From a reader:
Several churches in my area hold Sunday Mass in the evening, in addition to in the morning. Is it permissible to attend these Masses if we cannot make morning Mass, or is it even permissible to hold Mass on Sunday in the evening?
Yes, it is permissible to have Mass at any time of any day (except on Good Friday and the times of Mass on Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil).
If the Mass is on a Sunday you fulfill your Mass obligation, even if it is in the evening, even until midnight.
That said, I don’t think it is a good idea to have lots of Masses in the evening on a Sunday. Let Sunday be Sunday. Let people go to Mass on Sunday morning and then give the rest of the day to good things people should do on Sundays. I fear that these late Sunday Masses merely enable people to put off going to Mass because, in the morning there are “better” things to do.
And that said, yes, there are those situations in which a person may be genuinely impeded from going to Mass on Sunday morning. That is why there is a Saturday vigil and sometimes late Sunday Masses. Still, this should not be common. That is my opinion.
Nevertheless, the Church’s law is very permissive in this regard and the faithful have the right to avail themselves of Masses at any time of the day or night.