) – on the experience of the pandemic, post-pandemic recovery and the challenges faced by the Church in encouraging people back to the Church and the Sacraments, in which they spoke about the important invitation to restore the Sunday Mass to its rightful centrality in our lives. “The Eucharist should be the cause of our deepest joy, our highest manner of offering thanks to God and for seeking his mercy and love. We need to make it the foundation stone of our lives.”

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