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Missing Church on Sunday - September 30th 2012, 03:26 PM

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This is the second week in a row that I've missed going to Sunday Mass. I plan to be home in time (I'll be out of town Saturday night) on Sunday morning to make the 2.5 hour drive back to my home church, but I can't be sure it'll work.

Normally I go every Sunday, but I was sick last weekend and this morning my alarm didn't go off. I always feel -awful- when I don't go to church each week. It's not really about feeling guilty or anything. It's just that I love receiving Eucharist every week AND my priest is a fantastic homilist. I love listening to him because he makes things easy to understand, he usually adds a little humor, and he always keeps it interesting. If I miss church, my week feels incomplete.

So, my question is... Are you a weekly church-goer? Are you a Chreaster (only going on Christmas and Easter)? How do you feel when you miss church each week? Does it affect you at all? How does it affect you? Do you try to do anything to make it up?


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Re: Missing Church on Sunday - September 30th 2012, 04:26 PM

I'm a Catholic and a weekly church-goer, but for various reasons (mostly to do with my upcoming volunteering at the Paralympics) I ended up missing Mass for about six weeks in a row. I did feel a bit bad about it, but at the same time I realised that on most of the six Sundays I was either physically unable to get to Mass or I was doing something to benefit others - or both. I also worked out that during the week I was doing a lot to try and live my life in a way befitting my faith, such as helping people out at the Games or at work, or helping friends and family and so on. So on balance I figured I was still putting my faith into action even if it was in a slightly different way.

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Re: Missing Church on Sunday - September 30th 2012, 04:43 PM

I do my best to go every week, but my parents take me, so occasionally we won't go due to reasons such as my mom going to work early, but if that's the case usually my dad just takes us. I also go on wednesday nights though. but that's just during the school year. When i do miss, I don't feel like it's a big deal, it happens to all of us, but it doesn't mean we don't believe or make us bad in my opinion anyway...


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Re: Missing Church on Sunday - September 30th 2012, 04:47 PM

I honestly cannot remember the last time I went to an actual church service, I think the last one I went to was when I was about 14 years old which 9 years ago ish ? Though at Christmas time where I work we take the children into the church to look at the nativity scene that's the only time I really go into a church with work at Christmas time. Also I'm more of a spiritualist person and do plan at some point to go to a spiritualist church.



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Re: Missing Church on Sunday - October 1st 2012, 01:23 AM

I'm Christian non-denominational and I am a weekly church-goer. I love church. I'm not going to lie and say I love waking up early for it, but once I am there I enjoy it.

Occasionally I am unable to go because I have to work (this is very occasional because 98% of the time I refuse to go in cause I go to church).

When I don't go, I do feel like I missed out on something and it kind of throws me week outta whack. I don't really do anything to make it up. I believe that you can have a relationship with God even if you do not go to church (although I do really suggest that people still go), but that church can enhance your relationship and keep your mind in the right place. I think it's important to go, but I don't sweat too much if I miss a Sunday every once in awhile.


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Re: Missing Church on Sunday - October 1st 2012, 01:33 AM

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I do my best to go every week, but my parents take me, so occasionally we won't go due to reasons such as my mom going to work early, but if that's the case usually my dad just takes us. I also go on wednesday nights though. but that's just during the school year. When i do miss, I don't feel like it's a big deal, it happens to all of us, but it doesn't mean we don't believe or make us bad in my opinion anyway...
Pretty much the same for me, except the part about going on Wednesday nights :P Sometimes my parents have to go in for work and can't take us in which case I don't go or if I'm sick, I don't usually go.


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Re: Missing Church on Sunday - October 1st 2012, 01:49 AM

Almost every week, I'm a steward/greeter at my church so it's my job to go :P

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Re: Missing Church on Sunday - October 3rd 2012, 08:06 PM

I was born and raised Catholic and am basically made to go to church every week. I'd probably be more likely to want to go if I was given the choice, but I actually get a bit excited when I can't make it to church. I have nothing against the religion, I just can't understand/believe most of it.
Is there only one service at your church? My local church has one on Saturday night, two on Sunday, and one every weekday morning plus 1-2 nights during the week. Maybe if you can't make it on a Sunday, go to another service? Or try another local church if you miss the time for your usual one. It might not be the same but at least you're still getting the Eucharist and getting to a service as opposed to none at all.


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