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No. However, if it is physically or morally impossible to attend Mass on Sunday, or the anticipated Mass on Saturday evening, the obligation no longer applies.

No, there is not. Catholics have a serious obligation to attend Mass on Sundays, not only to keep the Third Commandment, but also to give thanks to God for the many blessings He sends our way.  God only asks for one hour a week from us and that’s less than 1 percent of the hours in our week.

Cremation has been an alternative to ground burial or entombment for Catholics since 1963. Canon Law recommends that the custom of burying the bodies of the dead be observed; however, it does not forbid cremation unless it has been chosen for reasons contrary to Christian teaching, such as to deny the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead.

Recent years have seen a growing concern about Catholics’ understanding of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  Some surveys show that a number of practicing Catholics are not clear about the doctrine of real presence.  Some think of consecrated bread and wine as only symbols of Jesus’ presence rather than a genuine change of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, the long-standing Catholic understanding.