Friday, June 22, 2018

Corpus Christi Letter

CORPUS CHRISTI PASTORAL LETTER: Archbishop Leo Cushley used the Solemnity of Corpus Christi to encourage the people of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh to remain faithful to their obligation to attend Holy Mass every Sunday.

“There can be unavoidable circumstances that prevent our coming to Mass,” said the Archbishop in his letter, “but under normal circumstances, attending Mass on Sunday is a solemn and binding obligation. If we deliberately fail in this matter, it is a grave sin and we must go to confession before receiving communion again.”   

Over the past 35 years, the number of baptised Catholics attending Holy Mass every Sunday within the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh has declined to a present figure of approximately 25%. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to his Church,” such that “together they testify to God's holiness and their hope of salvation” and “strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit”.

“So, I would like you to ask yourself today: is Jesus Christ in the Sacrifice of the Mass my priority every Sunday, or do other commitments take precedence sometimes?” asks Archbishop Cushley.   

“Coming to Mass only every other week, or occasionally, is not the same as being faithful to his New Covenant. Surely, we cannot treat Christ our Saviour as one option among others for us to shuffle at our convenience?" To read the letter click here