This year, Christmas Eve is on Sunday. So, many Catholics are asking if attending Sunday evening Mass this year can "count" for both. The following article explains how to fulfill the obligation on Sunday and Christmas.
Christmas Eve is a Sunday, but there's no 'double dipping' for Catholics
BY MARIA WIERING
Catholic Standard, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington
"Pick 1," directs a guide printed in the parish bulletin of St. Joseph Church in York, Pennsylvania. The command in the graphic is listed twice, over two columns: The first lists Mass times for the fourth Sunday of Advent, the second lists Christmas Mass times.
The takeaway: No single Mass fulfills both a Catholic's Sunday obligation and the Christmas obligation. Because they are different liturgical days – even if they overlap on the calendar – they require attendance at different Masses....