From a reader…
While on lockdown, can watching (within a sunday) a replayed online mass fulfill the sunday mass obligation? Or must one have to watch the online sunday mass in real time to fulfill this obligation?
First of all, it is likely that in your diocese the local bishop has lifted the Sunday obligation. That is to say, the bishop has, by his authority, removed – for the time being – the obligation to participate at Mass on Sundays and other days of obligation.
Check with your local chancery if you don’t know that for sure. I’ll bet they have.
Second, NO, you do not fulfill your obligation by watching either a Mass streamed live online or a recorded Mass. You do NOT fulfill your obligation when you have one.
However, if there is no obligation to fulfill, go ahead and watch or not watch as you wish. It could be meritorious and helpful for you.
Even when you do not have a strict obligation, it is important that you keep the Lord’s Day holy. Watching a Mass can help you will that.