Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines & Practices for distinct Church seasons
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Contemplating becoming a Catholic or Coming home
Homosexual and Gender Issues
Life and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History

Marie Roberts wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am unable to attend Mass on Sundays as I look after my elderly husband and do not want to leave him in case he falls or has an accident. He currently has a tendency to be unsteady on his feet.

He is independent but reliant on me so my leaving the house, especially on a Sunday, makes him feel nervous and I am unsure what to do.

I am currently not missing Sunday Services because I am go to an evening Mass but I may not be able to do this if he asks me to stay.

  • What should I do?

I do not always sleep well so I am a late riser and everything at the moment is getting in my way.

  • Can you please give me some help and guidance?

I don't want to feel guilty about this because I know that God understands my predicament but need some advice.



  { What should I do if I able not able to attend Sunday Mass due to my elderly husband? }

Bob replied:


Why don't you talk to your parish priest about a few things:

  • a dispensation from attending Mass for extenuating circumstances
  • watching the T.V. Mass for now, and
  • asking him to have someone bring you Holy Communion.

I imagine you may be able to find a better solution eventually, i.e., someone coming to the house to watch your husband while you are out, but do what you can for now.


Bob Kirby

Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.