Oct 31, 2017
Asked at 04:27 am on October 31st 2017
Hi Nicole, you’re never bound to do what’s impossible, so there’s no obligation to attending Sunday Mass when travel makes it impossible. What I often suggest to people travelling on cruises as you and your husband will be doing, is on the Sundays you’re onboard, to give God the time you’d have given at Mass. So you could read the readings of the Mass for that day (easily available, for example on http://catholic-resources.org/ Lectionary/1998USL.htm), possibly pray through the principal prayers of the Mass, including the Our Father, make an act of spiritual communion by inviting Jesus to enter more deeply into your lives, make a short thanksgiving, possibly pray the Rosary together.
And remember what Jesus promised in Mt 18:20, ‘where two or three are gathered in my name (that is, ready to give all for each other, as you promised on your wedding day!), there am I among you.’ That promised presence of Jesus in your midst is a real presence, different from the Eucharistic presence, but still a real presence.
I’ve only once been a little bit up Canada’s West Coast (a drive up Vancouver Island to Port Hardy, then across to Bella Coola) but even that glimpse of the inland passage was beautiful, so best wishes for a great trip! Fr Brendan
Replied at 11:33 pm on November 06th 2017
What a fine responce. Yet it seems the Church has much to do that the question is still being asked? Attending Mass is our choice of worship form, not a to do list item.
Replied at 03:18 am on November 13th 2017
If I have to travel for work or personal reasons and can’t make it to Mass, I take my missal with me and at least read that. I know its not the same but it helps me feel better about missing church.
Replied at 01:30 am on November 25th 2017